News Intern - News Tribune

News Tacoma, WA Remote, United States


The News Tribune values early-career journalists. You are the future of our industry.

Our interns have moved on to become reporters, editors and publishers, both with The News Tribune and elsewhere.

Join us in Tacoma, Washington, as a paid intern and gain practical education and professional experience while having a great time working alongside reporters and editors in our newsroom.

You will work on stories, be assigned a mentor and talk about the ever-changing world of journalism with experts, from our president and regional editor to investigative journalists.

What should you know about our company?

The News Tribune is a Western Washington state news and information company, with our newspaper, website ( and other products on different delivery platforms. We are one of 30 news organizations in the McClatchy Company.

We primarily serve Tacoma-Seattle and the South Puget Sound, specifically Pierce County, covering breaking news, weather, sports and entertainment news. We are an award-winning organization with a reputation for accuracy, fairness, credibility and civic purpose. Our investigations bring about change. Our community involvement touches readers. We deliver information to them quickly and truthfully.

What’s the goal of this internship?

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 take photos, create social media 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. 

How does the internship work?

Our interns are vital and we value them. The program works this way: 

  • Internships are generally 12 weeks, 40 hours per week, and interns are paidSchedule could include weekend hours. 

  • You will learn how to cover a wide variety of local news. This is a general assignment internship that will give you an array of clips and experience. You might write a breaking news story about a crime one day, a profile about a new business opening the next, and a city council measure later in the week. You will be assigned stories and will also be responsible for pitching story ideas throughout the internship. Most interns work with an editor to choose one larger project to work on throughout their time in the newsroom that is published as the culmination of their internship.

  • Each intern, while being assigned to the newsroom and responsive to its supervisors, also has a peer mentor. 

The anticipated base pay range for this position is between $17.50 and $17.50 per hour.  Individual base pay may vary within that range depending on job-related knowledge, skills, experience, relevant education, department equity, training, geography and local wage and hours laws.  

What skills is The News Tribune looking for?

  • The ability to write quickly, accurately and well.

  • Solid news judgment.

  • Self-motivation, 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 preferred.

Does The News Tribune accept applications from visual journalists?

We invite visual journalists looking to sharpen their video and photography skills to apply to our internship program. Visual journalism interns are expected to regularly produce videos and photos as part of our local news coverage.

Do interns participate in sports coverage?

This is a general assignment news internship. We do not offer a sports-specific internship. That being said, when interns have a particular interest in sports journalism, we try to find some opportunities for them to work with our sports reporters during their time in the newsroom.

When are the start and end dates of the internship?

Interns generally join us during the summer, but we are flexible with start and end dates and are happy to consider applicants who would prefer to join us during part of the school year.


What’s the deadline to apply?

We accept applications on a rolling basis. We will remove this posting when our internships for 2024 are finalized.

May interns work remotely?

We expect interns to be in the Tacoma area to report stories throughout our community. You are welcome but not required to work from our office space while you’re here.

Questions about applying?

Are you on the fence about applying? Please do. We’re excited to hear from you. Please include a cover letter, resume and examples of your work as part of your application. You may also include links to personal websites or your portfolio, if available. Send questions to Alexis Krell at [email protected].

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.