This is your chance to be part of Oxford’s oldest and proudly independent student newspaper. If you’re enthusiastic and eager to learn, we’d love to hear from you!
We cover all aspects of journalism in Oxford:
News | Investigations | Features | Comment | Science & Technology
Life | Puzzles | Profiles | Food | Sport
Culture | Fashion | The Source | Books | Film | Theatre | Music
Video | Creative Team | Social Media 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. The section (and deputy section) editors oversee individual We also have a creative team who contribute to the art and images on our pieces.
Deputy editor – deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, 10th June
Deputy editors have likely 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, 14th June
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, 14th June
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).
Video and Audio Teams – deadline: 8pm Monday, 14th June
The Video and Audio 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 and Audio team as a section editor using the application above.
Creative Team– deadline: 8pm Monday, 14th June
The Creative team provides illustrations, photos, designs, and infographics – take a look at the latest print 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, 14th June
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 (TikTok, anyone?). 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?
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, your ideas for next term, your response to sensitivity questions and your
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] or join the Life Facebook group.
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: While you can edit Culture directly (the double page spread which tends to cover eclectic or varied content), there are also roles in sections which are more focused like The Source (our creative writing section) Film & TV, Stage, Music, Books, Fashion and more. We’re one of the first ports of call for all the cultural delights which Oxford offers.
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.