Freshman year, I walked up three flights of stairs to a Chronicle information session in the hopes of writing a couple of articles. Two years later, I have almost 100 articles under my belt, a handful of photographs and countless memories of working and laughing with a fantastic staff of people.

Joining The Chronicle is, by far, the best thing I did when I came to Duke. Becoming a part of this organization—which is older than the University itself—has given me amazing insight to the inner workings of the Duke community. However, it’s also given me a great community of friends and a place I truly refer to as my home away from home. Our office in 301 Flowers is more than just a place to work, it’s a way to connect and interact extensively with the Duke community, and share some laughs with eccentric folks along the way.

The Chronicle is an entirely student-run, independent organization that has served as the campus watchdog for 108 years. Now we are looking for new students to help continue The Chronicle’s legacy as we enter our 109th year. And we’d love to have YOU on board.

We have many sections to offer incoming freshmen or returning Duke students looking to get involved: News, Sports, Recess (our weekly arts section), Towerview (our monthly magazine), Photography, Design, Online, Multimedia, Edit Board and Opinion. If you have any interest at all, we highly recommend attending a recruitment event or reaching out to us at to see what we are all about.

-- Danielle Muoio, Editor in Chief


We have completed our scheduled info sessions for Fall 2013. If you are interested in learning more about The Chronicle and have questions about joining, please contact

As reporters, we serve the important function of making sure people have access to information that’s relevant to them, in an easily accessible format. To become a news staff writer, you start out writing articles (and blog posts) across all our departments and apply to the one you like best, though you can continue writing in the others. Within news, we’ve got three departments: University, which focuses on happenings at Duke; Local/National, which looks at events and topics at the local, state, national and sometimes international levels that affect Duke; and Health & Science, which looks primarily at things like innovations at the medical center or cutting-edge research. In addition, we have a blog that touches on all three departments, and the posts tend to be shorter, lighter pieces compared to full news stories.

Many news writers gain experience and look for challenging long-term assignments. Since these features and investigative stories may not often fit the traditional news cycle, interested writers work with the Special Projects Editor. If you are interested in pursuing more in-depth, long-term projects, you can with some experience in writing and reporting.

Staff writers are required to write at least once a week, pitch at least three stories each week and attend News meeting. In addition, staff writers are assigned a “beat” —a subtopic within their department where they develop contacts to keep up to date and find new story ideas. If you want to be more involved, you can apply to be an associate editor, and eventually other leadership positions. Even if you join the Chronicle as part of the News department, you are welcome take assignments in other departments to learn more and develop diverse skills. You also develop friendships with other staff members, including upperclassmen, whom you might otherwise not meet. Prior experience is absolutely not necessary. We look forward to you joining us!

Feel free to contact me at if you're interested in news or have any questions.

Wherever Duke athletics happens, Chronicle sports is there. Whether it is on the sidelines at Cameron, the press box at Wallace Wade or flying across the globe to cover the action live in the Bahamas or China, the sports staff works alongside athletes and coaches on a daily basis to bring Duke top notch coverage of all 26 sports teams.

But the job is so much more than coverage from tipoff to the final buzzer. Developing intriguing feature content and insightful opinion pieces are the lifeblood of this section, and a relaxed office atmosphere filled with a knowledgeable staff and nonstop sports debate means there is never a dull moment. If print isn't your style, never fear. Our 24-hour sports blog, The Blue Zone, is one of the section's driving forces, and garners massive daily traffic from our more than 63,000 Twitter followers.

Allow me to emphasize that this job is no experience necessary. Whether you grew up with a tape recorder in your hand or you just feel like giving something new a shot, all sports staff members will undergo training that best prepares them to approach their first assignments with confidence. There is no required time commitment, either. Whether you want to contribute a story a month or a story a day, that choice is yours. But beware that this job can be an addicting one—you'll be hooked before you know it.

Feel free to contact sports editor Daniel Carp at if you have any questions.

Editorial Pages

The Editorial Pages strive to be the collective voice of the Duke community, incorporating the thoughts and opinions of Duke students, professors, faculty, and alumni alike. In addition to the daily editorials written by The Chronicle’s independent Editorial Board, the Editorial Pages publish twenty-five biweekly columnists and rotating author series from multiple perspectives, covering countless issues of interest to the Duke community. These columnists have the unique opportunity to personally shape important dialogue on campus through The Chronicle’s vast readership. Columnist positions do not entail a significant time commitment but do come with opportunities for advancement in The Chronicle. New columnists are selected every semester through a written application process. The Spring 2014 Columnist Application will be released in November and all are welcome to apply.

The Editorial Pages also regularly publish letters to the editor and guest columns, which can be submitted anytime by anyone at For more information about how you can make your voice heard, or if you would like to join our team of editors, send an email to or contact Scott Briggs, the Editorial Page Editor, directly at

Editorial Board

The mission of the Editorial Board is to enrich campus dialogue by offering thoughtful opinions on a variety of issues; to hold students, faculty and administrators publicly accountable for their statements and actions, and to help students sharpen their journalistic and writing skills. The Board publishes opinions daily, and the issues we cover range from the intricacies of social life to the financial sustainability of higher education. Board members have a unique opportunity to engage in stimulating conversations with their peers, meet regularly with professors and administrators and compose pieces that not only reach a wide audience, but that can also help shape University policy. We will accept applications at the beginning of the Fall semester. We welcome applications from students who want to improve Duke through vigorous campus debate, consider a wide range of issues in a collaborative environment and become better critical thinkers, speakers and writers.

Contact Casey Williams at if you're interested in joining the board or have any questions.

Recess writers are passionate about the culture and media that they consume and can't help but share that passion with the Duke community and beyond. The arts (music, film, visual, food, dance, literature, and more) are alive and thriving at Duke. It's our job through Recess to tell everyone what's up! The section runs on Thursdays; Thursday afternoon budget meetings are a welcoming place to discuss and share ideas. This is where the art, film, and music editors pitch new stories for the coming week's issue. The stories are due that Tuesday afternoon, and Wednesday is for copy-editing and production. Thursday morning, the issue runs, and we start all over again. It's a labor of love that builds a sense of community week by week. We keep it low pressure, too—basically, you can write every single week, or you can pop into a meeting once a semester. The choice is yours. No journalistic experience required, just bring your enthusiasm and an open mind. Seize your opportunity to speak for the arts at Duke and in Durham! If you have any questions, please feel free to email Lauren at

Towerview, The Chronicle’s news and culture magazine, is known for its signature long-form investigative journalism, profiles of interesting people and places, and photo essays. We also publish diverse content in the front and back pages, including creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, column-style reflections about odd questions/ ideas/ eccentricities and a regular back-of-the-issue piece called The Inquisitor, in which the Towerview staff poses an amusing, odd question and solicits responses from Duke experts in the pertinent field. Towerview publishes five issues during the academic year and one during the summer. Writers, culture aficionados, photographers, illustrators and web designers are all essential to Towerview, and can take positions on Towerview’s masthead of editors beginning their sophomore year. Staff positions apart from the masthead are also available to any new members who would like to work with Towerview this year.

Time commitments range from about 5-6 hours a month as a writer, to 10 hours a month as an editor.

If you have a question and want to speak to the current editors, email Ashley Mooney ( or Caitlin Moyles (

Welcome to The Chronicle’s photography department (a.k.a Chronphoto)! We’re always looking for new photographers to join our team! We welcome photographers of all experience levels. If you’re a beginner, don’t be intimidated - we’ll teach you everything you need to know. And by everything, we mean EVERYTHING. It is definitely possible for those with zero experience in photography to become skilled photojournalists in Chronphoto. New photographers can become as involved as they wish, so the time commitment is very flexible. We also offer internal advancement opportunities for interested underclassmen as Associate photographers. Associates help out with one night of production per week, and it’s a great way to become more involved in the photography department and The Chronicle as a whole. Dedicated photographers may take on leadership positions as Photo Editors. Joining our department has unbelievable perks – some assignments from last year include the Duke-UNC basketball game, President Obama, Nobel Prize laureates, Smash Mouth and Steve Aoki. It’s also the best way to experience different aspects of Duke and become involved in the campus community. So join us - learn about photojournalism and become part of a tight-knit group of Duke photographers!

Contact if you have more questions about photo.


As the Chronicle moves to a digital first model this year, it is more important than ever that we build a fantastic online platform for the Duke community to enjoy. Chronicle Online is a small, agile team of programmers and designers responsible for making this happen. The best way to take your programming ability to the next level is to get real experience working on a site with hundreds of thousands of monthly views. On the Chronline team, you will get to design and launch exciting new features that your peers will see and use. We are looking for students with prior programming experience who are are self motivating and interested in learning about web development and software engineering. We work on features individually or in pairs and discuss our plans and progress at weekly meetings. If you like hacking and want to tackle some really cool problems, fill out the interest form. You are welcome to email me at with any questions.


At The Chronicle, we have the rare opportunity to work on a website that gets hundreds of thousands of views every month. The website is built, run, and designed entirely by a small team of students. In order to create the best experience for visitors, we need a team of designers to revamp the look and feel of our online presence. Designers create mock ups using a tool of their choosing and have complete control over site aesthetics. You do not need to have prior web design experience, but if you are interested in learning about HTML and CSS we can help you. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to work on a project that is used daily by thousands of their peers. If you are at all interested, please email me at

The Chronicle's Multimedia editors are working to develop a newer department for our daily news organization – one that will collaborate with other departments to create new and enhanced material, combining video production, graphic design, and interactive content. While no prior experience is necessary, we are looking for students who are interested in working both creatively and technically, who are passionate about visual media and are driven to collaborate with us to put a contemporary spin on journalism on Duke's campus. Please email us (Matt at and Chelsea at if you have questions or want to learn more.

The design department takes care of two major visual elements in the Chronicle: layout and graphics. The layout team works to incorporate the day's news systematically on our newspaper spreads, while graphic designers create corresponding visuals/infographics to go with the articles. We look for individuals with a sharp eye who are enthusiastic, creative, meticulous and willing to think outside the box. Expertise in InDesign and Photoshop is encouraged, but by no means necessary (we'll train you from scratch!). So if you want to learn these programs and are willing to commit to giving the Chronicle a tangible, visual appeal, consider joining our design team! For more information, contact your design editors Rita Lo ( or Kelsey Hopkins (

What if I don't like writing?

You don't need to write to work at The Chronicle. Roughly half our staff works in visual or technical departments that do not entail writing articles. Whether it's photography, online and print design, programming or multimedia, you don't need to write articles to contribute at The Chronicle.

Do you have an application process?

With the exception of the editorial board and biweekly columnist positions, there are no applications necessary to begin working at The Chronicle. Whether you want to write articles, take photos or video, design the website or print edition, all you need is interest. Prior experience in any of these areas is more than welcome, but we train you and work with you in any area you might pursue at The Chronicle.

Eventually, after developing some experience in a certain area, you are welcome to apply for staff positions, such as a staff writer within the News section.

Do you only take people with certain majors or interests?

Absolutely not. Our staff spans every major from the humanities and social sciences to engineering. We have some graduate students on our staff as well. Certain areas, such as web programming, may draw students with more technical backgrounds or interests, but we are open to all students across the University.

What's the time commitment like?

Broadly speaking, the time commitment is what you're comfortable putting in based on your schedule. Please refer to the department descriptions to get a a more specific idea. Starting out in any department will likely take a few hours per week when you take assignments. If you take on a staff position, you are expected to contribute a certain amount of work, but the decision to do that comes with some experience and time at The Chronicle.

Can I work in multiple departments?

Definitely. If you're starting out, it's worth trying out different departments to see what you like. If you eventually decide to apply for staff positions with regular commitments, you may find it harder to balance across departments. That being said, many staff members have worked across multiple departments, and their editors worked with them to balance their interests. You should know that, if you are interested in writing for News, Sports or Recess, you cannot write for the Opinion section.

What if I don't want to go into journalism as a career?

We have numerous current students and graduates who were journalists at The Chronicle but did not pursue journalism as a profession. Their career paths run the gamut from law and medicine to education, engineering, finance, consulting, the arts and other fields. Many staff members find that the communication, leadership, research and critical thinking skills they developed can carry over to any profession.

Of course, if you want to pursue journalism as a career, we have plenty of alumni at Bloomberg, USA Today, ESPN, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, among others. They, along with our alumni in other professions, can provide career advice and guidance.

The Chronicle also maintains relationships with several leading state and national organizations, including Bloomberg, to help secure summer internships for qualified staffers.

Can I join later on during the academic year or during my time at Duke?

Absolutely. Although we may not have formal info sessions or open houses, feel free to email for more information at any point during the year.

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