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Where you read it first | Sunday, March 3, 2024

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Here at the Daily, we pride ourselves on providing a unique experience in the world of journalism. At the smallest independently operated college newspaper in the country, a position at the Daily offers you the freedom to take on a large array of responsibilities. But the Daily is more than just a newspaper; we’re a robust community of writers, editors, artists and creators of all types. Whether you’ve written for your student paper or you’ve only written essays for English class, we would love to have your voice as part of our paper!

If you’d like to get involved:

1

Read on to learn more about our three departments, and indicate interest in joining one or more sections via our general interest form linked here.

2

Attend our general interest meeting on Jan. 30 at 8 p.m., in JCC 270.

3

Attend our open house in the basement of Curtis Hall on Feb. 2 between 5–6 p.m. Come explore our office, meet our executive editors and learn more about our organization. We’ll bring snacks!

4

Attend DailyConour semesterly training event. DailyCon is mandatory for all new and returning Daily members, and will be held Feb. 4 at 12 p.m., in JCC 270.


Fill out our general interest form here


Editorial Department

fall 2023 managing board
Charlene Tsai / The Tufts Daily

At the Daily, we pride ourselves in creating an environment where aspiring journalists can make a name for themselves with published content, regardless of their prior experience. Along with developing important skills in interviewing and writing, an editorial position at the Daily will teach you valuable lessons in organization, leadership and more!

The Daily is divided into seven written editorial sections: News, Features, Arts & Pop Culture, Opinion, Sports, Science and Investigative. Incoming members will begin as contributing writers. As they become more involved at the Daily, editorial members have the opportunity to earn positions as staff writers, assistant editors, editors as well as those on the executive board. 

In addition to our written editorial opportunities, the Daily offers multimedia positions in our Audio, Photo and Video sections.


News Section

My name is Matthew Sage, and I am the executive news editor for spring 2024! The News section publishes the most important stories on issues impacting the Tufts community and our host communities. As a member of the News team, you will cover stories ranging from breaking news to local politics to live speaker events. In the last year alone, we have interviewed national activists and several politicians, including sitting U.S. senators. The section offers a welcoming space for new writers to learn how to cover and edit important stories, and provides a community for like-minded students to enrich their journalism skills together. There is no experience required; if you are driven to report on our communities, the News section is here to train and support you. If you have any questions or are interested in joining the News section, please reach out to me at news@tuftsdaily.com.

Features Section

My name is Carmen Smoak, and I’m the executive features editor for spring 2024! Imagine exploring complex stories and interviewing inspiring classmates and national politicians, or covering changes in academic programs at Tufts. You can do all of that and more within the Features section — or as we lovingly call it, “Feats.” We publish long-form narrative journalism that uplifts people, places, trends and events across Tufts’ four campuses and in our surrounding communities. Our articles and regular columns aim to provide a deeper look into all sorts of topics, from fun to serious, by highlighting the voices that matter and reflecting the Daily’s commitment to inclusive and equitable journalism practices.

Features writers have the opportunity to design pieces that interest them and bring them to life through interviews or personal reflections. We are a kind and caring community that does not require any prior experience, for we will assign you with a mentor to help you write your first article. You can join our section at any point and contribute as much or as little as you like. If you are interested in joining the Features section or have any questions and ideas for us, please reach out to: features@tuftsdaily.com. We cannot wait to have you join the Features family!

Arts & Pop Culture Section

My name is Nate Hall, and I’m the executive arts editor for spring 2024! In the Arts section, we cover everything from on-campus events and performances to arts in the Greater Boston area to popular films, TV shows, and music. If there’s an arts-related group on campus you’d like to profile, a concert you want to write about, or a movie you want to share your hot takes on, Arts is the section for you! We write all kinds of articles in the Arts section, including reviews, think pieces, interviews, and coverage of local events, and we’re always looking for new voices and new ideas to expand the section. Arts writers come from many different majors and backgrounds, and no experience is needed. We’ll guide you through the process of writing your first article, and you can contribute to the section as much or as little as you want. If you’re interested in joining the Arts section, please reach out to arts@tuftsdaily.com!

Opinion Section

My name is Toby Winick, and I am the executive opinion editor for spring 2024. The Opinion section lets students make their voice heard about campus, local, national and international affairs. If you have opinions you’re passionate about and you would like to express them to the Tufts community, then Opinion is perfect for you — no experience required. Our section includes staff writers who share their viewpoint on a variety of topics, writing as frequently as they want, and columnists who explore one topic area in depth over the course of the semester with periodic columns. 

Tufts community members are always welcome and encouraged to send in their own opinion articles through op-eds or join our section by becoming an Opinion writer or columnist. Please reach out to me at tuftsdailyoped@gmail.com if you would like to contribute to the Opinion section!

Sports Section

My name is Spencer Rosenbaum, and I am the executive sports editor for spring 2024. In the Sports section, we cover everything from March Madness to the major professional sports leagues to the Tufts women’s basketball team making it to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. If you like reading or writing about sports, joining our section allows you to do just that. We assign writers to cover Tufts varsity sports, offer the chance to write biweekly columns on a sports topic of your choice and also just leave a space open to pitch whatever, whenever. Our goal is to build an inclusive and creative team to bring vivid storylines and intelligent analysis of a diverse range of sports to our Tufts community. If you are interested in joining the section or have any questions, please feel free to send me an email at sports@tuftsdaily.com. Go ’Bos!

Investigative Section

My name is Estelle Anderson, and I am executive investigative editor for spring 2024! Our investigative team answers difficult but important questions about and for the Tufts community through rigorous reporting. Topics we’ve covered recently include campus accessibility, RA unionization and alleged employee misconduct. Investigative projects involve significant research, interviewing, writing and revision — which can sometimes take weeks or even months! It’s a serious commitment, but well worth the experience of seeing your story through to completion. The I-team is a true team, with opportunities for collaboration between reporters and across sections. Feel free to email me at estelle.anderson@tufts.edu if you’re interested in learning more. I look forward to hearing from you!

Science Section

My name is Adi Raman and I am the executive science editor for spring 2024! The Daily’s Science section is a place where STEM writers and Daily readers come together to rejoice in a common passion for cutting-edge research and other happenings in the world of science. Whether you’re a biology major with fingers itching to type about new medicines, wish to report on groundbreaking engineering innovations, or would like to get the word out about all of the incredible research happening on campus, boy are we the perfect fit for you! We welcome anyone with any level of background or knowledge in the STEM field to pitch and write engaging stories.

We have an amazing team of experienced editors who will help you through the process of writing Science for the Daily; again, we deeply encourage you to write for Science regardless of your previous writing experience. Please reach out to science@tuftsdaily.com to learn more or if you have any questions!

Video Section

I’m Chloe Nacson-Schechter and I’m excited to serve as the executive video editor for spring 2024! The Video section is the perfect place for students looking to explore all facets of video journalism including production, interviewing and editing. We publish video content ranging from student experiences at Tufts to news reports of events in the greater Boston area. The video section is uniquely flexible, both in terms of commitment and contribution. If you’re passionate about videomaking, or want to collaborate with other sections of the Daily to produce fun multimedia content, shoot me an email at video@tuftsdaily.com.

Photo Section

We are Veronika Coyle and Michelle Shiu, and we’re so excited to be the Daily’s executive photo editors for spring 2024! In the Photo section, we are mainly responsible for supplementing the written aspect of articles with portrait, action and related photography. If you’re interested in photojournalism, photography or just looking for a creative way to get involved with the Daily, this is the perfect section for you!

Daily photographers have tremendous freedom to pursue the creative projects and assignments they are most interested in, and no prior experience is necessary! This section offers a lot of flexibility, so you can decide to take on as many or as few assignments as you would like. We’d be more than happy to provide camera equipment from our office and will organize various skills workshops throughout the semester. If you are interested in joining a close-knit group of passionate photojournalists or have any questions/concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to photo@tuftsdaily.com!

Audio Section

My name is Nina Zimmerman and I am the executive audio producer for spring 2024! The Audio section’s main method of storytelling is through podcasts. In the past, these podcasts have pertained to news, sports, investigation and more, but podcasts as a medium allow for the coverage of anything and everything, so no topic is off the table. New ideas are welcome and I would love to hear yours.

If you are interested in reporting, editing, producing, hosting, pitching a new project or are just curious to see what Audio is about, this is the section for you! No prior audio experience is necessary to join. If you are interested or have any questions, please reach out to audio@tuftsdaily.com!

Fill out our general interest form here!


Production Department

Behind the scenes in The Tufts Daily office in the basement of Curtis Hall on Sept. 1st, 2014, the night before the first fall issue.
Nicholas Pfosi / The Tufts Daily


Being the smallest independent daily college newspaper in the country, the Daily provides a unique opportunity for students to experience firsthand the production process and what goes into putting the paper in your hands, inbox and social media feed every day. Joining the Production Department is a fantastic way to learn and develop useful skills such as project management, copy editing, graphic design, social media analytics and much more!

The Production Department is split into five sections — Layout, Newsletter, Graphics, Copy and Social Media — all of which require no experience to join, and offer opportunities to become editors and executive editors in coming semesters. Below, we’ve asked our Production Department executive editors to introduce themselves and their sections in more detail!


Layout Section

Are you interested in designing a visually cohesive newspaper? We are Devna Aggarwal and Claire Wood, your spring 2024 layout execs, and we invite you to join the layout team! The Layout section, nested within the Daily’s Production Department, is responsible for assembling the final product that you read when you pick up the Daily every week.

We use Adobe InDesign to arrange photographic and written content in appealing, reader-friendly fashion. No prior experience is necessary! Sign up for our weekly training sessions to learn how production works at the Daily. If you are interested or have questions, reach out to us at layout@tuftsdaily.com.

Newsletter Section

I’m Tom Jamieson, spring 2024 newsletter exec! Join the newsletter team to grow the Daily’s audience through working on the production of our daily and weekly newsletters. Every weekday morning we deliver the top headlines to our subscribers’ inboxes. We also send a weekly newsletter to inform the community about Tufts-related updates. You can help design the newsletter emails and choose which articles get featured! The newsletter is a great (relatively low commitment) way to get into the office and begin learning about the Daily! I look forward to meeting and working with you! Feel free to contact me at newsletter@tuftsdaily.com.

Social Media Section

Hello! We are sophomores (and former layout execs) Max Antonini and Meghna Singha now in charge of the Tufts Daily socials! Social Media plays a vital role in increasing audience engagement and readership across the Daily’s social media platforms, including through Instagram, Facebook, X and more (TikTok coming soon)! We play a big part in keeping the Tufts community updated on newly published issues and articles as well as lead story takeovers and host Q&As with followers.

Regardless of prior experience, members of the Social Media section will have the opportunity to gain experience in public relations and communications, as well as learn how to use the publishing and analytical tools of various platforms. Members will join a growing section of exciting, fun people looking to bring new energy to the Daily’s social media team. Please email social@tuftsdaily.com to learn more!

Copy Section

Are you a perfectionist? Do you love the feeling of fixing mistakes and getting rid of those pesky red lines? Or, are you looking for a way to become involved with the Daily, but don’t know where to start? Then Copy might be the perfect section for you! We’re the executive copy editors for this semester, Natalie Bricker and Kathryn Hood. As copy editor, you will be able to experience and play an essential role in the production of a paper. Your main task will be helping review articles for grammatical and stylistic errors, ensuring that the Daily follows a consistent standard of style and clarity. 

As copy-editor, you make your own schedule; you can decide how often and the exact times you want to participate. No experience necessary! You also get to work in-office, where you’ll get hands-on experience with the newspaper production process and meet some awesome people from all different sections along the way. If you’re interested in joining our team or have any questions, feel free to email us copy@tuftsdaily.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Graphics Section

Passionate about drawing, painting or graphic design? Want to join a team of enthusiastic, talented artists? Looking for something fun and creative with flexible commitment? Then you should join the Graphics department at the Daily! Members can choose to work on requests from a weekly pool, and they are also encouraged to pitch their own ideas for requested graphics. Graphic requests can range from illustrations and cartoons to maps and infographics, and can accompany articles as well as larger sections of the Daily.

Joining the Graphics team is a great way to showcase your artistic skills and make friends, but above all we help give the Daily a creative, eye-catching appearance. If you’re interested in joining our team don’t hesitate to email us at graphics@tuftsdaily.com and feel free to look at examples of past graphics on The Tufts Daily Instagram or website! We are Bex Povill and Rachel Wong, the spring 2024 graphics execs, and we’re so excited to work with you :)

Fill out our general interest form here!


Committees

Intentionality & Inclusivity Committee

Hi! We are Sarah Feinberg and Josue Perez, the co-chairs for the Intentionality & Inclusivity Committee for spring 2024! I&I is a team of students from various sections dedicated to making the Daily and our reporting more diverse, equitable, and representative of the greater Tufts and Medford/Somerville communities we serve. We are constantly looking to start up new initiatives to pursue this goal — so if you have an idea you want to implement, there is always space on our committee for you to do so! Current projects that we are excited to continue include authoring the annual Diversity and Inclusion Report that employs survey data findings from the fall survey to reflect on potential improvements to inclusion efforts at the Daily; building and maintaining and institutional memory log documenting issues that arose in the Daily’s coverage and what we learned from them; leading section trainings about ethical journalism practices; and working with the managing board during production to advise on last minute questions about our content.

We also work to spark discussions around intentionality and inclusion within the Daily and beyond by hosting events and organizing partnerships with other campus organizations. Whether you just joined the Daily or have years of experience, we would love to have you on our team! Commitment levels are flexible — we only meet once a week and it’s up to you what projects you want to work on. If you have questions, are interested in joining the committee, or just have suggestions you’d like to share with us, you can contact us at iandi@tuftsdaily.com.

Education Committee

Hi! I’m Carl Svahn, and I’m so excited to be the chair of the Daily’s Education Committee this semester. The Education Committee supports journalism education initiatives at the Daily, offering various training programs and curating resources for new and old members. This semester, the committee hopes to organize workshops and individual consultations for reporters seeking to improve their journalistic skills. We will also continue compiling resource guides and providing materials to each section.

As Tufts does not have a journalism major, the Education Committee is in a unique position to offer training and resources for new and returning members of the Daily. The committee was created with the mission of fostering growth at the Daily, preserving institutional memory and holding staff accountable for quality reporting and writing.

The committee meets weekly. Members will determine a mutually convenient meeting time at the start of the semester. Reach out to education@tuftsdaily.com if you are interested in joining the committee or would like to suggest an idea for an education initiative!


Business Department

The physical collection of archived issues of The Tufts Daily are pictured in the Daily's office in Curtis Hall on Feb. 24.
Mina Terzioglu / The Tufts Daily


Applications for the Daily business team are available here. Reach out to Isabel Francis at business@tuftsdaily.com with any questions. 

Business Associates

The opportunity: Work with a business team to complete real-world and significant projects to best benefit The Tufts Daily by engaging with clients, attending meetings, analyzing data, strategizing and working on projects that interest you.

Description: The Tufts Daily’s Business Department is recruiting a squad of self-motivated and outgoing business associates who will be working with ad managers, receivables managers and the business director. Members will be responsible for completing projects that will help the Daily. Projects may include working with clients to fulfill advertisement orders, fundraising and problem-solving.

Responsibilities:

  • Initiate and foster lasting relationships with off-campus clients
  • Attend monthly department meetings to workshop sales strategy and discuss strategic initiatives
  • Support department’s strategic initiatives through research tasks, special issue distribution and other administrative support
  • Selling advertisements

Availability:

  • Up to 8–12 hours per month

Fill out our general interest form here!