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Varsity is the University of Cambridge’s biggest, best and only independent student newspaper – and now is your chance to be a part of it. Varsity sets the agenda in Cambridge: it’s read by students, academics, staff, and people outside the University. But 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. Being part of the team offers the chance to develop your skills in journalism and beyond. More importantly, being involved in Varsity is great fun, and our friendly team, regular socials and annual dinner are a fantastic way to meet new people and make friends.

In Easter Term, Varsity moves online, providing an excellent opportunity to hone the paper’s digital presence and constituting a more flexible time commitment than print terms. The team will also produce a special May Week print edition, for which exciting features and more unusual visual design will be developed. Varsity is at its best when it produces content which students are informed about and interested in; to this end, Easter Term will see an increased editorial emphasis on subjects of relevance to Cambridge student life. 

Applications

No prior experience is necessary, and we are always welcoming of people looking to get involved in the paper for the first time. You may apply for more than one role in your application, stating preference order. You can also submit a joint application for any non-executive role; depending on applications, for any non-executive role we may appoint co-editors or introduce a senior and deputy structure. 

If you have any questions (however big or small), Anna Jennings, Easter Term Editor, will be more than happy to discuss these with you at applications@varsity.co.uk. Anna will also be holding an open office on Monday 12 March (1-5pm, address here) and Friday 16 March (9.30am-1.30pm): feel free to stop by with any queries about applications or how Varsity works. The current team will also be more than happy to answer any questions about their roles. Their contact details can be found here. We look forward to hearing from you!

Please note: if you want to write for Varsity, you don’t need to formally join the team. You can sign up to our mailing lists to receive section-specific writing commissions, and join our Facebook group for writers. We will open applications for news reporters, columnists and other regular writers over the Easter vacation. We will also recruit staff to help with design of the May Week edition (including a Chief of Design) during Easter Term. 

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 5pm, Friday 16 March 2018. Applications for all other roles should be received by 5pm, Monday 19 March 2018. If either of these deadlines pose a particular issue, let us know as soon as possible at applications@varsity.co.uk.

All applications must include:

● Your full name, subject, college and what year you are in.
● Which role(s) you would like to apply for.
● Details of any academic commitments you have in Easter Term.
● Commitments to societies/ activities other than Varsity during the term.
● Details of any experience you have for the role. No experience is required or expected. However, if relevant, you may wish to include any experience gained in journalism or from other extra-curricular activities, and any technical skills (e.g. ability to use Adobe InDesign, Photoshop or video editing software). 

Additional information about all the roles and providing specific instructions for application is given below.

Executive roles

The Deputy Editor, Vulture Editor and Digital Editor each oversee a number of areas of the Varsity team, making these roles demanding but also an exciting opportunity to shape the paper. 

If you wish to apply for any of these roles, please provide:

● A 1,000 word critique and vision statement for the areas you will oversee, including consideration of how to adapt to an online-only term.
● A critique of an article, video or other content from one of these areas (350 words maximum). 

● Alternative headlines and sub-headings for three articles from one of the sections. 

● An explanation of any experience you have for the role, why you think you would be suitable, and why you want to do it. We will consider experience both within and outside Varsity, of both journalism and other demonstrations of team management, organisation and leadership (500 words maximum). 

Deputy Editor

The Deputy Editor will oversee News, Opinion, Investigations, Science and Sport. They will guide section editors where necessary, spot opportunities for collaboration between sections and generally ensure that everything runs smoothly. This term, we are particularly looking for someone with News experience for this role. The Deputy Editor will be responsible for ensuring that all content is of the highest quality, and is presented in an engaging and attractive way. They will also serve as the Editor’s second-in-command, and will be expected to take overall responsibility if the Editor is temporarily unable to fulfil their role for any reason.


Vulture Editor

The Vulture Editor will oversee Features, Arts, Fashion, Theatre, Music, Film & TV, and a new section, Lifestyle. They will guide section editors where necessary, spot opportunities for collaboration between sections and generally ensure that everything runs smoothly. They will be responsible for ensuring that all content is of the highest quality, and is presented in an engaging and attractive way. The Vulture Editor will also manage the Vulture brand, both online and in the May Week print edition.


Digital Editor

The Digital Editor will oversee Violet, Interviews and Long Reads, as well as Varsity’s video, radio and social media output. They will also be responsible for the Engagement Editor, the Chief Sub-Editor, and the Photography and Illustrations Editors. The Digital Editor will lead website design improvements, and organise appropriate team training in digital skills. They will guide their team where necessary, spot opportunities for new digital projects and generally ensure that everything runs smoothly and is of the highest quality.


Section editors

Being a section editor (or deputy section editor) is a great way to get involved with Varsity for the first time, and to take control of the content and direction of a particular area of the newspaper. Most section editor roles will require you to commission, select and edit content, as well as help to design your section of the May Week print edition. 

If you wish to apply for any of these roles, please provide:

● 
A critique of the section from the past couple of terms. This should largely focus on content, but if you have any particular ideas for digital presence or print design, 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.
● Alternative headlines and sub-headings for three articles from the section.

NOISS sections (News, Opinion, Investigations, Science and Sport)

These sections are directly under the leadership of the Deputy Editor, and often require a timely and accurate response to events happening in Cambridge.

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 will be 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. They also hire the Senior News Correspondents.

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

Applications for Senior News Correspondents will open over the vacation period.


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 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. Next term, we want to ensure a greater range of voices are heard about the topics that really matter to Cambridge students.

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. It’s important for a Senior Opinion Editor to be aware of what is happening in other sections, and to 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 Editor

There is arguably no better place than Cambridge to be a student Science Editor, and we are looking to expand the Science section next term, both in terms of producing more content and more varied kinds of pieces. The Science Editor will be responsible for coming up with ideas for pieces, commissioning writers and editing copy. The focus is on all the latest developments in science and technology, and the Science Editor will collaborate with the News section to report on science-based news.


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.


Vulture sections (Features, Arts, Film & TV, Music, Fashion, Theatre and Lifestyle)

The Vulture sections are led by the Magazine Editor, and usually consist of more personal and subjective content.


Features Editor

Features is a broad section, with lots of scope for creativity. Often it gives a new perspective on life in Cambridge, or provides a platform for sharing personal experiences. We’re looking for someone with their finger on the pulse about what students are up to in Cambridge to run features on exciting student societies and initiatives. The Features Editor is responsible for coming up with ideas, commissioning writers and editing copy.


Arts Editor

The Arts section is where Varsity readers turn to find out about all things culture: fine art, literature, architecture and more have a place in this section. In Easter Term, we want to see an increased focused on the kinds of art students can engage with in Cambridge. Content may include opinion pieces on relevant issues, reviews of events and listings of what’s happening in the city. The Arts Editor is responsible for coming up with ideas for pieces, commissioning writers and editing copy.


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 other features on films and television shows, with a particular emphasis in Easter Term on streamed content (Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime etc.). The Film & TV Editor will also be expected to foster links with the student film scene in order to deliver new and exciting content.


Music Editor

The Music Editor is passionate about music, and knows how to share this with readers. They are responsible for commissioning pieces – a mixture of reviews and other features – and editing copy. In Easter Term, we would like to see increased variety in this section, giving a spotlight to students’ musical endeavours and a wider range of genres.


Fashion Editor

Varsity’s Fashion Editor needs to be on top of the latest trends, have an eye for a photoshoot, and know 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 digital content and the May Week edition.


Theatre Editor

Being a Theatre Editor is about commissioning reviews and previews for the large Cambridge theatre scene, as well as commissioning and editing opinion pieces and other features. This is a demanding role due to the amount of content and the time-critical nature of reviews, and we’re looking for someone who understands the Cambridge theatre scene well. The Theatre Editor will also need to consider how to provide content in the weeks where shows aren’t happening in Easter Term.


Lifestyle Editor

The Lifestyle section is a brand new section coming to Varsity next term, giving you an exciting opportunity to shape and develop it from scratch – we’ll even let you pick the section colour! The scope of the Lifestyle section is intended to be anything students might do outside of the remit of the existing sections: fun things to do in the city, cooking and restaurant recommendations, travel inspiration and more. This section will be entertaining but informative, and we’re looking for someone with a strong creative vision to bring it into being. As well as developing a distinctive section brand, the Lifestyle Editor will commission and edit content. In your application, instead of a section critique, please provide a vision statement for the section. For the article critique, find something from another section of the paper which you would like to see put in Lifestyle.


Digital sections (Violet, Interviews, Long Reads)

These sections will be overseen by the Digital Editor because of the nature of their content, and to ensure their digital capacities are fully exploited through web design and video. 


Violet Editor

Our blog, Violet, was created with the aim of providing light-hearted, entertaining content. The Violet Editor will be expected to collaborate primarily with News, Opinion, Features and Lifestyle to pick up on interesting stories and opinions. The Violet Editor will need an eye for the whimsical and an ability to pick up on potential content on social media. They should think carefully about how best to develop Violet’s identity, and to make it distinct from the rest of the paper. In Easter Term, we are looking to expand the different kinds of content Violet produces, for instances by including news quizzes, cartoons and puzzles.


Interviews Editor

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


Long Reads Editor

The Long Reads Editor is someone with a taste for long-form journalism, who will develop pieces outside the usual realm of the Opinion and Features sections. 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.


Additional roles

As well as the roles listed above, Varsity is supported behind the scenes by a number of technical and production team members, who produce multimedia content and ensure everything is running to the highest possible quality. Details of each role and application requirements are given below.

Engagement Editor

In a largely online term, Varsity’s digital presence is more important than ever. We’re looking for someone to take strategic leadership of the newspaper’s social media presence. The Engagement Editor’s responsibilities will include providing weekly breakdowns of social media performance and growth, reporting back to section editors on how their content performs to shape the direction of future content, and experimenting with different post times, formats and strategies to optimise engagement. The Engagement Editor will provide team training for lead writing and facilitate and manage the section editors in doing this. To apply, please provide:

● A critique of Varsity’s current readership engagement, with details on how you think it could be improved, both in terms of content and social media presence (800 words maximum).

● An explanation of any experience you have for the role, why you think you would be suitable, and why you want to do it.

● Suggested social media leads (Facebook and Twitter) for five articles from five different sections. You may also wish to give some thought to how the articles themselves could have been made more engaging, for instance in terms of image choice and headline.


Sub-Editors

Know your less from your fewer? Have an eye for commas, apostrophes, capital letters, and spelling? Our team of sub-editors are 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 may be unsuitable for publishing.

We are looking to recruit a number of sub-editors as well as a Chief Sub-Editor, who will manage the team of sub-editors to ensure content is sub-edited in a timely and high-quality fashion. To apply, please provide:

● A critique of an article from any section from the past couple of terms, with particular attention to the detailed improvements which a sub-editor could make (300 words maximum).

● An explanation of any experience you have for the role, why you think you would be suitable, and why you want to do it. Please also state whether you would like to be considered for the Chief Sub-Editor role.


Radio Presenters

Varsity currently has two radio shows on Cam FM, Switchboard and The Vulture Show. Applications are open to continue either one of these shows in their current format, or to reinvent them. Each radio programme should look to develop vibrant and engaging content both developed from and beyond the scope of Varsity’s other sections. The radio presenters will need to be organised and creative, confident live on air, and understanding of the demands of a broadcast platform. To apply, please provide:

● A vision statement for the radio programme of your choice, explaining the kind of content you would like to provide and any thoughts on tone, image and branding (500 words maximum).

● An outline for a 30 minute show.

● An explanation of any experience you have for the role, why you think you would be suitable, and why you want to do it.


Video Team

Over the course of Lent Term, Varsity has greatly expanded its video output, and the video section is currently heading in a very exciting direction – making it a great place to be. We’re looking for all sorts of talent in this section: whatever your skills and interests, we can find a place for you.

Head of Video

The Head of Video will be responsible for overseeing Varsity’s video output. This will require running and organising the video team to produce high-quality content in a timely manner. They will commission content from the rest of the video team, keeping an eye on upcoming opportunities in Cambridge as well as ways to collaborate with other sections. If you wish to apply for this role, please provide:

● 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 reflects the diversity of Varsity’s textual content.

● An explanation of any experience you have for the role, why you think you would be suitable, and why you want to do it (300 words maximum).

Video Team

The video team will be responsible for creating the content which the Head of Video proposes, as well as coming up with their own ideas about exciting video opportunities. We’re looking for people to shoot, edit and present Varsity’s video output. You are welcome to apply to any one or selection of these roles, and Varsity will be able to provide opportunities to expand and develop your skills. To apply, please provide:

● An explanation of the role you would like to have within the video team, as well as details of any skills, equipment and software you currently have.

● An explanation of any experience you have of working with video, including a link to any examples (none required).

● Three suggestions for video content you’d like to see Varsity produce in Easter Term.


Photography Editor

Our Photography Editor keeps the newspaper looking fresh and vibrant with new and original photographic content, particularly the News and Sport sections. As Photography Editor you will be responsible for commissioning a team of Varsity photographers, as well as running, expanding and providing training to that team. To apply, please provide:

● An explanation of your current involvement with Cambridge’s photography community (200 words maximum).

● A small portfolio of your own work.

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

If you would just like to be part of Varsity’s photography team, watch out for recruitment in the near future, or send an informal email to applications@varsity.co.uk.


Illustrations Editor

Our Illustrations Editor ensures Varsity looks stylish and engaging with new and original illustrations, particularly for the Vulture sections. As Illustrations Editor you will be responsible for commissioning to a team of Varsity illustrators, as well as managing and growing that team. To apply, please provide:

● An explanation of your current involvement with Cambridge’s artistic community (200 words maximum).

● A small portfolio of your own work.

● Any ideas you have for how Varsity could better use illustrations.

If you would just like to be part of Varsity’s illustrations team, watch out for recruitment in the near future, or send an informal email to applications@varsity.co.uk.


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 is a necessity, experience in other software, such as CSS, Adobe Suite software and D3.js would also be valued. To apply, please provide:

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

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


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