The Buffalo News Internship

10 weeks of paid journalism experience


Overview

Thank you to everyone who applied for a 2018 internship with The Buffalo News. All positions have been filled. Our interns will work alongside our award-winning staffers, writing front-page stories, developing interactive graphics and engaging readers on social media.

Two interns have a snack on the steps of the News building.

Intern reflections

My most memorable experience would be getting to cover a wide variety of events. From poker to minor league baseball to high school girls lacrosse, covering over 10 sports helped widen my repertoire as a reporter and diversified my abilities and knowledge.

Matt Schneidman

I loved our weekly intern meetings with different Buffalo News employees. My personal favorite was hearing from Adam Zyglis, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist. It was great to hear the story of his career thus far and to be able to ask him questions.

Lian Bunny

Seeing, and being able to capture, the joy of a truck-loving autistic boy who was surprised by a group of good samaritans for his birthday: An Akron truck club got a gaggle of jacked-up pickups and jeeps to show up at the 5-year-old's party. He is mostly nonverbal, so his excitement came across mostly through his body language — flailing arms, wide eyes, scampering and smiles. It's the type of hyperlocal story that connects.

Justin Trombly

Most of the interns worked on Independence Day. We went to the roof of the News building to watch the fireworks on our breaks. We saw fireworks not only from Canalside, but from all of the celebrations happening in the suburbs of Buffalo! It was an unforgettable panoramic view.

Alana Pedalino

Interested?

Send an email with your resume, cover letter and a link to your personal website or GitHub profile to frobinson@buffnews.com by Nov. 1, 2017.

A few recent interns enjoy a Bisons baseball game. Conveniently, the stadium is only a few blocks from the newsroom.

Internship positions

Reporters

Reporting interns cover breaking news and develop enterprise stories. We treat our interns as full-fledged staff reporters and expect them to be able to report accurately and thoroughly and write elegantly and efficiently on deadline. You will find many capable mentors in the newsroom who are eager to help you navigate the finer points of reporting, but you should already have a solid handle on the basics. Previous experience at your college paper and/or other internships is strongly recommended.

We encourage our interns to write their way onto the front page, and many do.

You should be adept at tweeting information and pictures from the scene during breaking news; writing quick turnaround stories for the web – in some cases, multiple versions of the same story, when events unfold quickly; and developing a longer, more in-depth version of the story for print.

Digital editors

Our digital editors aggressively cover digital news, working with reporters and editors to get stories out quickly and accurately to our readers.

In a breaking news situation, that can mean updating an existing story multiple times, compiling a story off reporters’ tweets, or identifying a breaking story and convincing an assigning editor to deploy the troops.

Digital editors should be adept at combining smart news judgment with analytics data to determine digital story play and presentation. You’ll also post appropriate content on The News’ social media platforms to increase engagement.

We also encourage our interns to seize opportunities to create content – spotting buzz-worthy stories and turning them around quickly, or conceiving an idea for a project and seeing it through to publication.

Experience at your college paper and/or other internships is required.

Data visualization specialists

As a data visualization intern, you'll work with a passionate data team to craft engaging data visualizations. In addition to generating daily graphics, you will have the opportunity to pitch and build your own projects. If you enjoy visual information design and translating raw data into a digestible chart, this position is a good fit.

Required

  • Knowledge of HTML, CSS and Javascript
  • Understanding of visual hierarchy
  • Familiarity with D3

Preferred

  • Design background
  • Proficient command line wizard
  • Experience with another programming language, such as Python

Data reporters

We need interns who understand the importance of data, know how to analyze data, and are able to use data to drive their reporting. If filing FOIL requests gets your blood pumping, cleaning dirty data gives you a reason to wake up in the morning, and running queries puts a smile on your face, we want you to join us as a data reporting intern for the summer.

Required

  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Database management/SQL skills
  • Ability to work well on a team

Preferred

  • QGIS or ArcMap
  • SPSS or R

Summer 2017 interns

Lian Bunny

Digital editing

St. Bonaventure University

Hometown: Kenmore, N.Y.

Bunny, a freelancer for The Buffalo News, has accepted a position as a technology reporter at the Pittsburgh Business Times. She recently graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a degree in journalism and mass communication and minors in Spanish, history and psychology.

On campus, Bunny worked as news editor and then photo editor for The Bona Venture, the campus newspaper. Bunny has previously done internships at The Hamburg Sun, Tri-State Christian Television station and WBFO-FM in Buffalo. She worked on a national multimedia project on voting rights as a News21 fellow through Arizona State University. She also worked as a photo editor for the Buffalo Bills.

Aidan Connolly

Data visualization

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Hometown: DeWitt, Iowa

A senior journalism student, Connolly serves as editor in chief for The Daily Nebraskan, the student newspaper at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also works for HuskerVision to create in-house productions for athletic events. Outside of classes, he’s involved in choir and enjoys playing piano. Connolly loves spending time outdoors, including playing Frisbee golf and hiking.

Stacy Fernandez

News reporting

Syracuse University

Hometown: Yonkers, N.Y.

Fernandez, a bilingual multimedia journalist, has a passion for urban affairs reporting. She double-majors at Syracuse University, studying newspaper and online journalism and Latino-Latin American studies with a Spanish minor. Fernandez is a founding member of Brown Girl Published, a support organization for women of color on the SU campus. You can usually find her dancing along to the music playing on her headphones.

This fall, Fernandez is the feature editor for The Daily Orange, the independent newspaper at Syracuse University.

Matt Hanson

Data reporting

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Hometown: Leawood, Kan.

A writer, data reporter and web developer, Hanson is working as a data fellow at the Omaha World Herald this fall. He was the lead developer and data reporter for The Wounds of Whiteclay: Nebraska’s Shameful Legacy, an award-winning student investigative project at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Before arriving at UNL in fall 2015, Hanson spent three semesters at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, followed by a semester abroad with Semester at Sea, during which he traveled to 14 countries on four continents while taking classes on a cruise ship with students and professors from around the world. After graduation, he hopes to start his own media company or work as a data reporter at a daily newspaper.

Alana Pedalino

Digital editing

University of Maryland

Hometown: Nutley, N.J.

Pedalino acted as the deputy managing editor for The Diamondback, the independent student newspaper at the University of Maryland, where she majored in journalism and minored in creative writing before graduating.

She managed the blog for MaDCap, a D.C.-based podcast, and contributed to The Aquarian Weekly, a New Jersey-based alternative music weekly. Pedalino has won scholarships for her nonfiction essays and editing. She aspires to become an executive editor and/or have her own globe-trotting television show like "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown." She is working as a freelance writer and editor and seeking a job in New York City.

Matt Schneidman

Sports reporting

Syracuse University

Hometown: Wilton, Conn.

Schneidman, a recent graduate of Syracuse University, is covering the Oakland Raiders for The Mercury News. He worked for The Daily Orange, SU’s student newspaper, and covered the Syracuse men’s basketball team for two seasons, including a trip to the 2016 Final Four in Houston. Schneidman previously had internships on the high school sports desk at USA Today and on the sports desk at the New York Post. He was born in Manhattan and lived in Wilton, Conn., for more than 15 years.

Justin Trombly

News reporting

University of Rochester

Hometown: Chazy, N.Y.

Trombly got into journalism in the fourth and fifth grades, when he tried starting a magazine called the Daily Locker. It folded after one issue because 10-year-olds don’t have long attention spans. He is a senior at the University of Rochester, where he studies English and political science and serves as editor-in-chief of the student paper.

He helped cover the the Dannemora prison break and manhunt while he worked as an intern at the Plattsburgh Press-Republican in 2015. The following year, as an intern at the Glens Falls Post-Star, he wrote in-depth projects on a rebuilt low-income housing complex and a college course inside a maximum-security prison.

Jillian Deutsch

News reporting

University of Missouri

Hometown: Rockford, Ill.

A native of northern Illinois, Deutsch spent the last four years in the heart of Missouri, studying journalism and gender studies at Mizzou. While there, she wrote a lot of different stories for a lot of different outlets, including Poynter, USA Today, the Columbia Missourian and the Riveter Magazine. She likes to tell all kinds of stories, especially those from people who don't usually see their names on the front page. That means her life consists of running around town, reporting on people and turning them into good stories.

Alyssa Fisher

Features reporting

University of Florida

Hometown: Cooper City, Fla.

Fisher craves the spontaneity and challenges of journalism and dreams of writing long-form narratives. After leaving Buffalo, she was hired as an assistant editor at Lifestyle Media Group in Fort Lauderdale. She is the former editor in chief of the Independent Florida Alligator, the University of Florida's student-run newspaper, and previously interned at ELLE Magazine and a media company in Tel Aviv, Israel. She tends to wander and explore and meet new people. To her, there's always a story to share.

Jack Goods

Sports reporting

Marquette University

Hometown: Amherst, N.Y.

Goods, a senior studying journalism and corporate communication, is the executive sports editor of the Marquette Wire, Marquette's student media outlet. He covers the men's basketball, soccer and lacrosse teams. He is also a public relations intern with the Milwaukee Bucks and is working on a year-long project with Jackie Crosby of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune as part of Marquette's O'Brien Fellowship program. At The Buffalo News, he was able to cover the teams he grew up watching, including the Buffalo Sabres, Bills and Bisons.

Lexie Heinle

Data visualization

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Hometown: Winner, S.D.

Heinle graduated with her bachelor's of journalism with minors in informatics and business in 2016. During her time at UNL, she worked as a web design intern for Nelnet and completed an Omaha World-Herald fellowship. A proud “news nerd,” she enjoys building data visualizations, news applications and Twitter emoji programs. In her free time, Heinle loves re-watching her favorite TV show, “Psych,” listening to podcasts and reading. She is continuing her work at The Buffalo News as a data visualization specialist.

Cresonia Hsieh

News reporting

University of Florida

Hometown: Delray Beach, Fla.

Hsieh, a journalism student, is specializing in online media and minoring in Spanish and business administration. She works as the editor in chief at the UF student-run, Asian-interest magazine Sparks. She has also worked as a general assignment reporter at the Gainesville Sun and WUFT News. Though most of her experience lies in writing, she is particularly interested in multimedia work like photography, videography and web development. While her parents wouldn’t say so, she likes to think her love for visuals justifies her other passion: watching an inordinate amount of Netflix shows and YouTube DIY videos. She’s a fan of New Girl, bubble tea and a good story.

Jack Howland

News reporting

University of Missouri

Hometown: Fairway, Kan.

In the fall of 2012, after spending the better part of high school working on the newspaper, Howland hopped the Kansas state line to attend the University of Missouri. He was sold on his first visit to the School of Journalism. As a student there, he was lucky enough to write for a host of different publications, including the Maneater, the Jefferson City News Tribune, the Columbia Missourian and the Colorado Springs Gazette. His interest has been on community stories, typically about the triumphs and struggles of normal people. He like the pieces that remind him of good fiction; when he’s not in a newsroom, he spends far too much time watching television, movies and local theater.

Joe McCarty

Digital editing

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Hometown: McCook, Neb.

Born and raised in the small town of McCook, Neb., McCarty attended McCook Community College, earning two associate degrees in May 2014. MCC doesn't have a journalism program to speak of, so he wasn't able to take any journalism classes until he transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the fall of that year. As soon as he took an editing class, he knew he wanted to copy edit. He is the copy chief of the university's student newspaper, the Daily Nebraskan, and will graduate in December.

Mary Ryan

Data analysis

University of Missouri

Hometown: The Woodlands, Texas

Originally from Texas, Ryan graduated in 2016 with a dual degree in journalism and statistics and a minor in math from the University of Missouri. Diving head-first into the every shifting beast that is data journalism, she hopes to knit together the not-so-different worlds of writing and numbers to create engaging and meaningful narratives. Ryan has played many roles, from reporter to editor, for outlets including the Columbia Missourian, MLex Market Insight and Global Journalist. She is now pursuing her doctorate in statistics at the University of California, Irvine.

Ida Sophie Winter

Digital editing

University of Missouri

Hometown: Wausau, Wis.

Winter is an investigative reporting student at the University of Missouri. She spent several years of high school in Germany and Lebanon. In 2014 and 2015, she studied in Morocco on the Boren and Critical Languages scholarships, as well as a State Department internship. Winter hopes to eventually pursue analysis of the Middle East and North Africa.

Intern work

A sampling of our interns' work