The Michigan Daily, Winter 2016
Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 31 at midnight
Do you have a voice that needs to be shared? Do you find yourself theorizing about why events in the news happen the way they do? If you consistently find national, state, local and University current events interesting and are itching to share your opinion about said current events, then being a Michigan Daily Columnist might be the job for you. Apply here to write an approximately 750-1,000-word column once every two weeks and start contributing your perspective to our campus’ conversation.
The Michigan Daily prints every day undergraduates have class, usually Monday through Friday. Your column will fill a portion of these pages once every two weeks and be published online. Your column will be due three days in advance of the day it will be published.
We are looking for a wide array of voices from a variety of schools and colleges, backgrounds, home states and home countries. We are looking for people who are passionate experts. This could look like a lot of things: maybe you are actively involved in a student group and want to write about an initiative your group is working on, maybe you have spent the semester doing research in a lab on campus and want to write about insights found through participating in this research, maybe you are passionate about certain political events and want to articulate nuances that you think students need to consider, or maybe you simply want to write about personal stories that happen to you and observations or discoveries you have from these experiences.
If you can work these elements into an engaging piece of opinion writing, please consider the following two-part application.
The application is due Thursday, December 31st at midnight and should be emailed to the 2016 Editorial Page Editors: Claire Bryan (email@example.com) and Regan Detwiler (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tell us about your background, your major, any organizations you are a part of, the work you do for these organizations and why you love doing that work. Please also pitch your column’s theme and guiding message to us. Include why you’d like to write about this topic and why it should be you who is writing on this topic. Lastly, consider what types of people you would want to be interviewing and what types of places you would look for your research.
Please provide a brand-new, never-published column. This sample column should follow all of the previously outlined guidelines for columns. Sample columns will be used as the writer’s first column unless discussed with the Editorial Page Editors.
*Please note: In accepting the job as a Michigan Daily Columnist, you will be required to review, and will become bound by, all Michigan Daily bylaws. The bylaws enforce the Michigan Daily’s ethical standards (i.e. preventing the publishing of libelous, malicious or discriminatory content). All columns are subject to review before publication on those standards by the Editorial Page Editors, the Managing Editor and/or the Editor-in-Chief. If content does not align with the standards of the bylaws, per that review, the Daily reserves the right to not publish that content. That being said, the writer’s voice is the top priority on the Opinion section and we will always work with the writer to have content published rather than not.
Thank you for applying to be a columnist for The Michigan Daily.
We look forward to hearing all you have to say!