South Side Weekly Intern Program

Accepting applications on a rolling basis

The South Side Weekly offers internships on a rolling basis to two to three high school sophomores and juniors. Interns have the chance to see and participate in all elements of the publication of the newspaper by assisting at production nights and attending pitch meetings, as well as working one-on-one with a staff member of the paper to publish their own article at the end of the semester.

On starting, students should expect a two-hour “bootcamp” to cover the specific demands of the program and acclimate interns to how we work. Interns will attend the first half of Monday production nights, where they will copy edit, fact check, and contribute short pieces. On Thursday evenings, interns will check on their projects and attend workshops at our joint Public Newsroom with City Bureau.

What’s in it for you?
— Hands-on work writing, editing, and reporting
— Resume building internship experience
— Experience in a collaborative, professional working environment
— Writing credit/reporting clip in the SSW

Time Commitment
The eight-week internship is an approximately six hour weekly commitment, on Mondays from 6pm-9pm and Thursdays from 5pm-7:30pm, with other opportunities for workshops and reporting experience throughout the program.

Responsibilities
At Monday production nights
— Copy edit and fact check articles
— Write calendar blurbs (100-200 word descriptions of upcoming events)

At Thursday open newsroom hours
— Attend workshops
— Work on story pitches

Mentor work
Interns will be paired with a staff member with whom they will work to publish a piece by the end of the semester.

Application Process
There are two parts to the application: a form to tell us about yourself (found here) and a fact-checking activity (download here). You can either fact check the document by hand, then scan and send it back to us, or edit it in Microsoft Word using the “Track Changes” feature. When you have completed the fact-checking test, send it to editor@southsideweekly.com.

Please feel free to email us at editor@southsideweekly.com with any questions!

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