A small news picture agency with a record of journalistic excellence is searching for a news writing intern to write stories and assist others with writing stories for publication on the agency's redesigned website. In time, the stories may also be published by newspapers, magazines and other websites as part of an expanded regional news service the agency hopes to create.
Starting out, the intern will primarily be responsible for backgrounding press releases to write police and government beat stories. However, enterprise reporting is always encouraged and abundant opportunities exist for a motivated candidate to cover a variety of news and feature stories in the beats which interest them most.
The intern will be working with and mentored by seasoned journalists and journalism educators with decades of experience working for local, state and national publications. The intern will be treated as a valued member of the team, not slave labor. Educational and networking opportunities abound.
The ideal candidate would already be familiar with AP style and have collegiate media experience with at least some professional experience (freelance or internship) preferred. High school students or writers with no journalistic experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The intern will work remotely, so they must be comfortable and proficient with the various forms of technology required for successful telecommuting (email, online content management systems, etc.). The intern must be fluent in English. Primary preference will be given to applicants living in (or with substantial knowledge of) the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.
The minimum committment required from the intern will be just one hour per day, five days per week for three months. The intern won't have a set schedule, but will be responsible for meeting various deadlines. College students seeking an internship for academic credit are strongly encouraged to apply.
This is a paid internship, but the pay is entirely performance-based (tied to story page views) with no minimum amount of compensation guaranteed. However, the compensation is open-ended and will continue even after the internship ends, so this a great opportunity with unlimited earning potential for a smart, motivated self-starter who never makes the same mistake twice.
To apply, email a cover letter, résumé and five writing samples demonstrating your news and/or feature writing ability to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll forward them to the publisher. PDF format is preferred for the résumé, while links or Word documents are preferred for the writing samples (links to published work in lieu of attachments are also acceptable). Please put "News internship application (your name)" in the subject line of the email, replacing "your name" with your actual name. An editor will respond to applicants of interest.