1. You’ll get to work with intelligent students
With regular staff meetings, you’ll have the opportunity to brainstorm and work on new content with fellow members. Writing, editing and designing is much easier when working with others, so you can bounce around ideas and get feedback on your work.
2. You’ll learn practical skills
Whether you’re a photographer who wants more experience or a writer who would love feedback on different styles of writing, such as opinion pieces or sports recaps, The Cavalier Daily is a great way to learn and sharpen practical skills. As you continue to create content for the podcast, website or print issues, you’ll get more adept at skills like socializing with strangers, meeting deadlines and teamwork. With over 21 sections on the paper, there is something for everyone.
3. Fun social events
Before COVID-19, sections would often come together to get frozen yogurt on the Corner, watch movies in the chapel and participate in other fun events. I will never forget when we turned the viewing of “Cats” into a sing-along. Now, there are virtual events to attend that bring everyone together such as Zoom game nights and PowerPoint nights.
4. You can attend amazing events happening at the University
As a student, there are some amazing events that happen around Grounds that you may not have access to or may not even know about. Joining The Cavalier Daily is a great way to experience some of these firsthand. For example, photographers have the opportunity to go to exclusive sporting events and take photos. Feature writers for the Life section often get to cover student events, such as multicultural festivals and volunteer efforts.
5. You can get your work out there
As an aspiring writer, I have been so thankful for the ability to publish my work online and in print. Having The Cavalier Daily on my resume opens the door for future opportunities and shows off my abilities to future employers. As for graphic artists and photographers — they often have their work displayed at the top of well-viewed articles. If you have trouble finding places to publish your work, The Cavalier Daily may be the place for you.
6. Access to expensive hardware
The Cavalier Daily has all kinds of professional equipment, ranging from cameras to iMacs to drawing tablets, for section members to create high-quality content. If you want to dabble with high-quality tools for free or add “proficient at Adobe software” to your resume, then consider the various sections you can be a part of that may offer an all-access pass.
7. The opportunity to express yourself
The Opinion section is a great way to talk about what matters to you most while learning the best ways to express your beliefs. Even writing in objective sections such as Life or Arts & Entertainment allows you to write about your passions and interests. As a Top 10 writer who gets to choose which topics to write about, I enjoy sharing my love for procrastinating and self-care through my articles.
8. Your family will love it
Having your parents post one of your articles on their Facebook page is the grown-up equivalent of putting artwork on the fridge. Seeing your family and friends interact with your work is a truly great feeling. Creating content is a great way to share your work with your family and show how much you improve over time.
9. Opportunities to engage with your community
Writing for The Cavalier Daily can create opportunities to interact with your community, such as interviewing a professor for a Life feature or contacting healthcare facilities for News articles about COVID-19. You can even explore local music artists for the Arts & Entertainment section. One of the best parts about the University is the surrounding Charlottesville community, so take the opportunity to venture outside of the college bubble.
10. You’ll make best friends
After working with the same people over time and getting new recruits each semester, you start to form great friendships with members of your section. I’ve met so many amazing people at The Cavalier Daily who all have different experiences. Especially in the middle of a pandemic, it’s easy to only interact with the people in your classes, but being a part of The Cavalier Daily will help you build friendships with people you may not get the chance to meet otherwise.
Applications for The Cavalier Daily’s Spring 2021 recruitment are due Sunday, Feb. 21 at 11:59 p.m.