There is much to be discussed in Cambridge.

It’s an exciting time to join Varsity – as a member of the team, you’ll be part of setting the agenda in Cambridge, giving voice to unspoken truths. The paper is a hub for candid conversations to take place – next term, we’ll take that capacity and push it in new, evolving ways.

As Varsity reporters, editors, columnists, and more, we take equal ownership of, and equal pride in, the paper we create. Varsity provides a unique space in Cambridge where students may find their voice, execute their creative vision, and collaborate closely with those equally passionate about the content we produce, week in and week out.

At Varsity next term, you’ll find a creative space in which you’ll be actively encouraged and guided to think about how you can contribute to conversations in the paper and, more broadly, in Cambridge.

Bring ideas, commitment, and energy.

Applications

To apply for any positions, email your application to applications@varsity.co.uk. Applications for executive roles should be received by 5pm, Wednesday 4th July. Applications for all other roles should be received by 5pm, Sunday 8th July. Let us know as soon as possible at applications@varsity.co.uk if either of these deadlines pose an issue.

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 Michaelmas 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).

No prior experience is required. We welcome people who want to join the paper for the first time.

Have any questions about the roles? Pop an email to Noella Chye at editor@varsity.co.uk. Alternatively, get in touch with the current section editors – they’ll be happy to answer any queries. Their contact details can be found here.

Information on all roles and instructions for application can be found below.

Executive roles

The Deputy Editors, Vulture Editor and Digital Editor each oversee a number of section editors in the Varsity team.

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 ideas for how they should be presented in print.
  • 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 Editors

We’re looking for two committed individuals to oversee News, Opinion, Features, Investigations, Interviews, Science, Sport and Long Reads. Applicants should apply individually. Next term will see changes in the Features, Opinion and Science sections – teams will expand for the latter two as Varsity seeks to recruit staff opinion and science writers. Applicants should be motivated to guiding section editors and contributors to produce their best work, and be able to work well in a team. They should also demonstrate a clear vision for the sections listed above, and be thoughtful about and committed to its execution. As Varsity enters a print term, its deputy editors must also commit to familiarising themselves with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop over the summer with the help of training provided by the team.


Vulture Editor

The Vulture Editor is an individual well placed to push discussion and reflection on culture in Cambridge, who will oversee the Theatre section, the evolving Culture section, which will consist of Arts, Fashion, Music, and Film & TV, and the Lifestyle section created just last term. Applicants should be, ideally, thoughtful about Cambridge culture and its arts scene, with a clear artistic vision of how Vulture can build on them. As Varsity enters a print term, its Vulture editor must also commit to training provided by the team on Adobe InDesign and Photoshop over the summer.


Digital Editor

The digital editor will oversee Violet, alongside Varsity’s video, radio and social media output. They will guide the video team, Violet team, and Engagement Editor. Applicants should be interested in and have ideas for vitalising Varsity’s digital presence, as well as be thoughtful about putting them into action.They should be adept at Photoshop, or commit to training provided by the team over the summer.


Section editors

Want to help shape one of Varsity’s sections and work closely with a range of contributors? The paper’s section editors are in a unique position in Cambridge to push discussion and platform conversations and perspectives on issues. Most section editors will commission, select and edit content both for print, on a weekly basis, and online. Every week, they’ll assist with producing the paper’s print editions. Joint applications for all sections will be accepted.

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.

News Editor

News is Varsity’s biggest section. The Varsity news team plays an essential role in Cambridge, providing timely, objective, and incisive reporting on stories relevant to its readers. Our coverage, both in breaking news published online and in the weekly print edition’s largest section, serves not only to inform Varsity readers, but to hold institutions in the city to account. Members of the team must be engaged with goings-on in Cambridge, and be both knowledgeable and critical in their coverage of issues prominent in the Cambridge community.

Senior News Editor: The senior news editors will be in charge of a team of deputy news editors, senior news correspondents and contributing news writers. They are responsible for commissioning writers and editing copy. They also hire the senior news correspondents and 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 should be compelled by the discussions happening around them about Cambridge’s key issues, and understand the importance of keeping those conversations alive, seeking out new perspectives, and pushing them to evolve. They also know what makes a great Opinion piece and have the nous to make sure they get that from their writers. Next term, the Opinion team is expanding. We’re looking to recruit a team of staff opinion writers, alongside columnists, to dissect and reflect on Cambridge’s key issues.

Senior Opinion Editor: The senior opinion editor should be passionate about facilitating conversations in the paper and guiding contributors to produce the best work they can. 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. Applicants should be thoughtful about how to put their ideas into action. The senior opinion editor is in charge of a team of deputy opinion editors. They will also hire the section’s columnists and staff opinion writers. 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.


Features Editor

The Features section next term is headed in a new direction – it’ll be moved out of Vulture, and will become a hub for creative, compelling perspectives on breaking news stories and key issues within the Cambridge community. We’re looking for someone engaged with issues that dominate the news in Cambridge, and wants to create content that provides a different, more exploratory perspective on them.


Interviews Editor

Our interviews editor gets the chance to meet fascinating and famous people from all walks of life. They will keep up-to-date with events in Cambridge and be proactive in seeking out opportunities to interview interesting people. We want someone who understands how compelling a good interview can be, has an instinct for who Varsity’s readers want to know more about, and who engages with the news. 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

There’s a tremendous scope for interesting long-form journalism to take shape in Cambridge. The long reads editor is someone with a taste for long-form pieces, who understands there are elements of Cambridge just waiting to be explored in greater depth. 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.


Science Editor

There is arguably no better place than Cambridge to be a student science editor, and we’re looking to expand the Science section next term, both in terms of producing more content and more varied kinds of pieces. Next term, the Science team will look to recruit staff science writers to report on research in Cambridge, and explore the research community through features pieces. It’s an exciting time to head the section, spearheading a new effort to engage with the brimming scientific community at our fingertips.


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

Culture Editor

We’re looking for an individual with a clear vision for making the Culture section more cohesive, to oversee the arts, fashion, film & TV and music editors, with a particular emphasis on creating content that speaks to trends across the sections. The culture editor will be in charge of brainstorming how sections can intersect, and design dynamic print layouts every week which highlight that. Applicants must demonstrate a keen interest and thoughtfulness about how art, music, fashion and film are used to explore and shape Cambridge culture, alongside ideas about the type of content that can be created to reflect this.


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. The arts editors should be compelled by Cambridge’s artistic spaces, and be thoughtful about how Varsity can build on them. They will have exciting opportunities to engage with Cambridge artists and their work. 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 be thoughtful about how film can explore elements of Cambridge student life, and should have a vision for creating content related to film and TV which helps us make sense of our experience in the University. They should also be interested in platforming and engaging with student filmmakers in Cambridge. They are responsible for commissioning reviews and other features on films and television shows, and will 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. Applicants should, ideally, demonstrate an interest and engagement with Cambridge’s music scene, as well as a sense of evolving music tastes amongst students, alongside ideas for creating content that explores these in new ways. They are responsible for commissioning pieces – a mixture of reviews and other features – and editing copy.


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.


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.


Lifestyle Editor

Cambridge is a busy place – students often need reminders of how to step back and take a breather. The lifestyle editor is someone who understands how to make living in Cambridge more enjoyable and is thoughtful about how to create light-hearted content the community in Cambridge can benefit from.


Digital sections and roles

Violet Editor

Our blog, Violet, was created with the aim of providing light-hearted, entertaining content. The Violet editor should have a clear vision for its identity, and how to make it distinct from the rest of the paper. They will need an eye for the whimsical, and a distinct taste for potential content.


Video Team

The video section is heading in a very exciting direction, with increasing output and a growing scope for experimentation. We’re looking for people excited about the potential for Varsity video. We want 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 Michaelmas Term.


Engagement Editor

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.


Additional roles

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.


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.


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.


Hoping to contribute to the paper but not in an editorial role? Applications for reporters, photographers and other regular writers will open towards the end of summer. In the meantime, you can sign up to our mailing lists to receive section-specific writing commissions, and join our Facebook group for writers.

Don’t hesitate – we’re very excited to hear from you.

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