Editorial Positions

Layout Designer

About the Position

Layout designers are responsible for the reader’s first impression of the paper and the overall aesthetic identity that The Daily Californian presents.

Layout designers create engaging spreads that integrate stories and visual content effectively and compellingly. Designers work closely with editors and other designers to accurately represent editorial content in a visually appealing way. As such, layout design is a great way to meet and interact with the entire office — from photographers and reporters to editors and illustrators. Great designers are excellent communicators, flexible in their designs, hardworking, creative and open to the paper’s learning-oriented atmosphere. Knowledge of Adobe InDesign is a requirement, and any knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator or web design is a plus.

Application Materials

  • Resume (PDF)
  • Cover letter (PDF)
  • Four sample layouts (PDFs)
  • Interview (invitation only)
  • Design test (invitation only)

Work Requirements

  • Must be available to work on layout design remotely on Wednesdays 
  • Attend bi-weekly design meetings

Leadership Opportunities

  • After serving as a layout designer, a staffer may go on to become a deputy design editor or the design editor.