Note: As of Feb. 22, we are not accepting any additional applications for the team leader position for summer 2013. To those who have already applied, thank you, and we will contact you in the next few days to schedule an interview. Many thanks for your interest.
Looking to make a difference this summer? Consider NBTB! We’re currently seeking highly motivated, energetic team leaders for our high school student journalism camp, to be held June 23 to June 30, 2013, at Stanford University.
A caring spirit, the ability to connect with young students, a solid sense of ethics and cutting-edge multimedia skills are the qualities we seek. If you’re practicing digital journalism in college or in a newsroom, and you have a passion for helping young people to do the same, we look forward to hearing from you.
(For information about our counselor-in-training program for our returning students, please click here.)
Team leaders are the anchors of our program — the people who interact most closely and creatively with our residential and commuter campers. We value our team leaders highly. They work with faculty to provide students with the opportunity to put into practice what they learn in their morning classes. Team leaders should have solid journalism and multimedia skills, including experience in reporting and writing stories, a knowledge of social media and the ability to tell stories using photos, podcasts and videos in addition to text. Familiarity with WordPress, iMovie, Photoshop, Audacity, and the iPad are a plus, as is demonstrated leadership experience in a newsroom or prior camp.
What you’ll do
As a team leader, you’ll guide a news team of approximately 12 students, who will work with you every afternoon and evening to report and write stories and to create photo and video content about newsmakers and events on campus. Then, you’ll help campers edit and post that content to your team’s School Newspapers Online website. Team leaders listen closely to their students and help them with everything from crafting an editorial vision for their sites, to figuring out how to get along with others, to making sure that everyone follows Associated Press style. You’ll work with your news team to plan an exciting daylong field trip to San Francisco with opportunities for reporting in the field. And you’ll also help us make sure that we cover the basics — that students make it to meals and classes on time, obey camp rules, and stay safe during field trips and other activities.
Who you are
You’re passionate about digital journalism, you’re good at working in groups, you delight in fast-paced work (and don’t get rattled when the unexpected happens), and you can guide students creatively and ethically without taking away their ability to make decisions on their own. Experience in a newsroom is a plus, since it means that you’re already familiar with the culture of journalism that we try to instill — one that emphasizes the power of collaborative work over the personal glow of individual achievement. If you’re a people person who can balance journalistic intensity with a smile, this job is for you.
You’ll participate in staff orientation on Saturday, June 22, before our program begins. Afterwards, a limited number of team leaders will be asked to stay on campus to greet and supervise our Early Check-In students. Once our program begins on Sunday at noon, you’ll help check students into their dorm rooms and introduce yourself during the opening chalk talk. Then you’ll break into your news teams and start helping students to pick a theme and craft a reporting plan for their websites. Monday through Friday, you’ll continue to work with your news team in the afternoons and evenings until the 11 p.m. bed check. Saturday is a work day leading up to our closing multimedia showcase. Camp concludes the morning of Sunday, June 30, and your time commitment ends at noon. This is a residential program, so team leaders reside with students and staff in our assigned dorm, and eat at our assigned Stanford cafeteria.
Team leaders receive $1,200 for the Saturday, June 22, orientation through the close of the program on Sunday, June 30. Housing and dining are included at no charge, though we ask that you bring and use your own laptop computer (Mac preferred but PC is fine).
How to apply
Please click here for a link to our team leader application. We review applications and make hiring decisions on a rolling basis until all of our positions are filled.