2017 APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 28, 2017
The Skagway News is a bimonthly paper serving the community and surrounding areas. Located in the heart of the downtown historic district, the newsroom looks onto Broadway Street from the second story of a beautifully restored Klondike Gold Rush building dating back to 1898. The downstairs serves as the newsstand and book store, a staple for locals and visitors alike.
The Skagway News has a winter circulation of 900 and a summer circulation of 1,200. The population dwindles to 850 in the winter months and surges to 2,000 in the summer. Seasonal residents’ primary livelihood is catering to more than 800,000 visitors in the five-month tourist season.
Located at the northern end of the Southeast Alaska panhandle, Skagway is 103 miles north of Juneau, the state capital. It can be reached by Alaska Marine Highway from Bellingham, Wash., the Klondike Highway from Alaska and the Lower 48, or air from Juneau (via Seattle) or Whitehorse, Yukon (via Vancouver, B.C.).
Despite being one of the smallest papers in the state, The Skagway News has been judged one of the best non-daily newspapers in Alaska, and routinely wins Alaska Press Club awards. Skagway is one of Alaska’s busiest cruise ports and in the top 25 worldwide, keeping reporters busy all year long. Duties include covering various port and tourism-related issues, local government meetings, following summertime adventure races and events, and previewing municipal and state elections. Features are always welcome and appreciated.
The Skagway News offers a summer-long internship for a general assignment reporter/assistant editor. In the last 35 years, the paper has had 20 summer interns, four of which have gone on to work full-time for the paper. Others have taken jobs at dailies or bureaus (Tacoma, Phoenix, Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks, St. Cloud, Skagit Valley, Vacaville, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Los Angeles) and community weeklies (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, North Carolina, Wyoming, Colorado, Illinois).
The newsroom has an easy-going but professional atmosphere. Reporters are required to keep track of their responsibilities and stay on top of their stories. While a bi-monthly sounds relaxed, the workload can creep up come deadline. The reporter should have a lot of initiative, be able to multi-task and be responsible for themselves. We are looking for a person who will seek out stories on top of their assignments. The applicant should be comfortable using a camera, or at least be willing to learn, and should have some design experience. Bringing a camera of your own is highly recommended. Interns are a part of every aspect of the papers: stories, photos, design, etc.
Applicant should be a rising junior or senior enrolled in a journalism school or a recent graduate of a journalism school. Exceptions can be made for qualified sophomores or non-journalism majors who have extensive experience on a college daily or weekly. The Skagway News is an equal opportunity employer. Only U.S. citizens should apply, unless currently attending a U.S. university under a student visa that will allow the student to work in the U.S. If a student is not in the U.S. then he/she is responsible for obtaining necessary visas.
This is a paid internship, offering the following compensation:
• $800 per month for newspaper work for a 3-month or longer period.
• Free housing in apartment attached to the newsroom.
• Round-trip transportation from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Seattle, Bellingham or Vancouver (If the school’s internship program requires a visit by the student’s advisor, the cost of the advisor’s trip must be covered by the school or the intern). The publisher reserves the right to select the best method of travel to get the intern to and from the job in a timely manner and at the most reasonable cost.
Attached to the newsroom are the reporter’s living quarters. The provided room is equipped with a bed, nightstand and small closet, and has it’s own entry. Adjacent to the bedroom is the original dark room, which has been converted into a kitchen, complete with sink, microwave and electric skillet. The kitchen and bathroom are shared by the intern and other staff.
Applicants must be able to enter Canada and need a passport to do so. The paper is printed at the Whitehorse Star, a daily in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, which is a 110-mile drive along the scenic Klondike Highway.
Notable summer events include:
• The Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay
• The Skagway Marathon
• The Yukon River Quest
• The Fourth of July (It’s something you’ll never forget.)
• Summer solstice
• NorthWind Writers Symposium
• Fran DeLisle Cancer Awareness Walkathon
• Pat Moore Memorial Game Fish Derby
Interns will have free time to use however they wish. With multiple hiking trails located minutes from the newsroom, adventure is around every corner.
The newsroom operates solely on Apple computers. Photos are edited with Photoshop CC, and the paper is laid out on InDesign CC. While experience in above applications is a plus, it is not required.
Interns will also assist in editing the website and posting to social media accounts.
What to send:
Applicants for the internship should send PDF files of story clips, resume, cover letter, two letters of recommendation and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or via US mail to :
Do not send FedEx or UPS. No faxes, please. Please provide an e-mail address and phone number where you can be reached. Finalists will be interviewed by telephone and/or Skype. A selection of the intern and alternate will follow. Acceptance should be confirmed by mid-March.
The summer internship may begin as early as May 5 and end as late as September 15, but will depend on school schedules. A minimum of 12 weeks (six issues) is required.
Questions on the internship are welcomed and should be directed to the editor: Daniel Fox at email@example.com, or by phone at 907-983-2354 on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Alaska Standard Time, which is one hour earlier than the West Coast, and four hours earlier than the East Coast.
DEADLINE: February 28, 2017 (received).
We look forward to hearing from you, and good luck!