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University President Anthony Monaco answers questions from Daily editor-in-chief Kathleen Schmidt and executive news editor Joe Walsh in his office in Ballou Hall on May 11, 2017. (Ray Bernoff / The Tufts Daily Archives)

At the Daily, we pride ourselves in creating an environment where aspiring journalists can make a name for themselves right away with published content, regardless of their prior experience. Along with developing important skills in interviewing and writing, an Editorial position at the Daily will teach you valuable lessons in organization, leadership and more!

The Daily is divided into six written editorial sections: News, Features, Arts & Living, Opinion, Sports and Investigative*. Generally, incoming members will start out as Contributing Writers. As they become more involved at the Daily, Editorial members have the opportunity to earn positions as Staff Writers, Assistant Editors, Editors as well as those on the Executive Board. 

In addition to our written editorial opportunities, the Daily offers multimedia positions in our Audio and Video sections.

*Members who wish to join our Investigative section must first complete at least one semester in another written section at the Daily.

Below, we’ve asked each of our Editorial Department Executive Editors to introduce their sections in greater detail. For more information about the Daily, please visit our about us page.

News Section

Hey everyone! My name is Alejandra Carrillo and I am excited to be the Executive News Editor of the Daily for Fall 2020. In the News section, we cover breaking and daily news events happening at Tufts, in our host communities of Medford/Somerville and the Boston area. We are a key component of the Daily and are always working together to deliver accurate, fair and quality news! Please reach out to me if you are interested in joining our team!

Features Section

Hi all, I am Ryan Shaffer and I will be the Executive Features Editor for Fall 2020. I am also a former Editor in Chief at the Daily. The Feats section is for those interested in longer, more creative writing. Stories in the Feats section delves deeper into ideas, highlights community projects, profiles changemakers/leaders in our “small town” and allows for more intimate, creative forms of storytelling. Story ideas may include the impact of a local nonprofit through the eyes of its beneficiaries, how Tufts’ latest research challenges conventional wisdom, the effects of new (or enduring) policies, and conversations with leaders in their respective fields — just to name a few. Reach out to [email protected] if you’d like to join the Fall 2020 Features team or to learn more about the section.

Arts Section

My name is Megan Szostak, and I will be the Executive Arts Editor for Fall 2020! The arts section produces content relating to all forms of visual, performance, literary and multimedia art in society at many levels — from global trends to on-campus events. Writers often focus on covering local and live events, or will review items in the media. Writers also have the opportunity to write think-pieces relating art and pop culture and their roles in the world, bringing their own unique perspectives and passions to the Daily. Please reach out to me at [email protected] with any questions or if you are interested in writing for Arts!

Opinion Section

Hi everyone! My name is Liz Shelbred and I am excited to be the Executive Opinion Editor for Fall 2020! In the Opinion section, we publish opinionated pieces that respond to what’s going on both at Tufts and beyond. While our Editorial Board takes stances on relevant issues in the form of editorials, cartoonists provide our section with thought-provoking graphics. In a semesterly series, our weekly columnists offer commentary on a topic of their choice. In addition, members of the Tufts community are welcome to submit their opinions through op-eds and letters to the editor. If you are interested in applying to become an editorialist, columnist or cartoonist, or you would like to submit an Op-ed or letter to the editor, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Sports Section

My name is Sruthi Kocherlakota and I am excited to be the Executive Sports Editor at the Daily for Fall 2020! In the Sports section, we typically cover all NESCAC sports on campus. With NESCAC sports being cancelled this season our content will cover sporting news in the Boston area as well as features on how athletics at Tufts will evolve as the pandemic progresses. Our weekly columnists provide up-to-date analysis on what’s happening on the professional sports scene. Please reach out if you are interested in joining the sports section!

Video Section

My name is Austen Money, and I’m the Daily’s Executive Video Editor for Fall 2020! The Video section is a fairly new addition to the Daily, which means we have plenty of creative freedom in terms of what kinds of content we produce. This includes things like coverage of campus events, interviews with students, and supporting videos for the Daily’s other editorial sections. Within the Video section you can choose to focus on shooting or editing, regardless of prior experience. If you’d like to join the Video section or have any questions, please reach out!

Photo Section

Hi everyone! We are Nicole Garay and Ann Marie Burke, the Executive Photo Editors for Fall 2020. The Photo section is responsible for visually capturing what goes on in the Tufts community and publishing those photos in the Daily and across our social media outlets. We take photos to accompany articles from other sections and photos to share our own visual stories, which are published in photo spreads in the newspaper and on our social media pages.

Photographers will also have the opportunity to pitch their own photo projects if they are interested. You do not need to own a camera to join, and you also do not have to be on/near campus to be a member of the section. If you would like to join the Photo section or have any questions, please reach out to us!


Production Department

Behinds the scenes in The Tufts Daily office in the basement of Curtis Hall on September 1st, 2014, the night before the first fall issue. (Nicholas Pfosi / The Tufts Daily Archives)

More information coming soon!


Business Department

Account Managers

The opportunity: Secure a quantifiably significant share of the revenue for the only student-run, 100+ employee entity on campus, while honing high-demand skills in customer relationship management (quite the resume-boosting experience)!

Description: The Tufts Daily’s Business Department is recruiting a squad of self-motivated and outgoing Account Managers who will be responsible for print, digital, social media, and newsletter advertisement sales. Account Managers are full members of the Department’s leadership team, helping plan and execute its strategic initiatives. Account Managers supply the Daily’s main source of income, supporting the publication’s important and unique role as the smallest daily college newspaper in the country (!!) and Tufts’ very own newspaper-of-record.

Responsibilities:

  • Initiate and foster lasting relationships with off-campus clients
  • Set and meet ad revenue targets through relationship-driven sales strategy
  • Attend weekly Department meetings to workshop sales strategy and discuss strategic initiatives
  • Support Department’s strategic initiatives through research tasks, special issue distribution, and other administrative support

Desired experience and background:

  • Experience in a sales, canvassing, or customer-facing role preferred but not required
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills a must
  • Willingness to door-knock, canvass, and otherwise generate sales leads based upon personal relationships 

Availability:

  • Up to 8-12 hours per week, at least two-thirds of which spent on lead acquisition and relationship management

Compensation:

  • Commission-based: starting rate of 10% with potential for upward growth

Web Developers

The opportunity: gain practical experience in web development and embark on a project of your own design that benefits the smallest daily college newspaper in the country!

Description: The Tufts Daily’s Business Department is recruiting a team of proactive and imaginative web developers and software designers to maintain and improve the Daily’s digital presence. The Web team (“section” in Daily lingo) is led by a Web Manager, who manages the section, sets its priorities, leads its initiatives and delegates maintenance responsibilities. Each section member will also propose and pursue a creative, problem-solving project of their own design.

Role and responsibilities:

  • Keep the Daily’s web presence running in good order, which centers on tuftsdaily.com (a WordPress theme website)
  • Improve user experience on tuftsdaily.com and other Daily sites through modifications approved by the Managing Board
  • Streamline workflow through creative software design in the Daily’s other departments (“Editorial” and “Production”)

Desired skills and background:

  • Comfort using fundamental front-end languages such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Experience designing and managing a WordPress theme website
  • Interest in intersection of technology and news media
  • Relevant Computer Science coursework preferred, but not required

Availability:

  • Up to 5-7 hours per week, at least half of which spent pursuing their personal project

Compensation:

  • Eligible for the Daily’s Support Fund

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