The Cavalier Daily is recruiting new members to help expand our story-telling capacity amid the unique political, medical and social realities of our current moment. 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.
While fall recruitment for many sections of The Cavalier Daily officially closed Sept. 16, three sections are still seeking new staffers — News, Social Media and Humor. If you are interested in covering the most pressing issues facing the University and Charlottesville communities, writing about the impact of COVID-19 on the University, making the student body laugh or building the public face of The Cavalier Daily through our four social media accounts, then these sections have a place for you.
If you would like to be considered for one of these sections, fill out the application below then email email@example.com to let our editors know you applied! If you are interested in more than one section, fill out each application individually.
Our next official recruitment cycle — which will have openings for all 20 sections of the paper — will be in January 2021. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to be placed on the interest list for the spring.
Short descriptions of what News, Humor, and Social Media cover and who they are looking for this fall can be found below, alongside the applications for each section.
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. 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.
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.
The social media section manages The Cavalier Daily's developing efforts on social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more. We aim to spread our content across the web to reach as wide an audience as possible. Want to get involved? This semester, we're seeking bold, innovative, creative self-starters to contribute new strategies and pitch exciting ideas about how to shape the most public face of The Cavalier Daily.
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 fall trainings will be done virtually. We will not be meeting in person or in our Newcomb Hall office during the fall semester.
What is the time commitment?
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. But being a part of The Cavalier Daily can truly be as big or as little of a time commitment as you would like it to be — it’s all up to you. If you have questions about any specific section, please email the section editor(s), whose 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!
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!
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our Assistant Managing Editors will get back to you as soon as possible.