BECOME A PRESSPAD HOST
What does it mean to be a PressPad host?
Basically it’s like having a respected guest in your house. Mentors need to make sure interns have their own room with clean sheets, a towel and there is a place for them to work, charge their phone etc. Interns need to have their own set of keys and access to all important WiFi. Mentors can set limits and lay down ground rules. Each mentor – intern relationship will be different and we’ll be there to help all the time.
Mentors are not expected to provide interns with food during their stay.
At a minimum, they must make sure there is space in the fridge for them to keep their own food. However, we will tell our mentors if any interns have specific allergies or food intolerances we all need to be aware of. You're also not expected to clean up after them. They're your junior colleagues staying over.
If I'm a print journalist, should I just mentor people doing print placements?
Not at all. Regardless of what area of journalism you work or have worked in, you'll have a lot of experience to share with someone who's just starting out. How do you think about a story? How do you integrate into a new workplace? How do you learn from your mistakes? How do you talk to a new boss? Our interns face these, and more questions, regardless of the area of journalism they are going into.
We know journos have busy schedules, with changing shifts, and that breaking news can change all and any plans, but we do ask our mentors to try and make some time to spend with their interns. Nothing that a chat over a cup of tea can't fix.
How does the process work?
- After you've signed up a member of the PressPad team will get in touch with you for a first phone call or email. We talk to all of our hosts ASAP to answer any questions, get to know them etc.
- Then we need to arrange a home visit for safeguarding - this can be in person or over Skype/Facetime to verify the space our interns would have is adequate. Don't worry, we do the same for interns. We call them up, verify who they say they are and confirm their placements.
- After that, whenever there's people who need hosting we send out emails with their dates, placements and little bit about them. If you can help with any of them, you email back.
- Easy peasy. We try and match interns to hosts so their placements are in the same area, or their commute is easier.
- Everybody signs a simple "Contract of Participation" to make sure we all know the rules, and then that's it!
- We introduce you to your intern, and then let the magic happen. We keep our hosts and interns data safely stores and nobody has access except us, so don't worry about that.
What do our hosts get out of this?
Maybe your intern lodger can finally help you understand instagram, or learn something new about where they come from, or give you a new perspective on an old story. Hopefully, this change can then spill over into your newsrooms. Plus, a bit of good karma never hurt anybody.
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