Thank you for your interest in The Mercury!
During the first week of January 2021, we will officially begin hiring writers, columnists, graphics artists, photographers and videographers for the Spring 2021 semester. Writing applicants will be required to (1) complete a fill-in-the-blank quiz on AP style, journalistic technique, etc. (study materials will be provided in advance), (2) complete a timed article-writing test and (3) participate in a mock-interview. Graphics, photography and videography applicants will be required to submit a portfolio for review and participate in an interview.
We currently looking to hire three to four more opinion columnists. Applicants are required to bring their own column topic ideas, in addition to completing an interview and application article. Please reach out to our opinion editor – Ben Nguyen, firstname.lastname@example.org – for more details.
During fall and spring semesters, we publish an issue every two weeks. Consequently, staying on top of deadlines and communicating effectively is a key part of being a Mercury staff member.
We recognize that the individual situations in Spring 2021 may vary. If you are intending to take classes remotely and choose not to come to campus, we understand. The safety of yourself and others is the first priority. Don’t let that deter you from applying, though: we’re happy to work with you to establish a working situation that fits your needs, and that allows you to be apart of our team while contributing remotely.
If you would like to apply, send an email to our editor-in-chief – Madison York, email@example.com – to indicate your interest, as well as which department(s) you would like to apply for. Our editor-in-chief will give you more information about the next steps in the hiring process, and answer any questions you might have. The application period will close at 11:59pm on Feb. 28, 2021.