Join District’s Staff



VOLUNTEER POSITIONS:

Photographer
Staff Writer
Video Producer

District, SCAD's award-winning online news publication, seeks volunteer writers, photographers and video producers. The positions are filled continually throughout the quarter.

Writers and editors interested contributing to District should attend one of two training sessions scheduled for 6 p.m., April 1, 2015, and 10 a.m. April 3, 2015. The training period allows gives new writers hands-on instruction as they work through their first story assignment. Training is held in the Student Media Center, behind the computer lab at D at the Hive, 121 W. Boundary Street. Email the adviser for more information.

Photographers also have a brief training period coordinated by the student photo editor, and videographers also have a brief period of training prior to issuing assignments to new staff members. Please email the photo editor or the video editor for more information.
 
How does it work?

Students assign, produce and edit the content that appears on the site. The publication has a full-time staff adviser to give guidance, but the staff is largely led by its editor in chief, who is selected each winter by a seven-member panel of alums, students and SCAD faculty and staff. Any student may apply to be editor in chief, but preference is given to students who have been on the staff for at least one year.

Why should I do it?

Working for District may require hard work and a significant time contribution, but the rewards are great. The staff has won more than 500 state, regional and national awards since the publication's founding in 1995. Alums are using their skills at some of the world's leading brands, including Disney, Target, Time, Inc. and the New York Times, just to name a few.

In addition to building experience, District offers paid stipends to 15 editors who all started as unpaid volunteers. SCAD’s Student Media Program also offers an annual scholarship to all participants.

What's required?

Being on the staff requires varying levels of commitment. Staff writers, photographers and bloggers may volunteer for multiple assignments in a week or simply pick up a few stories throughout the quarter — the choice is theirs.

Editors, however, are encouraged to work six to 10 hours in the office each week during fall, winter and spring quarters. All staff must participate in a multi-week training process before joining the team.