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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 & Pop Culture, 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

My name is Maddie Aitken and I am super excited to be the Executive News Editor for the Daily for spring 2021. In the News section, we publish timely and interesting articles covering the news happening on campus, as well as in Medford/Somerville and the greater Boston area. The News section is imperative to the success of the Daily and is a great way to gain experience in journalism. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected] if you have questions or are interested in writing for News — we would love to have you!

Features Section

My name is Sarah Crawford, and I will be the Executive Features Editor for spring 2021. In the Features section, we write longer, in-depth pieces that highlight members of the community and explore events and projects happening at Tufts and in the surrounding Medford and Somerville areas. Past articles have covered a range of topics from community response to the 2020 election to profile pieces featuring Tufts faculty and alumni. Please reach out to me at [email protected] if you’d like to join our section or learn more information! 

Arts Section

My name is Yonatan (Tuna) Margalit, and I will be the Executive Arts & Pop Culture Editor for spring 2021. Our section covers anything that is pop-culturally relevant or could be considered ‘art’ — yes, even Taylor Swift’s music. There is no limit to the scope of our content — we cover on-campus events as well as global trends. Writers are also able to publish think-pieces — content that emphasizes the unique opinions and passions of the Tufts community. Please reach out to me at [email protected] if you’d like to write for our section, or if you have any other questions! 

Opinion Section

My name is Priya Padhye and I am the Executive Opinion Editor for spring 2021! In the Opinion section, we publish opinionated pieces that respond to current events and issues at Tufts and beyond. Bylined staff writers pen opinions from their individual perspectives, while editorials represent the stances of the Editorial Board. 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 being an Opinion writer or applying to become an editorialist, or if you would like to submit an op-ed or letter to the editor, please don’t hesitate to reach out to [email protected]!

Sports Section

My name is Alex Sharp and I am the Executive Sports Editor at the Daily this semester. In the Sports section we believe that if you can talk sports with someone, you can share a meal with them. And if you can share a meal with them, you can become friends with them. Our writers cover all things Tufts sports and also have the opportunity to write a weekly or biweekly column about their wider sports interests. Although Tufts winter sports were canceled and the status of spring sports remains up in the air, Jumbo athletes continue to train diligently and there will surely be stories to cover on campus. Beyond Tufts, this semester will include the Super Bowl, the return of March Madness, the Masters, the Champions League tournament and the heart of the NBA regular season. If you would rather sit back on your couch and watch these events than do your physics homework, come talk (and write about) sports with us. Reach out to [email protected] with any questions!

Video Section

My name is Austen Money, and I’m the Daily’s Executive Video Editor for spring 2021! The Video section has lots of creative freedom in the content we produce, which includes things like coverage of campus events, interviews with students and video collaborations with the Daily’s other editorial sections. Within the Video section you will learn how to edit using Adobe Premiere and/or shoot video, regardless of prior experience. If you’d like to join the Video section or have any questions, please get in touch at [email protected]!

Photo Section

I am Sophie Dolan and I am the Executive Photo Editor for the spring of 2021. The Photo section visually captures what goes on in the Tufts community by creating photo spreads and taking photos to accompany articles from other sections. Our photos can be found published in the Daily and across 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 at [email protected]!

Audio Section

My name is Hannah Harris, and I am thrilled to be the Executive Audio Producer for spring 2021. The Audio section allows for a more creative form of journalism, telling news, investigative, sports or arts stories through podcasts. Each team has the opportunity to craft the stories they feel are important, with individual podcast producer’s and my advising. From “Take Town’s” sports talk shows to the “Rewind’s” news recaps to “Blight on the Hill’s” big picture investigations, the section has countless opportunities for all interests and experience levels. Please reach out to [email protected] if you would like more details or are interested in joining the section!


Production Department

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

Being the smallest independent daily college newspaper in the country, the Daily provides a unique opportunity for students to experience firsthand the production process and what goes into putting the paper in your hands, inbox and social media feed every day. Joining the Production Department is a fantastic way to learn and develop useful skills such as project management, copy editing, graphic design, social media analytics and much more!

The Production Department is split into four sections — Layout, Graphics, Copy and Social Media — all of which require no experience to join, and offer opportunities to become editors and executive editors in coming semesters. Below, we’ve asked our Production Department Executive Editors to introduce themselves and their sections in more detail!

Layout Section

Is layout design your passion? We are Campbell Devlin, Elizabeth Foster and Kendall Roberts, the Executive Layout Editors this spring. The Layout section is in charge of designing the look of the paper.

We use InDesign to present information in an effective, appealing and organized way for our readers. No prior experience is needed to join. We will send out weekly sign-ups for training and this could be a perfect opportunity for you to learn InDesign!

If you’d like to join the Layout section or have any questions, please reach out to any of us at [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected]

Graphics Section

We are Calisa Sana and Annabel Nied, the Executive Graphics Editors for spring 2021! Our team creates graphics to accompany articles and posts for the Daily. These graphics include drawings, charts, maps, infographics and more!

We are looking to expand our department this semester and are excited to welcome new members to our Graphics team! Please email us at [email protected] or [email protected] if you would like to join or have any questions.

Copy Section

We are Mariel Priven and Kate Seklir and we’re the Executive Copy Editors for the spring 2021 semester! Copy plays an integral role in the production process — we scan every article, photo caption and headline for grammatical and stylistic errors and inconsistencies. As the largest section of the Daily, we have a great group of editors working together to ensure the paper is as clear, strong and professional as it can be. 

As a member of the Daily’s copy section, you’ll regularly collaborate with the Managing Board, production team and fellow copy staff on production nights and get to know students who share your interest in effecting change and provoking thought in the broader Tufts community. We’re also one of the most flexible sections of the Daily, so you’ll be able to choose the time commitment that works best for you. So if you’re the friend who corrects a misused “their/there/they’re” in your group chat, consider joining the Copy section! Please contact us at [email protected] if you are interested or have questions!

Social Media Section

We are Michelle Li and Tiffany Namkoong, and we’re excited to be the Daily’s Executive Social Media Editors for spring 2021! The Social Media section manages all of the Daily’s social media platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok. We play a big part in keeping the Tufts community updated on newly published issues and articles. We continually brainstorm ways to increase engagement across all of our platforms, such as posting stories and IGTVs as well as analyzing post insights.

Regardless of prior experience, members of this section have the opportunity to gain public relations experience and learn how to use the publishing and analytical tools of various platforms. Reach out to [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected] with any questions or if you’re interested in joining us!


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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