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Attention teen journalists: We’re looking for high school reporters, writers, photographers, designers and broadcasters to join our team for the 2013-14 school year!

Not only is being a part of our team super amazing-time fun, we’ll also pay you for your work! Plus, you’ll get the one-of-a-kind experience of working with and learning from professional Chicago Tribune journalists. As part of the training, you’ll get to attend a one-week summer journalism camp at the Chicago Tribune and throughout the school year, you’ll get the chance to attend workshops to keep building your journalism skills.

We accept applications year-round.

Not interested in writing? Be a promoter instead! Fill out our promoter form.

Want to know more about what it’s like to be a part of our teen staff? Check out this video:
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Join The Mash staff!

Want to be involved with The Mash? We're now accepting applications! Fill out this form to apply to be a student journalist, graphic designer or photographer.
  • About me

    Grade you are currently in (not what grade you will be in the fall)
    Please check the year you plan to graduate high school.
    *Want to design pages? Be sure to show us your talent by sending us samples of pages you recently designed in the attachment space below on this form! **To be a photographer, you have to have your own equipment. Also send us your photo samples in the attachments section below! ***We're looking for artists who can do caricatures or draw in comic-book or cartoon style. Send some samples of your work.
  • If you have a job, list that here too.
  • Reference contact

  • Please list someone who is familiar with your journalism experience, your interest in journalism or your overall work ethic. This can be a teacher, counselor, supervisor, etc. Please don't list a relative or another teen.
  • Supplemental materials

  • At least two are required.
  • Applying to be a photographer or designer?

    To be considered for the photographer and designer positions, please upload your samples here. At least two are required.
  • Need more space?

    This is for any additional files or information that you think will make your application stand out. It can be a resume, videos, additional writing samples or more photos.

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About The Mash

The Mash is the Chicago Tribune's newspaper and website written for teens, by teens. The paper is distributed for free each Thursday at Chicago-area high schools and is written largely by high school students.

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