We’re now hiring for editorial positions for Michaelmas 2018. This is your opportunity to be part of one of the longest-running student newspapers in Europe, and to follow in the footsteps of past contributors like Evelyn Waugh, Hadley Freeman, and Evan Davis.
Cherwell is recruiting for section editors, deputy section editors, illustrators, photographers, and broadcasters across all sections of the organisation. These include:
Film & TV
In addition to these sections, we are also looking for cartoonists and illustrators. If you are interested in any of these roles, please email [email protected] expressing your interest.
To apply, download a copy of the relevant form and email a completed version to [email protected] by midnight on Sunday, 10th June.
News is a big section to edit, but it’s the one that has our most exciting headlines and reporting opportunities. This term, Cherwell has broken stories that grabbed national headlines: from the removal of Theresa May’s portrait to the hidden cost of trashing, we covered the stories that matter – and even reached The New York Times.
Being a news editor means you work closely with the senior editorial team, designing the news coverage, front page, and posting content online. We need tenacious student journalists who have a nose for news.
To apply for News Editor, fill out the Section Editor form. It’s very easy to become a News Reporter (and you can still contribute to other sections of the paper too): just send an email to [email protected], come along to our weekly meetings, and you can be at the forefront of student journalism (maybe even literally on the front page).
Our news coverage is supported and supplemented by our investigations team. This is where our in-depth investigative journalism is done, tackling the issues big and small in Oxford today. This term, we’ve exposed Oxford’s most controversial donors, revealed the impact that college endowments have on academic performance, and uncovered the most outrageous expenses of college bosses.
Being an investigations editor means you will work closely with the senior editorial team to plan and execute a number of investigations during term. It also involves working with data and submitting freedom of information requests. We need tenacious student journalists who are willing to put in the hours to nurture a story.
We are recruiting for two Investigations Editors and up to three Deputy Investigations Editors.
The comment section of the newspaper publishes a range of cutting-edge opinion pieces from students on a range of issues, with a specific focus on Oxford issues. Our best debate and opinion pieces are read across the University and online, and shape the conversation amongst students.
Opinion is recruiting for two Comment Editors and up to three Comment Contributing Editors. The Comment editors have overall responsibility for the section and the contributing editors will form a permanent core of regular writers for the section. If you wish to write on an ad hoc basis, there’s no need to fill out a form – just pitch via email.
Features is Cherwell’s long read section – it publishes just one long form piece a week, covering a wide range of issues. Features offers contributors the chance to interrogate a subject and explore it in more detail – but otherwise, its remit is broad and there’s room to be inventive. If you’re a fan of the Guardian’s ‘Long Reads’, or want to try your hand commissioning and editing essays and creative pieces, then this is the section for you.
This term, Features highlights include an exposé of college porters’ unconscious bias, an investigation into the gender gap within Stem subjects at Oxford, and an analysis of the state of student activism. We are recruiting for two Features Editors.
5. Life (and Food)
The Life section is home to several of Cherwell‘s longest-running features, including the historic John Evelyn gossip column and Blind Date. The section is a home to both light-hearted and serious discussions of the major issues of Oxford life.
Life also contains the Food page, which features a wide variety of reviews and recipes. If you want to review college meals, or Oxford’s extensive number of bars or restaurants, this is the place to look.
We are recruiting for two Life Editors and up to two Deputy Life Editors. For the Food section, we are recruiting for two Food Editors.
6. Culture (Music, Film, Theatre, Visuals, and Books)
The Culture section is at the heart of the newspaper. The section, which works in coordination with Music, Film, Theatre, and Books, presents an up-to-the-minute review of Oxford’s cultural scene week by week, and features a number of pieces exploring a cultural theme.
We are recruiting for two Culture Editors.
The Music section is the place to find reviews and features on the latest going on in Oxford’s musical scene. The section reviews work by Oxford musicians, as well as reviews of national performances in Oxford. The Music section also prides itself on reviewing up-and-coming musicians and the latest in Oxford nightlife – so if you want a place to tell it how it is, consider joining our Music team.
We are recruiting for two Music Editors.
The Film & TV page features reviews of the latest films and television programmes, picks of the weeks from the editors, and a look at the latest that Oxford students are up to. The page aims to keep a focus on what Oxford students watch – but it’s a great place to keep up to date on the Oxford film scene.
We are recruiting for two Film Editors.
Theatre is one of the most important parts of Cherwell culture, playing a key role in the Oxford drama scene. Theatre aims to provide comprehensive coverage of the theatre scene – it features previews, reviews, and interviews with the major plays and figures involved. No in-depth knowledge of the drama scene is required.
We are recruiting for two Theatre Editors.
Visuals is consistently one of the most aesthetically pleasing sections of our newspaper. Covering thoughtpieces on visual art of all forms, while also showcasing the creative designs of Oxford students, editors of this section have the autonomy to create some truly beautiful pieces.
We are recruiting for two Visuals Editors.
The Books section is the home of literature at Oxford. It features reviews of the latest books and literature, as well as feature pieces and interviews.
We are recruiting for two Books Editors.
Our Fashion section has gone from strength to strength this term. If you want to organise weekly photo-shoots, 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.
We are recruiting for two Fashion Editors and up to two Deputy Fashion Editors.
We report on all the major sporting events in Oxford: whether your passion is for football or frisbee, cricket or croquet, there are opportunities to cover the biggest spectacles of the University’s sporting calendar. But the section is for more than just match reports – we’ve also interviewed pioneers of women’s sport, some of the biggest names in cricket journalism, and a celebrity referee this term. Michaelmas Term brings with it the opportunity to cover the men’s and women’s rugby Blues ahead of December’s Varsity Match at Twickenham, where our reporters had press accreditation last year. We are also looking for a core group of Sports Reporters to reliably cover all the big Oxford fixtures.
We are recruiting for two Sport Editors and up to two Sports Reporters.
The Cherwell Video team plays a vital role supplementing our print content and updating it for the digital age. It produces weekly news round-ups, snapshots on the latest goings-on at Oxford, and interviews with some of the bigger names on campus.
The Video team is particularly looking for people with experience with production and editing, or who are interested in those two areas.
We are recruiting for two Video Editors and up to three Deputy Video Editors – apply by emailing [email protected]
Cherwell is a modern paper. While we still devote most of our energy into our print run, continuing almost 100 years of tradition, we are always keen to adapt to the realities of modern-day journalism.
By applying to work for our Online Team, you’ll be working to ensure Cherwell is more engaged with the student body than ever before. You’ll be devising innovative online strategies and implementing them to ensure our content gets maximum reach across all our social media outlets. You will also play a key role in our website evaluation, and possible redesign.
We are recruiting for two Online Deputy Editors..
Photos are such a vital part of all Cherwell articies. They not only spark interest in the reader, but a well-chosen one can tell the story far better than words.
We’re therefore keen to encourage more original photos from student photographers. A Photo Editor will take this charge of this, and be expected to take photos themselves but also co-ordinate between editors and photographers to ensure we have good quality photographs by the time we go to print.
We are recruiting for at least one Photo Editor.