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
-The BruinLife writing staff is involved in choosing the various topics for articles to be printed in the yearbook, but also various writing projects in the BruinLife Magazine, website, etc.
-As a writer, you are responsible for quarterly yearbook assignments, attending all staff meetings and writing staff meetings.
-Writing a minimum of 2 writing assignments per deadline for the yearbook.
-Pitching ideas, covering a range of events and topics for the BruinLife blog. 1 short assignment minimum every other week.
-Applicants do not need prior news writing 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 writers will occur on the weekend of October 20-21 (only 1 day) and October 27-28 (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?
If you were chosen to be part of the copy/writing staff, what would you bring to the table? Why are you interested in joining the BruinLife yearbook/magazine staff?
Please review the following links:
What do you like about the writing and/or topics? What could be better?
Suggest two potential stories the BruinLife would cover, avoiding topics and angles we've already written in recent years.
Suggest two potential "themes" we could for the BruinLife Magazine
With people now a days being more interested in photos, why is it important to still have copy/writing in the yearbook?
Describe your strengths and weaknesses as a writer.
Attach a PDF or word document containing some of your writing samples.
Can include short essays written for class.
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 :)