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 organizations like Bloomberg, USA Today, ESPN, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. They, along with our alumni in other professions, can provide career advice and guidance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information at any point during the year.