As a FEM contributor, you will join one of FEM's five sections: Gendertainment, Dialogue and Opinion, Campus Life, Politics, or Arts and Creative, and will be expected to write articles at least three times a quarter. Below are brief descriptions of each section:
1. Campus Life: This section publishes all kinds of articles, but focuses on events happening around campus (screenings, talks, elections), campus and UC-related policy and happenings, etc. This section aims to publish all types of articles, from event recaps, interviews with professors, and long-form investigative work that critiques UCLA's activities as a corporation. This section is a good fit for you if you want to build a wide variety of highly useful skills: reporting, opinion writing, investigative work, political writing, etc.
2. Politics: Deals with political happenings that are of importance to the feminist movement, not just in the US but also and especially in the non-Western world. This section will be a mix of short reporting and longer pieces. You would be a good fit for this section if you want to develop your reporting skills (including investigative work and fieldwork), and if you, of course, are especially interested in political journalism and activism.
2. Gendertainment: Publishes pop-culture critique from intersectional perspectives, including but not limited to popular films, music, and TV shows. This section will be a good fit for you if you want to develop your reviewing skills and ways of critiquing art and culture.
3. Arts + Creative: Similar to Gendertainment, one of the aspects of this section is to publish critiques of art. However, this section does not focus on "pop" culture - i.e. it focuses on local artists and it is also more interested in event coverage (i.e. of arts events happening around LA). It also publishes creative work (prose, poetry). This section will be a good fit for you if you are a creative writer and want to improve your skills, and if you are interested in attending and covering feminist arts events around LA (Student Media can reimburse tickets! We can get you press passes!).
4. Dialogue: This section is very similar to the Opinion section of a newspaper. The topics you can write on are varied, but the format will be consistent: pieces on the longer side that are very research-based and are designed to be persuasive. This section would be a good fit for you if you want to sharpen your research skills (i.e. investigative work, fieldwork, conducting interviews, etc.), and build your long-form writing techniques (and ultimately learn to write well-constructed, convincing opinion pieces).
You will be expected to attend MANDATORY training sessions at the beginning of Winter quarter. They will be held on the weekends after Week 2 and Week 3. If you cannot make those days please consider applying in Spring - the trainings are absolutely mandatory and attendance is enforced by Student Media.
Your articles will be published online on our website after they pass through the editing process, and you will also have the opportunity to contribute to FEM's Spring 2018 print issue! Also, if you are accepted, you will have ample opportunity for possible promotions to other positions in future quarters, such as staff writer, copy and/or content editor, assistant editor, etc. If you have any questions, feel free to email [email protected], or [email protected]
All applications are due by FRIDAY of WEEK 1 (April 6th) at 11:59 PM!
Please write no more than 300 words per question.
How did you hear about FEM?
What do you think it means to be a feminist?
Tell us the top 3 sections you would like to write for and why. Which sections would work best with your strengths and weaknesses as a writer? Where would you have the most to contribute?
What other feminist publications (magazines, blogs, etc.) do you read or follow?
What is one current feminist issue that you have been thinking about? How do you connect it with your own feminist thought and practice?
Answer this question as if you are writing an article on this topic! We want to see at least 1-2 paragraphs - but they don't have to be the intro paragraphs to your "article"!
Come up with 3 story ideas for FEM. Write the title and the first few sentences for each one.
Be as creative as possible! What would you want to read or write about? Keep in mind the sections you've expressed interest in, and think about what kind of content they usually publish!
The FEM Dialogue section publishes a weekly Theorist Thursday series which aims to introduce readers to important theorists and their contributions to the feminist body of knowledge. Write a 450 word Theorist Thursday about your favorite feminist writer, thinker, or theorist.
Read past Theorist Thursdays articles if you are confused about what this should look like!
Please check up to three positions that you might be interested in. If you're not interested in any, please check "None."
Last but not the least, if you have any prior experience with journalism, please list and explain here.
This is not necessary to apply!
Any final thoughts? Comments? Questions?
This application closed on April 3, 2018, 11:59 a.m.
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