Editorial Positions

News Reporter

About the Position

As a news reporter for The Daily Californian, you will write for one of the nation’s oldest and most respected student newspapers, investigating the day’s breaking stories and looking into some of the most controversial issues facing our campus, the UC system and the city of Berkeley.

You will have the opportunity to interview influential campus, university and city leaders and report what you find to more than 40,000 students and 121,000 Berkeley residents. Reporters stay in the know about everything that goes on in Berkeley, covering a variety of topics that include student demonstrations, the actions of campus leaders and city homicides. News reporters also have the opportunity to work on longer-term enterprise stories — stories that a reporter unearths and explores on his/her own that can be more in-depth than daily news articles.

The ability to research, conduct interviews, work under pressure and write clearly and concisely is important to this position. Prior news experience is a plus but not required.

(News Reporter) Reduced Workload Position

We at the Daily Californian News Department understand that some applicants may have extenuating circumstances that would prevent them from working two full days a week, such as a necessary, paying job that takes up a significant amount of time outside of classes. If this is the case, applicants may choose to apply for a reduced workload position, which would involve working one day a week, instead of two. If an applicant chooses to apply for the reduced workload position, they will have to complete an extra writing component, detailing their reasons for choosing the reduced workload. Additionally, applicants to the reduced workload position will have to bring their employment information (name of job, title, and employer’s contact information) and work schedule to their interview, so we can verify it.

Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Three pieces of past news/feature writing (or write a mock news article if you do not have news clips)
  • Interview (Invitation Only)

Work Requirements

  • Entry-level reporters work two full workdays. Reporters are required to be in the office from 9 a.m. to whenever they finish editing, except when they are in class.
  • DeCal class from 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday
  • Weekly news staff meetings

Leadership Opportunities

  • After one semester, reporters have the opportunity to apply for a beat position, which is an opportunity to focus on a specific area of campus or city affairs. Reporters may graduate to become a “lead” beat reporter, serving as the top reporter of that beat. After serving as a beat reporter, staff members have the opportunity to work as an assistant news editor or apply to be the city or university news editor, the top two editors of the news department. Many news editors go on to serve as the managing editor, which is the top position on the editorial side and has oversight over all daily production.