The Dartmouth offers students numerous opportunities

by Jenny Che and Gardiner Kreglow | 8/12/13 10:00pm

The Dartmouth is an organization unlike any other at the College. Run entirely by students, without any administrative oversight, The D is completely independent, both financially and editorially, and serves as the voice of campus news.

This annual Freshman Issue is just one of over 150 issues that our 300-member staff will produce this year. Be sure to look out for our green distribution bins when you arrive on campus and pick up your copy of America's oldest college newspaper.

INSIDE THE DARTMOUTH

People are often surprised when they wander into our offices on the second floor of Robinson Hall and find writers furiously typing up stories to meet deadlines, business staffers on the phone with advertising clients, graphic artists designing the next day's issue and editors roaming the offices to help out whenever they can. Stop by our booth at the activities fair and our open house during orientation to see the offices for yourself. Join our staff applications to our editorial and business sections will be due the first week of the term. Whatever your particular area of interest, you can find it at The Dartmouth.

The news section is the heartbeat of The D, providing campus and our wider audience with updates on all things Dartmouth. In recent months, the news pages have tackled topics including the presidential transition, sexual assault, federal complaints, College rebranding and the aftermath of the spring student protests.

Our opinion section is a forum for dialogue that enables staffers and community members to comment on national controversies and campus debates. Our columnists have recently touched on curriculum requirements, D-Plan constraints and divestment. On our comics page, artists provide a visual and entertaining critique of news and culture.

The sports section gives students and alumni their daily fix of Big Green athletics, covering both club and varsity sports. Sports news is usually found on the back page of the newspaper, except on Mondays, when we publish our eight-page Sports Weekly supplement, which includes the past week's game highlights and a colorful centerfold featuring your athletically talented classmates.

The D's arts and entertainment writers review everything from the latest performances at the Hopkins Center to alumni in the arts to Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" (2013). The section includes weekly film and music reviews, updates on exhibits at the Hood Museum and features on the College's own musicians, actors and artists.

The Mirror, our weekly magazine published on Fridays, takes on campus culture through long-form investigative features. We profile notable professors and nearby highlights like Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, and turn a critical eye to issues such as smoking and class at Dartmouth.

Our blog, Dartbeat, is our fastest-growing section. Launched two years ago, it is a fresh offshoot of our main website, giving immediate coverage on campus happenings. Visit it throughout the day to read about Novack Cafe's new coffee, summer playlists, off-campus houses and other events. If you haven't yet, take a look at our in-depth freshman dorm feature, filled with photos and walking times to Foco.

The D's photographers add depth to each edition, giving our readers a visual take on the day's news. Our newly launched multimedia section will bring regular videos to the already exciting online newspaper content. Our design team crafts sharp and distinctive layouts for each day's issue, and our graphics staff complement our stories with dynamic illustrations. Check out their work for the cover and centerfolds of the Mirror and Sports Weekly!

THE COMPANY

The business side of The Dartmouth offers unparalleled opportunities for those interested in the dynamics of running a business.

The advertising section is our profit center. Business associates in this section serve as account managers for the paper's clients, and provide consulting, marketing and sales services for local businesses as well as major national corporations.

Business associates in the finance, strategy, operations and marketing sections operate in a project-oriented environment, creating alternative revenue streams for the company, working with our alumni network and managing our social media platforms. Staff members of these sections work to enhance profits across the paper in advertising, merchandising and circulation.

Our technology staff gives students the opportunity to apply their expertise online using the state-of-the-art equipment in our office to maintain and expand our website, thedartmouth.com. Meanwhile, the design staff develops graphics for daily issues of the paper as well as advertisements for our clients.

OUR HISTORY

The Dartmouth Gazette, as the early publication called itself, was first published on Aug. 27, 1799, and was published irregularly during the years that followed, though its staff included prominent authors such as Daniel Webster. Around 1875, The Dartmouth became a weekly paper with advertisements, and in 1920, the editors voted to change to the current daily format.

While the D has changed over the centuries, the organization has never stopped striving for its ultimate goal sound journalism and unbiased coverage of the Dartmouth community.

The Dartmouth is run by students every step of the way, from content planning to production, to managing client relationships and copy editing. The Dartmouth, Inc. is incorporated in the state of New Hampshire as a nonprofit organization, and leases its Robinson Hall offices from the College, which has no financial or editorial stake in the newspaper.

BEYOND HANOVER

The D is committed to developing future journalists and provides many opportunities for those interested in the fields of journalism and publishing. Our Vox fund, which draws from the support of dedicated alumni, provides stipends to subsidize travel and living expenses for many staff members interning in media.

In recent years, staff members have interned at The New York Times, CNN, the Atlantic, MSNBC, Time, the New York Daily News and Hearst Newspapers. We also have alumni working at many of these organizations.

Some of The D's high-profile alumni include Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist Paul Gigot '77, currently the editorial page editor and vice president of the Wall Street Journal; CNN chief Washington correspondent and "The Lead" anchor Jake Tapper '91; New York Times reporter David Herszenhorn '94; former Times education reporter Jacques Steinberg '88; Fox News host and former "Roll Call" executive editor Morton Kondracke '60; International Herald Tribune European editor Anna Bagamery '78; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation senior policy advisor and former Health Affairs editor-in-chief Susan Dentzer '77; Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Frank Gilroy '50; and screenwriting legend Budd Schulberg '36. Actress and comedian Mindy Kaling '01 drew a comic called "Badly Drawn Girl" for The D during her time at the College.

Hanover may be a rural community, but don't underestimate the audience your work will receive if you join The D. The print edition reaches students and staff here in Hanover, and thousands of others around the world visit our website daily.

Whenever the College enters the spotlight, it is The D that other media outlets contact for the inside scoop. Presidential candidates routinely stop in Hanover while on the campaign trail, giving our staffers the chance to rub elbows with prominent journalists.

As your arrival on campus draws near, visit us online at thedartmouth.com for regular campus news, and follow us on Twitter @thedartmouth. If you have questions about the editorial or business teams, feel free to blitz us at editor@thedartmouth.com or publisher@thedartmouth.com, and look out for our hiring blitzes over orientation. We can't wait to meet you in just a few shorts weeks.

Jenny Che '14 is the editor-in-chief and Gardiner Kreglow '14 is the publisher of The Dartmouth.

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