Join The Cavalier Daily
With a diverse staff of more than 200 students, The Cavalier Daily strives to serve the University community by providing accurate and reliable news in both its print and online media. The Cavalier Daily has a wide range of opportunities for students interested in writing, reporting, production, photography, drawing, advertising and information technology.
Whatever you want to do, The Cavalier Daily is big enough that it definitely has a place for you, even if you have no prior experience working for a newspaper. We welcome new additions to our staff throughout the year. For more information on each department, please look through the descriptions below.
How to join
Note: Recruitment for spring 2014 is now closed. Please consider joining again in the fall
To express interest in joining the staff, either send an email directly to the section editor listed below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the following information with your email:
School (CLAS, SEAS, etc.)
Academic Year (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th)
Areas of interest, if any (look below for more detailed descriptions of departments)
Editor-in-Chief: Rebecca Lim, email@example.com
Managing Editor: Andrew Elliott, firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Editor: Katherine Ripley, email@example.com
Operations Manager: Lianne Provenzano, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Financial Officer: Peter Simonsen, email@example.com
Editors: Matt Comey and Joe Liss, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cavalier Daily boasts one of the best, most dedicated news staffs in college journalism. The “News Mafia” is one of the tightest groups at the paper, and its members take pride in having one of the toughest jobs on grounds. News writers cover state, local and University news, including legislation in Richmond, protests in Charlottesville and student government organizations on Grounds. Fast turnaround times and high levels of responsibility for new writers often quickly and dramatically improves writing, reporting and critical thinking skills. To join the News Section, please email email@example.com with your name, email address and year. No tryout is necessary, and new writers are always welcomed.
Editors: Zack Bartee and Peter Nance, firstname.lastname@example.org
Writers for the Sports department travel to all major games with full press access to cover every sport and athlete at the University. New sports writers can begin writing immediately, and first-year students have been known to have bylines before classes even start. Cavalier Daily sportswriters have gone on to work for SPORT magazine, CBS Radio Sports and The Washington Post, as well as newspapers throughout Virginia, all while still students at the University. The Sports department is the place to be for students interested in careers in sports writing or broadcasting, and offers many opportunities to students who want to take being a fan to the next level.
Editors: Russell Bogue and Ashley Spinks, email@example.com
Opinion columnists have one of the best jobs at the University: They get to publish their opinions about a range of topics every single week. The Cavalier Daily is read not only by University students and officials, but also by local residents, state and national politicians, interest groups and national news media, so the potential for influencing public opinion is high. Because of high demand, there is a competitive tryout process for columnists, but Opinion is looking for as many news writers as it can get, so give it a shot. Announcements for tryouts will be made early each semester, and each year the majority of new columnists are also new students.
Editors: Allie Jensen and Victoria Moran, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Life page features columns about student life, as well as feature stories about the events and happenings that shape the University’s character. Life writers get to cover some of the more bizarre, out-of-the-ordinary and often hilarious occurrences on Grounds. Tryouts for the Life section will be announced at the beginning of the semester, but will occur year round.
Arts & Entertainment
Editors: James Cassar and Julia Skorcz, email@example.com
The Cavalier Daily’s arts and entertainment section prints music, film, concert, and theater reviews, as well as commentary on the arts and media. The arts and entertainment section has weekly staff meetings and plenty of chances for writers to develop their own literary style.
Health & Science
Editor: Meg Thornberry, firstname.lastname@example.org
Health & Science covers topics including research and medical breakthroughs in the field of health, as well as candid, tasteful discussion of sexual topics as they apply to University life. Students who are interested in these topics and would like to develop their writing skills should consider the Health & Science department.
Editor: Michael Drash email@example.com
Focus provides in-depth coverage of complex and often controversial news topics, such as faculty salaries and high-stakes fundraising projects. Writing a focus article is a great way to learn about the University and a good opportunity to practice writing longer, more complicated stories. Students interested in journalism — or just in improving their writing — are encouraged to consider writing for Focus.
Assistant Managing Editors: Julia Horowitz and Kelly Kaler firstname.lastname@example.org
An integral section of the paper, the copy staff reads News, Focus, Life, Sports, Health & Science, and Arts & Entertainment articles principally to ensure factual and stylistic accuracy. Editors will check facts and use AP style during weekly shifts. A firm grasp of the English language is essential. Communication skills are important.
Editor: Jenna Truong, email@example.com
The social media section manages the Cavalier Daily’s continuously developing efforts on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more. We aim to spread our content across the web to reach as big an audience as possible. Want to get involved? We’re looking for bold, innovative, self-starters ready to contribute new strategies and ideas.
Video Manager: Drew Precious, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Video section is one of the newest and fastest-growing sections in Cavalier Daily. Our goal is to produce quality video coverage of news as well as in-depth investigative reports of the University and in Charlottesville area. We are looking for dedicated students who are interested in anchoring, filming and video-editing. If you have a passion for video journalism, or a vision for the future of the online Cavalier Daily, Video is the best place for you!
Editors: Mary Beth Desrosiers, Sloan Christopher and Sylvia Oe, email@example.com
The Production department literally makes the paper happen. Production staffers work with The Cavalier Daily’s production software to lay out and produce each page in InDesign software. The Production department also designs many of the layouts for the paper, meaning that production staff members have a chance to be creative to help determine what the paper looks like.
Editors: Marshall Bronfin and Kelsey Grant, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cavalier Daily Photo department gets full access to the paper’s professional digital cameras and equipment. Photographers also are granted access to sports games and other events around Grounds so they can get up close to take outstanding photos. Our online edition and photoblog (http://thebigpicturecd.tumblr.com) provide opportunities for photos to be published online, the publication of additional photos not found in print and a number of other great opportunities for photographers. While many of our photographers have a great deal of student — and even professional — experience, anyone is welcome to join the Photo Department. The most novice shutterbug can quickly be trained with our equipment and sent out to shoot photos.
Editors: Emilio Esteban, email@example.com
The Graphics department has a staff of talented artists who produce graphic elements for stories and who also create our daily editorial cartoons. Graphics offers maximum exposure for a minimal time commitment. The Graphics department also provides opportunities for students interested in working with computer-generated graphics.
Online Editor: Sally Aul, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cavalier Daily Online Edition is quickly becoming one of the best online college newspapers in the country. The Online staff puts the day’s paper on the Web and also works to create visually interesting expanded and enhanced online coverage. Online staff members also work on special online-only projects. Opportunities are also available for working with our database and software development. The Online department is a great place to gain practical professional experience working with the Web, and our very fun, very crazy, and very talented staff will make sure there’s never a dull moment.
Ads Manager: Kirsten Steuber, email@example.com
Senior Advertising Associate: Sascha Oswald
The Cavalier Daily’s advertising representatives are the paper’s only paid staff members. Ads reps work on commission and have the opportunity to gain practical experience in customer service, design, and production.
Business Manager: Claire Fenichel firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cavalier Daily is looking for ambitious, motivated people to assist with business operations. Accounting and circulation management positions are available, as are paid positions in advertising. The Cavalier Daily offers valuable, real-world business experience with the University’s largest, fully independent, privately owned corporation, The Cavalier Daily Inc.
Marketing Manager: Allison Xu, email@example.com
The Marketing Staff helps rebrand the Cavalier Daily as it transitions from a daily print newspaper to a digital-first news organization. The staff manages advertising campaigns, conducts marketing research, and solicits community input into the changes this organization makes.