This is your chance to be part of Oxford’s prestigious and proudly independent student newspaper, following in the footsteps of past contributors such as Christina Lamb, WH Auden, Emma Brockes, Michael Crick and Evan Davis.
We cover all aspects of journalism in Oxford:
Video and Online
We are recruiting for section editors, deputy section editors, news reporters, and broadcasters.
Apply to be a Cherwell section editor here – Section-Editor-Application-Form
Apply to be a deputy section editor here – Deputy-section-editor-application.
Email all application forms to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply to be an OSPL Business Executive here – OSPL-Business-Executive-Application. Email all application forms to email@example.com
Or, if you’re completely new to it all and want to test the waters before diving in, become a contributor by emailing the editors of the section you are interested in (see below in the editorial job descriptions). Equally, you are very welcome to apply for editorial roles with no prior experience.
The deadline for applications will be on Sunday 16th June at 6pm. Please email any queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cherwell is also looking for a Puzzles Editor, cartoonists, illustrators, and photographers – all interested contact email@example.com.
Candidates will have a short, informal interview with the editors. Interviews will be held during 8th Week.
Editorial job descriptions
News reporters are responsible for sourcing, researching and writing news stories, scouring the University and the town for the issues that matter. It’s a unique chance to discover the inner workings of Oxford life. In the last term, Cherwell has been at the forefront of covering Oxford’s referendum on its affiliation to the NUS, broke the news on the latest university admissions statistics and revealed the extent of study drug use in Oxford. It’s very easy to get involved in the News section (and you can still contribute to other sections of the paper too): just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org outlining an idea for a news story , come to an informal interview, and you can be at the forefront of student journalism (maybe even literally on the front page).
The Comment section has a well-respected tradition of printing cutting-edge opinion pieces from students on a range of Oxford and national issues. Our best debates and opinion pieces are read around the University and online, regularly attracting several thousand hits.
Joining the Comment team also allows you to interview leading political figures and celebrities. In the last term, Cherwell has interviewed the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Conservative MP and Brexiteer Peter Lilley, and the founder of Jordan’s first GBTQ magazine Khalid Abdel-Hadi.
If you’re passionate about a subject and want to share your views and spark debate, join us. You can be a Deputy Comment Editor even if you haven’t written for us before – Deputy Comment Editors are intended to form a permanent core of reliable writers which can called upon regularly to write for the section. If you just want to write on an ad hoc basis as a contributor there’s no need to fill out a form, just email email@example.com.
The Life hosts a number of Cherwell’s most popular features, including our ‘Creaming Spires‘ column and the (in)famous Blind Date.
We also have a Food & Drink page, which you can additionally apply to edit, or to write for. It features a wide variety of reviews and reciples, from the serious to the not so serious. If you want to review college bars/meals, normal bars or restaurants, this is place to look.
Our Life section has been popular this term, and has covered some of the most serious issues in Oxford, including homelessness, gender inequalities and liberation politics.
Deputy Life Editors are intended to form a permanent core of reliable writers which can called upon regularly to write for the section. If you just want to write on an ad hoc basis as a contributor there’s no need to fill out a form, just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are extremely proud of our Investigations section, otherwise known as C+. This is where some of the most in-depth, investigative journalism is done, tackling some of the biggest issues in Oxford today. This term, C+ has investigated, amongst other things, Oxford’s access problem, the National Union of Students and literary locations in the city. If you want to test the waters of investigative life before becoming completely in charge of it, apply for Deputy Investigations Editor.
Culture is our largest section, with pages dedicated to Film & TV, Stage, Music, Books & Lit, and Photo & Art. We’re one of the first ports of call for reviews of all the student plays, as well as all the other cultural delights which Oxford offers.
If you’d like to edit the whole Culture section, or any of the Film & TV, Stage, Music, Books & Lit or Photo & Art pages, please fill in the Section Editor form. If you would just like to contribute to Culture occasionally, there’s no need to fill in a form — please just email email@example.com expressing your interest.
Our Fashion section has gone from strength to strength this term, with many photoshoots in collaboration with professional make-up artists Brothers Oxford. If you want to organise weekly photoshoots, or you’ve got opinions on fashion and fancy being the next Sartorialist, this is the section for you.
Deputy Fashion Editors are intended to form a permanent core of reliable writers which can called upon regularly to write for the section and to help with the weekly fashion shoots. If you just want to write on an ad hoc basis as a contributor there’s no need to fill out a form, just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We report on many major sporting occasions in Oxford – whether your interest is rugby, swimming or lacrosse, there are opportunities for objective analysis of the big games, or not-so-objective match reports from those involved in college matches. Get involved with the Sport section to continue this trend and expand high quality coverage to other sporting fields.
Apply to be a Deputy Sport Editor if you would like to be part of a permanent team of reliable writers which can called upon regularly to write for the section. If you just want to write on an ad hoc basis as a contributor you don’t need to fill out a form, just email email@example.com.
Our Video section has produced fantastic content over the last term, from the hugely popular OxPops series, to the revival of our (nearly) weekly podcast series Cherworld, to the hilarious if frequently strange food show featuring a certain Nordic man. If you have experience in production and editing, or are just keen to learn, then apply to join the video team.