Varsity is the University of Cambridge’s biggest, best and only independent student newspaper – now is your chance to be a part of it. With weekly print editions as well as dynamic, round-the-clock online coverage and videos, Lent Term is a fantastic opportunity to get involved and contribute to the paper.

Varsity sets the agenda in Cambridge: it’s read by students, academics, staff, and people outside the University. For students and by students, the paper is only as good as the people who work for it. We’re looking for a talented team to follow in the footsteps of Jeremy Paxman, Zadie Smith, David Mitchell, and many more.

No prior experience is necessary. Being part of the team offers the chance of developing important skills that will serve you well wherever you end up. Most importantly, being an editor for Varsity is good fun, and our regular socials and annual dinner are a great opportunity to meet new people and make friends.

Bear in mind that joint applications are acceptable for non-executive positions. If you have any questions about any of the roles, then do get in touch with the current section editors who will be happy to answer any queries. Their contact details can be found here. Alternatively, email any questions to Daniel Gayne at editor@varsity.co.uk. Good luck!

How do I join?

To apply for any position (details on all roles can be found below), email applications@varsity.co.uk. Applications for executive roles should be received by 6pm, Sunday 26th November 2017. Applications for all other roles should be received by 6pm, Tuesday 28th November 2017.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE:

● Your full name, subject, college and what year you are in.
● Which role you would like to apply for.
● Details of any academic commitments you have in Lent term.
● Commitments to societies/activities other than Varsity during the term.
● Details of any experience you have for the role, including any prior experience you have with Adobe InDesign or Photoshop (experience is not required or expected).

Additional application information for all roles is listed below. Please read the role descriptions, and read the instructions for each role type to find out more. 

Executive Roles

Deputy Editor

The Deputy Editor oversees News, Opinion, Interviews, Investigations, Science and Sport. They guide Section Editors where necessary, spot opportunities for collaboration between sections and generally make sure that everything runs smoothly. They are responsible for ensuring that all content is of the highest quality, and is presented in an engaging and attractive way. The Deputy Editor is the editor’s second-in-command, and is expected to take overall responsibility if the Editor is temporarily unable to fulfil their role for any reason.


Vulture Editor

The Vulture Editor oversees Features, Arts, Fashion, Theatre, Music and Film & TV. They guide Section Editors where necessary, spot opportunities for collaboration between sections and generally make sure that everything runs smoothly. They are responsible for ensuring that all content is of the highest quality, and is presented in an engaging and attractive way.


Digital Editor

The Digital Editor is responsible for the content side of Varsity’s online presence. This means providing oversight for Violet and our radio portfolio, as well as managing the editorial direction of video content and social media output. The Digital Editor should have good interpersonal skills, as much of his job will be liaising with Deputy and Vulture Editors to ensure there are no crossed wires between print and online. They should have an awareness of what performs well online (an enthusiasm for digging through Google Analytics would be helpful here), and be proactive in suggesting changes.


Chief Sub-Editor

The Chief Sub-Editor is the unsung hero of Varsity. Responsible for ensuring that Varsity is mistake-free in print and online, the Chief Sub-Editor will oversee Sub-Editors, Production Editors, and Online Production Editors. Although it is by no means necessary for the role, if you have prior experience with HTML & CSS, please make a note of this in your application.


If you are applying for the position of Deputy Editor, Vulture Editor or Digital Editor please provide:

● A 1,000-word critique and vision statement for the area you wish to oversee (News, Opinion, Investigations, Interviews, Science and Sport for Deputy Editor; Features, Culture, Film and TV, Music, Fashion, Theatre for Vulture Editor; Violet, Video, Radio, and Social Media strategy for Digital Editor; Print and Web Production and Sub-Editing for Chief Sub-Editor).
● A critique of an article, video or other content from one of the sections you propose to edit. 350 words maximum.
● Choose three articles from the section, and provide three alternative headlines and sub-headings.

If you are applying to be Digital Editor, please also provide:

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An explanation of what experience you have for the role, why you think you would be suitable, and why you want to do it. Please give a particular example to demonstrate why we should rely on you for this important role. 500 words maximum.

If you are applying to be Chief Sub-Editor please provide:

● Explain what experience you have for the role, why you think you would be suitable, and why you want to do it. Please give a particular example to demonstrate why we should rely on you for this important role. 500 words.
● Detail how you think Varsity can improve the presentation of its content in print and online. 300 words maximum.
● A critique of an article from any section from the past couple of terms, with particular attention to the detailed improvements a Sub-Editor could make. 200 words maximum.
● Choose three articles from three different sections, and provide three alternative headlines and sub-headings.

NOIISS (News, Opinion, Interviews, Investigations, Science, Sports) Section Editors

News

News is Varsity’s biggest section, in terms of both staff and output. Members of the News team are interested in what’s going on in and around Cambridge, have an eye for the stories which are important to our readers and are prepared to cover news as it breaks. It’s an exciting and fast-paced section. Everyone in the team pulls their weight, writing pieces, attending events and telling the news in a clear, compelling and accurate way.

Senior News Editor: The Senior News Editors are in charge of a team of Deputy News Editors, Senior News Correspondents and correspondents who contribute on an ad hoc basis. They are responsible for commissioning writers and editing copy, as well as designing the layouts of all the News pages in print. They also hire the Senior News Correspondents.

Deputy News Editor: The Deputy News Editors assist the Senior News Editors in finding stories, editing copy and implementing the layouts they have designed. They are equally prepared to write and edit, and they play an important mentoring role for newer correspondents.


Investigations Editor

The Investigations Editors are crucial to Varsity’s role in holding our institutions, societies and students to account. They work on in-depth projects to uncover things that our readers should know. They have a nose for the untold story and the drive to work independently. They are not fazed by a spreadsheet of data and not put off when a lead or potential story doesn’t come to fruition.


Opinion Editor

Opinion (formerly Comment) is one of Varsity’s most popular sections. Members of the Opinion team know what makes a great opinion piece and have the nous to make sure they get that from their writers.

Senior Opinion Editor:The Senior Opinion Editor is in charge of a team of Deputy Opinion Editors. They are responsible for coming up with ideas for pieces, commissioning writers and editing copy, as well as laying out the page. It’s important for a Senior Opinion Editor to be aware of what is happening in other section, and have their finger on the pulse in Cambridge and nationally. They also hire the section’s columnists. Often dealing with sensitive topics, our Senior Opinion Editor has a great deal of responsibility.

Deputy Opinion Editor: The Deputy Opinion Editors assist the Senior Opinion Editor in commissioning pieces and editing copy. They are always on the lookout for opportunities for a good Opinion piece, taking inspiration from Cambridge life, current affairs and popular culture. They also supervise the section’s columnists.


Science & Technology Editor

There is arguably no better place than Cambridge to be a student Science Editor. They are responsible for coming up with ideas for pieces, commissioning writers and editing copy, as well as laying out the page. The focus is on all the latest developments in science and technology, but how these are covered is flexible – features, interviews and columns all have a place. The Science and Technology Editor also collaborates with the News section to report on science-based news.


Interviews Editor

Our Interviews Editors get the chance to meet fascinating and famous people from all walks of life – it’s not for the easily starstruck! They keep up-to-date with events in Cambridge and are proactive in seeking out opportunities to interview interesting people. They have an instinct for who Varsity’s readers want to know more about, and know the right questions to ask. Our Interviews Editor tend to do a lot of writing for the section themselves, though they also often commission pieces out.


Sports Editor

With so much sport going on in Cambridge every week, it is no surprise that this is a busy section. The Sports Editor, is responsible for commissioning match reports, interviews and features every week, covering as wide a range of sports as possible, across all levels.


If you are applying to be a section editor or deputy section editor, please provide:

● 
A critique of the section from the past couple of terms. This should largely focus on the content of the section, though if you have any particular ideas for appearance and design then please include them. 500 words maximum.
● A critique of an article from the section from the last couple of terms. 200 words maximum.
● Five ideas for content in the section.
● Choose three articles from the section, and provide three alternative headlines.

Vulture Section Editors + Chief Vulture Designer

Vulture Chief Designer

Much more than NCIISS, the magazine section needs special attention when it comes to illustration and art. As Chief Designer, you will be in charge of sourcing artists and illustrators for the whole magazine, assisting creatively with the design of spreads, and helping direct fashion shoots. Applicants for this role need to have some prior experience with design or artistic roles, ideally some form of print production. This is a great role for anyone who is well established in Cambridge’s more artistic corners.


Features Editor

Features is a broad section, with lots of scope for creativity from its Editors. Often it gives a new perspective on life in Cambridge, or presents differing views on the same topic. Features Editors are responsible for coming up with ideas, commissioning writers and editing copy, as well as laying out the page. This section also offers the chance to be really creative with page designs and layouts. Past features include accounts of going weeks without social media, the experience of coming out in an all-boys school in Northern Ireland, and what it's like to always be mistaken for a tourist.


Arts Editor

The Arts section is where Varsity readers turn to find out all the things to do and see in the area. Arts Editors are responsible for coming up with ideas for pieces, commissioning writers and editing copy, as well as laying out the page. The Arts section will now include comprehensive listings of what's on, which it will be the specific task of the Deputy Arts Editor to compile. Examples of previous pieces include reviews of exhibitions, both student-run and not, a take on whether Tristram Hunt is the right person to take the V&A forward and a spread on spoken word poetry. It similarly offers a lot of scope for making the section 'your own', to use a clichéd phrase.


Fashion Editor

Varsity’s Fashion Editor is on top of the latest trends, has an eye for a photoshoot and knows where all the best fashion and beauty buys can be found. They are responsible for shoots – that means creating concepts, sourcing models and recruiting a photographer if necessary – as well as commissioning and editing articles. Design is a key part of this role, both in terms of visual content and page layout.


Theatre Editor

Being a Theatre Editor is about commissioning reviews, previews and cast interviews for Cambridge plays and comedy gigs, as well as editing copy and laying out the page. With theatre playing such an important part of student life in Cambridge, this is a demanding, but rewarding, role. Theatre Editors are plugged into the Cambridge theatre scene, and know what makes a great review. Most reviews should go up on Tuesday nights or Wednesday mornings, so applicants should ideally have time available in their work schedules to accommodate this.


Music Editor

The Music Editor is passionate about music, but most of all knows how this can be translated to page. They are responsible for commissioning pieces – primarily reviews, but some features, too – editing copy and laying out the page. They are also in charge of the Varsity Spotify playlist, which is updated every week.


Film & TV Editor

Our Film & TV Editor should have their eyes constantly glued on the screen, whether that’s the big one or the small one. They are responsible for commissioning reviews and recaps of films and TV shows, but also for helping to produce some really thoughtful and original reflections on the medium. Oh, and you get to choose some of the most out-there films on Netflix for our semi-legendary ‘Unknown Displeasures’ series.


If you are applying to be a section editor or deputy section editor, please provide:

● 
A critique of the section from the past couple of terms. This should largely focus on the content of the section, though if you have any particular ideas for appearance and design then please include them. 500 words maximum.
● A critique of an article from the section from the last couple of terms. 200 words maximum.
● Five ideas for content in the section.
● Choose three articles from the section, and provide three alternative headlines.

If you are applying to be Fashion Editor, please provide all of the above, and:

● Proposals for three themes for Photoshoots. 200 words maximum.

If you are applying to be Chief Vulture Designer, please provide:

Detail your current involvement with Cambridge’s artistic community. 200 words maximum.
Give a rundown of your own artistic skill set (anything from digital illustration to interpretive dance). 200 words maximum.

Digital Roles (Violet, Video, Radio presenters, Social Media, Long Reads Editor)

Violet Editor

Our blog, Violet, turns one year old this Lent, but it’s already got people talking. Our blog editor has to have an eye for the content that works best there: light-hearted but not trivial, insightful without stepping on the toes of other sections. Violet also runs light-hearted news stories, so it’s important for the Violet Editor to have an eye for the whimsical and be able to pick up on potential content on social media. They should think carefully about how best to develop Violet's identity, and make it distinct from the rest of the paper.


Social Media Editor

Do you get big #numbers on your tweets? Are you Insta-famous? Then this might just be the role for you: Varsity’s Social Media Editor is responsible for ensuring that all our articles get the reach and appreciation they deserve online. The Social Media will need to be cognisant of the different uses of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. As top companies become increasingly reliant on social media, this is a fantastic opportunity to get a headstart.

● Explain what experience you have for the role, why you think you would be suitable, and why you want to do it. Please give a particular example to demonstrate why we should rely on you for this important role.

● Choose five articles from five different sections, and write separate Facebook posts and tweets for each. You can find examples of these on our Facebook and Twitter accounts but please feel free to adapt our current style as you see fit.

● A critique of Varsity’s Instagram profile, with details on how you would propose to improve it. 300 words maximum.


Long Reads Editor

This term we’re looking for someone with a taste for long-form journalism to develop pieces outside the usual realm of the Opinion or Features. The Long Reads Editor needs to be someone who can self-motivate, who has an interest in the big topics, and who can build long-lasting relationships with their writers.

● Explain what experience you have for the role, why you think you would be suitable, and why you want to do it. Please give a particular example to demonstrate why we should rely on you for this important role. 500 words.

● Three ideas for longform pieces, with at least 200 words in explanation of each.


Chief Video Producer

Video is one of the most exciting things going on in Varsity right now, and if you want to get involved you’ll have to be creative, dedicated, and organised. Chief Video Producer will be responsible for ensuring a steady stream of content, working with videographers, presenters, and producers, to come up with ideas for top-quality video content.

● A 500-word critique and vision statement for Varsity’s video content, outlining some ideas for the kind of content you’d like to pursue next term. Include an explanation of how you would make sure video would reflect the diversity of Varsity’s textual content.

● Explain what experience you have for the role, why you think you would be suitable, and why you want to do it. 300 words maximum.


The Sunday Review Presenter

Lead the conversation. The Sunday Review is Varsity’s news and current affairs show on CamFM. You need to be organised and creative, a confident presenter, and to understand the demands of a broadcast platform.

● Explain what experience you have for the role, why you think you would be suitable, and why you want to do it. Please give a particular example to demonstrate why we should rely on you for this important role.

● Create an outline for a 45 minute show including a debate, an interview, and a piece of out-of studio reportage.


The Vulture Show Presenter

Be the voice of Vulture, our vibrant magazine, via its show on CamFM. You need to be organised and creative, a confident presenter, and to understand the demands of a broadcast platform.

● Explain what experience you have for the role, why you think you would be suitable, and why you want to do it. Please give a particular example to demonstrate why we should rely on you for this important role.

● Create an outline for a 30 minute show including a debate, an interview, and a piece of out-of studio reportage.


If you are applying to be Violet editor, please provide:

● A critique of the section since its launch last January. This should largely focus on the content of the section, though if you have any particular ideas for appearance and design then please include them. 500 words maximum.
● A critique of an article from the section from the last couple of terms. 200 words maximum.
● Five ideas for content in the section.
● Choose three articles from the section, and provide three alternative headlines.

If you are applying for any other digital role, please read the descriptions above for additional application requirements.

Production Roles (Sub-Editors, Production Editors, Web Developers, Photography Editor)

Sub-Editors

Know your less from your fewer? Have an eye for commas, apostrophes, capital letters, and spelling? Our team of Sub-Editors is key to ensuring that Varsity maintains its reputation for clear and professional journalism. They ensure that all pieces conform to Varsity's house style. It is also important for sub-editors to be aware of the content itself, and to flag up anything that might be unsuitable for publishing.

● A critique of an article from any section from the past couple of terms, with particular attention to the detailed improvements a subeditor could make. 200 words maximum.

● Explain what experience you have for the role, why you think you would be suitable, and why you want to do it. Please give a particular example to demonstrate why we should rely on you for this important role.

● Choose three articles from three different sections, and provide three alternative headlines and sub-headings.


Production Editor

Do you have a love for all things aesthetic? Did you collect Pantone paint swatches from B&Q when you were a kid? Maybe you’ve even tried your hand at InDesign. Our production editors are key to ensuring that Varsity goes to print looking fine from the smallest cutout to the most extravagant two-page splashes. Production editors will learn to use InDesign and Photoshop in order to assist section editors to set their content.

● Explain what experience you have for the role, why you think you would be suitable, and why you want to do it. Please give a particular example to demonstrate why we should rely on you for this important role.

● Write a critique of Varsity’s print production value and outline what changes you would look to make. 500 words maximum.


Web Developers

You might have noticed some new elements in our online content recently. We’re trying to raise the bar, and we’re looking for the best and brightest Cantabrigian coders to take our frontend material to the next level. Proficiency in HTML and CSS are a necessity. Experience in Adobe Suite software and D3.js would also be valued.

● Outline your experience of the following: HTML, CSS, D3, JavaScript, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Muse, Adobe InDesign.

● Write a critique of Varsity’s online production value and outline what front-end changes you would look to make. 500 words maximum.


Photography Editor

Our Photography Editors keep our news and sport sections looking fresh and vibrant with new and original content. As Photography Editor, you will be embedded primarily within the News team and responsible for commissioning to your team of Varsity photographers. The Photography Editor is also responsible for Vulture’s annual photography competition in Lent.

● Detail your current involvement with Cambridge’s photography community. 200 words maximum.

● Please provide a small portfolio of your own work.

● Please list any photography kit you have (It is not necessary to have any as Varsity has some of its own)


If you are applying for a production role, please read the descriptions above for additional application requirements.

Other roles

Applications for Senior News Correspondents, Violet news, Sports Reporters, Columnists, Staff Writers, Videographers, and Photographers will open over the Christmas vacation.

Don’t hesitate – do something amazing with your time at Cambridge, and apply today!

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