Are you a budding journalist with multimedia chops?  If so, this opportunity is right in your viewfinder.  Imagine yourself interning this summer at a small weekly newspaper in the jewel of Virginia — Rappahannock County. You could really make your mark in this beauteous place.


In concert with the Rappahannock News, we (the nonpartisan, nonprofit Foothills Forum) seek a summer intern to produce multimedia stories, photos, videos and blog posts.  Find the full job description below and enjoy some photos capturing the work of last year’s intern, Julia Fair of the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. 



Foothills Forum, a widely praised nonprofit news venture, seeks an enterprising, digital-savvy summer intern to produce spot and in-depth multimedia news stories on subjects of intense interest to residents of scenic Rappahannock County in rural western Virginia.

This is a unique opportunity for an energetic, aspiring individual who seeks a substantive “community journalism” experience. The internship requires someone with solid reporting and writing skills with a heavy emphasis on multimedia storytelling. The resulting content will extend beyond still photos to include videos, audio reports and podcasts.

The Foothills Forum intern will work closely with the local weekly Rappahannock News (Foothills Forum’s media partner) to tackle spot news and long-form projects that will help shape citizen dialogue around pressing issues facing the county. An end-of-internship “best of” exhibit produced by the intern will reach additional public audiences.

Minimum qualifications: The successful applicant will be an outgoing self-starter who loves the pursuit of a good story, is a creative storyteller and who is obsessive about accuracy and fairness. Familiarity with digital storytelling tools is a must. A prior internship experience is desirable but not required.

Compensation:  There is a $5,000 stipend for the internship. The nonprofit will help identify advantageous living arrangements.  You must have your own vehicle for transportation.

Internship dates: It is assumed the intern will work a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 12 weeks, full-time, in 2017, with start/end dates negotiable.




Foothills Forum ( is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group dedicated to promoting research, community engagement and solutions for Rappahannock County, located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in rural Rappahannock County in western Virginia. As a key part of its mission, Foothills Forum is producing fact-based, in-depth coverage of issues of interest to the residents of Rappahannock County. This enterprise journalism, funded by citizen contributions to Foothills Forum, aims to supplement news coverage provided by Rappahannock Media, publisher of the local weekly Rappahannock News. The Foothills Forum reporting projects will be guided by an advisory committee of noted journalists. Through a legal agreement ( the journalism produced for Foothills Forum may be used by Rappahannock Media, which has sole editorial discretion over whether, and in what form, to publish the projects in print and online.