Job Description:

Who We Are:  

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public media network whose mission is to strengthen the civic and cultural bonds that unite Southern California's diverse communities by providing the highest quality news and information service on air at LAist 89.3, online at and through LAist Live Programming & Events. Since our founding in 1999, SCPR has been a fast growing, innovative, multi-platform public service newsroom. Every day, our staff helps audiences catch up on the latest headlines, solve the complexities of life in Southern California, and connect curious communities to one another.


Application Deadline: July 1, 2024 (5:00pm PT)


Position Summary:

Our internships are opportunities for broadcasting/journalism students or recent graduates to learn the real-world demands of working in an award-winning NPR affiliate public media newsroom. We aim to provide a meaningful experience for the intern and LAist and are seeking one intern interested in radio news production and shows. 

We’ll be hiring for a 20 hours per week, 15-week stint, with an anticipated September 2024 start date.


Interns working with newscasts or shows would assist with reporting, research, and production of those programs, including AirTalk with Larry Mantle; this assignment is fast paced. Applicants should have experience in radio production and include samples of their on-air work.  


This position is funded in part by a grant from the Asian American Journalists Association, Los Angeles chapter. Preference will be given to applicants whose interests or background align with AAJA-LA’s mission (


Compensation: The pay rate for this opportunity will be $18.66 per hour.


Position Responsibility: 

  • Learn and perform various tasks including production, reporting, interviewing, writing, recording and cutting tape. 
  • Assist with research of story ideas/segment concepts. 
  • Find and pitch ideas for stories/segments. 
  • Conduct pre-interviews for on-air guests and book interviews. 
  • Assist reporters or producers in deep-dive projects, including data analysis and document review. 
  • Report and produce stories for newscasts. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 


Required Education and Experience:

  • Current college student or recent graduate (within 12 months).
  • Experience in a journalism environment.


Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Strong writing, editing, research and communication skills. 
  • Ability to manage several different projects at once. 
  • Ability to manage daily workload efficiently (good time management skills). 
  • Ability to meet deadlines as assigned. 
  • Ability to pitch original story ideas. 
  • Knowledge of AP Style. 
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Outlook, Word and a CMS. 
  • Familiarity with the fundamentals of broadcasting.


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Interest in a journalism career.
  • Ability to conceive of, pitch, and execute compelling radio and web stories.
  • Familiarity with the values, sound of public radio.
  • Some experience working in a broadcast or newsroom environment.
  • Knowledge of digital editing technologies.


Reporting To This Position: N/A

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Physical Demands: 
    • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
    • Required to move about in the community
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping
  • Working Conditions: 
    • Moderate noise level


Southern California Public Radio (LAist 89.3/ Studios) is diverse in race, ethnicity, language, culture, social class, national origin, religious and political belief, age, ability, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation in addition to other markers protected by law. 

At SCPR, we strive to create an inclusive environment where we all feel pride in who we are and what we do. We are encouraged to show up as we are – always embracing and recognizing that our diversity is what brings us together. Our fundamental commitment to diversity: 

  • Enriches SCPR and provides an atmosphere in which all human potential is valued
  • Promotes learning through interactions among people of different backgrounds and many perspectives, and 
  • Enables the organization to prepare all employees to promote social responsibility, equity, freedom, and productive citizenship in a global society

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.  

We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage you to apply.

Job Location: 
Pasadena, CA
United States
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Monday, July 1, 2024
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Part time
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