News intern

Posted On: July 27, 2017

Journalism Internship

Media Organization: Straus News, Manhattan

Company Description

Straus News publishes 17 local weekly newspapers and associated websites in contiguous towns in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including four in New York City.

Job Description

Straus News, which in Manhattan comprises four weekly newspapers, seeks capable and enthusiastic editorial interns for the summer, fall and spring semesters.

Interns work out of our Manhattan office on Seventh Avenue, near 28th Street, covering local neighborhood news on the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, downtown and Chelsea. Interns work closely with editorial staff, attend weekly story meetings and report on and write everything from arts features to investigations.

We require interns to commit to two full weekdays. Days and times are flexible. Internships are unpaid and MUST be eligible for school credit.

Duties include:
• Reporting and writing profiles, Q&As, feature stories, news stories, investigative pieces, news briefs, and other stories
• Attending weekly editorial meetings
• Pitching stories
• Helping research investigative stories
• Doing "man-on-the-street" interviews
• Taking photos and videos

Interns will report on local government, transportation, small businesses, schools, crime, the arts and development, as well as write profiles.

We like stories that inform our smart, loyal readers about their neighborhoods, stories that they are not likely to read elsewhere. These are published in the West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown and Chelsea News.

We do not do reviews, either of arts events or food/restaurants, but we do stories about the people behind those restaurants, stories of businesses closing or moving, as well as event previews.

Interns will get help, advice and suggestions on pitching stories, developing them, reporting and research, and writing (and re-writing). You will leave with a wealth of published clips, with the range of topics and story types determined by your abilities and, at least in part, your interests.

To Apply

Please email deputy editor Richard Khavkine at Include a brief cover letter detailing your specific interest in local journalism and your availability (potential starting date as well as days/times available) for the semester. Please also attach a resume and links to published clips. Feel free to call/email with questions.