Washington Square News

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Application update: If you submitted an application, thank you! WSN is currently reviewing editor applications, and you can expect to receive communication from a member of our managing team by Aug. 15. For all other positions, including writers, we will contact you closer to the start of the fall 2022 semester. All applications are still open. Email [email protected] with any questions.

WSN is looking for students interested in joining its staff ahead of the upcoming 2022-23 academic year. Before you fill out this application, read our guide to applying below.

Since 1973, WSN has delivered news daily to thousands of readers across NYU’s Manhattan and Brooklyn campuses, and global sites. We publish stories five days a week during the academic year focusing on NYU and surrounding New York City neighborhoods. We publish news, culture, abroad, arts and sports coverage, opinion essays, photo and video features, and special issues through our magazine, Under the Arch.

WSN is produced by students with a diverse array of interests and backgrounds such as reporting, writing, editing, coding, photography, video production, design, illustration and business. We pride ourselves on fostering a collaborative community, where students are able to explore their interest in journalism and gain real-world newsroom experience.

Students who contribute to WSN typically start as writers. In addition, we have a number of other roles available for students interested in copy editing, photography, videography, web design and illustration. All applications are open until at least Aug. 15, and will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

To write for any of WSN’s desks, apply here.

To work with WSN’s multimedia desk as a photographer, videographer or illustrator, apply here.

WSN is also looking for a number of editors to join its staff.

To apply to become a WSN editor, view the list of open positions available at the bottom of this page.

What to know about applying to be a WSN editor

What is the difference between editors and other positions, such as writers?

Editors are listed on WSN’s masthead and form a part of our core staff of approximately 50 students. They plan, manage and edit all of the paper’s editorial content, and take on roles that typically require a larger time commitment than non-editor positions. Since many editors continue to work with the paper throughout their time at the university, only a limited number of editor positions open up each semester.

Can I apply for more than one position?

Yes!

What does being an editor at WSN involve?

WSN offers several different editor positions. Desk editors are responsible for managing and working with their staff on a daily basis, including hiring their own writers. They oversee all content under their section and communicate with other desk editors. Editors host weekly pitch meetings on Sundays, edit stories submitted by their writers and schedule stories for website publication throughout the week.

Typically, editors spend at least 15 hours a week at the office, including all day on Sundays and at least two other weekday evening shifts. The management team works closely with editors to ensure their role at the newspaper does not interfere with their academic or personal responsibilities.

What experience do I need to become an editor?

WSN’s editors typically begin as writers, illustrators, photographers and videographers, but no experience is required for any position. Our editors come from a wide range of disciplines across every school within NYU — not just journalism. Before you submit an application, read the job description at the top of the form for a full list of requirements and expectations.

What benefits come with being an editor?

Editors have access to an extensive alumni network that is willing to connect you with job opportunities and experiences outside of the newsroom. Russell Berman, WSN’s adviser and a staff writer at The Atlantic, provides training sessions in editing and writing and is available for appointments with WSN editors to discuss career planning. Former WSN editors have gone on to work at The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News, Bloomberg and the New York Daily News, and several other major U.S. and international publications.

WSN also strives to create a sense of community within our newsroom, offering a space for editors to meet other undergraduate students with similar interests. We encourage editors to get to know one another outside of the newsroom through events and staff gatherings. Editors are also paid a small stipend.

Open editor positions

Deputy Editor: Abroad
Deputy Editor: Books & Theater
Deputy Editor: Culture
Deputy Editor: News
Deputy Editor: Opinion
Deputy Editor: Sports
Senior Editor: Culture
Senior Editor: Sports
Web Director

Contact [email protected] with questions.