Join Team TCS: Applications now open!

Applications are now open for the Michaelmas 2014 TCS team


After our most successful online term ever, TCS will be back in print next term.

If you want to be part of producing the only weekly Cambridge student newspaper or you want to help take our site to new heights, get involved. There has never been a better time to do so!

You don’t need experience of editing or writing to get involved next term, just enthusiasm and commitment to maintaining the high standards of TCS.

To discuss ideas, apply, or just talk about the roles in more detail, email Joe Whitwell and Becky Alldridge at

We look forward to hearing from you!

Deadline:  15th June for Section Editors 


We are recruiting for all positions
(detailed descriptions provided below)

- Editor in Chief

- Social Media Manager

- News Editors

- Deputy News Editor

- Investigations Editor

- Opinion Editor

- Interviews Editor

- Features Editor

- Deputy Features Editor

- Columns Editor

- Columnist

- Theatre Reviews Editor

- Culture Reviews Editor

- Fashion & Beauty Editor

- Music Editor

- Business Editor

- Books Editor

- Games and Technology Editor

- Graphic Designer

- TV Editor

- Film Editor

- Escape Editor

- Food & Drink Editor

- Illustrations Editor

- Image Editor

- Sport Editor

- Chief Sub-editor


As always, photographers and illustrators please get in touch!


To apply, submit one piece of your own writing, such as a previous article, as well as a personal statement answering the following questions (around 500 words).

- What qualifies you for the Job?

- What would you do differently with your section?

- What would you do to further improve TCS?

- Why should we give you the job?

For Editor-in-Chief applications please ensure that your application includes a 32 page newspaper plan for TCS as well as a section-by-section walkthrough of the paper 

Please also answer the above questions (around 2,000 words).

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email the current editors at

We wish you the best of luck!


Section Editor Positions and Descriptions:
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 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.

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. This role may suit someone who doesn't want to write but who wants to analyse data.

Opinion 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

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.

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.

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 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.

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 Editor

You'll be expected to keep up to date with the latest film gossip, and to find reviewers for all the latest releases. Your job involves gathering at least 3 new film reviews a 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.

TV Editor

iPlayer and 4od take up more of most students' time these days than films or plays, so we want TCS to reflect that in its television 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 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 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? We want fashion taken beyond the photoshoot to explore its many elements. 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.

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. 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 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.

Design Editor

Each week, you will help make the paper look amazing, helping to decide on the layout of content each week. The ideal candidate should have some experience using InDesign (though this is not essential) and previous experience working as a designer in some capacity. If you are applying for the position of design editor, please bring examples of your previous work to the interview.

Image Editor

You will be our go-to person for urgent news photos, and will be in charge of making photos throughout the paper look professional. This will involve liaising with the section editors each week and assessing which images will best complement the theme of their content. Ownership of a DSLR is a necessity.

Social Media Manager

You manage the TCS facebook and Twitter 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. 



To discuss ideas, apply, or just talk about the roles in more detail, email Joe Whitwell and Becky Alldridge at

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