Yes, yet another application process! I know these suck. But take heart, because I've made this one as painless – but illuminating – as possible.
If you're looking to hone your communications skills and have an impact on your community, you've come to the right place. Columnists have a vital role at this paper – and this campus. They provide fresh perspectives, interpretation and analysis about UCLA happenings, student life, the UC system, Los Angeles and anything else relevant to Bruins. It's a tremendous honor and privilege, not to mention a lot of fun.
Let's be clear: We don't care what your English grades are. We don't even care if English was your first language. We want problem solvers. We want people with a passion for learning about the UCLA community, storytelling and a willingness to voice their take on an issue.
So have fun with this application, good luck, and shoot me an email if you need anything!
And if you're looking for some music to inspire your writing, some classic Pink Floyd usually gets the creative juices flowing. (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJNbijG2M7OwLhw-clciELdiCHr7aC1YR)
Have a good one,
Chris Campbell, Opinion Editor
Answer the following questions. Be as thorough but concise as possible.
Why do you want to write for Opinion?
What previous work or life experiences have you had that could prove valuable as an opinion columnist?
Which issues do you consider important – and how can you connect them with life at UCLA?
What else do you plan to be involved in this year, on or off campus?
What is the ideal working relationship between yourself and your editors? Your colleagues?
What is one time you had a fundamental belief challenged? How did you respond?
Answer the following prompts. Have fun!
Write a short letter to the editor (250 words or less) responding to a Daily Bruin article (Opinion or otherwise). Include a link to the article you chose.
Select three possible opinion topics. How would you approach an argument for each?
Write a scathing critique of a beloved superhero, or a glowing endorsement of a reviled supervillain.
Please attach a PDF of a writing sample. This can be creative writing, an article, a class paper you're proud of, etc. We just want to see where you're at in terms of writing.
We need reliable columnists. But hey, you wouldn't have made it this far down the application if you weren't ready to make a commitment writing for one of the best college newspapers in the country.
Opinion columnists are generally expected to write a column every 1.5 to 2 weeks. If this becomes an issue, you must let your editors know ASAP.
There will be three Saturday training sessions in the winter, starting Jan 21. They are mandatory for all new interns.
We will email you at your provided address should we decide to call you in for an in-person interview. Otherwise, results will be posted on the door of Kerkchoff 118 on Jan 19.
This application closed on Jan. 13, 2017, 11:59 p.m.
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