Rob Dean Fellowship Program Welcomes Interns to Searchlight

Internship

Searchlight New Mexico, an award-winning investigative news outlet, is looking for informed and enthusiastic editorial interns to report on issues of impact for New Mexico and the greater Southwest. We are dedicated to in-depth public interest journalism that exposes wrongdoing and covers disadvantaged communities across New Mexico and beyond, from cities and suburbs to rural spaces. 

The Rob Dean Emerging Reporters Program is a three-month summer program (May through July) that pays a Santa Fe living wage. It provides interns with enterprise reporting experience and mentoring. Searchlight will consider applicants from two categories. These categories include:

1) Current or recent graduate students of Master’s programs in journalism or related fields. 

and 

2) Rising seniors or recent college undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in journalism

The internship is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Fellows will have the opportunity to support staff reporters and editors on health, criminal justice, tribal affairs and education stories, among other pursuits. Depending on experience, they may also conduct their own reporting. By the end of the internship, fellows will have refined their skills in interviewing, filing open records requests, sourcing, data reporting, story production, engagement reporting —  and, of course, narrative writing. 

Eligibility

The Rob Dean Emerging Reporters Program is specifically designed for those who have an interest in and/or a connection to New Mexico and the greater Southwest. Searchlight aims to be a stepping stone for a career in investigative journalism. Applicants must be enrolled in, or must have recently graduated from, programs in journalism, English, or other related fields; students of color and those from diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to do so. The Emerging Reporters program is only open to U.S. residents.

Why an emerging reporters program?

As scores of news organizations in the Southwest and around the country have slashed staff and coverage, nonpartisan investigative journalism has only grown more essential. And within the remaining newsrooms that do pursue investigative longform journalism, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities are underrepresented. 

Searchlight New Mexico is dedicated to developing young journalists and ensuring that future investigative reporters understand and reflect the communities in which they work.

We believe the best way to do this is to alleviate the longstanding barriers to careers in journalism, such as financial hurdles and limited access to mentors and job opportunities.

Applying and Deadline

Fellows must apply by March 1. Applicants should send an email with a resume, a reporting memo, and two references to fellows@searchlightnm.org. The reporting memo should include a short description of past journalistic work (four paragraphs at most) as well as two strong story pitches related to New Mexico. These stories can fall under any subject—health, criminal justice, tribal affairs, education, immigration, or others. 

Questions? Email nick@searchlightnm.org.