As a FEM writing intern, 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. If you meet all expectations during your interning quarter, you will be promoted to contributer and will be expected to produce 2-3 articles per quarter including print. Interns will have the opportunity to write for print issues as early as Winter quarter. Below are brief descriptions of each section
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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).
NOTICE: You will be expected to attend MANDATORY training sessions at the beginning of FALL quarter. Training will begin the weekend of October 12-13 and will run for 2 additional weekends (Oct. 19-20 and 26-27). 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.