Editorial Positions

Arts and Entertainment Reporter

About the Position

Berkeley is nothing if not a vast battleground of artistic events all vying for the attention of reviews sections.

The San Francisco Bay Area is a hotbed of concerts, films, poetry readings, festivals, community theater, art gallery openings and fashion events. The list is virtually inexhaustible. It is the arts reporter’s job to put it all under close and frequent scrutiny so that the Berkeley public will know what is worth checking out.

An arts and entertainment reporter will publish an average of four articles per month on subjects that relate to film, television, music, theater, fashion, visual art, literature, etc. Articles may be reviews of events/recently-released content, recaps, “think pieces” and more. Reporters will work closely with the editors of the department to transform a draft into a final product.

Prior experience is not required to be an arts and entertainment reporter. Standout applicants are very communicative and proactive, and they possess strong persuasive and descriptive writing skills, a passion for arts and pop culture and a willingness to accept constructive criticism. Reporters must be available to attend events taking place in the Bay Area and should always make assigned deadlines.

Application Materials

  • Resume with relevant experience (PDF, about one page in length)
  • Cover letter (PDF, about one page in length)
    • Please include examples of your artistic likes and dislikes.
  • Two to three writing clips (PDFs)
    • Preferred clips are arts-related reviews (published or unpublished). They can each range from 600 to 1,000 words.
    • If you don’t have clips, you can write a review of anything arts-related.
  • A one-paragraph pitch for an opinion-based think piece regarding something art-related that you feel strongly about (PDF)
    • See examples of published pieces here.
  • Interview (invitation only)

Work Requirements

  • Five pieces per semester
  • Weekly arts staff meeting
    • Reduced Workload: The Daily Cal understands that some applicants may have disabilities and/ or extenuating circumstances that would prevent them from meeting the semester piece requirement, 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 reporter position, which would lower the piece requirement from five to three.

Leadership Opportunities

  • After serving as arts and entertainment reporters, staffers have the opportunity to specialize as a beat reporter in a specific entertainment area. A staffer may go on to become the deputy arts and entertainment editor or the arts and entertainment editor.

Past Projects and Samples