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.
If you would like to be considered for any of our 20 sections, fill out the applications below! If you would like to apply to more than one section, please fill out the applications for all sections you are interested in. These applications are all due on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 11:59 p.m. You can sign up for our recruitment email list via this Google form and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Below is a recording of our information session, which provides more details about each of our sections. Please note that you cannot be on both a subjective and objective section.
News writers cover state, local and University news, including legislation in Richmond, student 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 impact the University community by covering what students care about. You'll get the chance to take on stories ranging from student life and administration to activism and politics. In the past, News reporters have covered stories such as 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, we always welcome pitches. If you want to keep yourself and the University community informed, News is the section for you.
The Health & Science section hopes to bring on new writers to help increase coverage of the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, public health topics, developments in medicine and research, environmental advocacy and technological breakthroughs. H&S writers 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 fall. So whether you want to interview prominent student-athletes about their experiences at the University, share your analysis for teams’ upcoming games 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 consists of features, food articles, columns, top 10s and love connection articles. Feature stories can range from event coverage around Grounds to human-interest stories like spotlights on how students and faculty are adjusting to a return to Grounds, new restaurants opening on the Corner, annual student-led cultural festivals and more. Like feature writers, Life columnists have the opportunity to share what they’ve learned throughout their time at the University by diving into their own histories and communities — all while relating them back to the reader and what they can learn from the writer’s experiences. Or you could spend your time as the official CD matchmaker by joining our Love Connection team, reviewing your favorite Charlottesville restaurant as a food writer or giving readers advice as part of our top 10 section. Across all five sections, there are plenty of ways to get involved as Life is focused on highlighting the diversity of the University's events, food and individuals. For this fall we’re looking for writers ready to share their stories, showcase the school's cultural diversity and advise students through life!
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 feature 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.
"On Record" is The Cavalier Daily's weekly podcast series available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts where you can listen to in-depth commentary on University and Charlottesville news. The Podcast section is made up of both writers and producers who receive training upon joining staff. Writers have the opportunity to compose podcast scripts, conduct investigative research and interview sources. Podcast producers are responsible for recording and editing weekly podcast episodes using the Adobe suite. "On Record" is recorded weekly using equipment in the Robertson Media Center located in Clemons Library and the studios at WTJU. Both roles can be performed remotely. Any students interested in the exciting and growing world of podcasting are invited to apply. The podcast section is looking to grow and become more established this semester, so staff members will have the opportunity to help expand the podcast and leave a lasting impact.
The Magazine section is seeking passionate individuals to form a diverse and dynamic team dedicated to telling stories that matter to our community. Our team is composed of designers, photographers, fiction writers, opinion writers and traditional objective writers. Through long-form journalism, abCD writers, photographers and designers have the opportunity to dive deeper into stories and present them in a more visually engaging format. An ideal candidate will want to amplify the voices of their peers and community members and is motivated to shape the vision and future of the abCD Magazine!
While not the best known section, the Copy section is one of the most integral sections on The Cavalier Daily as Copy editors are responsible for ensuring the stylistic and factual accuracy of all articles published by The Cavalier Daily. Each week staffers have the opportunity to spend two hours reading a variety of articles in our copy editing chain — from the most recent breaking news article or album review to the latest opinion hot-take or feature on a student-athlete. Because of the wide range of articles editors get to read, Copy is a great place to start if you know you want to get involved but aren't sure which section to join, because it lets you see every type of story we publish at the CD and introduces you to the awesome editors leading your shift.
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.
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 Cartoon section is looking for creative, thoughtful and innovative people who want to communicate opinions, ideas, interests or current events through cartoons and comics. Anyone is welcome to apply and no experience is necessary!
The Production section is in charge of designing the biweekly print newspaper by combining writers' articles with visuals from the Photo and Graphics teams to create engaging designs. Staffers use Adobe InDesign to assemble the print issue of the paper while also developing new design templates to ensure the paper continues to look fresh throughout the semester. If you have an eye for design, you'll feel right at home on the Production team!
The Cavalier Daily Photo department gets full access to the paper’s pro-level DSLRs and lenses. CD photographers get the chance to cover a variety of events on grounds — from varsity basketball games to local concerts, our photographers get passes to get right up to the action. Photographers' work is shared in a variety of formats, including but not limited to: the print edition, online articles, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. While many photographers have a great deal of experience, anyone is welcome to join the Photo department. Even first-time photographers, eager to get involved, can be trained with our equipment and sent out to shoot fantastic photos for the paper!
Graphics is looking for new staff members to help create visual content for the paper. As a Graphics team we work closely with Photo, Production and the other members of Operations. Using programs like Adobe Illustrator, Procreate and Photoshop, we make illustrations, vector graphics, infographics, charts and anything visual for the print and digital paper. We try to represent different graphic styles through our work and want to foster creativity within our staff to branch into new digital forms. This semester we are hoping to work with video to improve our animation capabilities and are excited to have new members who have interest in illustration, graphic design, computer science or marketing. You don’t need to have previous experience to join the graphics team, and we will do our best to provide our members with all of the resources they need to participate. If you are interested, please apply to our section!
The Website team is responsible for the design and maintenance of The Cavalier Daily’s website. This is a recently formed section focused on gathering a team to help transform and reimagine the CD website to best show and represent all the newspaper has to offer online. Familiarity with coding basics and any level of experience in frontend development (working with HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, etc.) is recommended but not required to join, as we are happy to learn and grow as a team. If you're interested in the intersection of computer science, web design and journalism, Website is the perfect place for you!
We are looking for motivated and passionate individuals to join the Video staff and help shape The Cavalier Daily’s approach to Video. Video content is one of the most relevant and exciting mediums in news right now, and our goal this semester is to incorporate video throughout the paper and have staffers participate have their own video projects. Ideal candidates have creative ideas for content and experience with video editing or production of some kind (editing, scripting, camerawork, etc.), but none is required to join the section. Having your own equipment is also helpful but not required, aside from having a computer or laptop capable of running Adobe Premiere. We look forward to your application! If you have an interest in creating professional, creative, journalistic content, Video is the right place for 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, arguably, the most public face of The Cavalier Daily.
The Advertising section is responsible for selling advertisements, researching potential clients and collecting payment from clients. Given this reality, the section plays a vital role in ensuring the financial success of the organization. Advertising representatives earn between 10% - 20% commission on sales that they make. The section is looking for new members that have experience in sales and client outreach or that are eager to gain that type of experience on The Cavalier Daily.
The Finance Team is a versatile group in which members conduct their own self-selected projects for the term. Whether it be taking a deep dive into the paper’s historical financial records, observing its online traffic or brainstorming ways to better optimize data collection and financial bookkeeping, Finance staff members strive to better the paper through research and analysis. If you are interested in taking a behind-the-scenes look on the paper’s financial operations, the Finance Team is the right one for you.
The translation section is looking for students with high proficiency levels in Spanish or Mandarin to join our team. As a team member, you and a partner will be translating one article per week. No previous translating experience is needed. Join us in making The Cavalier Daily more accessible to all members of the Charlottesville community, all while practicing your translating skills!
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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 spring trainings will be done virtually. We will not be meeting in person or in our Newcomb Hall office during the spring 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.
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