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Impact is looking for columnists, bloggers, satirists, agony aunts and cartoonists to join our team. If you think you could fit into any of these five categories, read on…
Columnists: We need four columnists to kick-start our new columns section during the Autumn term. We’re after writers with a distinctive style, keen judgement and a great sense of humour. The key is to get across your personality and give your column an individual identity. The subject matter is up to you. For example, you could talk about sex, your life as a BNOC, or women’s issues. The key is to know your own interests and style – and be consistent. We aren’t likely to choose someone who writes about human rights abuses one day and hair straighteners the other. If the idea of a “serious column” bores you to tears, never fear. We are excited to hear from student diarists with incisive, off-beat interpretations of day to day life, as well as budding confessional journalists who fancy they can out-awkward Liz Jones.
Bloggers: At Impact we cover a vast array of topics (features, news, sport, art, music, film, science, travel, style, food and images), and so chances are that if you have a specific interest, there’s a section you could blog for. For example, political blogs would come under news, whereas your musings on Japanese anime for example might be of interest to the film section. Send us your work and we’ll see if there’s a place for you.
Satirists: We’re looking for writers to take on the challenge of writing satire. If you need some inspiration, take a look at Private Eye or The Daily Mash. Creating a well-structured and genuinely funny piece of satire isn’t easy, and it’s not something that Impact has done much of in the past. If you think you can change that, we’d love to hear from you.
Agony Aunts/Uncles: This is the role for you if you think you can dispense your own particular brand of advice on a range of student woes. We’re not looking for a counsellor and you won’t have to contend with anything too heavy-going. What we’re really looking for is someone who can add some wit to their wisdom.
Cartoonists: If have a flair for art, why not turn your talents to comical cartoons? Impact would like to feature cartoons on a range of topical issues affecting students at the University or on a national scale.
We’re an open-minded group of people so we won’t be too strict about what we’re looking for. If you don’t think you fit into any of the above categories but still think we should be interested in your work, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about how you can get involved with Impact, click here.
To apply for one of the above posts, please read the details below:
How To Apply
We will be accepting submissions any time up to and including 23:59 on 31st July 2012
There is no fixed guideline for submissions. However, to maximize your chances for success, we recommend you include 3 examples of your work. This is the minimum amount needed, and we will accept up to a maximum of 5 examples.
Also bear in mind that Impact is targeted at students, so please ensure that you include in your examples some work that would be appropriate for Impact’s audience.
Columnists, Bloggers and Satirists: 500 words is the recommended word-limit for each piece of work that you submit. We will not be strict about this as the purpose of this competition is to get a sense of your individual writing style, but please note that the best work is usually concise and rarely exceeds 700 words. If you are applying to be a columnist, please include a brief covering letter (400 words max) including a mini-bio and 3 proposals for future work.
Agony Aunts: Please include your response to three ‘student problems’, of your choosing. Feel free to fabricate the ‘problems’ to suit you, but keep them to approximately 50 words each. We’ll be assessing your ‘responses’, and recommend that you keep them to around 250 words each.
Cartoonists: Please attach your cartoons as a high quality .jpeg file to the email, rather than as a Word document.
All: We will only receive submissions by email at email@example.com. In your email, please state the post you are applying for in the form of: “Columnist Application”, “Blogger Application”, “Satirist Application”, “Agony Aunt Application” or “Cartoonist Application – followed by your name – in the subject bar.
Please include your submissions as a single attachment (Microsoft Word preferred).
When submitting, please include the following in the email:
– Your full name;
– The name that you wish to be credited as (if different to actual name);
– Your Mobile number;
– Your University email address;
– Your Student ID number (located on student card).
Terms And Conditions
- You may submit content that has already been published on an online blog (personal or otherwise);
– You may submit content that has already been published on websites or in print;
– However, you may only submit one article that has previously been published by us;
– Work does not have to have been published previously – you can write new work specifically for your application or amend work that you have written previously;
– If successful, we will get in touch with you via your university email. Please understand that there may still be some work to be done on submissions before publication;
– If successful, you will be contracted to supply one column a fortnight for the first term. However, with sufficient notice this is negotiable.
If you make an error in your application after submitting, you are permitted to re-send it. However, you must make it clear in the email that this is the final, definitive version. (Errors include mistakes and/or oversights in your application – such as failing to quote your student ID number – not edits to your submitted work.) You may only re-send an application once.
Once again: Please quote the relevant key word (“Columnist/Blogger/Satire/Cartoonist Application” and your name in the subject bar; include the required details listed above in the body of the email; and send your application work as an attachment to the email.
If you want to ask any questions or register your interest join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/257813160990276/
Alternatively, drop us an email using the address given above.
We aim to notify applicants whether or not they have been successful by mid-August but this may depend on the volume of applicants.
Best of luck!