Work for America’s Oldest College Newspaper! We accept applications for our editorial and business staffs fall, winter and spring terms.
Editorial applications for 21W are due on Friday, Jan. 22 at 11:59PM ET.
Please click on the link of the section that you are interested in for the application. You may apply to more than one section.
Located on the second floor of Robinson Hall (known as Robo), The Dartmouth’s offices constantly buzz with reporters typing stories, business staff selling advertisements, photographers editing shots and editors providing guidance and banter. As America’s oldest college newspaper (founded in 1799), we have undergone several changes over the past two centuries, and we continue to iterate upon and improve our practices every day. The D now prints daily, produces videos, runs a daily blog, and posts regularly to social media accounts (lately, we’ve been especially into Snapchat and Instagram @TheDartmouth). Our website drew over 183,000 unique visitors this past spring in addition to nearly 1,000 daily print editions. With over a hundred students on staff, The Dartmouth is one of the largest organizations on campus.
We pride ourselves on our learning environment — many members of our editorial board had their first experience in journalism at The D, going on to develop real-world skills in communication, management and editing. Whatever your area of interest, The Dartmouth has a place for you.
The news section keeps up with the pulse of our community, informing campus and our broader audience with happenings from all corners of the College. When news happens at Dartmouth, the community looks to The D for the important details. In recent months, we’ve covered topics such as changing trends in admission to institutions of higher education, the impact of national policies on the lives of students on campus and the evolution of sexual assault and misconduct policies at the College. More investigative pieces, on topics from administrative growth to phenomena such as grade inflation in institutions of higher education, allow us to dig deeper into campus issues and incorporate innovative techniques such as data visualization in the process.
Covering both club and varsity sports, the sports section keeps the Dartmouth community up to date with Big Green athletics. In the past year, we’ve ramped up our sports analysis, showcasing hard-hitting investigations into coach departures as well as a number of regular columns by dedicated student journalists who also happen to be sports aficionados. Sports is found on the back of the paper every Thursday in addition to an eight-page Sports Weekly published every Monday.
The D’s arts and entertainment section highlights creative endeavors at the College, covering everything from performances and exhibitions at the Hopkins Center for the Arts to new movie reviews. Arts also features profiles on the College’s own artistic talent, such as student playwrights, musicians and painters.
Our opinion section gives staff columnists and community members a platform for lively debate about relevant campus and nationwide issues. Recent pieces have tackled the tenure process for faculty of color, free speech’s role in political correctness and College divestment from fossil carbon fuels. Opinion also encompasses our comic section, where student cartoonists can humorously critique campus and popular culture. (Check out the “Badly Drawn Girl” series by Mindy Kaling ’01 for a notable example.)
The opinion section is also where The Dartmouth Editorial Board publishes its weekly in-house editorials, called the Verbum. The Editorial Board consists of opinion staff columnists, the opinion editors, the executive editor and the editor-in-chief.
The Mirror, our weekly magazine published every Wednesday, takes a critical look at campus culture through both long-form features and more lighthearted pieces. In addition to photo essays, regular senior columns and “Through the Looking Glass” reflection pieces, some of the Mirror’s recent work include examinations of taboos, dating culture and religion at Dartmouth.
The Multimedia team takes journalism and storytelling off the page to engage our viewers. We deliver content through various media formats, including a mix of graphics, sound and video content. Our approach is continually evolving, but the Multimedia section currently produces video interviews, spotlights, live streams, podcasts and even a news broadcast show. Whether you’re an aspiring designer, an experienced video editor or a budding newscaster, the Multimedia section has a place for you!
Editorial isn’t just about the written word. Our reporting would not be complete without the hard work of our photographers and graphic designers, whose visuals complement each story we publish.
Photographers at The Dartmouth give our readers a visual perspective on campus news, capturing events and scenes across campus and featuring them in print as well as online through our website and social media.
Our design staff works to create visually appealing illustrations and infographics for all our sections, with highlights including Mirror cover art as well as graphics for the Editorial Board's weekly Verbum.
The nature of The D’s daily print schedule lends special importance to our copyediting and layout teams. Members of our layout staff learn and use InDesign software (no prior experience necessary) to arrange stories and photos in a coherent and readable order.
From conducting original surveys to visualizing data to complement our reporting, the data visualization team works with a variety of programs, including Qualtrics, R and Stata, to bring numbers to life.
Engagement is the newest section of The Dartmouth, created in 2019 to respond to the ever-evolving landscape of journalism and media. Our engagement team works to package and deliver our content on a variety of different online social media platforms, translating print stories for online viewership and working to consider how digital mediums can serve as platforms for storytelling.
People are often surprised when they learn that The Dartmouth is a completely student-run organization and that we receive no funding from the College. In fact, The Dartmouth is the largest student-run business in Hanover, offering students an unparalleled level of real-world experience. The business side of our staff works to ensure that the paper’s editorial content can reach its intended audience and remain an independent, unbiased source of information. Students with a wide range of interests can find a place in one of the various sections comprising the business staff.
Our growing technology staff support the paper’s online presence. The team has recently coded and developed a mobile app for the paper. Tech staff at The D troubleshoot issues with our website, maintain our mobile app, and work on projects such as the creation of websites for Special Issues to centralize our content and highlight exceptional work.
The advertising and finance section is the main source of revenue-generation for the paper. The staff is in charge of selling ads across the variety of advertising channels the newspaper has to offer. Students build long-term client relationships to create mutually beneficial advertising packages and plans. The team works closely together to develop forward-looking strategies and promotions. This staff has a meritocratic structure, awarding hard-working and successful members with significant commission on new advertisements, enabling students to make money from advertising sales every term.
The business development staff works closely with the Publisher of the paper to deal with a diverse array of business initiatives. These involve brainstorming and implementing alternative revenue streams such as creating and selling a coffee table book of the newspaper's archives, building a fundraising campaign, pursuing new strategic partnerships for the paper, and modeling the financials of The Dartmouth. Students who are interested in economics or finance and are willing to learn quickly about a variety of business-related endeavors will be a good fit for this section.
The strategy staff works in teams to solve the paper’s most pressing problems and serves as the internal consultants for The Dartmouth. Where should we be distributing the paper each day? How should we redesign the website? How do we effectively recruit and retain talented staff? The strategy team is a great place to work closely with peers to unpack the big-picture questions involved in managing and developing a business.
Marketing and Analytics
The marketing and analytics staff focuses on the paper's social media and online presence as well as inter-staff events and relations. The social media team develops and implements social media strategy on all platforms, while the analytics team works on boosting the readership of the paper and internal development through data and analytics-focused research and surveys. More UI/UX inclined staff members brainstorm changes to make our website more aesthetic and interactive. This staff also plans our termly social events as well as our annual Banquet and Changeover events.
Both the business and editorial staff offer a wide-range of learning opportunities to build valuable skills and to work alongside diligent and creative peers. Mentorship is an invaluable component of working at The D, and you can often find upperclassmen giving advice to underclassmen on classes, job interviews, campus social life and everything in between. With a great network on campus and beyond, the D is a great place to gain practical skills while building lasting relationships. Our alumni have gone on to win Pulitzer Prizes, write for publications such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and hold positions at elite finance and consulting firms.
Come say hello to our staff at the activities fair or during our open house during the first week of classes each term, and be on the lookout for a blitz about hiring and applications. If you have questions about the Editorial staff, feel free to email our editor-in-chief at email@example.com. If you have questions about the Business staff, please reach out to our publisher at firstname.lastname@example.org.