The Daily Bruin’s News reporters are often the first on the scene of major UCLA happenings, including campus crises, protests, fires and floods.
Because UCLA does not have a journalism major or school we serve as the university’s primary training ground for young journalists. Daily Bruin News alumni have worked in leading news organizations, including National Public Radio, BBC, the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Whether your goal is to pursue a career in journalism, become a better writer or learn more about a specific campus topic you’re interested in, Daily Bruin News is the best place to get a comprehensive campus experience. No writing or reporting experience is required.
However, we expect accepted applicants to dedicate the time required and to be willing to learn.
Applications are due January 11, 2019 at 11:59 pm.
Contact News Editor Hedy Wang at 669 - 237 - 7019 or [email protected] with any questions or concerns. We're looking forward to getting to know you, and hope you'll join our Daily Bruin News team. Good luck!
Please attach your resume. Make sure it includes your graduation year and major.
Please attach your winter schedule.
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Please attach a writing sample you may have from other news publications or from class. A news article or a short essay for class will be sufficient.
No writing or reporting experience is required for Daily Bruin News, but please share a piece of writing with us. Please submit writing that is 800 words or fewer.
There is no word count minimum or maximum for any questions, but please try to limit your answers to 300 words or fewer.
How many hours do you plan to dedicate to the Bruin per week? What other activities, commitments and extracurriculars do you plan to participate in?
Why do you want to join the Bruin? What particular perspective and talent do you offer? Include any career or general interests that may be useful to you as a writer/reporter.
Writers often have to produce a large amount of content in a short period of time. How would you describe your work ethic and time management skills? Include some of your strengths and weaknesses.
Rank the following topics based on your interest: Features & Student Life, National News & Higher Education, City & Crime, Campus Politics and Science & Health.
Features & Student Life centers around human interest stories and the lives of UCLA students and faculty. National News & Higher Education focuses on national politics and the University of California. City & Crime covers the Westwood Village area and police activity both on and off campus. Campus Politics covers the activities of student government and the UCLA administration. Science & Health centers on UCLA research and discovery in the science departments.
Describe an activity, academic field or hobby you are passionate about that does not relate to journalism. Please answer in 150 words or fewer.
Have fun with this question!
No writing experience is required, but show us the best you can do! There is no word count minimum or maximum for any questions, but please try to limit your answers to 300 words or fewer.
Writers hold the important responsibility of keeping their eyes open for potential stories and suggesting ideas to their editors. Pitch two story ideas the Daily Bruin might report on that, to your knowledge, we have not already covered. Be specific and try to avoid suggesting the 'big issue' items that we are likely already aware of.
Write a breaking news story using the information below. After you finish, tell us what your next steps would be as a reporter to finish the story. A university apartment was broken into Tuesday morning. University police said a woman who lives next door to the room that was broken into saw someone running out of the building at around the same time. You, the reporter, find the woman and she tells you the person was 6 ft tall and wore a red sweater and a santa hat. She said she does not know whether he was carrying anything. But she said she saw the man running toward In-N-Out. The apartment is on Gayley Ave. A student who lives in the apartment told you that several pieces of jewelry were missing. She also said she can't find her cat. She told you she's not sure if the jewelry was stolen. Police said they have not identified a suspect and have not been able to find the man in the red sweater. The break in happened on Christmas morning.
You see smoke and flames coming from a hall near you. You’re the closest to the scene and you’re asked to report the story. What do you do? Give a bullet point list of the steps you would take.
Journalism as an industry is undergoing many changes, and news organizations are constantly finding new ways to engage readers. Explain your understanding of the changing media landscape, and give some ideas on how you think the Bruin can better engage readers while upholding high journalistic standards.
This application closed on Jan. 11, 2019, 11:59 p.m.
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