Here at the Daily, we pride ourselves on providing a unique experience in the world of journalism. As the smallest independently operated college newspaper in the country, a position at the Daily offers you the freedom to take on a large array of responsibilities. Whether you’ve been writing for your student paper for years or have never written outside of your English classes prior to college, we’d love to have your voice as a part of our paper.
If you’d like to get involved:
- Read on to learn more about our three departments, and indicate interest in joining one or more sections via the Google form linked here.
- Attend our open house in the basement of Curtis Hall on Jan. 27 between 5–7 p.m. Come explore our office, meet our executive editors and learn more about our organization. We’ll bring snacks!
- Attend one of our general interest meetings. We’ll formally introduce our managing and executive boards, and we’ll present an overview of each section. The first GIM will run Jan. 22 at 6 p.m.; the second will run Jan. 24 at 9 p.m. Both GIMs will be held in Joyce Cummings Center 270; you need only attend one.
- Attend DailyCon, our semesterly training event. DailyCon is mandatory for all new and returning members of The Tufts Daily and will be held Feb. 11 at 12 p.m in Barnum Hall.
We look forward to welcoming you to our organization!
At the Daily, we pride ourselves in creating an environment where aspiring journalists can make a name for themselves 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 seven written editorial sections: News, Features, Arts & Pop Culture, Opinion, Sports, Science and Investigative*. Incoming members will begin 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, Photo 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.
My name is Aaron Gruen, and I am the Executive News Editor for Spring 2023! The News section publishes the most important stories on issues impacting the Tufts community and our host communities. As a member of the News team, you will cover stories ranging from breaking news to local politics to live speaker events. In the last year alone, we have interviewed sitting US Senators, national activists and several politicians. The section offers a welcoming space for new writers to learn how to cover and edit important stories, and provides a community for like-minded students to enrich their journalism skills together. There is no experience required; if you are driven to report on our communities, the News section is here to train and support you. If you have any questions or are interested in joining the News section, please reach out to me at [email protected].
The Daily’s Science Section: A place where STEM writers and Daily readers come together to rejoice in a common passion for great stories. Whether you’re a biology major, a computer science fanatic, a psychology lover or just someone who enjoys learning about fascinating, innovative and groundbreaking discoveries in science, our section is the one for you. We welcome anyone with any level of background or knowledge in the field of science to pitch and write engaging stories.
Our approachable and experienced team of science editors will lead you through the process of writing science for the Daily and most importantly, help you get your voice out there! Please reach out to [email protected] to learn more.
Imagine having stimulating conversations with national politicians and inspiring classmates, or celebrating the revival of beloved study abroad programs. The Features section – or as we say, ‘Feats’ – publishes long-form narrative journalism that uplifts people, places, trends and events across Tufts’ four campuses and beyond. Our articles and regular columns aim to provide a deeper look into all sorts of topics, from fun to serious, by highlighting the voices that matter and reflecting the Daily’s commitment to inclusive and equitable journalism practices.
Over the past semester alone, our section has dived into the true meaning of a midterm, biking culture on campus, and the role of universities in the US immigration system. Features writers have the opportunity to design pieces that interest them and bring them to life through interviews or personal reflections. We are a kind and caring community that does not require any prior experience, for we will assign you with a mentor to help you write your first article. You can join our section at any point and contribute as much or as little as you like. If you are interested in joining the Features section or have any questions and ideas for us, please reach out to: [email protected]. We cannot wait to have you join the Features family!
My name is Henry Chandonnet, and I’m the executive arts and pop culture editor for spring 2023! In the arts section, we write all about your favorite (or least favorite) TV shows, albums, films, galleries, or any other form of artistic expression that you can think of. The questions are endless: Was “Don’t Worry Darling” actually that bad? Is “Stranger Things” the new American epic? What happened to all those “Glee” stars? If any of these sound interesting to you, you might just want to try your hand at some arts writing. Writers range all majors and experience levels — all you need is an opinion and the desire to express it. If you have any questions or want to learn more, please feel free to email [email protected]!
We are Henry Murray and Idil Kolabas and we’re the executive opinion editors for the Spring 2023 term! In opinion, we write about local, national and even international matters from our own unique perspectives. We have our staff writers who write about their own viewpoints, our columnists who focus on a specific area of their interest and regularly write about it throughout the term, and editorials who speak for the opinions of the Editorial Board.
Tufts community members are always welcome and encouraged to send in their own opinion articles through op-eds, or join our section and become an Opinion writer or columnist. Please reach out to [email protected] if you would like to contribute to the Opinion section!
My name is Arielle Weinstein and I’m the executive sports editor for Spring 2023. Here in the Sports section we cover all things from fantasy football, to Boston sports, to the Tufts volleyball team upsetting the No. 1 seed in the country last year in NCAAs. If you like reading or writing about sports, joining our section gives you the opportunity to do just that. We assign writers to Tufts varsity sports to cover, offer the chance to write biweekly columns on a sports topic of your choice and also just leave a space open to pitch whatever, whenever. Our goal is to build an inclusive and creative team that’ll bring diverse and prevalent sports content to our Tufts community. If this sounds of interest to you, please feel free to send me an email at [email protected]. Go ’Bos!
I’m Julia Carpi and I’m excited to continue as the executive video editor for spring 2023! The Video section is the perfect place for students looking to explore all facets of video journalism including production, interviewing and editing. We publish video content ranging from student experiences at Tufts to news reports of events in the greater Boston area. The video section is uniquely flexible, both in terms of commitment and contribution. If you’re passionate about videomaking, or want to collaborate with other sections of the Daily to produce fun multimedia content, shoot me an email at [email protected].
We are Quan Tran and David Kim, and we’re excited to be the Daily’s Executive Photo Editors for Spring 2022! In the Photo section, we are mainly responsible for supplementing the written aspect of articles with portrait, action, and related photography. If you’re interested in photojournalism, film, photography, or anything in between, this is the perfect section!
Daily photographers have tremendous freedom to pursue the creative projects and assignments they are most interested in, and no prior experience is necessary. We’d be more than happy to provide camera equipment from our office and will organize various skills workshops throughout the semester. If you are remotely interested in joining a close-knit group of passionate photojournalists or have any questions/concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to [email protected]!
My name is Maddie Aitken and I am the executive audio producer for spring 2022! The Audio section’s main method of storytelling is through podcasts. In the past, these podcasts have pertained to news, sports, investigation and more, but podcasts as a medium allow for the coverage of anything and everything, so no topic is off the table. New ideas are welcome and I would love to hear yours.
If you are interested in reporting, editing, producing, hosting, pitching a new project, or are just curious to see what Audio is about, this is the section for you! No prior audio experience is necessary to join. If you are interested or have any questions, please reach out to [email protected]!
Intentionality and Inclusivity Committee
Our names are Odessa Gaines and Ryan Sorbi, and we’re the co-chairs for the Intentionality and Inclusivity Committee (I&I). I&I is a team of students dedicated to making the Daily and our reporting more diverse, equitable and fair. We are constantly looking to start up new initiatives to pursue this goal — so if you have an idea you want to implement, there is space on our committee for you to do so! Some past and current projects include building and maintaining and institutional memory log documenting issues that arose in the Daily’s coverage and what we learned from them, leading section trainings about ethical journalism practices, and working with the managing board during production to advise on last minute questions about our content.
We also work to spark discussions around intentionality and inclusion within the Daily and beyond by hosting events and organizing partnerships with other campus organizations. Whether you just joined the Daily or have years of experience, we would love to have you on our team! Commitment levels are flexible — we only meet once a week and it’s up to you what projects you want to work on. If you have questions, are interested in joining the committee, or just have suggestions you’d like to share with us, you can contact us at [email protected].
The Education Committee supports journalism education initiatives at the Daily, offering trainings and curating resources for new and old members. This semester, the committee hopes to organize workshops and individual consultations for reporters seeking to improve their journalistic skills. We will also continue compiling resource guides.
As Tufts does not have a journalism major, the Education Committee is in a unique position to offer training and resources for new and returning members of the Daily. The committee was created with the mission of fostering growth at the Daily, preserving institutional memory and holding staff accountable for quality reporting and writing.
The committee meets weekly. Members will determine a mutually convenient meeting time at the start of the semester. Reach out to [email protected] if you are interested in joining the committee or would like to suggest an idea for an education initiative!
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 five sections — Layout, Newsletter, 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!
Are you interested in designing a visually cohesive newspaper? We are Meghna Singha and Olivia White, your Spring 2023 Layout execs. We invite you to join the Layout team! The layout section, nested within the Daily’s Production Department, is responsible for assembling the final product that you read when you pick up the Daily every week.
We use Adobe InDesign to arrange photographic and written content in appealing, reader-friendly fashion. No prior experience is necessary! Sign up for our weekly training sessions to learn how production works at the Daily. If you are interested or have questions, reach out to us at [email protected].
The Tufts Daily Newsletter plays an integral part in educating students, parents and community members as it provides a concise understanding of Tufts’ current academic, athletic and extracurricular events. The Newsletter section is responsible for creating and sending the newsletter via MailChimp while also focusing on growing its audience. Regardless of experience, the Newsletter section would love to have you. Please contact [email protected] to join!
Social Media Section
Social Media plays a vital role in increasing audience engagement and readership across the Daily’s social media platforms, including through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and more! We play a big part in keeping the Tufts community updated on newly published issues and articles.
Regardless of prior experience, members of the Social Media section will have the opportunity to gain experience in public relations and communications, as well as learn how to use the publishing and analytical tools of various platforms. Members will join a growing section of cool, chill people looking to bring new energy to the Daily’s social media team. Please email [email protected] to learn more!
Are you a perfectionist? Do you love the feeling of fixing mistakes and getting rid of those pesky red lines? Then Copy might be the perfect section for you! We’re the executive copy editors for this semester, Merry Jiao and Marlee Stout. We would love for you to join us and experience what it’s like to play a vital role in the production process and put the finishing touches on articles before they get published! It’s lots of fun, very satisfying and always rewarding.
As a copy editor, you’ll help review articles for grammatical and stylistic errors, ensuring that the Daily follows a consistent standard of style and clarity. We’re a highly flexible section — you can decide when and how often you want to participate. No experience is necessary, by the way! We’re looking forward to seeing you in the office, where you’ll get hands-on experience with the newspaper production process and meet some awesome people along the way. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected].
Passionate about drawing, painting or graphic design? Want to join a team of enthusiastic, talented artists? Looking for something fun and easy with flexible commitment? Then you should join the Graphics department at the Daily! Members can choose to work on requests from a weekly pool, and they are also encouraged to pitch their own ideas for requested graphics. Graphic requests can range from illustrations and cartoons to maps and infographics, and can accompany articles as well as larger sections of the Daily.
Joining the Graphics team is a great way to showcase your artistic skills and make friends, but above all we help give the Daily a creative, eye-catching appearance. If you’re interested in joining our team don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected] and feel free to look at examples of past graphics on The Tufts Daily Instagram or website!
The opportunity: Work with a business team to complete real-world and significant projects to best benefit The Tufts Daily by engaging with clients, attending meetings, analyzing data, strategizing and working on projects that interest you.
Description: The Tufts Daily’s Business Department is recruiting a squad of self-motivated and outgoing business associates who will be working with ad managers, receivables managers and the business director. Members will be responsible for completing projects that will help the Daily. Projects may include working with clients to fulfill advertisement orders, fundraising and problem-solving.
- Initiate and foster lasting relationships with off-campus clients
- Attend monthly 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
- Selling advertisements
- Up to 8–12 hours per month
- Eligible for the Daily’s Support Fund
The opportunity: Work with a business team to create a budget for the semester, make important financial decisions and complete real-world and significant projects to best benefit The Tufts Daily by engaging with clients, attending meetings, analyzing data, strategizing and working on projects that interest you.
Description: The Tufts Daily’s Business Department is recruiting a receivables manager. This person would be responsible for attending biweekly meetings with the business leadership team, maintaining our revenue and expenses and creating spreadsheets and invoices.
- Initiate and foster lasting relationships with off-campus clients
- Attend biweekly department meetings to workshop sales strategy and discuss strategic initiatives
- Create and prepare invoices for clients
- Negotiate and work out partnerships
- Create and maintain spreadsheets that contain our budget
- Send the payroll
- Up to 8–12 hours per month
- Eligible for the Daily’s Support Fund
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.
- 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:
- Experience designing and managing a WordPress theme website
- Interest in intersection of technology and news media
- Relevant Computer Science coursework preferred, but not required
- Up to 5-7 hours per week, at least half of which spent pursuing their personal project
- Eligible for the Daily’s Support Fund