Digital Media Intern

Adventure Cycling Association seeks a well-organized, naturally creative, energetic, detail-oriented, and outgoing individual to join its Communication team as an intern for the summer. Qualified candidates enjoy working with video, post-production, and creative personalities. Our organization welcomes over 1,000 bike-touring visitors to our headquarters in Missoula, Montana each summer. This position will work with the Adventure Cycling staff greeting visitors and interviewing them over the course of the summer to create social media output. Using the footage collected over the summer, the intern’s final project will create a short video highlighting the Adventure Cycling visitor experience.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Communications department and other members of the staff

  • Meet, greet, and interview cycling tourists as they come into the office over the course of the summer.
  • Post those interviews on Adventure Cycling’s social media channels with a focus on live or short-term posts like Facebook Live, Snapchat, and Instagram stories.
  • Create a short, end-of-season video highlighting the visitor experience at Adventure Cycling Association.
  • Engage in opportunities to develop original content and concepts for web and mobile.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Ability to create and edit videos
  • Share a passion for building communities and understanding a world of micro-content
  • Loves all things digital and understands relevant social media platforms
  • Confident with Instagram Stories and all the latest features and techniques 
  • Working knowledge of Twitter features; video, advanced search, and threads
  • Confident using Snapchat’s Discover feature and Facebook Live
  • Understands how to use hashtags; audience targeting, brand awareness, and monitoring
  • A skilled storyteller and conversationalist in visual and written forms.
  • Has strong research, writing, organizational, and grammar skills
  • Accepts feedback and adapts to new workflows
  • Ability to quickly finish projects, and produce quality products

Software Experience

  • Minimum two years of experience with Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro
  • Minimum two years of experience with Adobe Media Encoder 
  • Comfortable with Google Apps suite (Gmail, Calendar, Drive, etc)
  • Experience organizing and editing footage from multiple shoots
  • Working knowledge of After Effects (not required, but helpful) 
  • Experience exporting/rendering projects for different social media channels
  • Minimum two years of experience with Photoshop 
  • Color correction
  • Basic photo editing (cropping, resizing, etc.)
  • Experience creating video for  all social media video platforms  and adhering to required file specifications

Equipment Experience

  • Ability to work on Mac or PC
  • Good knowledge of contemporary cameras, file formats, codecs, and their proper handling in a post-production workflow
  • Ability to set up for basic interview videos, and more complex shots if necessary
  • Some experience using external microphones

Software/Hardware Requirement 

  • Must be able to bring own smartphone and laptop to work
  • Mac or PC capable of running Premiere or Final Cut Pro
  • Access to Premiere and Photoshop
  • Not required but helpful to have access to:
    • Adobe After Effects
    • Adobe Illustrator
    • Adobe Audition
    • Hard drive for transferring footage

Compensation and Workplace

The intern position is compensated at a rate of $11 per hour with a 15-hour work week, plus access to gear discounts offered in our Cyclosource store. Work schedule is during Adventure Cycling's office hours, Monday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Wednesday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., and Friday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. when traveling cyclists visit our office. We have a wonderful office in downtown Missoula, with a friendly and committed staff.  Adventure Cycling Association is an equal opportunity employer.

About Adventure Cycling Association

Adventure Cycling's mission is to inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle. Adventure Cycling was founded in 1974 and is the largest bicycling membership organization in North America, with over 53,000 members. Our work includes producing the best bicycling routes and maps in America, publishing Adventure Cyclist (one of the top recreational bicycling magazines anywhere), managing more than 100 bicycle tours and leadership trainings, and promoting more bike facilities through advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels.  For more information, go to adventurecycling.org. 

Thank you for your interest in Adventure Cyclist magazine. We're changing our submissions policy in 2018 to accept queries and manuscripts on a rolling basis year-round. However, since our very small staff is primarily focused on producing each Adventure Cyclist, we'll be reviewing them on a roughly quarterly basis. This is a time-consuming process among our many other duties, so please be patient and bear with us. 

Please make sure to thoroughly read our submissions information. Note: We only accept submissions through this Submittable portal.

Time Frame: If a story idea is accepted, the typical period of time until publication is approximately 12-18 months from the time of acceptance.

GUIDELINES FOR CONTRIBUTORS
Adventure Cyclist is a bicycle-travel magazine published nine times yearly by Adventure Cycling Association, a nonprofit service organization for bicyclists. Adventure Cyclist is dedicated to publishing stories about bicycle travel and other recreational cycling subjects.

Adventure Cyclist generally uses two types of stories from free-lancers:
  1. Feature-length stories. These should be about specific areas and must be accompanied by high-quality photos, both in terms of content, composition, and size.
  2. The Final Mile. These are essays less about locale than about a singular experience while on a bicycle trip. These run at 1,200-1,500 words and don't require accompanying photos.

What we pay is negotiable, but generally ranges from $.25 to $.50 per word, depending on various factors. We buy first rights and will consider simultaneous submissions as long as we are informed of the other publications considering your manuscript. Your manuscript should be typed with single returns between paragraphs — no indentations — and single-spaced.

Photos: Feature submissions should be accompanied by electronic images (300 dpi is standard) or color transparencies. Special focus and humor pieces do not require photos, but if you have something good, by all means, send it. And remember, we are always looking for stunning verticals to go on the cover. (See more about photos here). When you send us photos through Submittable, you are only allowed to upload 3 files, however, if you create a .zip file from your collection, this will only count as one single file. If you don't know how to create a .zip file, use the links below or simply Google it:

4 Ways to Zip a File on a Mac - wikiHow

4 Ways to Compress Large Files - wikiHow

How to Proceed

Since Adventure Cyclist is the only U.S. magazine that regularly publishes bicycle-travel stories, we receive a tremendous amount of interest from many writers and photographers interested in this type of bicycling. Because of this amount of interest, we prefer to receive an inquiry about any story idea before we make any decisions to take the next step. If we like your idea, we can then move forward and make arrangements for the submission of materials.

If you decide to submit materials without an inquiry or an arrangement with the editorial team, the Adventure Cyclist staff does not guarantee that you will receive a response concerning your story nor will we guarantee the return of unsolicited materials.

For further and more detailed information, visit adventurecycling.org/submit

Editor-in-Chief, Alex Strickland
magazine@adventurecycling.org
Adventure Cycling Association
150 E Pine St
Missoula, MT 59802

This category is for stakeholders involved in the U.S. Bicycle Route System to use for uploading large files such as maps and other resources. 

Interested in Becoming a Adventure Cycling Guest Blogger? Here's What You Need to Know...

Thank you for your interest in the Adventure Cycling blog. We will review submissions as quickly as possible and keep you updated on our review status. This is a time-consuming process among our many other duties, so please be patient and bear with us. 

We only accept submissions through our Submittable portal.

GUIDELINES FOR CONTRIBUTORS

The Adventure Cycling blog covers bicycle-travel news, touring tips and gear, bicycle routes, organizational news, membership highlights, guided tours, and more.

The Adventure Cycling blog generally uses five types of posts from guest bloggers:

  1. Inspiring posts: An inspiring story about someone achieving something. The main message here is “if he can do it, so can I.” Click here for an example.
  2. How-to/tutorial posts: This is one of the most popular post types and one that arguably brings the most value to our community. The most important thing to focus on while writing it is to give some specific information on how to do/perform/attain/reach whatever is promised in the title of the post. Videos and images work very well as additional resources for how-to posts. Click here for an example.
  3. Stories: There’s nothing like a good story of a bicycle trip or bike overnight. Click here for an example.
  4. Standard list posts: A list post is another popular post type. The basic idea is that you take a topic or a problem and you try to come up with a number of separate solutions to it. List posts are so popular because they are extremely easy to follow. Each point is usually not related to the other ones, which means that even a distracted mind can get a lot of value from the whole post. Click here for an example.
  5. Photo essay: A set or series of photographs that are intended to tell a story. Please include captions with all photographs. 

No length requirements: Posts should simply be high quality and comprehensive. Supporting photos MUST be provided.

Not-So-Fine Print:

  1. We prefer a well-written and high-quality original article (we all know how Google hates duplicate content).
  2. We prefer an article that reflects the writing style/tone of the Adventure Cycling blogs.
  3. Include a short author bio including a maximum of 1 anchor text link to your own website. Remember, Google frowns upon guest blogging as a link building technique.
  4. To adhere to Google's guidelines for guest blogging, articles that are clearly intended as a link building scheme will be rejected. So please be thoughtful about any links you include in the articles you submit for consideration.
  5. Include proper attribution of photos, data, quotations, and other third-party content referenced in the article.
  6. Submissions must meet the Adventure Cycling blogging team's quality standards in order to get published.
  7. Please avoid being self-promotional in the body of your article. Save that for your author bio.
  8. The Adventure Cycling blogging team reserves the right to edit and adapt your guest blog content as we see fit, and update it in the future for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
  9. Adventure Cycling reserves the right to include calls-to-action to Adventure Cycling content, including but not limited to email newsletters, ebooks, and other downloadable content.

Communications Director, Lisa McKinney
lmckinney@adventurecycling.org
406-532-2759

Adventure Cycling Association
150 E Pine St
Missoula, MT, 59802
406-721-1776

Requests are reviewed on a daily basis (excluding weekends and public holidays) and may be modified to fit Adventure Cycling's preferred tone of voice. You will be notified by a member of Communications as to the outcome of your request. Requests must be made at least two weeks prior to requested date to assist with scheduling. Requests made with less than four business days’ notice cannot be guaranteed. The Communications Department reserves the right to reschedule or restrict posts, particularly around key annual promotions, to ensure that posts most relevant to the audience are given priority whilst keeping within acceptable daily post limits and in accordance with our content marketing strategy. 

Please consider becoming a Corporate Member of Adventure Cycling Association today. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities with Adventure Cycling Association, contact Brian Bonham, membership & marketing coordinator, at bbonham@adventurecycling.org, toll-free at 800-755-2453, or directly at 406-532-2768.



Requests are reviewed on each Thursday and we request a two-week lead time when possible to assist with scheduling. You will be notified by a member of Communications as to the outcome of your request. Be genuine. Be nice. Know your audience. 

Requests made with less than four business days’ notice cannot be guaranteed. The Communications Department reserves the right to reschedule or restrict posts, particularly around key times (e.g. membership drives, USBRS campaign, holiday campaigns), to ensure that posts most relevant to the audience are given priority whilst keeping within acceptable daily post limits and in accordance with our content marketing strategy. 


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Have you had a great experience along a U.S. Bicycle Route? We want to hear about it! Whether you're riding a route, helping to designate a route, or managing a business along a route, your stories will help us illustrate the impacts of the U.S. Bicycle Route System and continue to grow and expand the network.

Please share any and all pertinent details through this form, and be sure to tell us which route you're describing and what location. If you have photos you would like to share with us, you'll find a handy tool below to upload those image files. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the USBRS team at: usbrsinfo@adventurecycling.org. Thanks!