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Richmond Virginia United States 23219


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Paid summer intern

Job ID: 4542
Job Views: 595
Location: Richmond, Virginia, United States
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Job Category: Online | New Media
Employment Type: Intern
Salary: 15 per hour
Posted: 03.19.2021

Job Description

The Virginia Mercury, a nonprofit, online news organization covering Virginia government and politics, is seeking a summer intern to work out of its office in Richmond. 

From the governor's office and state agencies to the capital's boards, commissions and legislative meetings, you'll get a chance to gain statehouse experience while working alongside our team of veteran journalists, which includes four reporters covering everything from politics and criminal justice to energy and health care policy. Since almost every year in Virginia is an election year, you'll also help us cover the runup to the gubernatorial and House of Delegates' elections. 

You'll write on topics determined in consultation with the editor, and will end the internship with a portfolio of published news articles. You'll assist Mercury staff with production of our daily email newsletter, sharing content on our social media accounts and providing content for the outlet’s dynamic blog. This is an excellent and challenging opportunity designed for college students or recent grads who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism.

The Virginia Mercury is part of States Newsroom, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by grants and a coalition of donors and readers.The Virginia Mercury is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or disability.

Send resume, references and examples of published work or writing samples to Editor Robert Zullo at

Job Requirements

The Reporter Intern will work alongside professional new staff to provide political and government coverage for the Virginia Mercury. The intern will have the opportunity to write articles on topics determined in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief, and will end the internship with a portfolio of published news articles. 

Responsibilities and Tasks
  • Under direction from Editor-in-Chief, produce high-quality reporting on issues facing Virginia, including but not limited to how public policy affects people’s lives
  • Draft content for the outlet’s blog
  • Work closely with the editorial team to help generate story ideas
  • Pursue story leads with strong self-direction and news judgment
  • Assist reporters with research, data analysis, data visualization and pertinent knowledge when/if available
  • Assist in production of the Virginia Mercury’s daily newsletter and with sharing Mercury content on social media channels

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