Claire Riobé: Having enough time to think before writing

November 12, 2019

In June 2019, the MediaLab Campus project awarded grants to ten female students and five male students studying journalism in schools across Europe and the Mediterranean and looking to undertake an internship in a foreign media outlet over the summer. Claire Riobé, a student at Sciences-Po Paris is interning at Terre Sainte Magazine (Holy Land Magazine) in Jerusalem since September.

I first heard of the MediaLab Campus Grant at my journalism school in Paris. Many of us students wanted to apply for an internship abroad, and we started to pass on the information between each other. Having previously lived in the Middle East, I wanted to go back to that same region for a year and to train for field work in a country that I did not know, Israel.

I am sure that I would not have been able to finish this 9-month internship in Jerusalem if I hadn't received that grant. Not only has it allowed me to buy my plane ticket Israel-France, but to also cover my day-to-day expenses for food and transportation in the city. This grant was a real stepping stone for me because I got the chance to train for reporting in the Middle East, a job which I wanted to work in for years. I know it is a demanding job, and that it is especially difficult for a young woman, but it is also very thrilling.

Being an intern at Terre Sainte Magazine in Jerusalem is completely different from what I had experienced at my journalism school in France. My head editor sends me to the field on a quasi-daily basis and asks me to meet and interview as many actors in the political, cultural, and religious life in the region like a supervisor at the Première Urgence à Gaza NGO, or even a priest of the Christian Armenian community in the Middle East.

Seeing that Terre Sainte Magazine is a bimonthly magazine, I am also able to dedicate some time to write and produce files and required feature articles. "Having enough time" to think before writing and not having to work with urgency are two things that I am enjoying here. This internship showed me a facet of journalism that I wouldn't have been able to experience in Paris. In addition to that, we are a small 4-person team, which also allows me to train in photo editing, data visualization, and coding, all while continuing to write and edit my articles on a regular basis. Month after month, I am acquiring more and more competencies, and I am finding this greatly enriching!
A big thank you to MediaLab Campus for this opportunity, and for its constant work with us future journalists!"