Interns will typically work directly on projects in coordination with OPTV staff. Interns are expected to participate in Our Planet TV’s video documentary planning and production projects. Our Planet TV hopes to gain various perspectives from individuals with diverse backgrounds, including those from the international community. Interns are encouraged to share ideas and opinions that may lead to more effective and creative journalism. OPTV and its interns may be able to create the change that traditional media cannot.
Interns may assist with the following (not all activities/events will be available every term):
- Regular programming on nonprofit activities in Japan
These are team projects including other student interns and volunteers, most of whom are Japanese. Possible roles include reporter/interviewer, camera operation, and editing.
- “Views from an Intern” program
Interns are encouraged to independently plan and produce their own program for webcasting during the course of the internship. Opportunities to learn and improve production skills will be provided through OPTV’s regular workshops.
Regular events include anniversary celebrations, film screenings, media study camp, and film festivals across Japan. Interns will primarily support in planning of events, but may also provide on-site support or take part in events.
- Outreach to international community
OPTV’s current audience is predominantly Japanese, but they would like to expand their network by enhancing English language materials and increasing participation in production work. Interns are encouraged to develop contacts to help OPTV expand its audience.
- Translation, website, and communications
Interns can help translate narratives of OPTV’s existing work into English (or other languages as applicable). Work will be supervised by a professional. Print and website materials can also be drafted and translated.
Interns may have the opportunity to write a paper on alternative/grassroots media (perhaps a comparison of alternative media in the US and Japan) to be presented at the end of their internship.
Interns may support and take part in regular, hands-on workshops.