***NOTICE: You will be expected to attend MANDATORY training sessions at the beginning of WINTER quarter, during the weekends of WEEK 3 (SAT. JAN. 26TH & SUN. JAN. 27TH) and WEEK 4 (SAT. FEB. 2ND & SUN. FEB. 3RD). You will either have training two days during one weekend or one day each weekend. You MUST attend training, so keep that in mind when deciding to apply.***
This application is due at 11:59 PM on Friday, January 11th, 2019 (end of week 1). Interviews will take place January 14th-16th during week 2. Applicants will be notified about interviews during the weekend between weeks 1 & 2.
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 (two articles during your first quarter in FEM). After fulfilling requirements during the quarter, contributors will be promoted to staff writers. Please read the position description on the main page and the description below before applying. If you have any questions about the application, please feel free to email [email protected] or [email protected]
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).
1. Write 2 articles during your first quarter and 3 per quarter after promoted to staff writer
2. Attend weekly section meetings
3. Attend office hours when you miss meetings, need to discuss articles, etc.
4. Cooperation with FEM's member policy
What we can offer you:
1. Professional training to write for a publication
2. Experience in student journalism
3. Intersectional feminist community on campus
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 2019 print issue! Also, if you are accepted, you will have ample opportunity for possible promotions to other positions in future quarters, such as copy or content editor, section editor, etc.
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Please use no more than 300 words per question.
How did you hear about FEM?
What do you think it means to be an intersectional feminist?
Why is it important to have a newsmagazine here at UCLA that is dedicated to feminist issues?
If you have had any prior high school, junior college, or college journalism or media experience please list and explain here. (This is not necessary to apply).
What other feminist publications (magazines, blogs, etc.) and/or social media accounts do you read or follow?
Submitting this article sample is REQUIRED to be considered for an interview. Please submit a 300-500 word writing sample on one of the current social issues listed directly below this description. Please use at least two sources in your article -- these do not have to be academic sources. You may cite the sources or embed them as links in your writing.
Please submit a 300-500 word writing sample on one of the current social issues listed directly below this description. Please use at least two sources in your article -- these do not have to be academic sources. You may cite the sources or embed them as links in your writing.
TOPIC CHOICES: sex workers' rights, the migrant caravan, art, TV, movie, or music review of your choice through a feminist lens, gentrification in LA, voter suppression during the 2018 midterm elections, or U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia following the news of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
If you are interested in being involved in FEM’s external affairs teams, please check one or more of the options listed.
If you're not interested in any, select "None."
Any additional questions? Is there anything else we should know about you?
This application closed on Jan. 11, 2019, 11:59 p.m.
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