Statesman Journal hiring two outdoor journalism interns for summer season


The Statesman Journal is hiring two outdoor journalism interns this summer who will pay $15 an hour and allow them to explore and write about Oregon’s wildest places.

The internships require a working time of 40 hours per week for 10 weeks, for periods between approximately June to mid-August or July to late September.

The interns will work with Statesman Journal outdoor reporter Zach Urness to create stories, podcasts and videos that focus on topics such as wildfires, outdoor recreation and the environment. In addition, the intern will have the opportunity to travel to unique outdoor destinations and write about what makes them so special to the travel/outdoor section of SJ.

Applications will be accepted until April and the first week of May. Apply here and email [email protected] with any questions.

“We are looking for candidates with some journalistic experience and strong writing and reporting skills, but who also love the outdoors and tell important stories,” Urness said. “But hard work and hustle and bustle are the most important attributes.”

The first year of the internships was 2021. Interns Wesley LaPointe, a student at the University of Oregon, and Eddy Binford-Ross, a graduate of South Salem High and a prospective student at Georgetown University, produced work that spanned a range of topics.

Binford-Ross traveled to an abandoned fire lookout post, wrote about efforts to restore a missing trail in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, and delved deep into the growing threat of urban wildfires in the Willamette Valley.

Lapointe traveled to a swamp of carnivorous plants on the Oregon coast, wrote about a man who sold rainwater for the past 20 years, and produced a video about efforts to rebuild Little North Santiam Canyon after the Labor Day fires.

The internships are funded by sponsors of the Explore Oregon Podcast.