Why should I join the CT?
First, if you’re at all considering going into journalism it’s a great way to get experience in the industry–you’ll find that pretty much any publication will want to see a couple of clips before they hire you and a college newspaper is one of the easiest ways to start amassing them. Even if you don’t want a career in journalism it will look great on your résumé and you’ll gain experience working in an office environment. Being on the CT is also a great way to feel more connected to the University–you’ll get to interview lots of great people, attend awesome events and just generally be in the know. It’s a friendly environment to work in, you’ll get a lot of great experience and be the envy of all your friends.
What’s the best time to get involved with the CT?
Any time is the best time! It’s never too late to join, so just email the editor-in-chief (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get started, or learn how to get involved here.
Is there an application process?
There is no application process to join the CT. You just need to be interested and you can start contributing as early as the next issue.
What if I don’t know what section I want to contribute to?
If you don’t know what section you want to contribute to you can contact the editor-in-chief for more information about each one. You can contribute to as many sections as you want, so we recommend trying out a couple to see what you like if you’re unsure of where to start.
Do I have to have my own camera to take pictures?
No (although it’s very much preferable), but if you need to borrow a camera please let us know well ahead of time so we can be sure that there will be one available. Point and shoot cameras are acceptable, so you don’t need any fancy equipment if you don’t already own it.
Do I have to come up with my own story ideas?
You can if you want to (and we definitely encourage you to), but section editors will send out a list of stories they want covered each week which you can choose from, so it’s not necessary if you’re stuck for ideas.
What do I do if I already have an idea for a story?
If you already have an idea for a story you should contact the appropriate section editor who will decide if it will be published. If you’re not sure which section it should go in, contact the editor-in-chief. You don’t need to send any formal proposal, just a brief description of what you want to do is fine.
What if I need help with an assignment?
You should contact your section editor who will be able to help you, either over email or in person.
What if I have no experience?
It doesn’t matter! You do not have to have any prior experience to join the CT (although it’s great if you do)–if you want to learn, we will teach you everything you need to know. In fact, this is where you’ll get experience! Most of our members start with little to no experience and just learn on the job, so it’s nothing out of the ordinary.
Will I get paid?
Unfortunately the CT does not have the ability to pay its members (editors included) at the present time (except in pride and joy).
How do I get more involved with the CT?
The best way to get more involved is to start spending time in the office getting to know the editors and other staff members. There will almost always be someone around, so just drop by any time. Wednesdays are our production night and a great time to stop in because you’ll get to see how we put the paper together and all of the editors will be in the office. This is also when you can help us copy edit articles (for as little or as long as you want), which is how a lot of our editors first get more involved. The more you’re around the more the editors can get to know you and the more opportunities you’ll get–it’s really all about presence. And if you want to do something but you’re not sure how, just ask.
How do I become an editor?
The CT holds elections for editor positions in November for the coming calendar year. If you are interested in running, contact your section editor, the editor-in-chief, or the publisher (email@example.com). You must be a staff writer/photographer before you run for an editor position. No other experience is necessary.
Are there any weekly meetings?
We have a weekly budget meeting (usually on Fridays) which all editors are required to attend, but there are no weekly meetings required of other staff members.
How big of a commitment do I have to make if I join?
As big of a commitment as you want. You can contribute every week, or just once in a while, depending on how much time you have. It’s really up to you. No long-term commitment is required unless you decide to run for an editor position.
Any additional questions should be directed to the editor-in-chief at firstname.lastname@example.org.