Journalism Intern Covers State Capital

Posted on 7/28/2017 9:11:34 AM

If you haven’t seen Logan Hullinger’s byline this summer, you haven’t been keeping up with the news from the state capital.

Hullinger, of Clarion, a rising senior in the IUP Journalism and Public Relations Department, applied in late spring for a competitive summer internship at the venerable Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents’ Association in Harrisburg.

The paid ($500 a week, plus cellphone stipend), 10-week gig rotates Hullinger among major metropolitan daily newspapers statewide, including the Allentown Morning Call,, LNP Media Group, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, PennLive/Harrisburg and Patriot-News.

His beat: the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

The job description reads like a practicum tied to a university mission statement:

“Interns will assist reporters covering the state budget and report on committee hearings and other political and policy stories in a fast-paced news environment. Interns are expected to pitch their own ideas as well as take assignments on a variety of subjects. Depending on assignment, interns may be required to shoot videos and photos with their phones or other equipment. We are seeking candidates who can produce their own stories, whether writing quickly for the web on a breaking news event or turning around longer enterprise pieces.”

Hullinger’s bylined stories cover a swath of Pennsylvania public policy debates among lawmakers, the governor, and other sources. A sampler:

Hullinger credited his award-winning reporting for the online newspaper the HawkEye for landing the lucrative opportunity.

“Too many journalism students are going through college without writing and publishing clips, which would benefit their job hunt after graduation,” Hullinger wrote in a July 25 e-mail between deadlines.