Daily 101 - Fall Quarter 2019 Application
Applications, including relevant documents, are due by Friday, Sept. 27 at 11:59 p.m. at the latest. Final decisions will be sent out by Sunday, Sept. 29, and classes will start the following Tuesday, Oct. 1. Late applications will not be considered.
Classes are currently planned to be Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. for one hour, but this time may change slightly and an update will be sent out.
IMPORTANT: We strongly encourage all interested applicants to attend "Daily Day" on Monday, Sept 23. This is The Daily's annual all-staff meeting where editors meet with their staffs and everyone attends workshops taught by industry professionals to learn and improve as reporters. Please meet in the newsroom (CMU 132) by 11 a.m. for Daily Day.
After completing this application, please email two writing samples to Development Editor Devon McBride at
with "Daily 101 Fall Application" in the subject line. Please include both samples in the same email.
The writing samples do not have to be journalistic in nature, but they should demonstrate your best writing and style. If you're worried about grammar affecting the clarity of your writing, ask a friend to proofread your work, or book a session at a tutoring centering (OWRC, CLU, etc) so you can learn how to proofread your own work. Please do not submit poetry samples. Title attached documents as follows "FullName_WritingSample1" and "FullName_WritingSample2" for ease of identification.
No applicant is expected to have prior journalistic or professional writing experience but if believe you do and feel you may not need the entire development course before you begin writing your first articles, please fill out this application like normal and there will be a question below to indicate you would like to be considered to start writing sooner (having your hiring fast-tracked, essentially). This is a new option for The Daily's development class and you will receive more information after you apply.
Prospective writers are required to attend twice-weekly meetings that will be taught by the development editor, various other editors at The Daily, and journalism professionals. In these classes, prospective writers will learn the basics of reporting, how the newsroom works, and journalism ethics. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday and continue until the last week of classes. Please keep these dates in mind when applying as it is paramount that you are able to attend. If you are not able to make these days work due to classes or other commitments, please consider applying another quarter. We also recognize the busy lives students live, so class slides and materials will be emailed out after each class if you must miss one, please remember to communicate this with the editor as necessary.
Prospective writers are expected to complete a minimum of three stories (more are encouraged). Writers will be expected to come into the newsroom to engage in live edits with the development editor and the section editor after articles are written.
Contact Development Editor Devon McBride at
with any questions or concerns.
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Phone number (###) ###-####
Preferred email address:
Pronouns (check all that apply)
(If you're undecided/undeclared, that's fine.)
Quarter and year of expected graduation
(Ex. "Fall 2019," "Spring 2020," etc.)
Have you applied to work for The Daily before?
What sections of The Daily are you interested in writing for?
Arts & Leisure
If you're interested in ONLY writing for Sports, please check here:
(There is a different development process sports writers follow.)
I am only interested in writing for sports
If you're interested in ONLY writing for Opinion, please check here:
Checking this box will not limit you from writing for other sections in the future. Checking this box is also not required to write for opinion in the future. This is to indicate to our opinion editor the most interested applicants who they can work with directly during the development process.
I am only interested in writing for opinion
Do you feel you have relevant prior journalism/writing experience and would like to be considered to jump into writing sooner?
Your application will be considered with this in mind. The Daily is piloting a "fast track" of sorts in its development class for students with more extensive experience and familiarity with journalism practices and skills.
Are there other Daily sections you are interested in?
Do you have any accessibility needs we should know about?
Mobility, vision, mental illness, etc.
Short Answer Questions
Please limit responses to ~250 words each. To make sure you don't lose your work, type up your answers in a separate document and then paste them here to this form.
Why do you want to apply to The Daily?
Describe your relationship with writing. Do you have any prior journalism experience?
How would you describe a journalist's job? What are the responsibilities you see coming with it? What do you think the role of The Daily is as UW's newspaper?
The Daily publishes online content daily (with a weekly Monday print edition) as we focus on a new media, digital first strategy. What role does media play in your day-to-day life? How would you incorporate different types of media (photo, illustration, podcast, etc.) into your articles?
How would you describe your positionality* at UW? What unique perspective and experiences would you bring to The Daily?
*Positionality: the sociopolitical factors (race, gender, class, ability, etc.) beyond your control that shape your understanding of the world and how you fit in and respond to it.
What are your other commitments that you would be balancing with work at The Daily? (Work, other clubs, etc.)
If there is anything else you feel is relevant to your application, but you did not get to share, please do so here! (Optional)
Friendly reminder to send in your writing samples!
Follow the guidelines provided at the top and email them to
labeled "FullName_WritingSample1" and "FullName_WritingSample2" for ease of identification with "Daily 101 Fall Application" in the subject line.
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