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The Michigan Daily is the student-run newspaper of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Current University students are invited to apply to join the paper's staff. The newspaper offers the opportunity to report on campus events as well as happenings around Ann Arbor, the state, the nation and the world. Daily staff members routinely have access to the University administration, Michigan sports teams, local cultural events and more. They often travel around the country to cover important stories and events, and they gain the experience of producing an award-winning daily newspaper. The Michigan Daily welcomes students with all levels of journalism experience. Whether you were the editor in chief of your high school newspaper or have never written an article, we will provide the training and skills you need to be a journalist. There are currently paid opportunities in news, opinion, sports and arts writing, as well as designing, photography, videography and copy editing. There are also paid positions available on our online and social media teams, as well as our business staff. Each section has its own process for joining. Students may apply and become a member of more than one section. However, staff members may not write for both the news and opinion sections. Students also may not work on both the editorial and business staffs. Read below to find out more information about each section.

 

News

If you love to be in-the-know and enjoy talking to campus leaders, professors, administrators and government officials, then the news section is where you belong. The news section includes ten beats: University administration and academics, campus life, Ann Arbor, crime, research, business, government, community affairs and student government. A new reporter begins as a general assignment writer and will cover stories in all beats. All reporters are expected to write at least one story per week. To join the news section, applicants must submit a résumé and cover letter explaining why they want to join. New reporters are required to shadow a seasoned reporter at an event or meeting. Afterward, rookies will write three stories by themselves and take an ethics quiz. Before becoming an official Daily staff reporter, new reporters will have an informal interview with the managing news editor and senior news editors. To submit a cover letter and résumé, e-mail news@michigandaily.com.

 

Sports

Want to write about the winged helmets? Want to walk on the field at the Big House? Maybe you'd rather interview John Beilein or Red Berenson after a basketball or hockey game. Then The Michigan Daily Sports section is the place for you. New writers will begin by reporting on non-revenue sports such as soccer, tennis and baseball. After covering several sports, writers will have the opportunity to work their way up to the basketball, hockey and football beats. Sports journalists like ESPN’s Adam Schefter, NFL Network's Rich Eisen and Michael Rosenberg of The Detroit Free Press all got their start in the Daily's sport section. Requirements to join the sports staff include attending a sports meeting and shadowing an experienced writer before writing your first story. Afterward, you can volunteer for stories at our weekly Sunday meetings. New writers must write five stories before becoming an official staff member. For more information, e-mail sportseditors@michigandaily.com.

 

Opinion

If you like to tell others what’s on your mind, then the Daily’s opinion section is just for you. The section consists of Editorial Board members, columnists and cartoonists. The main responsibilities of Editorial Board members are to attend Editorial Board meetings and write leftsides (Daily editorials) and op-eds. Requirements to be an official Editorial Board member include writing two leftsides and one op-ed as well as regularly attending EditBoard. Editboard meets every week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:15 - 8:45 pm. During meetings, members discuss the editorial topics of the week and what stance the Daily should take on the issues. Anyone who has an opinion about University, campus, local, state or national issues should consider stopping by. Columnists and cartoonists may only apply at the beginning of the semester. Columnists write about a topic of their choice every other week, while cartoonists submit creative, original drawings every other week. For more information, email tothedaily@michigandaily.com.

 

Arts

Daily Arts is the place for you to express your feelings about the latest Ke$ha song, defend or attack the onslaught of reality TV or write an in-depth piece that explores zombies on campus. It's also the home of the funny photo captions. Arts is divided into four subsections — Music, Film, TV/New Media and Community Culture — among which applicants must choose when applying. Arts also produces The B-Side — a four-page weekly insert with features about local and national Arts issues. Daily Arts writers are responsible for at least one 500- to 700-word article per week, although many choose to write more. Staffers must also attend weekly Sunday meetings. To apply, students must fill out an Arts application, which includes two written samples. To request an application, e-mail arts@michigandaily.com.

 

Photography

Do you take your camera with you everywhere you go? Are you constantly trying to capture moments before they slip away? If you don’t mind getting close to athletes, professors and performers, then a photographer position is right for you. Photographers are required to shoot news, feature, sports and arts photos on a regular basis. The application process to be on photo staff is competitive, and photography skills are required to apply. However, we will teach you lighting techniques and photo editing skills. All applicants must submit a portfolio of 20 pictures they have taken. Please fill out an application.

 
 

Design

Are you interested in graphic design? Did you love working for your high school yearbook or newspaper? Do you know what Adobe Creative Cloud is? Do you enjoy creating pen-and-paper illustrations? If you answered yes to one of these questions, Daily Design may be the place for you! Design is in charge of graphics, illustrations, and layouts for the newspaper, including inserts such as The Statement, The B-Side and Sports Monday. As a designer, you will learn how to use Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, receive feedback on your work as well as tips to improve, and receive valuable hands-on technical and design experience that you truly cannot get anywhere else on campus. Requirements to join design include filling out an application based on your skill level, and including a portfolio or any kind of design work that you’ve done. Email design@michigandaily.com for more information on how to apply.

 

Copydesk

Anyone with a healthy aversion for dangling modifiers, ambiguous prepositions and the Oxford comma is encouraged to join copy and help us polish the paper. The main responsibilities of the copy desk include fact-checking news and opinion articles and correcting grammar, syntax and style. If you consider yourself a “grammar nut,” “accuracy nut” or just a nut in general, you will find yourself right at home at the copy desk. Requirements to join copy include attending a brief orientation about responsibilities as a copy editor and participating in three training sessions. A copy test is also given. Upon passing the test, copy editors will be allowed to proof articles on their own. For more information, e-mail copydesk@michigandaily.com.

 

Video

Ever dream of being the next Steven Spielberg or winning an Emmy for a gut-wrenching documentary? But before making it big, you have to start somewhere. Come practice your filmmaking skills by producing videos for the Daily. Videographers will be expected to shoot and/or edit video clips 2 to 5 minutes in length. Videos may be produced for news, sports and arts stories or as stand-alone feature clips. Basic knowledge of Final Cut Pro or other film editing programs is necessary. We are always looking for more videographers so If you’d like to apply, email idharris@umich.edu.

 
 

Business

Want a career in business after graduation? Join The Michigan Daily business staff and receive professional experience that prepares you for a career in the field. The business staff is in charge of the Daily's advertising sales, creative production and distribution logistics. Account Executives spend their days contacting clients, arranging meetings, preparing presentation materials, and of course, presenting our products to clients. Account Executives receive excellent training and support from student managers and professional staff. Other opportunities include creative design and logistics management. The business staff occasionally accepts marketing interns to work on projects. Working for The Michigan Daily business staff provides students with unparalleled practical experience and education. Student managers gain skills in leadership, communication, marketing and logistics. To apply for a position on the business staff, send a cover letter and résumé to jobs.tmd@gmail.com.

 

Social Media

If you have a strong Twitter game or spend hours thinking of the perfect Instagram caption, social media is the place for you. We are in charge of running and posting on all of the Daily's social media accounts — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Yik Yak, Snapchat, Tumblr and more. Responsibilities and positions vary by network, and anyone with experience in analytics or marketing is especially encouraged to apply. To apply or for more information, e-mail krwater@umich.edu.

 

Michigan in Color

If you are passionate about social justice, then Michigan in Color is the section for you! This section is comprised for and by students of color and its purpose is to amplify minority voices on campus. We want to hear your thoughts about race, gender, socio-economic status, nationality, and other social identities you may hold. Your participation can fit your schedule— you can submit a single piece (in any medium), or you can commit to being a bi-weekly columnist. The Michigan Daily is ready to hear YOUR voice! For more information please contact michiganincolor@umich.edu

 

Statement Magazine

Named after the 1962 Port Huron Statement, the Statement Magazine is a weekly newsmagazine distributed as a print insert with the Daily. We publish a mix of long-form news reporting, commentary, personal narrative essays and other creative content. Although we require prior experience on the Daily to be considered for a staff position, we are always open to receiving pitches from writers not on staff! If interested, please reach out to statement@michigandaily.com.

 
 

Podcast

Journalism is evolving — and podcasts are at the forefront of the future of news and storytelling. Do you want to get some experience on the mic, or exercise your audio editing skills? From behind-the-scenes episode planning, to post production, The Daily’s Podcast team has a place for you! Reach out to Avery Friedman (afri@umich.edu) with new show proposals, interest in applying, or general inquiries.

 

 

For more information on applying, stop by the Stanford Lipsey Student Publications Building at 420 Maynard St., just north of the Michigan Union. Not sure which staff to join? Receive information about more than one section by filling out the following webform: