News Intern - Columbus

News Columbus, GA


The Ledger-Enquirer seeks a talented breaking news intern reporter to join its award-winning newsroom in Columbus, Georgia, one of the coolest cities in the Deep South.

Join the newsroom that is known for holding accountable those in power. At the Ledger-Enquirer, we put a premium on breaking stories first and as well as investing in hard-nosed, accountability journalism that our audience can’t get anywhere else. 

Our journalism focuses on our local communities, and in that role we have the ability to spotlight problems, highlight solutions and truly make a difference -- all the reasons you got into journalism. And we are part of McClatchy, a digitally driven company focused on innovation, with newsrooms in 30 communities in the United States.

We are located on in west Georgia, not only a lively region for news but an interesting place to live/ with an excellent quality of life. Our community has a vibrant arts and music scene, is known for its food and is about a 90-minute drive to Atlanta.

As our breaking news intern, we’re seeking a versatile and resourceful journalist. You’ll need a passion for crime, courts and trending news and the drive to sift through data, dig through documents and cultivate sources.

In this role, you will need to:

  • Focus on stories that build readership.

  • Master engaging multimedia storytelling.

  • Use social media as a tool to find and develop stories and connect with audiences.

  • Familiarize yourself with requesting court documents, police reports and other public records.

  • Work well in a team environment. 

The successful candidate should meet many, though not necessarily all, of the following requirements:

  • Be a college student

  • Must have reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance.

  • Strong writing skills, excellent news judgment and a demonstrated ability to “see the story” that is going to matter to readers.

  • Commitment to ethics.

  • Ability to build source networks.

  • Ability to work collaboratively to aggressively tackle stories.

  • Comfort with a job that will be demanding, fast-paced and constantly evolving.

To apply, include a persuasive cover letter, your resume and three examples of your best work.

About McClatchy

Our impact is growing every day. 30 growing markets. Over 65 million monthly readers. 56 Pulitzer Prizes. A strong portfolio of dynamic partnerships and smart investments. Our award-winning journalism, digital reach, and commitment to innovative growth have never been stronger. As a member of the McClatchy family, you are part of a flexible, empowering, and exciting culture dedicated to creating a work/life balance and consistent opportunities for growth—a place where you have a voice and the ability to impact our future. It’s an exciting time to be here. Our company is experiencing the most transformative period in its history. We’re growing rapidly in the digital space and delivering award-winning journalism in innovative ways.

McClatchy is committed to providing equal employment opportunity (EEO) for all applicants and employees. McClatchy considers all candidates without regard to basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, medical condition, family care status, pregnancy or physical disability (except where physical fitness is a valid occupational qualification), or any other basis protected by state and federal laws.