Due to the inherent uniqueness of today’s political, medical and social realities, The Cavalier Daily is recruiting new writers this summer to join our staff and help expand our story-telling capacity. Now more than ever, we are committed to using our platform to uplift voices that have been and continue to be underrepresented at the University.
Regardless of your interests, passions and prior experience, there’s something for everyone at the University’s oldest student-run newspaper. This summer, there are seven sections that will be accepting applications for new staffers in the upcoming weeks — News, Opinion, Sports, Health & Science, Arts & Entertainment, Humor and Life. Across these sections, there is an extremely wide variety of opportunities — from investigating news tips and writing about the impact of COVID-19 to sharing University research and writing about the Black Lives Matter movement. The deadline to apply is July 1 at midnight — if there is a reason why this deadline can't be met but you still want to join, please reach out to email@example.com.
For more information about each section, watch this video from Assistant Managing Editors Abby Sacks and Carolyn Lane:
News writers cover state, local and University news, including legislation in Richmond, student government organizations on Grounds and important issues facing the University and Charlottesville communities. From breaking news to making national headlines with our investigative journalism, News writers are able to make a difference in the University community by reporting on what students care about. You'll get the chance to take on stories in different beats ranging from student life and administration to student activism and Greek Life. In the past, News reporters have covered important stories affecting the U.Va. community, including the impact of COVID-19 on students and professors, the University's use of an admissions watch list for applicants connected to donors, sexual misconduct allegations against students, racism within University yearbooks and how the local community responded to the violent white supremacist rallies in August 2017. And if there's something you're passionate about that isn't being covered, you're always able to pitch an idea. If you are interested in telling important stories and want to keep yourself and the University community informed, News would be the section for you.
Opinion is searching for new columnists from ideologically diverse backgrounds to write about issues facing the University and Charlottesville communities. The Cavalier Daily is read not only by University students and administrators, but also by local residents, state and national politicians, interest groups and national news media, so the potential for influencing public opinion is high. As Opinion columns stem from a writer’s own passions, the Opinion section is able to cover an extremely wide range of topics, allowing writers to find their own voice on some of today’s most pressing issues. But every piece for Opinion does not necessarily need to be your latest hot take — content ranges from pieces on abolishing parking fees at the gym to advocating for changes in prison sentencing in the Commonwealth. A good Opinion column is one that showcases the writer’s passion, regardless of how big or small you feel the topic is. So if you want to make the University a better place and find yourself interested in speaking out on issues that you are passionate about, joining the Opinion section can give you that platform! The Opinion section also welcomes guest submissions from anyone in the University community.
The Health & Science section hopes to bring on new writers this summer to help increase coverage of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, environmental advocacy, technological breakthroughs, public health issues, and developments in medicine and research. H&S writers have the opportunity to communicate with a diverse set of sources, from U.Va. Health administrators and prominent researchers to undergraduate and graduate STEM students and science-focused NGOs in the Charlottesville area. Applicants do not need to be STEM majors or on a pre-med track to join the section — as long as you have a passion for science, H&S wants you.
The Sports section is looking for passionate writers to help tell the stories of the University’s student-athletes, coaches, teams and more. Within Sports, there is a wide range of writing opportunities as the section has three subsections — beat writers, feature writers and columnists — and Sports is looking to bring on staffers for all three this summer. So whether you want to interview prominent student-athletes about their experiences at the University, share your analysis for teams’ upcoming seasons and game, or cover the competitions of one of our 27 varsity teams on Grounds with full press access, Sports wants you as a part of their section.
The Life section is actively seeking new columnists to share what they’ve learned throughout their time at the University and beyond. Life columnists have the opportunity to speak and write on an incredibly wide range of issues as each columnist can dive into their own histories and communities — all while relating them back to the reader and what they can learn from the writer’s experiences. If you have any life lessons or unique experiences to share with the U.Va. student body, this section is for you. The Life section also welcomes guest submissions from anyone in the University community.
A&E wants to bring on new writers that are passionate about music, art, and culture to increase the paper’s coverage of local Charlottesville artists and musicians as well as national music, television, and film releases. Because of the broad spectrum of Arts & Entertainment coverage, staffers can write about content varying from reviews of Netflix shows and music releases to more feature-like pieces on Charlottesville bands and the newest collections at the Fralin Museum of Art. So whether you are in love with all things cinema or all things art — or maybe just obsessed with Lady Gaga’s newest album — Arts & Entertainment can surely provide you a place to share your love with the University community and beyond.
Humor is looking for new columnists to bring some joy and laughter to the University and Charlottesville communities. As one of the most creative sections of The Cavalier Daily, Humor staffers have the chance to draw inspiration from all around the University and nation, writing pieces on topics ranging from why it’s not sad to be single (like, at all) to advocating for the demolishment of the Rotunda, just to name a few. If you like to make other people laugh, Humor would love to hear from you.
I don’t have any journalism experience, can I still join?
Yes! We provide all the training you need for each section before you begin creating content and produce your own work, so even if you’ve never done anything related to journalism before, you will be prepared to contribute to The Cavalier Daily. Note that all summer training will be done virtually. We will not be meeting in person or in our Newcomb Hall office during the summer.
What is the time commitment?
For the academic year: This depends on the section, but staffers usually don’t work more than 2 hours per week. News typically requires a larger time commitment than other sections, requiring 1 article per week during the semester, while other sections are more relaxed — Copy only has one 2-hour shift per week during the semester and Opinion only requires one article every two weeks. If you have questions about any specific section, please email the section editor(s).
For summer: Summer production is more relaxed. Most writers will work on 1-3 articles throughout the summer, the number depending upon the section. For example, Health & Science staffers are asked to write 2 articles. A summer position can fit into anyone’s schedule. If you have questions about any specific section, please email the section editor(s) — their emails can be found on our Join Us page.
If I don’t want to write, can I still contribute to The Cavalier Daily?
Yes! The Cavalier Daily has much more than the literary sections. If you’re interested in art and creative subjects, you can join the Photography, Graphics, Social Media, Production, Video or Cartoon sections. If you’re interested in business and marketing, you can join the Advertising or Finance sections. If you’re interested in grammar and editing, you can join the Copy section. If you’re fluent in Spanish or Mandarin, you can join the translation sections. And if you’re interested in radio and podcasts, you can join the Podcast section. Basically, no matter what you want to do, you can find a place at The Cavalier Daily to do it! Recruitment for these sections will be open in the fall. To read more about each section, please visit the Join Us page of our website.
I want to get involved but I don’t know where to start.
If you’re interested in multiple sections but don’t want to be overwhelmed, you can always join one section now to learn the ropes and then join other sections in later semesters if you’re still interested. If you’re unsure, we usually recommend lower-commitment sections like Copy or Photo for first-timers to learn more about the paper before moving on to other sections. But if you’re enthusiastic about certain sections, don’t be afraid to join them!
If I join a section over the summer, will I need to reapply for it in the fall?
As long as you are staying in the same section, you don’t need to reapply. If you want to join another section, you will have to go through the normal application process. Fall recruitment will take place in September 2020.
Can I write for News and Opinion?
No. Writers and staffers are not allowed to work in both objective and subjective departments at the same time in order to maintain our journalistic integrity as an unbiased source of news. This means that News writers (objective) cannot also work for Opinion, Humor or Cartoon (subjective). However, you may write for multiple sections within the objective or subjective departments, such as News and Sports or Humor and Cartoon — however, you will need to apply to all sections separately.
I’m a graduate student, can I join The Cavalier Daily?
Yes! The Cavalier Daily values the input of people from all perspectives and experiences. Graduate and professional students enrolled at the University are welcome and encouraged to join.
Can I write for The Cavalier Daily and another news publication?
You cannot work for a competing news publication while a staff member of The Cavalier Daily. This primarily means WUVA, UVAToday and The Declaration. Other instances will be determined on a case by case basis. If you are unsure or have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why join The Cavalier Daily?
Join The Cavalier Daily to tell the history of now. We cover important stories about local and national news, both sparking and contributing to necessary conversations in the University and Charlottesville communities. Regardless of the section you join, you get to interact with students from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and many staffers meet their closest friends on Grounds through the paper. But working for The Cavalier Daily is more than just an opportunity to meet new students — it’s also an opportunity for you to grow personally and professionally. Not only will you produce high quality content for print and online publication, but you will expand your skills as you learn to work on deadline, create a cohesive product alongside other staffers, and so much more.
No matter your interests or background, The Cavalier Daily is a place you can find a home and tell the stories that are important to you and the broader University community. Should you have more questions, email email@example.com and one of our Assistant Managing Editors will get back to you as soon as possible.