Metpro is a unique program designed to help beginning journalists launch careers and boost diversity in the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune newsrooms.
We're seeking high-potential, highly motivated aspiring journalists with diverse backgrounds or life experiences. The program's main thrust is to provide participants - recent college graduates or journalists with limited professional experience - the training and support necessary to put them on a fast track to success.
Metpro is not an internship but a formal program customized to help trainees realize their goals. Each participant can expect:
- Formal mentoring.
- Frequent performance evaluations and coaching.
- A thorough grounding in journalism ethics and relevant laws pertaining to libel and privacy.
- An opportunity to cover communities, including cops, courts and city councils.
- A thorough understanding of public records and research tools.
- An opportunity to prepare stories for the Web and build digital skills.
You can apply directly to the newsroom of your choice. If you are curious, creative and motivated, if you want to watch history as it unfolds and have a strong desire to be a part of one of our newsrooms, then come join the Metpro graduates who have found success.
How to Apply
Download the application form, the evaluation form and the writing test. (You will need evaluations from three references, and they can be emailed directly.) Please make sure your application packet is complete. A checklist is included in the application form. Mail your packet directly to the newsroom of your choice; we do not accept applications by email. You may apply to both. Please note that the Los Angeles Times also welcomes applications from copy editors, page designers, photographers/visual journalists and interactive graphics/data journalists. Visual journalists should complete the required forms, including the writing test, and submit a portfolio with a minimum of 20 single images and three complete photo stories or multimedia presentations on a DVD, flash drive or through a link to a personal website. Copy editing finalists will be asked to take an additional skills test.
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Tracy Van Moorlehem
Deputy Metro Editor
435 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60611
Los Angeles Times
Director of News Development
202 W. 1st St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Metpro Site Admin
Photo compilation: Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press