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Bay Islands VOICE Internship

Introduction:
Bay Islands VOICE is a monthly news and feature magazine. Since 2003 we cover the life of the bilingual communities of the Honduran islands of Roatan, Utila and Guanaja. In our print and on-line magazine we cover news, features, environment, business, culture, sports, politics, religion, fashion, and have a strong editorial writing tradition.
Aim:
To provide a venue for gaining professional experience for journalism students and recent graduates preparing to enter journalism work environment.
Intern Requirements:
We are looking for journalism student, or a recent J school grad, who can work and thrive in our small, three-four person magazine. At least two years of journalism work/internship experience is required. Experience of working in a Third World country is an advantage as well. The candidate independent, selfmotivated, and should be flexible enough to do solid news reporting, inspired feature writing, exciting sports writing, photography and even an occasional restaurant review. Ability to work on simple layouts and communicate in Spanish is required.
Interns Objectives:
Researching, pitching and writing articles on community issues. Interns are expected to focus on improving critical thinking, varied reporting skills, journalistic ethics and cultural sensitivity. We offer two internships: (1) photojournalism with elements of print and web layout, (2) magazine writing and community reporting internship.
Internship Benefits:
Inters have an opportunity to gain reporting experience, understanding of working in a small news magazine and create a portfolio of writing and photo clips.
University Credits:
Interns can arrange to work with their University departments to receive credits for the internship and work done at the magazine. Internship applicants wishing to conduct a Masters Thesis, or Project are especially encouraged to apply.
Context:
Roatan, Utila and Guanaja is an tropical, hilly archipelago 20-30 miles off Honduras' Atlantic coast. In the last 10 years, the Bay Islands have attracted a growing number of business investors, foreign retirees and Honduran migrant workers. The Bay Islands' population, around 90,000 people, is continuing to diversify and grow at around 10% a year. The island's world-wide famous reefs, mangroves and forests are stressed and under threat by booming development. In 2006 the archipelago has received a tax-free status and its economic context and cultural identity are evolving. Issues such as education, migration, healthcare, government corruption, Cuban boat migrants, drug smuggling, hurricane preparedness and sustainable development are shaping the islands future. Bay Islands are an exciting, diverse and evolving place with plenty of interesting characters, fascinating topics to document. Its marine and forest habitats offer a variety of pastimes to tourists and residents: diving, windsurfing, hiking, sailing, kite boarding, beach going, etc.
Hours:
The internship is based on four month stays: January-April, May-August, September-December. Interns are expected to work 40 hours a week in the field and in at the office.
Financial Help:
The interns receive a stipend of $600 a month. This stipend is supposed to help, not cover costs of living expences.
Housing:
While inters are expected to secure their own housing and transport, BIV will assist them in information and search of suitable housing. Roatan studio apartments start at around $350 a month and shared accommodations can be found for $250 a months. Bay Islands Voice office is located in Dixon Cove, around 10 km from West End and Sandy Bay, where highest density of rental housing can be found.
How to do Apply:
Please send your letter of interest and resume to Thomas Tomczyk, Managing Editor | info@bayislandsvoice.com.