News Editorial Internships

Employer High Country News
Location Remote
Type Internship
Apply by October 15, 2022
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Posted on September 8, 2022


High Country News, an award-winning magazine covering the communities and environment of the Western United States, is looking for its next cohort of editorial interns. Interns will dive deep into important stories on issues relevant to the Western U.S., have the opportunity to pursue on-the-ground reporting, and benefit from professional mentorship and career development as well as in-depth magazine journalism experience. Successful candidates will help evolve and expand HCN’s coverage of the West, with an emphasis on stories from and for communities typically underrepresented in the media.

From the desert Southwest to the northern Rockies and beyond, the West is at the center of many of today’s biggest news stories on topics such as climate change, water, wildfire, energy, environmental justice, public lands, extremism, food, agriculture, and Indigenous sovereignty. Candidates will bring curiosity, fair-mindedness and a desire to find and report nuanced stories that help contextualize the history of the West, illuminate its present and examine its possible futures. If you are passionate about producing unique and compelling stories on these topics to inform and inspire readers in the Western U.S. and beyond, we would like to hear from you.

Internships will run for 24 weeks, starting on Monday, January 16, 2023 and ending Friday, June 30, 2023. Internships include coaching and instruction from across HCN’s editorial and art departments. Interns will work with our newsroom editors and leaders to produce reported stories, analysis pieces, Q&As and more.

Interns will work under the general direction of the senior editorial team, and duties will include:

– Writes news, analysis and other in-depth reporting focused on or relevant to the Western U.S.
– Prioritizes reporting and writing for HCN online, though some stories will also run in print. The position requires the on-time submission of at least three stories per month, typically between 500 and 2,000 words.
– Fact-checks stories for print and online as assigned.
– Assists in the production of publishing stories online.
– Provides consistent support to the assigned desk, including attending and participating in editorial meetings, review of story pitches, cultural competency reviews and administrative tasks as assigned.
– Contributes to the editorial vision and success of the magazine through meetings, discussions and public appearances.

High Country News is part of a growing number of newsrooms working to address a historic lack of representation, inclusion and equity in journalism with effective solutions. We welcome applicants from all life experiences and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to apply, including Indigenous people, people of color, people with disabilities, women, LGBTQ+, two spirit and non-binary people, and those from marginalized and low-income backgrounds.

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