TCS is recruiting for Lent 2017!

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The Cambridge Student is still recruiting for positions on the Lent 2017 team. If you’re interested in student journalism – be that as a writer, illustrator, photographer, or something else entirely – and want a fun, rewarding distraction from next term's reading list, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

Joining the TCS team is a great way to gain experience in journalism and learn important skills that are applicable for any subject/career path/future. Prior experience is helpful but in no way necessary: it’s more important that you’re enthusiastic and have something to offer the paper.

Please send a 400 word personal statement detailing your experience and ideas for the section/position to by midnight on Monday 9 January 2017.

There are spaces remaining for the following positions, and descriptions of the roles can be found below:

- News Editor

- Deputy News Editor

- Science Editor

- Interviews Editor

- Sport Editor

- Columns Editor

- Theatre Editor

- Books Editor

If perhaps your creative talents lie more in management or multimedia, we still have some vacanies for the following positions:

- Social Media Manager

- Images and Design Editor 

- Staff Photographer

- Staff Illustrator


Position 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 down to you. By keeping readers informed, you not only make sure the student body knows what is going on, but also that people in charge know their decisions will be scrutinised. You may work alongside another News Editor, and will certainly be supported by several Deputy News Editors. As a team, you’ll hold a news meeting once a week to hand out stories to reporters, and you will be in the newsroom in print weeks overseeing the production of the section.

– Deputy News Editor –

You will be one of a group of Deputy News Editors working under the News Editor, in one of the most fast-paced and dynamic sections of the paper.  You will be assigned stories to write and encouraged to seek others out yourself, as well as coming into the newsroom to set the news pages. This role involves working closely with the News Editor to chase up breaking stories as and when they happen. It is a good position for first-time applicants interested in a role in the News team.

– Science 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 writers.

– 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 compelling people who are visiting or linked to Cambridge. Alongside the famous faces of politicians, musicians, comedians, and authors, we’ll expect you to source interviews with some of Cambridge’s lesser known talent, and introduce our readers to the people they need to know about: it doesn't matter what they do, as long as their stories are engaging. 

– Sport Editor –

Sport is one of the biggest sections of the paper, and one that’s acutely relevant to many Cambridge students. As Sport Editor, you will be in charge of covering all the biggest sporting events in Cambridge, and keeping our readers up to date with both university and college level sport. 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. We want an editor who can broaden the content of the section to reach out to a wider range of readers.

– Columns Editor –

Key to your job is working with the Editor-in-Chief to find columnists who can provide unique, engaging, and unmissable weekly insights that Cambridge students will love to read. Editing this section allows you to work with writers over a long period of time, helping them to develop their ideas from fresh-faced columnists to Cambridge institutions. You’ll need a clear sense of what makes good content, and a strong approach to editing writer’s work and providing feedback – it's a great role in which to sharpen your skills as an editor. Please include some ideas for columns in your application, as well as a plan for encouraging columnists to apply.

– Theatre Editor –

Theatre is one of the most read and most controversial sections in the paper. As well as organising and writing reviews of all the latest shows, you’ll be expected to commission and write features on Cambridge theatre, and previews of the most anticipated productions. 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 reviews in quickly, and organise a team of writers to make sure you have every stage in town covered.

– Books Editor –

Love books? Even the ones you don’t have to read for your degree? Your role as Books Editor will involve sourcing and writing compelling features, engaging interviews, and thoughtful reviews that will interest students already laden with compulsory reading. We’re looking for applicants who will explore the visual potential of this section, as well as the more obvious written dimension. The Cambridge literary scene is vibrant and exciting, so if you’re interested in helping students engage with the writing that’s happening on their doorstep, and in bringing them a range of new literary experiences, this is the job for you. 


– Social Media Manager –

The Social Media Manager is responsible for promoting TCS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You’ll work alongside every member of the team to share content, as well as analysing our social media performance and working to increase our reach. This is a role which involves dedicated engagement with established platforms, as well as the opportunity to experiment with new ways to reach out to our readers. If you’re an Instagram star with an eye for a good image, or rule Twitter with your snappy take on the world, we welcome applications opening to working as part of a team. A social media manager needs to be organised, available, and with a strong sense of what’s current – if that could be you, get involved!

– Images & Design Editor –

The main task of the Images Editor will be to coordinate a large network of photographers and illustrators, and source exciting visual content for the paper. You will be our go-to person for quirky illustrations, cartoons, and collages, as well as for finding photographers for fashion and beauty shoots and similar. This role also involves overseeing the images used alongside article as you help to maintain a professional standard throughout. This is a great position for anyone interested in the visual side of journalism, and in close involvement with our graphics and page design process.

– Staff Photographer –

Think journalism is all about the writing? Think again. Throughout our paper, we need high quality photographs to tie in with key news articles, Cambridge features, interviews, and more. As Staff Photographer, you would be responsible for covering emerging stories, and sourcing pictures for regular features from a range of sections. Whatever your interest – news, portraiture, food, nature, still life – if you’re a keen photographer, and want to see your pictures reach a wider audience, this is the role for you.

– Staff Illustrator –

Are you a budding illustrator? Know how to handle a paintbrush? Use watercolours or collage to escape the stress of Cambridge? If you want a creative and exciting role that sees your artwork reach a wider audience, Staff Illustrator could be the role for you. You'd work closely with our Images & Design Editor to create stand alone visual content, images for articles, as well as doodles to illustrate themes. This is a section you can take in a lot of directions, giving you a platform to experiment.

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