Contributor Handbook

Welcome to The Journal Writer’s Handbook.

When a contributing writer is assigned a story, there can be a lot of confusion about how to write an article. Albeit not an exhaustive list of tips and guidelines, this handbook contains useful information for all contributors to The Journal, no matter how far along you are in your Queen’s experience.
 
To give you a brief rundown of our history, The Queen’s Journal is a completely student-run newspaper at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The paper was founded in 1873 and has been continually publishing ever since. Currently, we publish a weekly print edition and regular online content throughout the year. Published by the Alma Mater Society (the student government at Queen’s University), The Journal collects a student fee and advertises regularly to make up our budget.
 
Our staff is composed of a handful of dedicated volunteers and staff that write, edit, design and photograph all our content. The Journal’s business team — made up of our business manager, sales representatives and office administrator — is entirely student-run as well.
 
Our News, Opinions, Arts, Sports, Lifestyle and Visual teams are always looking for new blood. If there's a specific section you're looking to contribute to, you can get in touch with the head editor by email, or email journal_editors@ams.queensu.ca and they can answer your questions. You’re also always welcome to drop by The Journal House at 190 University Ave. during office hours and talk to the staff or the Editor in Chief and/or Managing Editor. In this guide, you will find more information about writing for each of these sections, as well as answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
 
University is a busy time, so no matter how much you write, design, photograph or otherwise, we're happy you decided to reach out. With an alumni list that spans across some of the best media outlets in Canada and the world, The Journal has become a recognized name in the journalism community.
 
Working at The Queen’s Journal is unlike any other experience on campus. Whether you are a section head, an assistant, a writer or a photographer, The Journal has the ability to make you fall in love with the process of student journalism. Albeit often challenging, getting involved with The Journal is an extremely fun and rewarding experience.
 
Click on the pdf link below to download the contributor handbook and join our team today. We're excited to read your stuff.