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Updated May 16, 2019






Chicago Reader Digital Reporting Internship

The Chicago Reader is hiring a summer reporting intern to deepen and diversify our online coverage of the city’s neighborhoods, communities, and events.

The digital reporting intern will be called upon to pitch and write short pieces, blog posts, and feature-length articles. The intern will leave us with a polished portfolio of digital journalism, relationships with Chicago Reader editors and staff, and as much Reader swag as they can take out of here. The intern will be expected to work between 15-20 hours per week for up to 12 weeks and will be paid $15 an hour.

To apply, send a resumé, cover letter, and two to three relevant clips or a portfolio of your work (accepted formats: link to an online portfolio, links to individual stories, or PDF attachments) to internship@chicagoreader.com.

The deadline for applications is May 31 and the internship will ideally begin in mid-June. The internship is available to applicants currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program and recent graduates (six months to one year post graduation).

The Chicago Reader is committed to creating a collaborative environment that celebrates the diversity of its staff. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.






Theater and Dance Editor

The Chicago Reader, the city’s illustrious free weekly newspaper, is hiring an editor to lead its award-winning coverage of theater, dance, and performing arts. The ideal candidate will have a love of theater from black boxes to enormous touring shows, and a sharp attention to detail.

Significant experience with Chicago Manual of Style a plus.

Weekly duties:

  • Write long theater, dance, and performing arts reviews and capsules
  • Assign weekly theater, dance, and other performing arts reviews to freelancers and maintain freelance budget
  • Edit work by freelancers
  • Prepare reviews for publication, both in print and online
  • Work 1-2 copy editing shifts per week
  • Coordinate payment of freelancers with bookkeeping

Salary will be based on experience. Please send a resume, cover letter describing your vision for covering the city’s performing arts, and links to at least three clips of stories you’ve written, and at least three clips of pieces you edited to careers@chicagoreader.com.

The Reader is committed to creating a collaborative environment that celebrates the diversity of our staff. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.