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