Applications for the TCS Team open at the end of each term, and applications will be advertised online when they open
If you have any questions about applying, getting involved, or writing for us email firstname.lastname@example.org
Potential positions include...
- News Editor
- Deputy News Editor
- Investigations Editor
- Comment Editor
- Interviews Editor
- Features Editor
- Columns Editor
- Theatre Editor
- Lifestyle Editor
- Fashion & Beauty Editor
- Music Editor
- Books Editor
- Games and Technology Editor
- TV & Film Editor
- Escape Editor
- Food & Drink Editor
- Sport Editor
- Social Media Manager
- Image & Illustrations Editor
- Chief Sub-Editor
Section Editor Position Descriptions:
You will set the paper's news agenda, decide which stories appear in the paper, and work with the news team to find original content and make national stories relevant to students.
The tone and feel of the news section, the campaigns it runs and political positions it takes are all entirely down to you. Consequently, the reputation of TCS rests in your hands. You will be in charge of a team of four deputy news editors and hold a news meeting once a week to hand out stories to reporters.
You will be in the newsroom every Tuesday and Wednesday overseeing the production of the news section. By keeping readers informed, you not only make sure the student body knows what is really going on, but also that people in charge know their decisions will be scrutinised, and they will be held to account for their mistakes.
If you are applying for news editor you will be asked to bring 5 potential ideas for news stories to discuss during your interview.
Deputy News Editor
You will be one of four deputy news editors working under the news editor, and you will have one of the most exciting jobs on the paper. You will be assigned the best stories to write and encouraged to seek out your own. You will be in the newsroom on Tuesdays and Wednesdays setting the news pages and chasing up any last minute stories.
You specialise in investigative journalism, such as this. It is your job to send of freedom of information requests as well as collate and edit the results. This role may suit someone who doesn't want to write but who wants to analyse data.
This role is all about bringing the wider world to Cambridge. Are you an MML student on a year abroad looking to keep a finger in the Cambridge pie? This could be your calling. We're looking for someone who can take international perspectives, news, and insights, and make them uniquely relevant to Cambridge students stuck back here in the cold. Whether you're tanning in Rome, freezing in St. Petersburg, or gazing dreamily out of a college window, this is your chance to link Cambridge to the big wide world.
As comment editor, you will have one of the most sought-after positions on the paper. How to beat the competition? Convince us that you can source witty, well-written articles on relevant topics. We want comment to be as fresh as possible, with a Cambridge/student edge. You should have a clear vision of what you want your section to contain from week to week - and the closer your subject matter is tied to the news section, the better.
You will be one of the most creative, imaginative people working on the paper. Editing this section is a chance to explore Cambridge and the issues students are interested in in whatever direction you choose: features can be on almost anything, and we want someone with some really original ideas. You will both come with ideas and encourage writers to pitch their own at a weekly meeting. If you are applying for the position of features editor, then please bring five potential ideas for features to discuss during your interview.
Key to your job is finding columnists who can provide unique, engaging, and unmissable weekly insights on life in Cambridge and the universe. Editing this section allows you to foster individuals over a long period of time, working with them to develop their ideas from fresh-faced columnists to Cambridge institutions. If you are applying for the position of Columns Editor, please include in your application some ideas for columns, and ideas as to how to encourage people to apply to become columnists. We're looking for someone who can really revive the section this term, in print and online, and bring columns back to the heart of the paper.
This has the potential to be one of the most rewarding positions on the paper: everyone likes talking to interesting people. As interviews editor, your job is to contact, research, and interview the most controversial, topical, and fascinating people who are visiting or linked to Cambridge. They can be politicians, musicians, comedians, authors - it doesn't matter what they do, as long as their stories will engage our readers. Who knows, this could be a chance to talk to your idols.
Theatre is one of the most read and most controversial sections in the paper. The Cambridge theatre scene is notably big, so applications to handle this section jointly or to be a deputy theatre editor are encouraged. Complimentary tickets to all the Cambridge plays are a perk of the job, but with great privilege comes great responsibility: you need to be able to get copy in quickly, and organise a team of reviewers to make sure you have every stage in town covered.
You will get your hands on preview CDs sent to us by PR companies, and free tickets to gigs in Cambridge and London. Each week, you will work with our writers to gather 5 well-written album reviews, as well as arranging exciting interviews with your favourite artists, and sourcing top-notch music features. Basically, we're looking for anyone who can combine good writing with an insatiable love of music.
Film & TV Editor
You'll be expected to keep up to date with the latest film and tv gossip, and to find reviewers for the latest releases. Your job involves gathering new film reviews each week, as well as sourcing features, interviews and comment pieces. It helps if you have a wide range of viewing interests - our readers want to hear about the big blockbuster hits as well as indie/arthouse darlings. There is also scope for interviews with filmmakers and actors, and the chance to have a place on the red carpet at public and private film screenings and launches in London. iPlayer and 4od take up as much of most students' time these days as films or plays, so we want TCS to reflect that in its Film & TV section. You'll be expected to keep up to date with all the latest on the telly box, and to review new programs. There may be scope too for features on the hits of today and yesteryear.
It's your birthday. You've just received a card from your great aunt norm. Inside is a £15 book token. Are you thrilled? Do you know at once what you would like to spend it on? You may be the right person for this job. You'll be working (a bit) over the holidays, sourcing reviews for new releases, and arranging interviews with writers visiting Cambridge next term. Cambridge is a real hub of literary activity, and as books editor you get to enjoy reviewing exciting events and readings, as well as writing features on whatever takes your fancy, and interviewing stars of the literary world
Games & Technology Editor
We're looking for an individual who's a technology whizz, fascinated by the newest gadgets, video games and online phenomena of every kind. You'll be expected to keep up to date with all the latest technology developments, and source reviews for these and new releases. This should be TCS at its most interactive.
Food & Drink Editor
People in Cambridge are obsessed with many things - and their appetite for food and drink is one of them. We'll expect the food & drink editor to source recipes suitable for the basic student kitchen, local restaurant, cafe and pub reviews and features on all the culinary particularities which Cambridge has to offer.
Fashion & Beauty Editor
Are you an avid reader of vogue, InStyle and the fashion pages of heat magazine? Got an eye for the latest trends? Spotted some fashionistas at Fitz, or stylish students at Sidgwick whose fashion credentials deserve exposure? As fashion & beauty editor, you will be responsible for contributing and sourcing weekly reviews and opinion pieces, but we'll also be looking for fun, recurring features which resonate with Cambridge students. You'll also be expected to coordinate regular photoshoots that are quirky, engaging, and do something different from the norm.
You'll be charged with getting interesting and provoking material which grapples with people's very lives…this position is what you make of it; apply with ideas of recurring features which you think would engage Cambridge student readers. You'll be have control over 1-2 pages of the paper; we're looking for someone creative who thinks outside of the box for content. This term we've featured students' holidays, views from their rooms, interiors: now we want to hear your ideas.
Sport is one of the most-read sections of the paper. As sports editor, you will be in charge of covering all the biggest sporting events in Cambridge. The job isn't just about match reports, though. You will have the opportunity to interview internationally successful sportspeople and commentators, and commission features and opinion pieces on any aspect of sports that you desire.
Image & Illustrations Editor
You will be our go-to person for quick quirky illustrations and cartoons for the Features section and others, along with being our go-to person for urgent news photos, and will be in charge of making photos throughout the paper look professional. Ownership of a DSLR is a huge bonus, but applicants shouldn't feel they can't apply if they don't have one. This role will be a key one in bringing new life to the paper.
Social Media Manager
You manage the TCS Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. You also work with both Cambridge and national media partners to share stories and increase TCS exposure. It is likely that you will be the first to find out about news and as such you often work closely with other sections because you are tapped into so many networks.
Chief Sub-Editor & Sub-Editors
Make no mistake - this may be at the bottom of the list, but your the most important part of the paper. You're job is to make sure everything looks perfect - words are splet correctly, grammar is spotless; and the paper is more beautiful than a fresh meadow on a summers' day. Your main responsibilyt is to come into the office to help out on print nights, and you're central to the awesome atmosphere of a TCS print night; a reknownedly entertaining occassion with cookies, tangerinies, and the odd nap on the part of the Editor-in-Chief (its your job to wake him up). And if you've spotted some of the mistakes in this paragraph, it's highly likely that you're completely perfect for the job. Give it a whirl.