All BruinLife staff members are required to do a minimum 3 office hours (you choose the hours) per week in the office. The purpose of these office hours are to do BruinLife related work, study, nap, get away from the heat/cold, interact with other members of staff, etc.
All Staff Meetings are held once 3-4 times per quarter from 6-7PM on Mondays.
Staff Specific Meetings are held by your editor every week
Regardless of whichever staff you belong to, everyone is required to write a minimum of 1 article for the yearbook that is no longer than 550 words.
The BruinLife retreat is on October 19 (evening) – October 21 (early morning) and is MANDATORY for all staff. We strongly believe in the importance of getting to know your fellow staff members as the retreat establishes the mood for the entire year and we therefore make NO EXCEPTIONS for not attending retreat.
BruinLife hosts various social events thorough out the year to get you acquainted with the entire staff and to celebrate the completion of deadlines.
More information regarding being part of BruinLife is covered during an in person interview.
WHAT WILL YOU DO
-Pitch ideas, covering a range of events and topics for the BruinLife blog. 1 short assignment minimum every week.
-2 medium-long format blog posts per quarter
-As a blogger, you are responsible for weekly assignments, attending all staff meetings and blog staff meetings.
Applicants do not need prior blogging experience to apply for this job. There will Student Media training sessions taught by professionals, staff workshops, and office hours available for guidance. However, due to the nature of the position, writers with organized, persuasive, and succinct writing abilities will be preferred.
Please note that mandatory writing training for new staff bloggers will occur on the weekend of January 26-27 (only 1 day) and February 2-3 (only 1 day). Location and times TBA.
WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU
-A more extensive resume.
-Networking opportunities with alumni and other Student Media publications.
-A platform for your voice through our magazine and blog.
-Your work is printed in an award winning yearbook that is made of over 500 pages.
-Connections with community organizations.
-Valuable news room knowledge and better understanding of how to work in a production environment.
-A safe space for dialogue and different values.
-Food and socials/field trips.
-Make long time friends.
How many hours do you plan to dedicate to the BruinLife per week? What other activities, commitments and extracurriculars do you plan to participate in?
Given that this is a new department within BruinLife, why would you like to write for the BL blog?
Briefly describe the characteristics of a good blog post.
What topics do you most look forward to writing about? Bloggers are not as limited as, say, reporters, but it is encouraged that writers find areas of expertise or preference in terms of topics. Based on these interests, pitch three blog post ideas. (e.g. campus life, national politics, local politics, research on campus, LA lifestyle, fashion, etc.).
Quartz, an online publication, lists every writer’s “obsession” in his or her byline. These can be categories as broad as fashion to phenomena as specific as Korean pop music or the rise of modern China. Please list a few of your obsessions (three to five is fine), and write a brief blog post (no more than 500 words) that seeks to explain some aspect of your obsession.
Please upload your resume in PDF format.
Please attach your schedule for this quarter as a screenshot.
This will help us schedule meetings and find you study buddies :)