On behalf of the entire Opinion section at the Daily Bruin, I’d like to say welcome to yet another application process. These suck, I know – you spend the whole time self-consciously writing, wondering if whoever reads these will think you’re good enough, put off actually doing it until 11:59PM the night before it’s due, and then sit in bed and watch Netflix for 4 hours afterwards. It’s not fun.
I’ve designed the application to be as painless – but illuminating – as possible. And I just want to make on thing clear: we’re looking for people here who see the world in a particular way and want to share and fight for that vision. That’s the main thing.
We don’t care what your English grades are, how expansive your vocabulary is, or even if English was your first language. Really, we don’t.
Show us who are you are and what you stand for, and have fun with it. The writing will come from that, not vice versa. So plug away, and good luck! I look forward to meeting you in the fall.
Also, when you’re done, City of God is a great a movie you should watch on Netflix.
Have a good one,
Answers do not have to be long.
What issues do you see as important – and how can you connect them with life at UCLA?
What are you passionate about, and why?
Why do you want to write for Opinion?
What else do you plan to be involved in at UCLA?
What do you envision as the ideal working relationship between yourself and your editors? How would you deal with colleagues?
How do you see Opinion writing intersecting with the growth of video and other forms of visual and social media?
What is one time you had a fundamental belief challenged, and how did you respond to this?
Write a letter to the editor responding to a Daily Bruin article published in the last year. Please refer to the Daily Bruin website when selecting a column.
Select 3 topics and create an outline for how you would approach an argument surrounding such a topic.
Your outline should include an angle, supporting evidence (with citations) and answers to potential counterarguments.
Write a scathing critique of a beloved superhero, or alternately a glowing endorsement of a reviled supervillain.
Attach a short sample of your best writing. Your writing sample should demonstrate your ability to tell a story while effectively arguing a point.
Please indicate if your piece has been published previously.
This application closed on Oct. 3, 2015, midnight
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