The Anthony Shadid Internship

Date & Time September 18, 2014 11:00pm

The Committee to Protect Journalists and the Institute for Global Leadership developed this internship to commemorate the life and achievements of Anthony Shadid’s international reporting career.

Anthony Shadid was a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, based in Beirut and Baghdad, when he died in February 2012 while covering the conflict in Syria. From 2003 to 2009, Shadid was a staff writer for The Washington Post, where he was an Islamic affairs correspondent based in the Middle East. Before The Washington Post, Shadid worked as Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press based in Cairo and as news editor of the AP bureau in Los Angeles. While reporting on the Libyan uprising against Col. Muammar al-Ghaddafi, he and three colleagues were captured by the Libyan government and then released five days later.

Shadid twice won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, in 2004 and 2010, for his coverage of the Iraq War. His experiences in Iraq were the subject for his 2005 book Night Draws Near, a look at how the war impacted the Iraqi people beyond liberation and insurgency. Shadid won the George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting in 2003 and in 2012. His memoir, House of Stone, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Only current Tufts students are eligible to apply. Successful candidates must have an interest in the Middle East region, Arabic language skills, and experience working on research and/or journalism. They will learn about press freedom issues and gain research skills and social media experience. Interns will work part time (20 hours per week), based at Tufts, from October 2014 to January 2014 for the Committee to Protect Journalists Middle East and North Africa Program. They will assist in researching and writing about the current status of press freedom in Arabic-speaking countries for CPJ’s annual report, Attacks on the Press. They will be required to visit CPJ office in New York several times, including for an orientation and training. Fluency or advanced proficiency in Arabic will be required to read Arabic news articles and reports, listen to Arabic broadcasts, and speak to Arabic sources. Interns will be offered a stipend, including cost of travel, through the IGL. They will be evaluated by CPJ upon completion of the internship. This was initiated as part of the EPIIC year on “The Future of the Middle East and North Africa” in 2013-14.

Candidates should submit their resume, a short writing sample (500-750 words), and a list of 3 references to by September 18, 2014.