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Newspaper reporters, Mitchell, S.D.

The Daily Republic newspaper in Mitchell, S.D., is looking for reporters interested in getting experience in community journalism. The Daily Republic is a six-day-a-week paper owned by Forum Communications Co.

The organization offers great opportunities for fresh journalists looking to get on their feet in a newsroom. The newspaper covers a lot of community journalism while still digging into investigative/enterprising pieces, which has helped it win a significant amount of awards each year at the annual state newspaper convention. 

Recent graduates or soon-to-be graduates are invited to contact the newspaper to inquire. The newspaper’s website shows the variety of news it covers: 

For questions:

Luke Hagen
Managing editor
The Daily Republic


Internships available at Vote Smart

Vote Smart, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization near campus, is accepting and interviewing applicants for its Spring Internship Program. Opportunities are available in both the Research and Communications departments. Internships are unpaid, but there are opportunities for interns to learn the day-to-day duties that each staff member performs, as well as credit opportunities through Drake. You’ll get to work closely with staff and other interns on a range of projects. To apply go to Contact Professor Jennifer Glover Konfrst ( for information on doing the internship for credit.

Spring internships, World Food Prize

The World Food Prize in Des Moines has openings for its Awards Management and Symposium Planning Interns for the duration of the 2018 spring semester.

Each academic semester and summer, a select group of highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students are chosen for the George Washington Carver (GWC) Internship program, which provides interns with the opportunity to take significant responsibility and initiative in planning and carrying out a wide range of the Foundation’s projects.

“Interns at the World Food Prize play an absolutely indispensable role in the planning and implementation of all World Food Prize programs,” said Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation. “The success of our upcoming Borlaug Dialogue symposium, youth education programs, and Laureate Announcement is dependent on their input and performance.”

The Awards Management intern will work one-on-one with the Director of Secretariat Operations on preparing World Food Prize nominations and Borlaug Field Award nominations to present to the respective selection committees composed of international experts; prepare written material about World Food Prize laureates and Borlaug Field Award recipients; work on updating database information related to the Foundation’s awards processes; other duties related to arrangements for the annual Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium.

Furthermore, the Symposium Planning Intern will work one-on-one with the Director of Planning on the preparation and logistics leading up to the Laureate Announcement Ceremony, which takes place each year in Washington, D.C.; research issues related to food insecurity in preparation for the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium in the Fall; other duties related to arrangements for the annual Borlaug Dialogue.

“Interning with the WFP is a unique experience because of the level of hands-on work each intern contributes to the organization. I gained a large amount of valuable, practical skills that will definitely give me a leg up in my future career,” said Madeline Cheek, the previous 2017 GWC Intern. “This position allowed me to see how a large-scale organization operates from the inside, and I got the opportunity to network with many influential contributors to the food security cause from around the world.”

More information  and how to apply  can be found at

Ida B. Wells Fellowship in investigative journalism

The Investigative Fund is pleased to announce that it has been able to increase the Ida B. Wells Fellowship stipend from $10,000 to $12,000!

In honor of Ida B. Wells – the pioneering African-American activist and investigative reporter who, during the Jim Crow era, led the nation’s first campaign against lynching – the fellowship was launched in 2016 to promote diversity and create a pipeline of investigative reporters of color who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences and interests to their work. 

The one-year fellowship helps reporters complete their first substantial work of investigative reporting, by providing the $12,000 award and editorial advice from a dedicated Investigative Fund editor. Fellows will also receive funds to cover travel and other reporting costs, and the costs associated with attending the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference. They will enjoy access to research resources, legal assistance, professional mentors and assistance with story placement and publicity. 

The deadline for the 2018 application is Feb. 15. Journalists can start their application here.

Radio news reporter, Burlington, IA

Pritchard Broadcasting has an immediate opening for an afternoon news radio reporter for its six-station cluster in Burlington, Iowa. This is a full-time position with benefits.

The reporter will gather, compile and write news stories for both broadcast and the web/social media and record news breaks for all six of the company’s stations. The position includes journalistic field work, weekly meetings, severe weather coverage, weekend work and more.

Qualified candidates are self starters who want to learn and grow in the field of radio, and have solid news delivery skills. They can interview high-profile political and social leaders. Experience with Adobe Audition and Audio Vault a plus. Familiarity with issues in the state of Iowa and Illinois is also a plus.

Candidates should have at least two years of news radio or other journalistic experience, but recent college graduates will be considered and are encouraged to apply.

To apply, send a demo, resume and sample of written stories to:

Joe Bates
Operations manager
Pritchard Broadcasting
610 N. 4th St., Suite 300
Burlington, IA 52601

Or email

No calls, please. Pritchard Broadcasting is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women and minorities to apply.

Student assistant for public relations, University Communications

Hours: 6 hours per week, with flexible scheduling during normal campus hours of operation
Salary: $9 per hour
Supervisor: Aaron Jaco, Assistant Director – Public Relations

Essential Functions:

  • Research, write, edit and coordinate a wide variety of content for the Public Relations team, including press releases and feature articles for the Drake Newsroom.
  • Compile weekly reports of University-related media coverage.
  • Assist in generation and development of story ideas for PR and Alumni Relations.
  • Assist with internal communications tasks such as writing, compiling, and editing OnCampus newsletter as needed.
  • Additional tasks as assigned.
  • The student assistant will ideally start the week of Monday, Jan. 29, or as soon as possible thereafter. The position will end by Friday, May 11.

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