Position Title: Newsroom Intern
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt ($13.00/hr.)
Location: Durango, CO
Reports to: Senior Editor/Deputy Editor
Scope: As a journalism intern for the Durango Herald, you’ll learn how to produce engaging content that fits the style and tone of your publication. During your internship, you’ll take on projects such as conducting interviews, uploading website content and managing the company’s social media accounts. You may also be offered the opportunity to write articles which you can add to your portfolio. If you’re considering a career in journalism, this is the internship for you. Reporters at BCI entities are focused on readership and a growing online audience. We publish three printed editions per week in Durango and once per week in Cortez. We are part of the family-owned Ballantine Communications Inc. BCI owns and operates multiple businesses including The Durango Herald, The Journal newspaper in Cortez, a phone directory, an outdoor recreation magazine and an advertising agency. Our newsrooms have a deep commitment and proud tradition of community journalism.
Essential Responsibilities: Write well-constructed articles based on reliable information Research materials and fact-checking data Show up at press releases and other related events Interview key people and investigate interesting tip-off Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Research: One of the most important skills of a Journalist is having the ability to conduct extensive research. Journalists must know how to verify sources and check all the facts before they present the story to the public.
Strong Written and Verbal Communication: Given that Journalists must write and are often required to present the stories they are researching, they need to have strong written and verbal communication skills.
Storytelling: Stories do not write themselves. No matter how much potential a story has, it will not be well received if the story is not written properly.
Ethics: Given that they have the power to influence and mobilize people over various issues and causes, Journalists must be highly ethical.
Remaining Poised Under Pressure: Given the extreme nature of some news stories as well as the fact that they often work under strict deadlines, Journalists must be able to remain poised under pressure.
Training and Education: Must be majoring in Journalism, Communications, or related field.
Additional Requirements: Position is subject to satisfactory completion of a reference check. A valid driver’s license is also required for this position.
Physical demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This is a largely sedentary role. Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic). While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to, stand, sit; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard reach, stoop kneel to install computer equipment; Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work;
Work Environment: Reporters spend a lot of time in the field, conducting interviews and investigating stories. They travel to be on location for events or to meet contacts and file stories remotely. When not in the field, Reporters will be in an office environment.