Apply to join the Lent 2016 Team

Jack May 16 November 2015

With a saucy redesign under our belts, a full term almost out of the way, and Bridgemas (and actual Christmas) beckoning, it's time for the TCS Michaelmas Team to bid farewell, and open applications for the Lent 2016 Team. 

We're looking for applications for Editor-In-Chief and section editors for every section of the paper, including a full news team; and if you think you can give a persuasive argument for why a new section should be created, get in touch with those ideas too! If no single section takes your fancy, or perhaps your creative talents lie more in management or multimedia, we’re also looking for Chief Sub-Editors, Social Media Managers, and Image & Illustration Editors. Many of these roles, especially for larger sections, ask for two or more editors, so feel free to apply with somebody else. Prior experience is helpful but in no way necessary: it’s more important that you’re enthusiastic and have something to offer the paper!

Applicants for all of these roles other than Editor-in-Chief are asked to write a personal statement of about 500 words, detailing your relevant experience and ideas for the content, design and style of the section you wish to edit, and email it to

To find out more about the roles listed below, read the long descriptions at the bottom of this page. If you're gunning for the top job, we'd like a full 2000 word vision for the paper which details your experience, plans for each section (in particular Part 2), and online strategy, including a page-plan for a standard 32-page weekly issue.

The deadline for applications to be Editor-in-Chief will be midnight on Tuesday 24 November with interviews on Thursday 26 November. Section Editor applications must be in by midnight on Tuesday 1 December, with interviews taking place over the following week.

Applications in either category should be emailed to; make sure to include your name, college, year of study, email address and phone number, and whether or not you are available after the end of Full Term. If you have any questions about how the paper works, the application process, or what the job entails, please do not hesitate to email Jack May or Freya Sanders, the current Editors-in-Chief, at

We wish you the very best of luck!



We are recruiting for the following positions in both 'parts' of the paper:

Part 1:

– News Editor

– Deputy News Editor 

– Investigations Editor

– Science & Research Editor

– Comment Editor

– Interviews Editor

– Features Editor 

– Columns Editor 

– Sport Editor

Part 2:

– Theatre Editor

– Lifestyle Editor

– Fashion & Beauty Editor

– Music Editor

– Books Editor

– Games & Technology Editor

– TV & Film Editor

– Food & Drink Editor 

Other Roles:

– Social Media Manager

– Image & Illustrations Editor

– Chief Sub-Editor



Section Editor Position Descriptions: 


Part 1:

News Editor

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 a group of 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.


Investigations Editor

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. Investigations can change the very face of a University that sometimes can be a little lacking in media oversight, so if you want to change the world (or at least our little corner of it), this may well be the role for you.


Science & Research Editor

If you're in touch with the science world, and passionate about bringing the latest developments in research and study to a wider audience, this is the role for you. You will have responsibility for sourcing research updates, comment, features, and interviews relevant to the latest news in the science world, and managing science and research writers.


Comment Editor

As opinion 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.


Features Editor

In the new structure of the paper, this section offers a chance to explore Cambridge and the issues students are interested in, in a way that's topical, imaginative, and informative. One week you might be researching the history of Cambridge during World War 2, and the next you might be imagining a week in the life of one of Cambridge's more troubled college masters. If you're applying for this section, take a close look at the Features sections in the paper, and send in at least three ideas for themed 'double spreads', with detailed thoughts about how you'd expand that theme outwards.


Columns Editor

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.


Interviews Editor

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.


Sport Editor 

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.


Part 2:

Theatre Editor

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 power 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.


Music Editor

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.


Books Editor

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.


Lifestyle Editor

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. We're looking for someone creative who thinks outside of the box for content, and someone who can really cover the bases: the lifestyle section can include anything from cuddly pets, to Health & Fitness, to escapist coverage of travel and days out. It's one of the most diverse sections of the paper, and really gives you a chance to explore Cambridge life in all its richness!


Other roles:

Image & Illustrations Editor

Your main task will be to coordinate a large network of photographers and illustrators – if lots of your friends are keen photographers and artists, this is the role for you. You will be our go-to person for quick quirky illustrations and cartoons for the Features section and for Part 2, 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, and ensuring it's always as rich in imagery as it is in great content.


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. If you've got a passion for the online world, and can make any story seem worth a click, get involved.


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.