This is your chance to be part of Oxford’s prestigious and proudly independent student newspaper in its 100th year.
We cover all aspects of journalism in Oxford:
News | Investigations | Features | Comment | Science & Technology
Life | Profiles | Food | Sport
Culture | Fashion | The Source | Books | Film | Theatre | Music
Video | Creative Team | Tech Team
WHAT ROLES ARE AVAILABLE?
Cherwell is run by a team of two editors-in-chief, five or six deputy editors and a team of section and deputy section editors overseeing each section. We also have a creative team who contribute to the art and images on our pieces.
Deputy editor – deadline: 8pm Thursday, 4th March
Deputy editors have worked on staff before and oversee several sections, managing lay-ins, proofing articles, and acting as a go-to for any questions section editors may have. As part of the senior editorial team, they can shape the editorial vision and are involved in broader decision-making. Apply to be a deputy editor here.
Section editor – deadline: 8pm Monday, 8th March
Section editors focus on a specific section of the paper (news, film, life, etc). They are responsible for commissioning pieces for that section, taking pitches, working with contributors to edit their pieces, uploading to the website, and laying-in the print edition. They decide content, so creative ideas on what you’d like to see out of a section are appreciated! Apply to be a section editor here.
Deputy section editor – deadline: 8pm Monday, 8th March
Deputy section editors assist the section editor in the roles mentioned above. This is an ideal role if you’re dipping your toes into journalism, or if you have other time commitments next term. Apply to be a deputy section editor here (same form as above).
Creative and Video Teams – deadline: 8pm Monday, 8th March
The Video section brings a strong visual element to journalism. If you have experience in production and editing, or are just keen to learn, then apply to join the video team as a section editor using the application above.
The Creative team provides illustrations, photos, designs, and infographics – take a look at the latest magazine editions to see what they can do. We welcome any and all art styles. In this role, section editors would work with you to produce illustrations befitting a piece. Here is the application for the creative team, which involves submitting some of your artwork.
Social media team – deadline: 8pm Monday, 8th March
The social media team is responsible for keeping Cherwell’s Instagram and Twitter up to date, and come up with new designs and ideas of how to market our content. No experience is required, we are just looking for enthusiasm and creativity! The application form to join the social media team can be found here.
I’VE FILLED OUT THE APPLICATION, NOW WHAT?
Email all Cherwell applications to [email protected] and [email protected] We will be in touch with you after the deadline to arrange short (10-15 minute) interviews over 8th week, and possibly the beginning of 9th. You will be assessed on your knowledge of your section, ideas for the next term, and your ability to manage the responsibility. This sounds scary, but don’t stress it, it’s quite informal!
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email them to [email protected]
MORE ABOUT THE SECTIONS
News: News reporters are responsible for sourcing, researching and writing news stories, scouring the University and the town for the issues that matter. It’s a unique chance to discover the inner workings of Oxford life. It’s very easy to get involved in the News section, and you don’t need any prior experience (and you can still contribute to other sections of the paper too): just send an email to [email protected] and we’ll add you to a mailing list where you’ll be notified about our weekly open news meetings. You can also pitch ideas to the editor, to our news editors or via the Facebook page. News section editors and deputy section editors are responsible for coordinating the work of our news reporters, finding stories, proof-reading and laying in articles for print publication. It’s a unique chance to experience working in a real print newsroom.
Comment: The Comment section has a well-respected tradition of printing cutting-edge opinion pieces from students on a range of Oxford and national issues. Our best debates and opinion pieces are read around the University and online, regularly attracting several thousand hits. If you’re passionate about a subject and want to share your views and spark debate, join us!
Life: The Life hosts a number of Cherwell’s most popular features, including the (in)famous Blind Date. It includes Food, Sport, and Profiles. Our Life section also deals with serious topics like mental health and lived experiences. In contrast to the political opinions of comment, life pieces are reflective and personal.
If you just want to write on an ad hoc basis as a contributor there’s no need to fill out a form, just email [email protected]
Investigations: Investigations is where some of the most in-depth, investigative journalism is done, tackling some of the biggest issues in Oxford today. If you want to test the waters of investigative life before becoming completely in charge of it, apply for Deputy Investigations Editor.
Culture: Culture is our largest section, with pages dedicated to Film & TV, Stage, Music, Books and more. We’re one of the first ports of call for reviews of all the student plays, as well as all the other cultural delights which Oxford offers. Within Culture there’s also The Source, our creative writing section. Source editors curate student submissions and pair them with artwork to create a visually stunning spread. Fashion likewise has opportunities for creativity in photoshoots and design.
If you’d like to edit the main Culture section, or any of its relevant sections (these are: Film & TV, Stage, Music, Books and Fashion) please fill in the Section Editor form. If you would just like to contribute to Culture occasionally, there’s no need to fill in a form — please just email [email protected] expressing your interest.