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The internship program

Philosophy: We give interns A1 opportunities and expect them to rise to the challenge. We believe anyone who is eager and hard-working can succeed.

When will I work?
We typically offer 8 to 10 week academic internships throughout the year.

How many?
Size of intern class varies each year. We have spots for news reporters, business reporters, features/lifestyle reporters, sports copy editors/reporters, news copy editors, news designers, photographers, and online/multi-media.

Does it pay?
We offer academic credit. You must apply for credit through your university.

What do I need?
Some experience on your student newspaper is necessary and a previous internship is a bonus. Enthusiasm and drive are the most important. A car and a driver’s license are a big plus.

How do I apply?
Mail (1) a cover letter explaining how a Herald-Leader internship can benefit you; (2) a resume and the names of three references we can contact; (3) eight clips for writers, designers and artists.

Send applications to Lexington Herald-Leader, 100 Midland Avenue, Lexington, Ky., 40508.

For copy editing, address to: Brian Simms, news design director;
for news/features reporting, address to: Delano Massey, regional editor/intern coordinator;
for online/multi-media, send clips as CD-ROM or DVD to: Deedra Lawhead, online editor;
for photography/design/graphics, send portfolio as CD or prints to Ron Garrison, visuals editor;
for sports copy editing/reporting, address to: Gene Abell, sports editor.

Contact the Herald-Leader newsroom:
Phone: 1-800-950-NEWS (6397); 859-231-3200
Fax: 859-231-3224


The paper

Circulation: 110,000 daily; 150,000 Sundays

Coverage area: About 75 counties in Central and Eastern Kentucky

Newsroom: 90 reporters, editors, designers, photographers, etc.

Major coverage topics: Appalachian life, thoroughbred horse breeding and other agriculture, poverty, drug abuse, coal mining, health and medicine, education and universities, college basketball, state and local politics

Awards and honors: Three Pulitzers

Bureaus: Painstville (Eastern Kentucky), Somerset (South-Central Kentucky), Richmond (southeastern Kentucky/Lexington suburb), Georgetown (Northern Kentucky/Lexington suburbs), Nicholasville (southern Kentucky/Lexington suburbs), Frankfort (state capital)

The Lexington area

Population: 270,789

Universities: Asbury College, Eastern Kentucky University, Transylvania University, The University of Kentucky,Western Kentucky University

Big businesses: Lexmark, Toyota, University of Kentucky

Extracurriculars: The Daniel Boone National Forest Lexington Philharmonic, Red River Gorge, Keeneland Race Track, University of Kentucky sports