Applications to join the chronicle in 2022/2023 are now closed, except for the roles of social media director, photographer and illustrator!
Passionate about writing and editing? Want to gain some brownie points for your resume? Come join Lucy Cavendish’s very own magazine this year and become part of a friendly, creative, and ambitious team.
Being part of the Cavendish Chronicle is a great way to begin your journey in student journalism, gain valuable experience for your resume and see your name in print.
Who can apply?
Everyone at Lucy Cavendish is welcome to apply (undergrads, MPhils, PhDs, alumni) – and we welcome all with or without any prior experience in student journalism. Alumni are encouraged to apply but will be deprioritised in case of a higher number of applicants to make room for current students.
How does it work? How much time will you have to spend?
Articles are planned, researched, and written during Michaelmas Term and the winter holiday. We use Lent Term to edit the pieces, advertise for the upcoming issue on social media, and plan the launch part. The Easter holiday will be used putting the magazine together and sending it off for print. This will mainly be the responsibility of the Editor-in-Chief, so little work is expected from anyone else. At the start of Easter Term, we will have a launch party. Therefore, depending on your role, you will spend time on the magazine during the first two terms but close to nothing during exam season.
Why should you join the chronicle?
Being part of the Cavendish Chronicle is a great way to begin your journey in student journalism, gain valuable experience for your resume and see your name in print. We are one of the few publications at the university that come out in print. Moreover, compared to university-wide publications like Varsity, the chronicle constitutes a safe and supportive environment within college in which to develop your skills. It is also a great way to meet new Lucians from other years and courses –we plan to throw a few socials during the year for the team to bond. It is great fun, and you will be very proud when you at the end of the year stand with the physical copy of the magazine in your hand and see your name in print.
Positions in the chronicle:
Section editors are responsible for providing feedback and general help to the writers within their section. This includes guiding the direction of the article, brainstorming on ideas, providing detailed feedback on written work, and double-checking sources, among others. Section editors are also encouraged to submit one article of their own, which will receive feedback from the Editor-in-Chief. Workload should be lesser during Michaelmas (of course, depending on whether you write an article of your own) and heavier during Lent term, where the review process begins. Some work is expected during the winter holiday in case writers need help. A detailed year-plan is available below to give you an estimate of the workload.
Section editor: Politics, Society and Culture
Section Editor: Art, creative writing
Section Editor: Science and STEM
Qualifications: For an editor position, some experience in student journalism is preferred but is not necessary. What is most important is an ability to be able to discern what is good written work and where improvement is needed and be knowledgeable about your specific field, say politics or creative writing. Ideally, we are looking for a 2nd year student or above. 1st year students are encouraged to apply for writing positions.
To apply: Write about yourself and any previous experience, tell us why you want to become part of the Chronicle, and give three examples of content you think would be great for the magazine this year.
All section editor positions have been filled for 22/23
Writers are the heart of the magazine and are responsible for writing 1-2 articles for the magazine. These articles should touch upon the current year’s theme, one that we will decide upon together on our first meeting (last year’s theme was ‘transitions’). Writers will receive feedback and guidance from the section editors and the editor-in-chief, and no prior experience is therefore needed, only a willingness to learn, improve your writing, and create great content for the magazine. You will also receive a short introduction to writing articles and tips on how to specifically create enticing student articles at the beginning of the term.
Articles are planned, researched, and written during Michaelmas Term and the winter holiday. And then we use Lent Term to edit the pieces, you will therefore not be expected to do any work during the exam season.
To apply: Write about yourself and any previous experience, tell us why you want to become part of the Chronicle, and write down three ideas for articles you’d like to write for the magazine (You won’t have to commit to these ideas).
All writer positions have been filled for 22/23
Social Media Director:
The social media Director is responsible for advertising for our upcoming issue (via social media and posters), gain new followers for our social media and our magazine, and create posts on social media (LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook). On meetings we will brainstorm on ideas for how to spread awareness of the magazine and increase our readership, but the social media director will be responsible for implementing the ideas.
To apply: Write a short motivational letter explaining why you want to become part of the Chronicle and include any relevant experience. And then explain in a few words, how you plan to increase our readership.
We are looking for a wide array of illustrators who can create illustrations for our articles and short stories. Ideally, illustrators should have some prior experience in digital painting. However, everyone is welcome to apply. Illustrators are expected to provide 3-5 illustrations in total.
To apply: Write a short motivational letter explaining why you want to become part of the Chronicle and supply us with a portfolio of some of your illustrations. If you have no experience in illustrations but are keen to begin your illustration journey, then provide us with a sketch of an illustration that is supposed to illustrate either mental health or being in love.
Photographers should have their own camera. They are encouraged to create a short artsy photomontage during Michaelmas term that will be featured in the magazine. In Lent term the editorial team will commission a couple of photos that should accompany articles.
To apply: Write a short motivational letter explaining why you want to become part of the Chronicle and supply us with a portfolio of 1-2 photographs that you’ve taken. If you have no prior experience in taking photographs but own your own camera and are keen to begin your photo journey, please provide the name of three photographers whose work you admire.
Ensures that the website is aesthetic looking, and that it is up to date with the lates articles and information. During Michaelmas & Lent: The Web developer ensures the website is aesthetic looking. During Easter term: the Web Developer uploads all articles on the website.
To apply: Write a motivational letter explaining why you want to become part of the Chronicle and include any relevant experience. And then explain in a few words, how you plan to improve the current website.