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Summer Interns needed at The Virginian-Pilot

Located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, The Virginian-Pilot’s newsroom of award-winning journalists is eager to help you learn. The region has lots of stories to tell, and from Day 1 you’ll be going after them. Our coverage area includes five cities, miles of beaches, the country’s largest Navy base and more.

Interns are treated as regular newsroom staff members, learning on the job and helping produce Virginia’s best news coverage. And yes, we pay our interns.

Most internships take place during the summer when five 12-week internships are spread among these categories: reporting; copy editing; videography and photography; and web and social media producing. (We may have more than one in some categories and none in others.) Indicate which position/s you are interested in when you apply.

Internship requirements

Reporters: Produce a regular and compelling mix of stories, including news and features. Expected to be adept at reporting, use of social media and video reporting.

Videographer/photographer: Cover one or more assignments a day; produce video and still photos. Should be able to capture compelling images that tell a story with accuracy and authenticity, and to gather accurate caption information.

Copy editor/news editor: Safeguard accuracy of stories for all platforms; spot and fix holes in stories; spot inaccuracies in maps and graphics; find the essence of each story and express it in headlines and cutlines. (Note: This intern is selected through the Dow Jones Fund at Apply through that link. When you apply, mention in your essay that you are particularly interested in working at the Pilot!)

Digital editor: Create compelling packages of content for online; create basic multimedia graphics and work with content partners across the newsroom. Connect with our audience through social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.

Essential functions

-Write or perform job precisely and accurately.

-Meet deadlines.

-Collaborate with editors and other team members on stories and story brainstorming.

-Travel for news coverage as required. Reporter and photographer applicants must have a car.


-Must be enrolled at time of application in a degree-granting program at an accredited college or university.

Preferred qualifications

-A junior or senior enrolled at time of application in a degree-granting program at an accredited college or university. Enrollment in a journalism concentration is a plus.

-Experience working at a college publication, either print or online.

-A previous internship or freelance experience at a daily newspaper or professional news website.


Visit The Pilot’s careers website. Deadline to apply is Nov. 3.

1. Submit a cover letter, resume and the names of three references.

2. Reporters and page designers should include PDF copies of eight to 10 published work samples. You may upload samples at the online portal. You may also add links to your application if you have online-only samples.

2. Photographer/videographers should upload their portfolio, including at least 20 samples of published photographs. Upload videos or send as public links in your application.

3. Feel free to upload any good work you’ve done, even if it doesn’t fit the “traditional mold.” The limit on attachments is 5 attachments total. The size limit is 10Mb. Zip file with images are suggested.

For additional info contact Sean Kennedy

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Posted by Lauren Flum on 09.26.2017 @ 00:00:00