Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Internship, The Newspapers of Iowa County

Summer 2013 Journalism Internship
The Newspapers of Iowa County

Are you looking for that perfect first professional opportunity in newspapers? Do you enjoy meeting people with a wide range of personalities and learning about what goes on in your community? Are you adept at summarizing information and conveying it in a clear and concise way? If so, the NEWSpapers of Iowa County – publishers of the Pioneer-Republican of Iowa County, Marengo; and Williamsburg Journal Tribune – is looking for just such a person to serve as a summer intern.

We are looking for the right candidate who can assist the editorial staff with covering meetings, writing features and helping out wherever else needed. The ideal candidate is from Iowa (preferably Iowa, Johnson, Linn or Poweshiek counties), in college (at least finishing his/ her sophomore year) and working toward a degree in journalism, mass communications or a related field; and is looking for that first big step into the world of mass media.

The hours will vary, but should not exceed 10 hours per week. Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Someone who can cover a meeting at least once or twice a month, and an occasional feature. Some stories will be assigned, but the best candidates will be able to offer ideas of their own. You may also be asked to assist with breaking news as needed. 
  • Photography skills are a plus but not required. Depending on your skills, we’ll have you assist with coverage at weekend events in our coverage area along with the Iowa County Fair. 

Candidates are asked to send a resume and 3-5 clips to NEWSpapers of Iowa County, Attn: Brian Rathjen, P.O. Box 208, Marengo, Iowa 52301, or email to No phone calls, please.

The Pioneer-Republican and Williamsburg Journal Tribune – along with our sister newspapers the Star Press-Union, Belle Plaine; and Poweshiek Chronicle-Republican, Grinnell – are owned by the Des Moines Register and Tribune Co., a division of Gannett Co. (the owners of the USA Today, the Iowa City Press-Citizen and many other newspapers nationwide).

Education Reporter, The Ames Tribune

Education/News Reporter
The Ames (Iowa) Tribune 

The Ames Tribune has a full-time opening for an experienced education and/or news reporter to cover Iowa State University and higher education in general. The position includes some general assignment as well.

You’ll join a small, hard-working, award-winning newsroom dedicated to creating compelling content and serving our readers. You’ll report and write short- and long-form stories for digital and print media; produce clean copy and usable photos, video and sound on tight digital and print deadlines; develop a beat, cultivate sources and be first to report news and issues in higher education in our coverage area; understand and explain budgets, contracts and other complex documents; follow legislation, court cases, issues and trends affecting post-secondary education; and understand and use social media and real-time reporting to enhance our news report and relationship with readers.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in journalism and at least two years experience as a reporter in a fast-paced news environment. You’ll know your way around common content management systems, basic photography, audio and video equipment and editing software, and social media.

Recent graduates with college news experience and an internship or two will be considered. Send a letter of interest, resume, up to five work samples and three work references we can contact to Tribune city editor Michael Crumb at Please, no phone calls.

The Ames Tribune is part of Stephens Media Iowa, a subsidiary of Stephens Media, and an equal opportunity employer. We offer a full range of benefits, including health, dental and vision insurance, paid time off, and a 401(k) plan. A satisfactory driving record and pre-employment drug screening are required.

Community Editor/Reporter, Southeast Iowa

Community Editor/Reporter
Inland Media Company
Southeast Iowa

We are searching for newsroom professionals with strong reporting and photography skills. Proficiency using InDesign is a plus. Duties will range from covering government entities and community events to featuring the people and places of our coverage area, as well as pagination.

Inland Media Co. focuses on strong print publications while continuing to grow our social media and web presence in the county seat cities of Fairfield, Mt Pleasant and Washington, Iowa. Our publications are Monday - Friday p.m. dailies with four-person newsrooms.

A competitive salary, excellent benefits and advancement potential awaits you in one of our three southeast Iowa communities. Send resume and recent clips to or Washington Evening Journal, c/o Darwin Sherman, 111 North Marion Ave, Washington, IA 52353.