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Are you looking for that perfect first professional opportunity in newspapers? Do you enjoy meeting people with a wide range of personalities and learning about what goes on in your community? Are you adept at summarizing information and conveying it in a clear and concise way? If so the NEWSpapers of Iowa County, publishers of the Pioneer-Republican of Iowa County, Marengo; and Williamsburg Journal Tribune ­ is looking for just such a person to serve as a fall intern.

We are looking for the right candidate who can assist the editorial staff with covering meetings, writing features and helping out wherever else needed. The ideal candidate is working toward a degree in journalism, mass communications or a related field; and is looking for that first big step into the world of mass media.

Here’s what we’re looking for:

* Someone who can cover a meeting at least once or twice a month, and an occasional feature. Some stories will be assigned, but the best candidates will be able to offer ideas of their own. You may also be asked to assist with breaking news (and possibly sports) as needed.

* Photography skills are a plus but not required. Depending on your skills, we¹ll have you assist with coverage at weekend events in our coverage area.

Candidates are asked to send a resume and 3-5 clips to NEWSpapers of Iowa County, Attn: Brian Rathjen, P.O. Box 208, Marengo, Iowa 52301, or email to brathjen@dmreg.com. No phone calls, please.

We will fill as soon as possible. The position is unpaid; however, experience, clips for a portfolio and the first professional experience are what is to be gained.

The Pioneer-Republican and Williamsburg Journal Tribune,­ along with our sister newspapers the Star Press-Union, Belle Plaine; and Poweshiek Chronicle-Republican, Grinnell ­ are owned by the Des Moines Register and Tribune Co., a division of Gannett Co. (the owners of the USA Today, the Iowa City Press-Citizen and many other newspapers nationwide).