Apply for an editorial position for Michaelmas Term!

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As an editor of TCS it is your job to manage the content, stylistically and politically, for you section.  This means thinking of topical ideas each week and producing as much quality content as possible.  How much actual writing this involves will be up to you – hopefully a section editor will be keen to write a handful of their own articles in a term.  To apply, all you need to do is send 300 words outlining what kind of thing you would focus on in your section and how you would improve it.  Please also attach a short sample of your writing - it can be from any context - and send to editor@tcs.cam.ac.uk.

Being a section editor involves relatively little person management and there will be almost no formal time commitment - the times of the day you choose to do your editing is largely up to you.  Please send your applications to  by June 12th 2018 at noon.  Freshers who have their grades are welcome to apply at this stage, but applications will also re-open after A Level results have been received. 

Applications are open for the following positions:

News Editors

Investigations Editors

Science Editors

Comment Editors

Features Editors

Interviews Editors

Columns Editors

Sport Editors

Theatre Editors

Music Editors

Film and TV Editors

Fashion and Beauty Editors

Food and Drink Editors

Lifestyle Editors

Books Editors

Culture Editors

Sex and Relationships Editors

Creative Writing Editors

Sub Editors

News Editors

If you are interested in the reporting and informing side of journalism, this is the section for you.  Unfortunately news articles aren’t made public because they can be sensitive, so if you are at all interested in writing breaking news stories, apply! You will set the paper's news agenda, decide which stories are the most important, and work with the team to find original local content and make national stories relevant to students. The tone and feel of the news section are the campaigns it runs are all entirely down to you.  Every term a handful of our best written and exclusive pieces get picked up by national papers.  By keeping readers informed, you not only make sure the student body knows what is really going on, but also that the high n’ mighties know their decisions will be scrutinised, and they will be held to account.  The News team will be big and involve people of varying commitment levels - this is an ideal place to start if you want to try out student journalism.

Investigations Editors

It is your job to expose the people and institutions!  Send off freedom of information requests and analysing the results will be a big part of this, alongside unearthing faster moving stories.  We are looking for someone brimming with ideas on how to investigate issues like transparency, funding and equality in Cambridge.  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 Editors

If you're in touch with the scientific 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, and writing in a way that speaks to all readers – scientists or otherwise!

Comment Editors

You will have one of the most sought-after positions on the paper.  Convince us that you can source forceful, imaginative and well-written opinion pieces on topics relevant to Cambridge students.  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.  Cambridge is bursting with opinionated students so this is one of the most exciting positions on the paper!

Features Editors

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. The style of writing is quite reporting-based but with the scope for a more casual tone.

Interviews Editors

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 hero.

Columns Editors

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 get to knnow 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. 

Sport Editors

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 often have the opportunity to interview internationally successful sportspeople and commentators, and commission features and opinion pieces on any aspect of sports that you desire.

Creative Writing Editors

This is a new position! TCS are expanding their presence on the Cambridge creative writing scene with more prose and poetry being published online.  If you are interested in coming up with ideas and editing submissions, this is your chance!

Theatre Editors

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.  TCS' deathgrip on this side of Cambridge journalism is here to stay!  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 Editors

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 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 Editors

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.

Fashion & Beauty Editors

Are you an avid reader of Vogue, InStyle and i-D? 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 sourcing weekly reviews and opinion pieces, but we'll also be looking for fun, recurring features which resonate with Cambridge students. You'll be expected to coordinate regular photoshoots that are quirky, engaging, and do something different from the norm.

Food & Drink Editors

Students want to know where to get cheap and interesting food and drink ideas!  Are college bars boring?  Which canteen is most affordable/tasty?  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.  This section will include some serious freedom

Books Editors

Love books? Even the ones you don’t have to read for your degree? This is the job for you. 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

Sex and Relationships Editors

Want to share your favourite budget sex toys, or talk about dating in Cambridge? Interested in queer aesthetics or the intricacies of identity? The Sex and Relationships section is always a diverse and exciting part of the paper, and we're interested to see where you would like to take it. 

Sub Editors

As Sub Editor, you are responsible for looking after the quality of our content.  A keen understanding of the English language as well as an eye for detail is vital. You will be in charge of checking all of our particularly big articles that are published over the course of the term. If you find the idea of a perfectly accurate and cogent article satisfying, this is the role for you.

 

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