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 Hadley Freeman, W. H. Auden, Evelyn Waugh, Simon Jenkins, Michael Crick and Evan Davis.
We cover all aspects of journalism in Oxford:
Cherwell is run by a team of two editors-in-chief, five deputy editors and a team of section and deputy section editors overseeing each section. All positions are currently recruiting, although the posiition of editor-in-chief is open only to current deputy editors (who can apply via this form).
- Apply to be a section editor or deputy section editor here. Due 6pm Sunday 1st December
- Apply to be a deputy editor here. Due 6pm Wednesday 27th November
Email all Cherwell applications to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
If you are more interested in publishing, advertising and business you can apply to be an OSPL Business Executive here. Email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org and 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). Our section emails and Michaelmas Term 2019 editors can be found here, along with a handy guide to pitching articles and getting involved in journalism more generally. Equally, you are very welcome to apply for editorial roles with no prior experience.
Cherwell is also on the look out for cartoonists, illustrators, artists and photographers – all interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. It’s very easy to get involved in the News section, and you don’t need any prior experience (and you can still contribute to other sections of the paper too): just send an email to email@example.com and we’ll add you to a mailing list where you’ll be notified about our weekly open news meetings. You can also pitch ideas to the editor, to our news editors or via the Facebook page. Check out this handy guide for more information. News section editors and deputy section editors are responsible for coordinating the work of our news reporters, finding stories, proof-reading and laying in articles for print publication. It’s a unique chance to experience working in a real print newsroom.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or join the Facebook group here.
The Life hosts a number of Cherwell’s most popular features, including 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 email@example.com.
We are extremely proud of our investigations section. This is where some of the most in-depth, investigative journalism is done, tackling some of the biggest issues in Oxford today. 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 and more. 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, or Fashion 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Video section has produced fantastic content over the last term, including the hugely popular OxPops series. If you have experience in production and editing, or are just keen to learn, then apply to join the video team.