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Yellow Scene Magazine distributes 45,000 magazines throughout Boulder County and the North Metro area, giving us a prominent media presence and making us one of the most accessible publications in the region. We offer a casual, creative, enthusiastic work environment with high expectations, serious deadlines, and opportunities to collaborate with a hard-working team of editors, designers, account representatives, and one badass publisher. At Yellow Scene, we seek to find unique individuals who feel right at home in our eclectic, hectic, and creative environment. We often lovingly refer to ourselves as a group of scrappy, rag-tag beatniks. It is definitely NOT your typical corporate job, but is a great place for creatives and storytellers to grow. YS is a place to grow, but expect challenges—we are an independent, news magazine adhering to journalism standards.

Direct applications are accepted by emailing to Job Applications. Please include all relevant material, such as resume, cover letter, and work samples. Include the position in the subject line.

Freelance writer

In the world of “content writing” (which we have a particular disdain for, see: https://yellowscene.com/2019/03/31/your-native-advertising-sucks-and-why-content-is-still-king), there are still a few beacons of local media that are staying true to the mission.

Yellow Scene Magazine may not be a national publication, but we have been around 20 years as an Independent in Boulder County. We cover arts, entertainment, news, politics, social issues, education, healthcare, science, oil & gas, elections, food and drink, cannabis, and whatever else we think is worthy to talk about. We are proudly wide awake.

We have won over 100 awards for Excellence in Journalism since our inception in 2000 and have grown to the largest distributed publication in the region. Not bad for an Indie who has self-financed all the way, but it also means we are kind of demanding and generally broke. After all, we are staying true to what we do. You won’t find a single “Native Advertising” article in our pages—ever.

We encourage writers to find their Voice. Factually based, of course, but you have a voice and are here to communicate it. You are not afraid of research (yep, it comes with the territory) and not afraid of direction. We are cranky, always broke, getting old, and we are picky. If this sounds like the ideal writing gig, then we are looking for a few true journalists who are as passionate as we are.

If out of state, then please indicate how you go about researching your subjects to get that insider’s view.

Our Media Kit will give you the scoop, but reading our archives can be your first assignment.

Send your resume, but more importantly, your clips to: [email protected]

Editorial and Graphic Internships

Yellow Scene Magazine offers Internships throughout the year both in the Graphics and Editorial teams.

Internships are unpaid for the first three months, with an opportunity to work into paid assignments. Initially, you will be getting your chops tested and trained to be able to become a fully contributing designer or journalist.

Editorial Interns will first work behind the scenes before being on the scene. You will be versed in what journalism excellence means while maintaining a voice that readers can be excited about.

Work will include managing the calendar, helping upload to the website, short write-ups for the web, and attending events as available, thus allowing you to work into writing paid pieces for the magazine eventually.

Yellow House is the in-house design and marketing agency that is provided to our customers. This is not a typical production job. Designers will learn everything from editorial layout, to agency-quality ad design to web.

Graphic Interns get serious hands-on training in agency-quality design and copywriting. Upon departing, you should be able to produce work that looks like this: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0BzdUF52IOLSQU05hMWxHQ0Z0T3c.

Sales and Marketing Internship


At Yellow Scene Magazine (YS), we are known for our award-winning journalism and design. In fact, we just won Best Ad Agency and Best Overall Excellence at the Colorado Press Association’s annual convention this year.

While we are very proud of our accomplishments over the last 23 years, including our strict adherence to high journalism and design standards, those achievements came from a LOT of hard work from a team that believes deeply in our mission. People who understand that journalism has a direct impact on democracy. They understand that local journalism is getting more scarce thanks to corporate conglomeration and know that communities suffer from news deserts without local resources such as YS.

If that sounds like a big mission for a sales and marketing intern, ask yourself, how many sales and marketing roles serve a public good? At YS, this role does more than learn how to close business; our team members are part of a greater mission.


The role at YS is fun, exciting, and never dull. There are also days when it’s a grind. For 23 years, we have had a monthly deadline. Deadline is a demanding week, and it never goes away. This is not a desk job where you spend the day posting on social media. It is a role where you learn everything from the top to bottom about running a business, how to acquire new business, and how to defend democracy through journalism.

This internship offers the chance to dive into the business operations of media journalism, learn what makes agency-quality design, and master the hardest part: the Art of Talking to People. You’ll have a chance to work with the sales and administrative departments on work such as sales, design, copywriting, marketing strategies, daily operations, distribution, marketing, website, social media, and more.


Starting pay is $18/hr for the first few months. As you grow your skills, opportunities to grow both the hourly and commission earnings are available. Our ultimate goal is to move this role into full-time.


Yellow Scene is the voice of Boulder County and the North Metro region, providing exhaustive coverage of local culture, arts, entertainment, and compelling news stories for the active lifestyle of the area. Yellow Scene publishes and distributes 50,000 copies monthly and is the largest circulated publication serving the communities of the Boulder County and North Metro region. YS in-house design firm, Yellow House, provides agency-quality design and marketing services to our customers.

Send your resume and cover letter to: [email protected]

***********************PAID/UNPAID INTERNSHIPS***********************

For every internship position at YS, our goal is to quickly move people into paying assignments after the initial learning is complete. We don’t pay for watching us work, we pay you to work. 

Email your resume, clips/portfolio and cover letter to [email protected]. Pay DOE


Distribution Drivers

Monthly Gig Work! 

Deliver YS Magazine, once a month to local businesses on a pre-mapped route.

It’s good money for the gig, but you are stopping at between 250-300 businesses in a 2-3 day period.

  • Pay is $1.15 per stop and you should be able to deliver 14-16 stops per hour your first time delivering.
  • Regular drivers that are familiar with their route are able to reach closer to 25-30 stops per hour.
  • So…250 stops should take you 15-18 hours the first time and closer to 10-12 by your 2nd or 3rd delivery trip.
  • Pay is by the drop and the routes are spot-checked upon finishing, but you should be earning approx. $18 an hour your first delivery and be earning approx. $30 an hour by your third.

Good money for the time. What’s the catch?

  • You are driving your car around to 250-300 businesses to stop and deliver magazines once a month.
  • Weight is 12.5 pounds per bundle and you take approx. 20-25 bundles: total weight of about 250 pounds.
  • Must deliver during normal business hours-no nights or weekends.
  • Routes: 1. Boulder, 2. Longmont/Erie/Lyons, 3. Lafayette/Louisville and 4. Broomfield/Westminster/Thornton
  • Pay is distributed about 2 weeks following delivery (so we have time to spot-check and update reports). Gas can be provided at the end of delivery when you return your report. And we have an abundance of good spiff we bonus our best drivers with.
  • Good work for students, retirees, or someone who’s already doing gig work.
  • You also get $50 in gas for every 200 stops. Even with today’s gas prices that is more than enough unless you drive a tank.

email: [email protected]