Want to become part of The Red & Black? Click here to complete an interest form and get started in our training program as a newsroom recruit.

About The Red & Black

Since 1893

We were founded in 1893 and for 129 years our mission has been to cover UGA and Athens while training students for careers in news media. We've come a long way since articles were written by candlelight and the newspaper was delivered by horse and cart. Today, The Red & Black is one of the largest community news organizations in Georgia.

Our newsroom is student-run, which means our staff makes the decisions about what they cover and how they cover it. We became independent of UGA in 1980 and we are a 501c3 nonprofit organization. 

We don't get fees or funding from UGA. We support ourselves through advertising, events and donations. Students are involved in every aspect of the organization including our business operations and creative services.

Red & Black Basics

10,000 average weekly readers of the print issue

60,000 average weekly users of redandblack.com

10.2 million pageviews in 2020

93,000 followers on social media

28,000 newsletter subscribers

100,000 readers of our special publications

The student editor in chief and sales manager serve on the board of directors of The Red & Black and help shape our direction and set goals.

We produce a weekly newspaper, The Red & Black, and publish news and features online daily at redandblack.com. We also publish a series of special magazine-style publications, produce newsletters and podcasts and host special events. 

In 2020, The Red & Black was named the best non-daily student newspaper in the country by the Society of Professional Journalists. We were named the best overall student news organization in Georgia by the Georgia College Press Association.

Getting Involved

The Red & Black FAQ

I don’t have any news reporting experience. How do I even start?

We will train you! In our recruitment process you will work one-on-one with a student recruitment manager and learn about reporting and news writing essentials. The first step is just to sign up, which you can do here.

What exactly does the newsroom recruitment process involve?

You will complete practice assignments that cover news writing and reporting basics and give you experience with interviews, research, AP style and more. These will include one-on-one sessions with the recruitment managers as well as workshops with your fellow recruits. (These will be online in fall 2020, but will move back to in-person as soon as safely possible.)

All recruits start with  basics, but you will be able to focus your later projects to an area of our news coverage that mosts interests you: news, culture, sports or  opinion.

Do I have to be a journalism student?

No. Our mission is to offer newsroom experience to any University of Georgia student who wants it. Many of our successful alumni have come out of majors in Terry, SPIA and Franklin. Our only stipulation is that you are a currently enrolled UGA student.

What if I have experience from high school or the college I transferred from?

Complete the recruitment interest form and a member of our team will contact you about the best place for you to start — most likely one of the final recruitment assignments, just to give you a sense of what Red & Black editors are looking for.

I’ve heard it takes a lot of time to be part of The Red & Black. How many hours a week do I have to put in?

It’s up to you. Some students choose to remain contributors and have fewer deadlines. Some want to intern in our sales department without taking on full account executive duties. That’s totally great. Others want to dive in and move up the leadership ranks as fast as they can. That’s great, too. You can work at your own pace to best balance with your class schedule.

Could I get paid?

In the newsroom it works like this: After you complete recruitment and have experience contributing to a desk, you can apply for a paid staff position. Paid newsroom positions include: editors, designers, digital producers, photographers, videographers and beat reporters.

In the sales department, you can apply directly for paid positions when they are posted. These include account executive, digital marketing specialist, business assistant and promotions team member. You also can apply for unpaid intern spots.

I want to be part of The Red & Black — but I hate writing! Is there something else I can do?

Yes. We have positions for designers, photographers, videographers, social media editors, digital producers and more. You will go through the basics of recruitment to learn about news writing, AP style and news ethics, but you can move into other areas of the newsroom.

If you are interested in the business side, you can work in sales, promotions, marketing or digital engagement.

My parents/advisers/friends say journalism is a dying field. Why should I sign up?

To them, we say: You’re wrong. While traditional newspapers don’t have the same revenue they used to, online news is growing. The Red & Black was one of the first student news organizations in the country to go digital-first and our online readership has grown exponentially over the past two years. You will learn hands-on skills that can help you get a job.

Our recent alums work at organizations including The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, CNN, The Charlotte Business Journal, Fortune, Moxie, UPS, The Home Depot and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

So, how do I get started again?

Fill out this interest form.

Real World Experience

Whether your goal is to take photos on the sidelines, write investigative pieces, or close deals on ad sales, we have a way for you to get hands-on experience!


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Student editors at The Red & Black discuss experiences they have had through being part of the independent student news organization, which was founded in 1893 and is one of the largest community news organizations in Georgia.

This Month's Issue

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