- Pay you £400 for two monthly pieces over 12 months
- Pay your Student Associate membership with NUJ
- Promote each piece through our social media channels
- Pitch your pieces to relevant media with an accredited byline
- Profile each of you online all year
- Provide feedback and guidance on your work to help develop your skills
Two successful student applicants will be assigned per theme and each piece will be treated as a news piece or a comment piece dependent on content and style.
The following are the themes that we are recruiting our writers for. It is important to note that you will only be assigned to one of them so make sure you enter under the one which you are comfortable with.
We will be sending a monthly guidance email to each of our eight staff journalists which will offer some insight and advice as to what we might be looking for under each theme. However we absolutely welcome your creative angle and if you want to pitch something fresh, then please do.
1. Students in the community
This can be news or comment on student community activity, RAG, volunteering, community action. What is happening where you are? How are students getting involved? Maybe they should be doing more, or less, of one action? Is there something that you’ve noticed that nobody is talking about? We are passionate about students driving change and we want to share this with the world.
2. Sustainable students
Sustainability is a key issue for us. We are running a £5m first phase of a Students’ Green Fund from HEFCE. We also run Green Impact through unions in local communities empowering each to become green hubs. We support Student Switch Off in student halls and sustainable food programme Student Eats on various campuses.
These are examples of what we do with you. We want to know what green issues mean to you - on your campus, in your community, in your country and in the world in which you live. Can you share knowledge with us? Is there a particular problem that you feel is being ignored or indeed a solution that you want to laud? Share it all with us.
3. Student lifestyle
We want to know what films, music, food, personalities, celebrities, public figures move you. Maybe you’ve got a top ten knowledge list you want to share, maybe you just don’t understand the Kardashian fascination, or maybe you love them? This truly is student lifestyle – what you enjoy, what you love, what you hate. We want to represent your reality and impart the everyday lifestyle of the seven million students that we represent, to the wider world.
4. Students perspective
“This is for students’ engagement with the news agenda. What is happening nationally or indeed internationally? How are students responding, whether as students, voters, national, or global citizens? What is happening? What do you think? We want to champion all students, and we want to know how the world affects you.”
This is for student’s reaction to the news agenda. What is happening nationally or indeed internationally? What is your perspective as a student, as a voter, as a UK citizen, as an international student? How does the world affect you? What do you think? We want to champion all students, and we want to know how the public agenda affects you.
Please send one news piece and one comment piece of no more than 300 words to email@example.com. Both pieces need to be entered under the one theme for you to be considered for entry.
Think of how you might approach a news story and then how you might approach a comment piece. We are interested in assessing the breadth of your ability.
Closing date: Wednesday 16 October 2013
For those hired regular submissions will be expected from November 2013 to November 2014
If you have any further queries please:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Tweet us: @nusuk #nusjournos
Terms and conditions
- Each journalist must sign a contract committing to two topics per month, with the byline of NUS journalist. They are only permitted to use this byline on our site or where we have submitted their writing to an outside publication
- Each journalist will submit only on the topics which they are assigned. This means that for our four categories we should receive two per fortnight.
- Each journalist must be currently enrolled on a course at a further education or higher education institution
- While each journalist is committed to 24 pieces over the course of the academic year, we reserve the right to publish other pieces on any topic at any time in each category by other students
- There will only be eight paid staff members, officially recognised and promoted as NUS staff journalists
- Each staff journalist will be covered by NUJ student associate membership - £25 A monthly guidance email will be circulated by an NUS contact advising on particular themes to consider under each of the four headings
- Your piece will be a news piece or a comment piece – you should bear this in mind when you are submitting your work and we reserve the right to place it in either of the two categories
- NUS reserves the right to edit all submitted articles within reason, or to choose not to publish pieces
- NUS reserves the right to change deadlines where necessary
- NUS will pay staff journalists £400 over the period of their contract. This will be paid in four installments over the year of £100 per quarter
- Regular submissions will be expected from November 2013 to November 2014 on a twice monthly basis
- Publication of each submission may be staggered by NUS
- Journalism on behalf of NUS must not formally endorse client brands, initiatives, products or services
- The journalist may not use the NUS brand in any work outside of their commitments within this programme without express permission from the NUS press office.
- NUS reserves the right to request its name be removed from external communications of journalism undertaken by the journalist
- NUS reserves the right to terminate this agreement at any time