NPR Music, Editorial Intern more...
Location:Washington, DC
Company:National Public Radio (NPR)
First posted:September 16, 2017

NPR Music is both a creative and a curatorial environment: On our site, stories created by our small team of producers live alongside features from NPR's radio programs, podcasts and digital news platforms, essays and reviews from freelance contributors and on-the-ground reporting from around the public radio system. Each season's editorial intern fields daily assignments spanning a massive range of genres and ideas, and must work on deadline to synthesize that information into compelling content for a savvy online audience. We're looking for someone with airtight editing skills, solid news judgment, strong organizational habits and the ability to think critically and independently about what makes a music story worth telling.

This is a full-time, 40-hour internship in the Washington, D.C. office.


  • Web production for a wide array of stories, including segments from NPR's newsmagazines, recurring series like First Listen and Songs We Love, podcasts, festival coverage, original essays by staff and freelancers and special editorial packages
  • Transcribing, fact-checking and editing interviews; adapting broadcast pieces for presentation as dynamic web articles; rewriting copy that falls below our editorial standards; crafting compelling headlines and promotional language
  • Communicating with producers at radio programs, digital news editors, social media managers, and contacts at labels and publicity firms
  • Managing deadlines for multiple supervisors, adapting to sudden changes of schedule when breaking news hits


  • Strong editing and writing skills
  • Knowledge of contemporary music across genres
  • Passion for storytelling; an interest in the how and why behind stories in the music industry
  • Working knowledge of HTML and basic web editing
  • Working knowledge of Photoshop and basic photo editing
  • Working knowledge of ProTools, Audition, or other audio editing software
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

 Preferred Skills:

  • Experience in music-related field; music journalism or production experience
  • Experience with a content management system
  • Experience writing for the web
  • Experience editing to AP style standards

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