***Applications Due Jan 24, Midnight
Expected Graduation Date
News, Opinion, Sports, Features, Entertainment, Photo, Social Media, & Graphic Design
You are allowed to sign up for as many sections as you like, but you must rank them in order of preference, with 1 being your first choice. Accepted applicants are allowed to write for other sections, but must first complete training with the section they were accepted into. (example: 1.News 2.Sports 3.Social Media etc)
1.Why are you interested in becoming a contributing writer for the New U?
2.How many hours a week would you be able to dedicate to the New U?
3.Are you involved with any organizations, clubs, or teams on campus? If so, list them here and state the nature of your involvement.
4.Do you follow or keep in touch with any other publications?
5.What are your career aspirations following graduation?
1.Do you have any prior newsroom experience or relevant experiences involving journalism?
2.What lessons did you take away from those experiences that would make you an asset to the newsroom?
Submit up to 3 examples of work relevant to the section you are interested in applying for. (Writing, Photo, or Graphic Design)
1.Suggest 3 story ideas that the New U should cover. Avoid cliché ideas that the New U is aware of, or mentioning Swagman.
2.Critique a relevant section you are applying for in the New U. You can critique one specific issues, or multiple issues. (Make sure to mark the publish date and cite the works you are referring to)
3.Critique the New U publication as a whole, and give three initiatives the New U can undertake to improve.
Fill out the exercises below for the relevant section you are interested in applying for. You are only required to complete the exercise for your first preference, but bonus points are given if you complete multiple ones.
*Graphic Design applicants exempt
Pitch 3 story ideas that could potentially run in the New U today. Make them originally, compelling, and relevant to UCI students. Take one of your 3 pitches, and write as a news story. Include the 5 W’s and sources. (It’s okay if your questions overlap from your previous answer)
Think about a specific topic of your choice and write an Opinion piece (500-700 words) on it. The piece can be personal, political, or anything really. However, remember that your piece should always be relevant to UCI, especially its students. Your piece should demonstrate that you have a full grasp of a multi faceted issue, as well as remain approachable and understandable to the average person. Use an appropriate tone and style. Pick a current issue from the news, and write three distinct and different opinions (A couple sentences each) based on that issue. After that, take one of the opinions and draft it into a full opinion piece, 500-700 words. Your piece should demonstrate that you have a full grasp of a multi-faceted issue, as well as remain approachable and understandable to the average person. Use an appropriate tone and style. Bonus points if the piece is relevant to UCI or its students in some way.
• With our recent refocus on events-based coverage at both UCI and the general OC/LA area, we often have difficulty finding events (i.e. film screenings, theatre, art exhibits, etc.) that we feel are relevant and would be entertaining to our student readers. Play editor for a week: you are responsible for pitching four articles for the week of February 14th-20th. Using your resources (the Claire Trevor School of the Arts calendar, schedules at local venues, museums, etc.) please pitch four event coverage ideas to be covered in that week’s issue.
• Oftentimes, the concerts or film screenings we’re most interested in featuring happen on Saturday evenings/nights; as our production begins on Sunday mornings, we expect a quick turnaround time with these pieces. Last quarter, we had issues with writers either turning in low-quality, rushed articles on time, or turning them in late and delaying our production process. As an A&E writer, what are some measures you will take to ensure that you will not only meet your deadline, but also submit quality pieces?
• You are profiling a female STEM major whose research in lab under a professor, helped discover the cure for cancer.
• A new restaurant that recently opened near campus is quickly becoming all the buzz as its employees (both male and female) are required to wear revealing outfits.
• Many people in college are still lost in terms of what they want to do with their lives. Provide a sentimental piece on college career goals. You’re free to discuss your past and present experiences.
Please write a preliminary paragraph(s) based off of the brief summary and statistics of a water polo game that was originally played on November 7th between the UC Irvine men’s water polo team and San Jose State. Write the paragraph(s) as though the piece will be printed on Tuesday, November 10th.
The UCI men’s water polo team have just beaten San Jose State, 11-3. With the victory, they have now improved to 13-9 overall record on the season.
Junior driver Lovre Milos lead his team with 4 goals while senior utility Pablo Carballo and sophomore utility contributed 2 goals a piece.
Sophomore utilities Ryan Warde and Matt Skinner along with senior driver Jared Osborn all contributed 1 goal before the end of regulation to ring up the ‘Eaters grand total of 11 goals to close out the night.
Senior goalie Dylan Peterson saved 13 shots to bring up his career total to 512.
Stats by the Quarter
Pick a sport that is played on campus of your choosing, and pretend a feature piece of a student-athlete in that sport is being written by the sports editor, and you are to take a profile picture of them for the paper. Describe 3 poses or shots that you would have them do. Be creative while making sure the picture is within reasonable professional bounds.
please submit your resume
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