Investigative News Internship: Summer 2020

Job Summary:
ABC7 (WLS-TV) Chicago is the Midwest flagship of the ABC television network. ABC7 leads the market in local news coverage with daily newscasts, and has been in a number one position in local news since March 1986. The station's offices and studios are located in The Loop in downtown Chicago.

The Consumer Investigative Unit of the I-Team responds to viewers who need help or feel as though they have been ripped off or wronged. The I-Team looks for patterns of complaints attached to certain companies to warn other viewers. We also alert viewers to data and privacy concerns and find stories that have broad warnings, which can help improve people's everyday lives.

The Consumer division of the I-Team also proactively digs for other stories through research and the use of the Freedom of Information Act to uncover wrongdoing and problems which affect consumer's pocketbooks.

A day in the life...

  • Assist investigative reporter and producer with stories by researching and following up on hotline calls and emails

  • Attend shoots and interviews with reporter and or producer

  • Sit in on editing of segments

  • Log interviews with use of Dalet

  • Set up interviews

  • Submit FOIAs

  • Help find digital original stories

  • Basic Qualifications:

    What you bring to the role...
  • Knowledge of how to log interviews, screen calls, and emails

  • Some editorial experience on rooting out a story

  • Strong communication skills to talk to callers who are seeking help from the I-Team

  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Judgement of what may or may not be an investigation

  • Studying journalism or broadcast television in college

  • Additional Information:
    Internship Eligibility:
    All students must possess unrestricted work authorization
    All students must be at least 18 years old
    You must currently be enrolled in an accredited college or university and taking at least one class - OR - be a recent graduate of an accredited college or university within the last six (6) months.

    All students must provide their own housing and transportation for the duration of the internship
    Program Dates:
  • All candidates must be available from May to August

  • All candidates must be willing to work 20 hours/week

  • About Disney ABC Television Group:
    Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) redefines the future of media and entertainment. Delivering compelling creative, great storytelling, ground-breaking technology, high-impact marketing and innovative distribution, DATG offers multiple opportunities to build a career that supports entertaining and informing the world. A key unit of The Walt Disney Company, one of the world's most admired vertically integrated media enterprises, DATG includes global live action and animation entertainment, news, owned television stations, and radio. If you've got a passion to join our team of talented professionals we want to hear your story.

    About The Walt Disney Company:
    The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney's stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

    This position is with WLS Television, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Disney ABC Television Group.

    WLS Television, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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