Itching for a creative outlet? We'd love to have you! The Journal is entirely student-run, and contributors have always been an important part.....
How do I get started?
Do I need experience?
I'm not interested in writing, are there other ways I can contribute??
What's the time commitment?
Are you guys hiring?
1. How do I get started?
Our News, Opinions, Arts, Sports, Lifestyle and Visual teams are always looking for fresh blood. If there's a specific section you're looking to contribute to, just get in touch with the head editor by email. If you don't have a story idea or you're unsure of which section you want to join, don't sweat it. Email our Outreach Manager, Emma MacNaught firstname.lastname@example.org and she can answer any of your questions. You can also always drop by the Journal House at 190 University Ave. during office hours and talk to staff or the Editors in Chief, Sebastian and Anisa.
Also, be sure check out our Writer's Handbook for tips.
2. Do I need experience?
Nope. We're a place for students to learn about journalism. So no matter your experience level, we want you.
3. Are there more ways I can contribute than just writing?
There's a lot more to newspapers than writing stories, so we're looking for students from all backgrounds to help in all areas. Here's a list of some of the skills we're looking for:
Photography: not to be cliché, but a picture's worth a thousand words, and when photo and stories come together it's beautiful.
Coding and web development
Illustrators: Like drawing cartoons and caricatures? Ever wanted your drawings to be viewed by the entire campus? We always need people with a passion for the quill.
Graphic designers/Layout Artists: We like a newspaper that looks pretty. To do that, we need people with experience with the Adobe Suite. Specifically, if you have experience with InDesign, Photoshop, or Flash, we’d love to see you come by.
Web developers: While we’ve just redeveloped ubyssey.ca, our Webmaster is always looking for more people to help him make our online home an engaging experience for readers. We publish on WordPress software, so experience with HTML, CSS, PHP or Java is especially helpful.
4. What's the time commitment?
That's up to you. You can write one story a semester, or an article a day. University is a busy time, so no matter how much you write, design, photograph, we're happy you reached out.
5. Are you guys hiring?
We've finished our hiring for the 2015-2016 year, but applications for next year will be up in March 2016.