November 16, 2011

Journalism internships @ Salt Lake City Weekly

Salt Lake City Weekly, a 60,000-circulation alternative weekly newspaper in Utah, is currently accepting applications for its internship program. While these internships are intended for school credit, it is the student's responsibility to determine if a City Weekly internship will qualify for academic credit.

Student applicants/candidates should have interest and ambitions in journalism. However, the internship is not strictly for journalism students. The internship's main objective is to teach students what goes on behind the scenes in an alternative news organization. They will learn what's involved in producing a weekly paper, from pitching a story idea, reporting and story development to editing, layout and proofing by working with and observing our reporters and editors. Interns play an active role and will be expected to assist with ongoing weekly duties.

Interns will work at City Weekly's Main Street office in downtown Salt Lake City. Office hours will vary. The estimated time commitment will range between 12 and 30 hours/week, with a standard schedule to be established. A half-hour editorial meeting is held Mondays at 1 p.m.

Dates of Internships:
* Winter: Nov. 21, 2011 - Feb. 17, 2012 (13 weeks)
* Spring: Feb. 20, 2012 - May 25, 2012 (13 weeks)
* Summer: May 28, 2012 - Aug. 24, 2012 (13 weeks)
Interns are expected to attend weekly editorial meetings and develop/pitch story ideas along with the rest of the edit staff.

In addition to writing, each intern will be assigned ongoing weekly duties that may include:
* Collecting and verifying letters to the editor
* Researching nightclub calendars and Web pages and updating music listings
* Assisting Listings Editor with research and inputting A&E listings
* Other special projects
While internships are unpaid, interns will be compensated at standard freelancer rates for any published story. This ranges from $50 to $75 for most stories. In addition, at the completion of the internship, each intern will receive a $100 stipend.

Interested students should mail or e-mail a cover letter, resume and references to City Weekly at least one month prior to desired internship. Prospective candidates will be contacted for an interview. Contact: editor@cityweekly.net.

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