District welcomes student contributors

 

Build Your Portfolio with Us

District, SCAD's award-winning online news publication, seeks volunteer writers, photographers and video producers. Students interested in contributing to District should contact our adviser. All staffers go through a brief training period that guides newcomers through their first assignment. Email the adviser for more information.

District invites students to attend weekly staff meetings at 5 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Student Media Center, D at the Hive, 231 W. Boundary Street. Students interested in graphic design or illustration opportunities, should email our creative director. Students interested in copy editing positions, should email the chief copy editor.
VOLUNTEER
OPPORTUNITIES

Download a description of the three types of volunteer opportunities currently available with District.

Photographer
Staff Writer
Video Producer

 
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.