The student newspaper, Strathclyde Telegraph is edited, written and produced by students for students at Strathclyde. It aims to report on the activities of Union groups and elected officers and in so doing inform Strathclyde students about their Union as well as topics of wider concern and national significance. Crucially it also gives any Strathclyde student the opportunity to “do” journalism in the creative and research sense as well as learning how a newspaper operates.
What do Strathclyde Telegraph volunteers do?
Tasks vary and can include: contributing pieces as a writer, being one of the editorial team and contributing to the five sections; News, Features, Arts, Music, Sport, attending section meetings/corresponding with editors, helping distribute the paper to stands on campus. Writers are not tied to any one section. Each section editor is responsible for planning and assigning stories to writers, receiving and editing their submissions as appropriate for publication. Opportunity to design and layout the newspaper.
What experience is needed and what commitment is expected?
The Strathclyde Telegraph is open to all Strathclyde students and not just those with backgrounds in journalism. That being said they are looking for students with interest, enthusiasm and a good command of the written word. There are eight editions throughout the year working to a three weekly schedule. Writers are expected to liaise with their editors throughout the cycle to inform them of when they can and can not write. Editors convene section meetings/distribute stories and create word limits to allow time for receiving and editing articles in advance of designing the paper.
Anyone can stand for election to the
editorial team but only those who have written one article may vote in elections. The editorial team consists of: Editor, News Editor, Features Editor, Arts Editor, Music Editor, Sports Editor and Designer.
What resources and support is available?
Strathclyde Telegraph are given an annual budget by the Students' Association and office space on Level 7. Support is directly available from the Vice President Services and the Student Activities Development Co-ordinator. The editorial team offer guidance on size and style of story/article and
will give feedback on submissions. Travel expenses are paid for volunteers attending external events or interviews.
What will volunteers get out of it?
There are many benefits including: design and layout skills, opportunity to write short/lengthy articles, project management, time management and advocacy.
How do I join and where can I find out more?
Contact the Editor at email@example.com or the Vice President Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone 0141 567 5028, stop by the Student Involvement Zone Level 7 of the Union Building or go to www.strathclydetelegraph.com