Magazine internship opportunity

A fellow adviser posted this great opportunity on Facebook … so I thought I’d share. Check it out:


The full posting can be found here: http://careers. jobs#/detail/4453225


Job Description

High Country News is looking for informed and enthusiastic interns to

report on natural resource, environmental and community issues in the

11 Western states.


Every year, we offer four to six internship positions, each six months

long. Two to three new interns join us each June and January.

Exceptional candidates may have the option of staying on another six

months as an editorial fellow.


Our interns and fellows are a key part of the HCN team; aside from a

few minor tasks such as sorting the mail and answering phones, interns

spend most of their time researching, interviewing, writing, and

developing content — both written and multimedia. We pride ourselves

on fairness, accuracy and good writing, and we expect no less of our



All interns work with the staff Editors to write news stories for the

website and for the newsmagazine, ranging in length from 250 to 1,600

words. Depending on their experience and ability, editorial interns

may also get the opportunity to write a 4,000-word cover story. Our

editing process is rigorous — all copy goes through two layers of

editing and it is not unusual for a story to see six or eight drafts.

Reporting is generally conducted over the phone and the Internet, but

we do have money to send each intern out into the field at least once

to do on-the-ground reporting.


Our interns go on to become leaders in journalism and politics. They

pursue careers as staff reporters, editors, educators, lawyers,

policymakers and freelance writers.


NOTES: 3 openings.

Additional Salary Information: We provide free housing and a $170-per-

week stipend. To help defray moving costs, an additional $500 travel

stipend is available.



For all of our internship positions, some prior journalism experience

and/or education is preferred. We also prefer applicants who are

familiar with HighCountry News and who have lived in the West and are

familiar with its environmental and community issues. We strongly

encourage Native American, Hispanic, and applicants from other under-

represented backgrounds. We strive to hire at least one intern who has

both photographic and journalism background, and familiarity with

audio and visual programs such as Final Cut Pro and Flash. Radio and

video experience is a plus for this intern.


Applicants should send cover letter, résumé, contact information for

three references (phone and email), and three writing samples (plus

multimedia samples, if applicable) — all in HARDCOPY — to:


Sarah Gilman, Associate Editor


High Country News


P.O. Box 1090


Paonia, CO 81428


Applications for the Winter/Spring 2012 internship must be received NO

LATER THAN Oct. 7, 2011. The position starts January 2, 2012 end ends

in mid-June.


Email applications are not accepted (unless you are sending links to

multimedia samples). Please send all writing samples as hardcopy. We

usually receive more than 40 applications per session, and printing

and collating each has proven to be inordinately time-consuming.


For more information, please see about/internship s


High Country News

High Country News, published twice-monthly in Paonia, Colo., is a

nonprofit newsmagazine “for people who care about the West.” It

reaches 25,000 subscribers — an estimated 60,000 readers — including

grassroots activists, public land managers, tribal officials,

government policymakers, educators, students and interested citizens.

The Los Angeles Times has written that High Country News is “the most

influential environmental journal in the Mountain West,” and according

to Newsweek, “High Country News is a must for anyone following land

use issues west of the 100th meridian.” Our hard-hitting coverage has

won many major journalism awards during the past few years, including:


– Utne Independent Press Awards for Best Environmental Coverage and

for Best Local/Regional Coverage – Hillman Prize for Magazine

Journalism – George Polk Award – First Person Narrative award from the

American Society of Journalists and Authors – Science Journalism Award

from the American Association for Advancement of Science – Walter

Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism – James V. Risser

Prize for Western Environmental Journalism


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