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 are interested in learning more about The Cavalier Daily, we have a recording of the info session presentation below.
Three of our sections — Video, Humor and Health & Science — are open for summer 2021 recruitment. If you would like to be considered, fill out the applications below! These applications are due on Sunday, July 11 at 11:59 p.m. All sections will be open for fall 2021 recruitment beginning in late August, so if a section you are interested in is not listed for summer recruitment, please revisit this page once the semester starts for information about fall recruitment. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions.
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.
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. 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 Health & Science section hopes to bring on new writers to help increase coverage of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, public health issues, developments in medicine and research, environmental advocacy and technological breakthroughs. 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.
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 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.
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