Become a Campus Progress Staff Writer
Starting today, you can apply to become a writer in the fall session (September-December) of the Campus Progress staff writer program. Most of the content on the site is written by young people scattered across the country—in college and out of college -- who have good ideas and a desire to report.
We hire for the staff writer program three times a year. Why, you might ask, do we hire so often? Mostly because our writers are so good that they’re getting snatched up left and right (well, OK, mostly left) to work in media full-time. Writers this year have had to leave us because they were picked up by the Huffington Post and The American Independent News Network.
We’re not just saying that to brag (though, let’s face it, we do like to brag a little), we’re saying all this because Campus Progress is pretty serious about its mission of training the next generation of progressive journalists. And at this point, well, we’ve gotten pretty good at it. Here’s a list of writers you may have heard of who got their start writing for Campus Progress:
- Rob Anderson, The Boston Globe
- Ben Adler, freelance writer for The Daily Beast/The American Prospect
- Jamelle Bouie, The American Prospect
- Lydia DePillis, Washington City Paper
- Tim Fernholz, The National Journal
- Dana Goldstein, Spencer Education Journalism Fellow at Columbia University
- Ezra Klein, The Washington Post
- Andy Kroll, Mother Jones
- Dylan Matthews, The Washington Post
- Kate Sheppard, Mother Jones
- Jesse Singal, The Boston Globe
One caveat: Don't apply if you're just looking for a soapbox. Our most successful writers—the ones who build their own profiles as journalists—are the ones who push themselves to get out there and report good stories. And the best part of this whole thing is, unlike most internships, Campus Progress does pay a stipend for each piece published. Writers are asked to contribute a minimum of two blog posts a week and one reported feature per month.
So what are you waiting for? Fill out the Campus Progress staff writer application. The deadline for the fall session is August 1.
Shani is the associate editor of CampusProgress.org. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.