AIM Youth Journalism Initiative

Arlington Independent Media believes that Arlington’s youth have incredibly important and valuable perspectives on the world that deserve to be heard. We’re looking for a diverse, motivated group of high school students to help us build a brand new program that will get teenagers and young adults out into our community, asking questions, making connections with the wider world, telling the stories that matter most to them, and publishing their work. Here’s how to get involved…

Monthly Journalism Club 

Think of this club as your entry point into the world of journalism and media. Get together with other students in Arlington for monthly workshops on finding stories, interviewing, podcasting, mobile video production, fact checking, editing, journalism ethics, and more! Further down the road, we also hope to offer Q&As with working journalists and site visits to places like NPR and the Washington Post.

Who:

Arlington students between the ages of 14 and 19. No journalism experience needed, newcomers welcome.

When/Where

Meetings are typically held the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Wakefield High School Library, 4:30-6:30pm. Save your spot at our next meeting by registering via Eventbrite.

Spring 2023 Youth Journalism Internship – Deadline Feb. 5th

Apply here!

About the internship:

For students ready to jump in with two feet, this intensive program will give you the real-world, hands-on experience of making local media. Come ready with some story ideas, and we’ll provide the training and support to help you produce a couple of short nonfiction multimedia pieces (video, photo, audio, or written).

This program is rigorous and requires a three month, 8-10 hr/wk commitment, about half of which will be spent on site at AIM’s studios in Clarendon. Teens are expected to work both independently and collaboratively with peers, and to be on the hunt for stories and issues in their community and the world around them. 

What You’ll Get:

Students who give it their all will leave the program with media pieces for their portfolio, a cool experience on their resume, community service hours (if needed), a reference/letter of recommendation for future opportunities, and all sorts of cool new connections in their local community.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Youth aged 14-18 years old who live in Arlington or surrounding areas (Falls Church, etc)
  • Interest in news media (online, audio, video). Journalism or media experience not required.
  • Able to meet on site twice a week in Clarendon (if a majority of applicants who are accepted prefer to meet at our new Green Valley location, we may change locations to make it more accessible. Please state your preference in the application.)
  • We are specifically looking to build a diverse fellowship cohort that represents ALL of Arlington. We encourage teens of all backgrounds, identities, genders, and cultures to apply. (We define diversity broadly–think language/cultural/racial diversity, but also economic diversity, gender and neurodiversity, or even an unconventional life experience.) Special priority will be given to students from communities who have historically been underserved or underrepresented by mainstream media, or who speak a language other than English at home.

Schedule:

  • Application Deadline: February 5th. Interviews: Feb 6-10. Decision by February 13th.
  • Internship runs March 1st-May 31st, 2023
  • Interns are expected to attend in person Tuesdays/Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 for workshops and story meetings, on site at AIM (2701 Wilson Blvd. Suite C, Arlington, VA 22201)
  • Additionally, students are expected to dedicate another 4+ hours/week on their own schedule reporting, researching, recording and editing stories, or meeting with their teammates/instructor.

Questions? Story ideas? Want to schedule some office hours?
Get in touch by email: kristen@arlingtonmedia.org.