"Join us in the fall as a paid intern and gain practical education, professional experience and have a great time working alongside reporters and editors in our newsroom.
Our company: The Bellingham Herald is one of 30 news organizations in the McClatchy Company. We’re a county-wide news and information company, with our newspaper, website (bellinghamherald.com) and other products on different delivery platforms.
We serve Whatcom County, Wash., an outdoor paradise and college town on the coast between Seattle, Wash., and Vancouver, B.C. We are an award-winning organization with a reputation for accuracy, fairness, credibility and civic purpose. Our investigations bring about change.
The fall internship/core mission: Our goals are many. First is to educate and train aspiring journalists in the principles and rigors of their desired profession. Second is to bring new voices to our newsroom to give us fresh perspectives. Third is to put you to work – you will write stories (or photos or program out social plans or make videos). Fourth, this can be a try-out. We are surveying and assessing future journalists either to fill jobs or to recommend to our colleagues in other news organizations around the nation. McClatchy interns have moved on to become reporters, editors and publishers.
The program/supervision/support: Our interns are vital and we value them. The program works this way:
Internships are 10 weeks, 40 hours per week, and interns earn $14.69 an hour. Schedule could include weekend hours. Depending on COVID-19 restrictions, this could be a remote position. With the fall school year, this can be 16 weeks at 24 hours per week.
Interns learn how to cover local news, features, business and more.
Each intern, while being assigned to a department and responsive to its supervisors, also has a mentor. This is the editor who oversees them, guides them, helps solve problems.
Intern can work in multimedia as well, creating content and crafting social for digital platforms.
Please include examples of your work and resume. You may also include links to personal websites or your portfolio, if available. Please apply using Jobvite.com.
The ability to write quickly, accurately and well;
Solid news judgment;
Driven, with an instinctive grasp of what will engage your audience;
A deep grasp of what drives interest on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms;
A strong entrepreneurial spirit, good curiosity and high energy;
A collaborative style that works comfortably across teams spread throughout the office and company.
A familiarity with entry-level video editing platforms is helpful.