Four New Young Journalists Announced for ongoing internship

Posted on Wed 8 Oct 2014
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A filmmaker, a popular vlogger, a DJ and a comedy writer team up for Rife Magazine’s second round of paid internships.

A collaboration between Watershed and Bristol Youth Links, Rife is an online platform by young people for young people covering events, local news and social issues. A diverse team curate the online magazine, ensuring that its stories and articles are relevant and interesting to other young people just like them.

Following a call for applications last month and a rigorous selection process today Rife announces the appointment of Sham Ahmed, Sammy Jones, Molly Perryman and Jess Connett who will take their places on the second round of paid internships at Rife magazine.

(Image LtoR - Sham Ahmed and Sammy Jones)

Sham Ahmed, one of Rife Magazine’s new young journalists, said:

‘Rife to me is the organisation Bristol and its people has been waiting for, something that isn't cheesy, but actually something that presents a great opportunity for Bristol's lovely population to have a voice, to convey their talents, get some positive vibes or to simply just have a laugh. I want to be a part of the team that ensures Rife is where it needs to be.’

In the very capable hands of the first four talented interns Rife Magazine successfully launched in June and since then has had over 40,000 page visits, 5,000 YouTube views, over 1,000 Twitter followers and even had a spat with British artist Jake Chapman on why young people don’t feel welcome in cultural institutions.

These paid internships give young people an opportunity to gain experience in a working press room, where they can increase their skillsets and create the majority of Rife’s content.

Working with their award-winning editor and producer, they hold weekly editorial meetings where they pitch ideas, schedule content, and post on social media (Rife has homes on YouTube, Instagram, Vine and Twitter to name but a few), providing relevant and interesting content for Bristol’s youth – ranging from social issues to politics, arts to sport, film to – yes – cat gifs.

(Image LtoR - Molly Perryman and Jess Connett)

Sammy, Jess, Sham and Molly will be taking over the reins of Rife from their launch team of Little Ryan, Shin_LoveLife, Adibah and Jon to deliver Bristol’s most refreshing and original website.

Head over to Rife magazine to see what they’ll be getting up to over the next 6 months.

Molly Perryman says:

‘Rife is a place for the young people of Bristol to come together. Becoming a young journalist for Rife is very exciting as it will hopefully allow myself to gain more confidence by exploring deeper into the city as well as meeting a lot of new people!’

Nikesh Shukla, Rife Magazine Editor says:

‘We were blown away by the strength of the applications for this round of Rife internships. I think this is down to the solid launch period that has seen us hit the ground running and produce interesting, diverse and brilliant content. I’m really excited about this new set of interns because they, like our first lot, show the breadth of experience, DIY attitude, willingness to better themselves and bags of ideas that is so prevalent in young people today. Whoever said young people were lazy, feckless and directionless has obviously never met one. These guys are inspirational, creative and aspire to go on to big things.’