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Intern Case Study: Jonathan Petre

From January 11th – March 12th 2018, the Modernist Podcast ran a Kickstarter funding drive, raising money to help us cover essential costs. We smashed all our initial targets, allowing us to hire two student interns. In this blog our research intern Jon reports on his time working for the podcast.

How was your overall experience interning for the Modernist Podcast?

I enjoyed my time working with the Modernist Podcast. Because the nature of my role (research intern) was distance-based, I had little face-to-face contact with the Modernist Podcast team, but communicating with my colleagues has been a very easy and reliable way of liaising. Any problems or queries that I had were resolved very quickly through this method, so I ran into very few difficulties in the course of my research. I found my colleagues at the Modernist Podcast to be welcoming and supportive, and overall my experience was extremely positive. I was given the chance to work independently and with a lot of responsibility (re. how I carried out my research, how I managed and used my time) which gave me the freedom to take my research in the direction I felt was best, without fear that, if I did run into any confusion or difficulty, the rest of the team would be unavailable to ask for help.

Do you feel that your time interning for the Modernist Podcast has been useful to you?

Interning for the Modernist Podcast has been extremely useful to me in many ways. As a prospective Masters (and possible PhD) student, the internship gave me a wider experience of working in academia and with academics, which has given me more perspective with which to view my future prospects within the field of academia. Outside of this academic side, my main career goal is to work in the heritage or arts sector, and so the actual work of researching Nottingham’s cultural heritage has been invaluable in giving me experience of the sort of work that I’d like to be doing professionally. I hope in the future to be involved with many more projects like ‘Walking with Lawrence’ and the Modernist Podcast.

What were your favourite parts of the Modernist Podcast? Why?

I very much enjoyed meeting Sean Richardson, my main manager at the Modernist Podcast. It was great to talk through what needed to be done for my internship and to gain an insight into both how the project was being run at the other end, as well as to discuss the field of academia in general and how the cultural sector in general operates as a form of employment. As for my actual research, I divided my work into two halves: one focused on biographic and epistolary material, all of which was found quite easily at my University’s library; for the rest of the time I worked with more unique resources, including rarer monographs and existing (though outdated) heritage pamphlets and guides, at the Manuscripts and Special Collections Library of the University. Working with in the manuscripts library was probably my favourite part of the internship. I have used specialised archives and libraries before, but only minimally, and though my time at Manuscripts for ‘Walking with Lawrence’ was short, it still gave me more practice and more experience in dealing with archive material.

Find out about our other intern, Naomi Baguley, here.

Interns were paid above living wage at a rate of £9.00 / hour.

Intern Case Study: Naomi Baguley

From January 11th – March 12th 2018, the Modernist Podcast ran a Kickstarter funding drive, raising money to help us cover essential costs. We smashed all our initial targets, allowing us to hire two student interns. In this blog our social media intern Naomi reports on her time working for the podcast.

How was your overall experience interning for the Modernist Podcast?

Very positive! I really enjoyed the tasks I was set, as they ranged from analytical to creative.

Do you feel that your time interning for the Modernist Podcast has been useful to you?

Yes. I have just finished the first year of a 2 year MA so I am not imminently applying for PhDs, but I know that when I do the work I’ve done with the Modernist Podcast will set me in good stead. I have been able to engage with a global research community, and that has been both interesting and useful for the way I approach my current degree and my future. I have also benefited from the practical aspects of the tasks, such as learning about twitter analytics and scheduling: these are skills that I am sure will be useful to me in future work.

What were your favourite parts of interning for the Modernist Podcast?

I loved creating twitter polls and threads! I also really enjoyed creating a report based on our twitter analytics, actually more than I thought I would. It was fascinating to see what kind of tweets get the most engagement and how we could improve in the future. All of the tasks meant that I got to research a new topic or method, so I enjoyed all of them.

How did you feel you were managed by the host of the Modernist Podcast?

I felt supported and well informed by Sean at all times. He was on-hand for any and all questions I had, and was very understanding when I had to skip a week of work due to illness! I could tell that he had put thought into making the tasks engaging and creative, as well as useful for the podcast. I felt that the tasks were all appropriate for the 2 hours a week time allocation, and the report took the 4 hours allocated.

Find out about our other intern, Jon Petre, here.

Interns were paid above living wage at a rate of £9.00 / hour.

Kickstarter Update

Transparency and accountability.

From January 11th – March 12th 2018, the Modernist Podcast ran a Kickstarter funding drive, raising money to help us cover essential costs, as well as hire an intern. These costs will allow us to keep producing the podcast freely for the next two years, bringing modernist culture to a mass audience, and aiding international critical dialogue.

Our initial funding goal was £150. We are delighted to say, we exceeded all targets, raising £413 over just 60 days. Due to this, we have been able to hire two interns, Naomi Baguley and Jon Petre. In the interest of transparency, this post outlines what we will be doing with the money.

Firstly, it is important to note that Kickstarter levies a fee for its services. Due to this, we received £374.14 in funding. As outlined, we will be using some of the money to continue hosting the WordPress site. Alongside this, we have hired two student interns. Finally, we will be professionalising our branding by working with an outside illustrator, who will produce merchandising and logos for the podcast. We hope that by selling merchandise we will be able to independently raise money, which will help mitigate any other costs attributed to the podcast and, if enough is made, run our internship scheme again next year. We will be keeping some money back for intern expenses (train tickets, subsistence etc), should these arise. If they do not, the money will be channelled elsewhere, and a further update made. As such, of our money will be distributed as follows:

  • WordPress Hosting. £30/Year. 2 Years. £60.
  • Social Media Intern. £9/Hour, 2 Hours a Week, 6 weeks. £108.
  • Research Intern. £9/Hour, 2 Hours a Week, 3 Weeks. £54.
  • Merchandising and Branding: £70.
  • Intern Expenses: £80.

Total: £372

As part of our Kickstarter campaign, our backers received a website thank you, which can be found here. As well as this, our backers received an on-air thank you. This was included at the beginning of Episode 13, which can be found here. One backer pledged enough to help us choose a theme of an upcoming episode. Discussions are being held with said backer, and the episode will air in 2019.

If you have any questions, we would be happy to answer these. Just email us at: ModernistPodcast@gmail.com

 

 

 

The Modernist Podcast is hiring!

We are looking for a student to join our team as a paid intern.

The Modernist Podcast is looking to hire a UK-based social media intern to help support our work. This is a paid position and a great opportunity for a student to gain experience in an academic-focused social media role. As our intern, you will be responsible for scheduling social media posts, writing blogs and helping with a social media report. We envisage that the intern will be an undergraduate looking to move onto an MA, or an MA student looking to move on to a PhD. If you have any questions, please contact our host at modernistpodcast@gmail.com

Job Profile.
Equality and Diversity Form.

To apply, please send a one-page CV and a personal statement of 250 words, stating why you are interested in the role. Applications close March 1st 2018.

Modernist Archive Share

Launching our new campaign. Offer a little of your time to help others.

Supporting Other Scholars.

Archives are essential to modernist research. In the wake of fantastic digitization ventures such as MAPP and the Modernist Journals Project, this has never been more obvious. The Beinecke, the Harry Ransom Center, the Huntington Library, The Keep and a broad range of other repositories are continually plundered with fervour. Nonetheless, for many, archives remain inaccessible. Fiscal constraints, childcare issues, disabilities and more prevent researchers from travelling to archives across the globe, even for a short time. That is why the Modernist Podcast is launching a new campaign, set to run throughout 2018.

For the next twelve months, we will be trialing a new page on the site: Archive Share. On this page researchers will be able to offer a small portion of their time photographing, scanning or taking notes on another scholar’s behalf. We hope that this will make archive material more accessible, encourage knowledge sharing, foster collaboration, allow relationships to be formed and spark interesting research. In the age of digital humanities, our collaborative potential expands ever outwards to new and exciting horizons. Within this landscape, time sharing is a small, but important, gesture.

Whether you are visiting an archive for a week and can offer an hour, or you live next door to an archive and can offer a day a month, we heartily encourage researchers from all corners of modernist studies to share a little of their time. The campaign will only be as strong as its members, so please do spread the word and consider supporting your peers. During this process, we ask researchers to be mindful and respectful of rules set by archives, as well as to comply with copyright law.

Interested? Offer your time here.

 

Record at #MSA19

From August 10th – 13th, the Modernist Podcast will be recording at the Modernist Studies Association Conference in Amsterdam. This is a great chance for all researchers at MSA19 to get involved, whether they are presenting or visiting.

The podcast will be able to record at a hotel in the centre of Amsterdam from the 10th-13th, as well as your lodgings should you wish. To get involved, email us at modernistpodcast@gmail.com with the panel you would like to be on, and a brief description on your research. We accept exceptional MA students, PhDs or ECRs within two years of their viva. If you are a early career researcher, consider getting involved, and if you are an academic, help our work by sharing this call-out with your students. You can check out the full schedule for here.

Many thanks!

The Modernist Podcast

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Record in the USA

From May 14th – May 30th, the Modernist Podcast will be recording in the USA. This is a great chance for all researchers based within or visiting the New Haven or Boston area to get involved, whether they are at Yale, Harvard, Northeastern, Boston University or beyond.

The podcast will be able to record at Yale from the 16th-23rd and in Boston from the 24th – 29th. To get involved, email us at modernistpodcast@gmail.com with the panel you would like to be on, and a brief description on your research. We accept exceptional MA students, PhDs or ECRs within two years of their viva. If you are a early career researcher, consider getting involved, and if you are an academic, help our work by sharing this call-out with your students. You can check out the full schedule for here.

Many thanks!

The Modernist Podcast

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