Yet another application? Please, try to contain your excitement.
Trust me, I know these suck.
I was in your shoes once, perusing the UCLA Student Media application page and wondering if I even had a shot at any of the positions. I bailed ship two questions into the Opinion Columnist application and ended up aimlessly watching YouTube videos until the day the application was due. Luckily, the then-Opinion editor sent an email to everyone who had incomplete applications, and I mustered enough motivation to slap some words onto the page.
So when I say I feel your pain as you resist the urge to just dive into Netflix and munch on dry Captain Crunch until 15 minutes before the application deadline, I really mean it.
But, fear not. I’ve tried to make the application as painless as possible. We honestly don’t care about how great your English grades are, how expansive your vocabulary is, or even if English was your first language. You don’t need to have written for a newspaper or have published a piece of work – I didn’t have either, and things turned out pretty fine for me.
We’re really only looking for two things: can you take a stance about what’s happening in the world around, and do you have the guts to stand by your words?
That’s it. It’s really that straightforward.
If you have those two qualities, the writing and mellifluous diction will follow suit. So don’t fret – plug away at the questions below, and good luck!
I look forward to meeting you in the fall. And if you need some irrelevant YouTube videos to get the creative juices going, this is a good starting point.
Keshav Tadimeti, Opinion Editor
Which issues do you consider important – and how can you connect them with life at UCLA?
In your view, how does opinion writing differ from other forms of news writing? Are there any benefits or detriments because of these differences?
What else do you plan to be involved in this year, on or off campus?
Answer the following prompts as best you can. This is a chance for us to see your argumentative skills, so have fun with this!
Pick any topic of your choice pertaining to UCLA, the University of California, or California as a whole, and make an argument about that point. Present facts and evidence to back up your argument.
Maximum 550 words
Select three possible opinion topics that are relevant to college students. Write a point-by-point breakdown of how you would approach an argument for each.
Write an argument asserting that UCLA Chancellor Gene Block should get a $250,000 pay raise.
Maximum 350 words
You've been signed on as the head of PR for a little-known superhero whose only power is the ability to fall asleep on demand. Sell me on your superhero's merits and why I (or any person, for that matter) should contract them.
Maximum 350 words
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 to write for one of the best college newspapers in the country.
Opinion columnists are generally expected to write a column every 2 weeks. These include conducting interviews to gather information and undergoing edits with your editors for at least 4 hours per column. Can you meet these requirements?
There will be three Saturday training sessions in the fall. The dates are currently TBD, but they are mandatory for all accepted columnists. Can you set aside your weekends for these trainings?
We will email you at your provided address should we decide to call you in for an in-person interview.
Choose the answer that best describes you.