Originally Posted by p8ntcheck45
You don't think so? It seems like they had two openings for interns, with a fair amount of stuff needing to be shot, if I knocked it outta the park the potential for it going anywhere is still low? Interesting. Either way it would be a good experience and good things should come from it. Sounds like they try to get interns cover shots and what not
here are specific factors working against you that you should consider. they are opinion, obviously - but informed by data / my experences:
there is an enormous pool of people who want to shoot for them - not all of them are talented, but the opportunity to work at a weekly publication shooting anything
in this economy is something most career-driven photographers want to take advantage of. I imagine the desire to live the "photographer lifestyle" has a greater demand down there than it is up here - given the demographics. the majority of event photographs [in Seattle] are pulled from a user-donated flickr page. there are enough people who go to events thesedays with the equipment necessary to capture it - and who also wouldn't mind having their photograph in a print publication without being paid to do so [woo! tell your friends!]. I don't doubt that you'll use the opportunity to the fullest, and I don't doubt that something good will come from it - but be aware of the environmental constrictions at play within a freely distributed local paper.
a trend at play that I think may continue to shape the print industry are all of us younger photographers "growing up" with a moderately detailed understanding of the industry and ability to cater to it. I like the idea of working part-time for a paper that gives me a steady stream of work, but in reality, I see a more viable and more "visually prosperous" future shooting for clients whose jobs/businesses require them to have a bomb media kit. by collaborating with these individuals, the content created has had plenty more time than what a photographer tied to the publication would be able to spend [both time and money]. the final quality dramatically increases the liklihood of a story being run on them - which is great for me, because then I can clip from multiple publications without having to work for them.