Join the Progressive!
By Shadi Bushra, published October, 2010
Join The Progressive – The Voice of Progress at Stanford!
As Stanford’s only independent, student-run political journal, the Stanford Progressive is always looking for hard-working students to join our ranks. Staff positions are available in the following categories:
Writers – It goes without saying that writers are the backbone of the Stanford Progressive. We are looking for anyone who has had a thought about something around them and who can write. That’s right, all cognizant and literate people are encouraged to submit pieces to the Progressive. Don’t let lack of experience hold you back – our editing team will work with you from beginning to end to churn out a piece that is up to our standards of clarity and content, and that is reflective of your own views.
Written submissions can take the form of a personal narrative, argument, analysis, or interview. In the past, articles have addressed issues of social justice, gender and racial equality, environmentalism, human rights, local to international politics, economics, security, health, and a host of other diverse topics. Don’t underestimate how much being published can do for your chances of getting jobs, internships, and fellowships.
Artists – Whether you draw cartoons during class or paint on canvas in the studio, the Progressive would like you to contribute by drawing, painting, or even Photoshopping covers, political cartoons, and images for articles. Allow your work to be seen by a new, broad audience! And remember, when it comes to political cartoons, the message is more important than the artistic quality.
Photographers – No, you do not need a massive DSLR or experience to photograph for the Progressive. A digital point-and-shoot and a keen eye for good pictures could land your photograph on the cover or in the pages of the Progressive.
There is no long-term commitment for writers, artists, and photographers – one can freelance for the Progressive one issue and then never write/draw/photograph for the magazine again.
Content Editors – Look over writer submissions to ensure that they conform to our standards of quality in terms of content and mechanics. Most editors double as writers, and vice versa.
Layout Editors – Intelligence or beauty? Why not both. Contribute to making the Progressive not only the smartest publication on campus but the best looking one as well. Use InDesign with the layout team to put articles where they need to be, squeeze in pictures, add some color, and create the beautiful magazine you have in your hands now. The best part? No experience necessary, and you only work twice a quarter.
Distribution Manager – This position is crucial for the Progressive to reach the Stanford community. The DM will plan distribution of magazines twice a quarter to the most promising locations.
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