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.