Rolling Stone casting journalists for its MTV reality show

MTV’s previously announced Rolling Stone reality series has finally started casting. The show still doesn’t have a name, but it will be a sort of Apprentice starring magazine founder Jann Wenner.

The magazine “is looking for aspiring amateur journalists to compete for a one-year staff position with the magazine — while MTV tapes the competition for a new reality series,” according to its web site. “Working with the magazine’s top editors, competitors will hone their writing skills and secure interviews with major musicians, actors, and politicians.”

To apply, you have to submit the requisite video plus “three writing samples, of at least 200 and not more than 500 words” that “can be on any of the following topics: Music, Film, Television, Fashion, Politics, or general Popular Culture.” While initial reports about the show mentioned that it’s for student journalist, the only age requirement specified now is that applicants “must be at least 18 years of age by June 9, 2006.”

Applications [PDF] are due in two weeks, on April 7. The show will be filmed in New York from June to August.

Casting Call: Our New Reality Show [Rolling Stone]

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