Outside of Penn, columnists are some of the most revered members of the media industry. They typically have years of experience as experts in their own given fields or they have grown to be expert reporters. Here, as an undergraduate, students have the unique privilege of having their voices heard without prior journalism experience.
At The Daily Pennsylvanian, we are looking for creative, passionate, and hard-working writers to pen columns for Penn's independent student-led news organization.
Email Opinion Editor Isabella Simonetti at simonetti@theDP.com if you have any questions. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 27 at 11:59 p.m.___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Columnists write weekly or biweekly articles (usually about 650-800 words) and are required to submit their columns by the deadline and to set up in-person editing times with their editor.
The best columnists have a brand. They know why they're writing on a given topic and what makes them an expert. The most successful columnists write on specific topic areas and their readers grow to expect them to deliver.
To be a good columnist, you must identify compelling and relevant topics, report and research their topics thoroughly, and be actively aware of what's important to Penn students and to the broader Penn community. While it's not necessary, some successful columnists are active members of communities on campus and can represent those communities through the columns that they write.
Being a columnist is hard, time-consuming work. That said, this position is extremely rewarding. Your writing and reporting skills will improve tremendously, you will have the rare opportunity to reach thousands of people with every column you write, and you will learn to make this award-winning media organization your home. Opinion columns often garner the most page views and comments among all the sections of the DP.
Here are some examples of successful columns. Please read them carefully so that you know what we're looking for: