Work for America’s Oldest College Newspaper! We accept applications for our editorial and business staffs fall, winter and spring terms and are currently hiring for the fall!
Located on the second floor of Robinson Hall — affectionately known as Robo — The Dartmouth’s offices 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 many changes over the past two centuries, and we continue to iterate upon and improve our practices every day. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, The D published daily, and now, we’re back in person, writing articles, producing videos, and posting regularly to social media accounts. Our website draws tens of thousands of visitors monthly, and with over 200 students on staff, The Dartmouth is one of the largest organizations on campus. We take pride in seeking the truth, and we are fully independent from the College.
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. 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. 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.
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.
Please click on the link of the section that you are interested in for the application. You may apply to more than one section. APPLICATIONS FOR 21F ARE DUE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 at 11:59 p.m.; late applications will be considered on a section-by-section basis.
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 the impacts of COVID-19 policies and outbreaks on students and staff, the effects of national politics and events on the lives of students and the evolution of sexual assault and misconduct policies at the College. More investigative pieces, on topics such as the cutting of study abroad programs and analyses of the College's budget, allow us to dig deeper into campus issues and incorporate innovative techniques such as data visualization in the process.
Note (9:15 p.m. Sept. 12): The News application has been updated — applicants should expect to write an article at least every other week, not every week.
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 news coverage, showcasing profiles of players and teams, coverage of Dartmouth Athletics controversies and a number of regular columns by dedicated student journalists who also happen to be sports aficionados. Now that sports are truly back, we’re excited to get back on the field with players and provide top-notch coverage of Dartmouth teams.
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 — and features student reviews of albums, books, films and more!
Our opinion section gives columnists and community members a platform for lively debate on relevant campus and nationwide issues. Recent pieces have taken a stance on the College’s COVID-19 policies, climate change and the severe housing shortage on campus. Opinion also encompasses our comic section, where student cartoonists can use art as an avenue to comment on campus and popular culture. (Check out the “Badly Drawn Girl” series by Mindy Kaling ’01 for a notable example.)
The opinion section is also the home of Verbum Ultimum — weekly in-house editorials published by The Dartmouth Editorial Board. The Editorial Board consists of several opinion columnists, the opinion editors, the executive editors and the editor-in-chief.
Note (9:15 p.m. Sept. 12): The Opinion application has been updated — applicants can submit any writing sample, and do not need to submit a full draft opinion column.
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 includes 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, covers, and infographics for all our sections, especially Mirror and Arts.
The D’s weekly print schedule means that Thursday nights are an especially exciting time in Robo. Members of our layout staff learn and use InDesign software — no prior experience necessary! — and work directly with the executive editors to arrange stories and visuals into the print version of the paper you can pick up and read every Friday.
The Templating section also houses The Dartmouth’s new crossword! Anyone is welcome to apply to try their hand at crossword construction — no experience necessary!
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. Interested in building our social media presence or newsletter writing? Join Engagement!
People are often surprised to learn that The Dartmouth is entirely student-run and fully independent, receiving no funding from the College. In fact, The D 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.
Business uses one unified application for all sections, available here. Section descriptions are available below. APPLICATIONS FOR 21F ARE DUE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 at 11:59 p.m.; late applications will be considered on a section-by-section basis.
Our growing technology staff support the paper’s online presence. The team has recently coded and developed a mobile app for the paper, available now on the Apple and Android app stores. 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.
Advertising and Finance
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 is currently working on expanding beyond the Upper Valley and exploring national partnerships to advertise in The Dartmouth, presenting an exciting opportunity for students to engage with national businesses and partners.
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 exploring ways to increase our online footprint as the paper emphasizes its virtual formats. 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 every week? 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.