HNN Intern Responsibilities
Welcome to HNN!
The History News Network (HNN) (http://HNN.us) was created in June 2001 and features articles by historians about current events. The website is the brainchild of historians and journalists who are fed up with the superficiality of sound bite, what-happens-today-is-all-that-counts journalism. Our aim is to give journalists and the public a one-stop-shopping website where current events are constantly being put into perspective by historians. HNN is the only website on the Internet wholly devoted to this task. We average 300,000 unique visitors and millions of hits a month.
HNN needs interns to help generate all of our exciting original content. If you want experience in the nitty-gritty of Internet journalism, editing, and graphics, our internship program will look great on your resume and give you valuable experience.
The founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of HNN is Rick Shenkman, a journalist and historian who can regularly be seen on MSNBC, Fox News and CNN. He is the author of numerous books, including the best-selling Just How Stupid Are We?
HNN has been cited by numerous other publications and websites, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek/Daily Beast, Salon, Slate, USA Today, and many others.
Internships are not paid positions, but students may be able to apply for class credit. Check with your academic advisor.
Hours: Usually 6 hours per week, depending on level of responsibility
Place of Work: Students may do their work at home, the library, a cafe -- anywhere they can access the Internet. Students communicate with the editor through email and a Yahoo Group. Students in the Washington, D.C. area have the option of working directly with HNN editor David Austin Walsh, though the main HNN office in Seattle, WA does not currently have an intern position available.
All students are welcome to apply, regardless of class level. Enthusiasm is key.
Basic Responsibilities at HNN.
No matter what specific jobs you’ve been assigned, every week every intern should do the following:
#1: Be sure to sign up for the HNN Newsletter and be sure to read it! This is the single best way to A) understand the kind of content HNN publishes and B) keep up to date with topics we're reporting on!
#2: Every Friday you should send in a report reviewing your activities. Use a bullet format and be brief.
Specific responsibilities for internships are outlined on this page.
If You Are Interested
If you are interested in our intern program, please send a resume sent by email to editor David Walsh.
Interns ordinarily are required to sign up for two quarters. A summer internship is available.
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