The Inlander accepts internship applications year-round. Applicants are considered for various positions (see below) and should indicate their preferences:
1. Culture/Calendar Writing: Write stories and assist Culture and Calendar Editors; flexible shifts (10+ hours/week); work with other reporters on projects; blog for Inlander.com.
2. Photo: Shoot photographs for publication; also learn to process and edit images for print; report to Art Director.
3. Multimedia/Video/Web: Assist Web Editor in managing online content; work on videos, slideshows and other multimedia projects; blog for Inlander.com.
4. News Writing: Write at least one article a week; flexible shifts (10+ hours/week); work with other reporters on projects; blog for Inlander.com.
Since these are UNPAID positions, we strive to offer interns solid, real-world experience. Interns will get the opportunity to work in a professional newspaper environment alongside veteran reporters and writers. They will have access to staff meetings and critiques, where they'll learn how our weekly paper works.
Pay: N/A. Interns may receive minimal compensation for exceptional work.
Duration: 3-4 months
Requirements: Access to a car; genuine interest in journalism.
TO APPLY: Send a resume and three writing samples or a photo portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also please include a letter explaining: 1. Your availability and the number of hours per week you could work; 2. What do you hope to get out of an internship here? Are you considering a career in journalism? NO PHONE CALLS.
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
Easy answer: Check out what we already do. Read The Inlander, Inlander.com, and our other publications: InHealthNW, a health-focused publication; and Annual Manual, a glossy magazine about living in the Inland Northwest.
DO WE PAY EXPENSES?
Not usually. Check with us ahead of time if you want to spend our money.
HOW ABOUT ARTWORK AND PHOTOS?
We typically prefer to take care of art ourselves, but you're welcome to submit photos, drawings, diagrams, etc., for additional compensation, if we use your submission. Rates will be agreed upon before publication.
WHO SHOULD YOU PITCH?
Commentary: Publisher Ted S. McGregor Jr. (email@example.com)
News: Editor Jacob H. Fries (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Arts/Music/Food: Mike Bookey (email@example.com)
Photography: Chris Bovey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Editor: Anne McGregor (email@example.com)
Editor: Tamara McGregor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We appreciate that freelancers are trying to make a living, and we're willing to accommodate most requests, but in all cases, we need to know up front what we're dealing with.
Unless a different arrangement is negotiated before publication, our freelance fee for articles/images includes first-time serial rights, nonexclusive Web use, archival rights (microfilm, microfiche, etc.), and the right to publish in anthologies. We also assume permission to make articles/images available via third-party online databases such as AltWeeklies.com. Our fee also includes nonexclusive reprint rights, but it allows you to retain rights to sell or republish the article/image in non-competing markets outside of our distribution area, which spans west to Cheney, Wash., north to Deer Park and Sandpoint, Idaho, east to Kellogg, Idaho, and south to Moscow/Pullman.
CONFLICTS & DISCLOSURES
Please do not pitch stories for which you have a conflict of interest. In other words, you cannot write about institutions or people in which you have some personal or financial stake. Also, we must thoroughly review story pitches that involve your friends or family. Disclosure in such cases can mitigate possible conflicts to our satisfaction, but it must be made in advance.
We also want to know if you've written a previous version of your proposed story for another publication.
Furthermore, we expect that you will not "repackage" or rewrite content you've produced for us and then sell to competitors in our market. (Competitors include all print publications and websites based in our distribution area.)
For example, if we assign you to interview Bob Dylan and write a Q&A for us, you would be prohibited from repackaging that content for an article to be sold in our market. In another example, if you write about a local band or a local restaurant for us, we expect that you would not write about the same band or restaurant for a competing publication for six months and, if at that time you were to do so, the article must be substantially different from the one we published. We understand this could create some gray areas and invite your questions or concerns.
A staff position or a contract job with a competing publication in our market area will constitute a conflict of interest and preclude you from contributing to The Inlander or its sister publications.
Write Editor Jacob H. Fries (email@example.com).