And here's how you can play a role.

An intro. Good Monday morning! Tonight I’m headed to Chicago for the Elevate! Local Media conference. Excited to learn more about sustainable local media models and audience best practices.

Next week’s newsletter will be a roundup of what I learned from the conference and any other interesting insights.

Headed there as well or based in Chicago? Let’s chat.

Talk to me. As always, I’m available by simply responding to this email, on Twitter at @adriana_lacy or by email at

Well, let’s get to it. About two weeks ago, I launched in hopes of connecting students to paid internships in the media industry. The idea started after I did a Twitter callout asking for internship recommendations to share with the students I teach at USC. From there, so many people reached out to me asking to share the internship opportunities, so I decided to just make a database to publicly share all of the opportunities.

If you’re a student or know students interested in journalism, marketing, public relationships or somewhere in between, be sure to take advantage of the site. There are also entry-level jobs and fellowships for those just starting out in their career.

I’m also looking for media professionals to volunteer as mentors for students who use the database. Mentors would participate in virtual office hours through Calendly and decide what works for them in terms of availability.

Each mentor is responsible for their own Calendly link and figuring out their own availability. Most mentors only offer up one or two half-hour coaching slots a week.

I’m looking for mentors from all sorts of areas, from freelancers to data reporters to engineers to product managers to audience editors and more. If you're interested in signing up, please fill out the form below and I’ll get back to you.

Apply to be a mentor

Some Media Reads. Let’s talk about Google! Google announced that it will prioritize what the company defines as “original reporting” in search results. The full release is below as well as a link to a Twitter thread I wrote with some thoughts about the changes.

Elevating original reporting in Search — Google

“While we typically show the latest and most comprehensive version of a story in news results, we've made changes to our products globally to highlight articles that we identify as significant original reporting. Such articles may stay in a highly visible position longer.”

The Atlantic (re)joins the metered paywall club, with digital subscriptions starting at $49.99/year — Nieman Lab

“As the paywall rolls out, the question now is how many readers will be ready to pay for yet another digital news subscription”

‘Journalism Thinking’ doesn’t need a business model. It needs a call to arms — Christopher Wink

“The question then isn’t “what is the business model for local journalism” but rather “how do we expand and defend journalism thinking?”’

A song for the week

We’re a week away from the end of summer. Here’s a summer hit that will ease you into the fall season.

A tweet for the week

Long live the press.

A story (er, illustrations?) for the week

Publishing a Book, by the Numbers — The New Yorker

Illustration: Michelle Rial 

That’s all for this week. Thanks, and have a great week.

— Adriana