1.) It’s a resume-builder
Many students, especially journalism ones, seem to assume that the portfolio they made in class is sufficient when it comes time to search for a job after college. This is not true in any sense. Hiring Managers look for someone who has shown initiative and has real experience, not someone whose only writing samples were birthed in Newswriting 101. Working for Student Media can give you these greatly needed samples.
2.) You get real life experience.
The hierarchy of Student Media is set to mimic the hierarchy of a real newspaper. You’ll have an Editor-in-Chief and a few other Editors above you to bug if you have any questions. There are real-life scenarios reenacted on the daily too, like the one where some random person sets the dumpster on fire outside the student media building, forcing you to choose who to call … the Assistant Director for Student Media or the ghost busters?
3.) Any and all majors are accepted.
Two of the best Editors-in-Chief I’ve ever met were a chemistry major and an education major. Everyone is welcome in Student Media. (Even Grad students!)
4.) You have a guaranteed quiet place to work when the library is full.
Okay, so maybe it’s not guaranteed to be quiet at all hours, but it is an uncrowded space with a Mac lab and a printer.
5.) You have nights you’ll never forget
If you haven’t been present while Highlander Rolls were accidently delivered to the Student Media office on your birthday, then you haven’t lived! The family atmosphere of Student Media fosters great relationships and a real sense of belonging.
6.) You have opportunities to advance.
When you start a job, are you the type of person who is constantly looking for advancement opportunities? Well look no further— Student Media is the right place for you! Within your college career, you can easily start from the bottom as a writer and end up here as Editor-in-Chief.
7.) You can write to tell the truth… Or just have fun
One thing that few people realize when they’re considering becoming involved with Student Media is the variety of jobs available. If you’re a good artist, we are always looking for artwork to showcase. If photography is more your shtick, we need photographers too. Each publication has its own writing style, too. Do you like writing short stories and/or poems? You belong with Exit 109, our literary magazine. Have you always wanted to write a listicle with the hope that it will go viral? Whim’s your oyster, my friend. Of course, for the Luke Danes of the world, seething articles about how dumb people can be are always accepted as well.