Editorial Positions


About the Position

Illustrators provide a necessary dimension of creativity and aesthetic appeal to the paper.

Illustrations accompany articles, add interpretive visual commentaries to our written content and, importantly, break the monotony of the page. As artists for the paper, illustrators work with layout designers and graphic artists to create collaborative feature and issue design. The Daily Californian acts as an environment for illustrators to showcase their work, build their portfolios and develop their skills with fellow designers. Illustrators may work in any medium and must be timely, responsive and open to learning and growing as artists in conjunction with the needs of the paper. Good illustrators are able to clearly portray the ideas in written content with an eye-catching visual presentation and should also have a good grasp of color theory and composition. Illustrators can use any media they choose, digital or traditional, to produce their work. Any knowledge of animation or web design is a plus.

Application Materials

  • Resume (PDF, about one page in length)
  • Cover letter (PDF, about one page in length)
  • Five sample illustrations (PDFs or photos)
  • Interview (invitation only)
  • Design test (invitation only)

Work Requirements

  • One illustration per week
  • Attend bi-weekly design meetings
    • Reduced workload option: The Daily Cal understands that some applicants may have disabilities and/ or extenuating circumstances that would prevent them from working a full workload, 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.

Leadership Opportunities

  • After serving as an illustrator, a staffer may go on to become a deputy design editor, head of illustrations and infographics, or the design editor.