As the the oldest student-run Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) newsmagazine in the nation, Pacific Ties seeks to showcase the rich and diverse stories about the APIDA community on and off campus through news and commentary. First published in 1977, the name “Pacific Ties” was choose as a representation of what the publication seeks: “to encompass all Asian groups non-discriminantly; to include each in their individual sense, to engulf all in a collective sense.” (Pacific Ties Volume 1, Issue 1) Today, we continue to create on-going dialogue that offer insight into the dynamics of being an APIDA, to challenge the perceptions of APIDA identity, as well as to celebrate the achievements of the communities we all have ties to.

Staff Writer Closed


As a staff writer, you will be responsible for attending weekly staff meetings, pitching ideas, covering a range of events and topics relevant to the APIDA community at UCLA, in Los Angeles, or in the nation and beyond, and, most importantly, publishing articles on a regular basis. The forms of writing a Staff Writer may contribute includes, but is not limited to: news reporting, opinion pieces, blog posts, reviews, short story, poetry… 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.

Copy Editor Closed

Copy editors are responsible for correcting issues of grammar, spelling, and AP style as well as fact-checking before articles are published. They also work closely with staff writers and other editors.

Graphics Designer Closed


A Graphic Designer is responsible for working closely with writers in laying out pages, facilitating the overall design process of the print issue, and producing flyers and other promotional material. Designers may also submit original artwork/illustrations for publication, either as a stand alone piece or in collaboration with a writing piece. Experience with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Canva and/or other creative platforms is preferred, but experience with Adobe InDesign is necessary.

Please note that mandatory media law training and design training for new Graphic Designers will occur on the weekends of Weeks 3 and 4. Times and location TBA.

What You Will Do

-Attend weekly staff meetings.

-Create flyers and advertisements.

-Layout editing for print issues.

-Design Pacific Ties merchandises (stickers, t-shirts, etc.).

-Web design (if applicable).

-Engage in discussions about the APIDA community.

-Actively participate in Pacific Ties events and outreach.

What we can offer you

-A more extensive resume.

-Networking opportunities with alumni and other Student Media publications.

-Information on jobs, internships, and scholarships.

-A platform for your creative works.

-Connections with other APIDA student groups and community organization.

-Valuable news room knowledge and better understanding of the Asian American experience.

-Opportunities to receive cross training in other staff positions such as writer, editor, photographer…

-A safe space for dialogue and different values.

-Food and socials/field trips.