Join the Daily
The Michigan Daily is the student-run newspaper of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Current University students are invited to apply to join the paper's staff. The newspaper offers the opportunity to cover campus as well as Ann Arbor, the state, the nation and the world. Daily staff members routinely have access to the University administration, Michigan sports teams, local cultural events and more. They often travel around the country to cover important stories and events, and they gain the experience of producing an award-winning daily newspaper.
The Michigan Daily welcomes students with all levels of journalism experience. Whether you were the editor in chief of your high school newspaper or have never written an article, we will provide the training and skills you need to be a top journalist.
There are currently paid opportunities in news, opinion, sports, arts, design, photography, the copydesk, video, online as well as the business staff. Each section has its own process for joining. Students may apply and become a member of more than one section. However, staff members may not write for both the news and opinion sections. Students also may not work on both the editorial and business staffs. Read below to find out more information about each section.
If you love to be in-the-know and enjoy talking to campus leaders, professors, administrators and government officials, then the news section is where you belong.
The news section includes seven beats: University administration and academics, campus life, city, crime, science, state government and student government. A new reporter begins as a general assignment writer and will cover stories in all beats. All reporters are expected to write at least one story per week.
To join the news section, applicants must submit a résumé and cover letter explaining why they want to join. New reporters are required to shadow a seasoned reporter at an event or meeting. Afterward, rookies will write three stories by themselves and take an ethics quiz. Before becoming an official Daily staff reporter, new reporters will have an informal interview with the managing news editor and senior news editors.
To submit a cover letter and résumé, e-mail K.C. Wassman at email@example.com.
Want to write about the winged helmets? Want to walk on the field at the Big House? Maybe you'd rather interview John Beilein or Red Berenson after a basketball or hockey game. Then The Michigan Daily Sports section is the place for you.
New writers will begin by reporting on non-revenue sports such as soccer, tennis and baseball. After covering several sports, writers will have the opportunity to work their way up to the basketball, hockey and football beats. Sports journalists like ESPN’s Adam Schefter, NFL Network's Rich Eisen and Michael Rosenberg of The Detroit Free Press all got their start in the Daily's sport section.
Requirements to join the sports staff include attending a sports meeting and shadowing an experienced writer before writing your first story. Afterward, you can volunteer for stories at our weekly Sunday meetings. New writers must write five stories before becoming an official staff member.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you like to tell others what’s on your mind, then the Daily’s opinion section is just for you. The section consists of editorial board members, columnists and cartoonists.
The main responsibilities of editorial board members are to attend editorial board meetings and write leftsides (Daily editorials) and viewpoints. Each month, members are required to write at least two leftsides and one viewpoint. Edit board meets every week on Mondays and Thursdays. During meetings, members discuss the editorial topics of the week and what stance the Daily should take on the issues. Anyone who has an opinion about University, campus, local, state or national issues should consider applying to be on the board.
Requirements to apply include attending a leftside training session, writing two leftsides, writing one viewpoint and attending edit board at least once a week.
Columnists and cartoonists may only apply at the beginning of the semester. Columnists write about a topic of their choice every other week, while cartoonists submit creative, original drawings at least once a week.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Daily Arts is the place for you to express your feelings about the latest Ke$ha song, defend or attack the onslaught of reality TV or write an in-depth piece that explores zombies on campus. It's also the home of the funny photo captions. Arts is divided into five subsections — Music, Film, TV/New Media, Fine Arts and Community Culture — among which applicants must choose when applying. Arts also produces The B-Side — a four-page weekly insert with features about local and national Arts issues.
Daily Arts writers are responsible for at least one 500- to 600-word article per week, although many choose to write more. Staffers must also attend weekly Sunday meetings.
To apply, students must fill out an Arts application, which includes 3 short answer questions. To request an application, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you take your camera with you everywhere you go? Are you constantly trying to capture moments before they slip away? If you don’t mind getting close to athletes, professors and performers, then a photographer position is right for you.
Photographers are required to shoot news, feature, sports and arts photos on a regular basis. The application process to be on photo staff is competitive, and photography skills are required to apply. However, we will teach you lighting techniques and photo editing skills. All applicants must submit a portfolio of 10 pictures they have taken.
Are you interested in graphic design? Did you love working for your high school yearbook or newspaper? Do you know what the Adobe Suite is? If you answered yes to one of these questions, Daily Design may be the place for you!
Design is in charge of layout for the entire newspaper, including B sections like The Statement, The B-Side and SportsMonday. As a designer you will learn how to use Adobe InDesign, PhotoShop and Illustrator, as well as valuable hands-on technical and design experience that you truly cannot get anywhere else on campus. Never heard of the Adobe Suite or worked on your high school publications? Don’t worry! We will teach you how to use all the programs.
Anyone with a healthy aversion for dangling modifiers, ambiguous prepositions and the Oxford comma is encouraged to join copy and help us polish the paper.
The main responsibilities of the copy desk include fact-checking news and opinion articles and correcting grammar, syntax and style. If you consider yourself a “grammar nut,” “accuracy nut” or just a nut in general, you will find yourself right at home at the copy desk.
Requirements to join copy include attending a brief orientation about responsibilities as a copy editor and participating in three training sessions. A copy test is also given. Upon passing the test, copy editors will be allowed to proof articles on their own.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Ever dream of being the next Steven Spielberg or winning an Emmy for a gut-wrenching documentary? But before making it big, you have to start somewhere. Come practice your filmmaking skills by producing videos for the Daily.
Videographers will be expected to shoot and/or edit video clips 2 to 5 minutes in length. Videos may be produced for news, sports and arts stories or as stand-alone feature clips. Basic knowledge of Final Cut Pro or other film editing programs is necessary.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want a career in business after graduation? Join The Michigan Daily business staff and receive professional experience that prepares you for a career in the field.
The business staff is in charge of the Daily's advertising sales, creative production and distribution logistics. Account Executives spend their days contacting clients, arranging meetings, preparing presentation materials, and of course, presenting our products to clients. Account Executives receive excellent training and support from student managers and professional staff. Other opportunities include creative design and logistics management. The business staff occasionally accepts marketing interns to work on projects.
Working for The Michigan Daily business staff provides students with unparalleled practical experience and education. Student managers gain skills in leadership, communication, marketing and logistics.
To apply for a position on the business staff, send a cover letter and résumé to email@example.com.
For more information on applying, stop by the Stanford Lipsey Student Publications Building at 420 Maynard St., just north of the Michigan Union. Not sure which staff to join? Receive information about more than one section by filling out the following webform: