In a move that could be a winner for both journalism students and the network, ABC News plans to open bureaus this fall on five college campuses. The “digital” bureaus will offer on-the-job training in multimedia journalism to students who will report on local stories for ABC News outlets, mostly online but possibly on the air. In the process, ABC hopes to learn more about 18-25 year olds, the demographic every network wants to reach. And, of course, to recruit talented new staff for multimedia journalism jobs.
The participating schools are Arizona State, Syracuse, Florida, North Carolina and Texas. And here’s the really good news, according to Broadcasting & Cable: “In each bureau, one student will be hired as “bureau chief”—and unlike many news internships, participating students will be paid.”