SPA Summer 2017 Internship: Software, Coding & Digital News

SPA Summer 2017 Internship: Software, Coding & Digital News

SPA Summer 2017 Internship: Software, Coding & Digital News

We’re super excited to announce our first exciting opportunity. A day shadowing Elliot Davies, a newsroom developer at the Times and Sunday Times. We all know digital news is slowly (*extremely quickly) taking over the industry – and with this in mind we’ve gone down the online route for our first placement.

– So, what is it?
Elliot works in software development but with an editorial focus. This means that he sits in the newsroom and helps journalists figure out the best ways to tell stories through interactive graphics and online tools – and also builds tools for journalists to use. This opportunity is a bit different to the standard work experience placement, as it mainly consists of programming. An understanding (or even an interest!) in coding is key here.

You don’t need to be a Computer Science student but you do need to be that way inclined. The specific technologies are HTML, CSS and JavaScript, but experience using these is less important than having an overall interest. Someone who has programmed in another language, for example, would be fine.

– Who will I be working with?
Elliot is a newsroom developer at The Times & Sunday Times, where he helps journalists develop new methods of digital storytelling. He’s a trustee and former development officer of the SPA, and while at the University of St Andrews was the editor of independent student newspaper The Saint.

– And what do I need to do?
Send a CV and covering letter to Megan Baynes ( and Dan Falvey ( by the 18TH AUGUST AT MIDNIGHT. Remember to tell us why we should pick you!

Successful applicants will then be informed within a week and will liaise with Elliot to find a day to shadow that best suits them. Good luck – and any CV advice or questions please get in touch with any of the exec!

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