Serving the campus of the University of Alabama since 1894

The Crimson White

Serving the campus of the University of Alabama since 1894

The Crimson White

Serving the campus of the University of Alabama since 1894

The Crimson White

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If you are interested in contributing to The Crimson White, you’re at the right place! Keep scrolling to view the application form. All contributors are unpaid to start, but there are opportunities for paid roles after demonstrated commitment to the team.

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RACE & IDENTITY REPORTERS

A portion of the CW’s new Race and Identity Desk launched in spring 2021. Two paid staff reporters, the data reporter and the features reporter, report to the news editor and culture editor, respectively.

The​ data reporter​ would assist the news desk with requesting and analyzing demographic data – whether it be on race or gender disparities in faculty pay, discipline policies, or analyzing the efficacy of recruiting and retention efforts. Having a reporter devoted to requesting hard-to-get demographic data will enhance our newsroom’s investigative efforts and provide incredibly important insights into how – and where – the University can be more equitable.

The ​features reporter​ will help spark wider conversations about race, identity and social change. This reporter might also scope out human interest stories that celebrate the accomplishments of students who are underrepresented on campus, or they might embrace their creative side by producing podcasts or playlists curated for students who belong to specific cultural or affinity groups.

Ideally, these two reporters will work together on long-form projects. Both might, for example, spend some time digging through archives or conducting oral histories to give rich context to stories ranging from campus activism to building names – angles that breaking news coverage often obscure or even erase.

NEWS WRITER

It is imperative that news writers represent a diverse student population and have a critical eye for policies and procedures that affect the campus community in disparate ways. This desk is the hub of breaking news on campus, and its writers are primarily responsible for providing timely and critical context about University happenings. Each news writer will cover a specific beat, ranging anywhere from financial affairs to DEI initiatives to environmental justice. News writers should have flexible schedules and should be dedicated to developing strong relationships with a diversity of sources. Reporters will work closely with the news editors to produce at least one daily, breaking or enterprising story per week. We’re looking for enthusiastic, inquisitive and committed students from a variety of backgrounds who are open to learning new skills. ($180/month) 

CULTURE WRITER

The culture desk is the home of key commentary on art, music and other intimate facets of student life – whether it be sharp, timely coverage of a school play or an in-depth profile of a student’s struggles and triumphs. These writers will work closely with the culture editors to produce at least one event coverage or feature story per week. We’re looking for creative and intuitive students from a variety of backgrounds who are open to honing their writing. Culture writers should represent a diverse student population and can approach a variety of topics, sources, and events with depth, nuance and a desire to tell underreported stories. ($180/month) 

SPORTS WRITER

Sports writers will cover a specific beat – whether it be adapted athletics or women’s soccer or anything in between – and develop strong relationships with coaches, players and fans. In this time of uncertainty in the sports world, these writers are needed more than ever to think of creative ways to cover a key facet of campus life. Sports writers should feel comfortable approaching sports with a news and culture mindset, meaning that they’re committed to telling the larger story of athletics on campus – be it by spending breakdowns or player profiles. ($180/month) 

OPINIONS COLUMNIST

Opinions columnists will write biweekly columns about a diversity of topics. Columnists are expected to hone their voice as unique authorities on particular campus issues. These writers should be open to nuanced debate, have a passion for persuasion and should use their platform to spark conversation – and action – around inequities on campus and in the world. It is critically important that these columnists represent diverse corners of campus and can shine light on issues that might fly under the radar of larger, more dominant dialogues. ($180/month) 

DATA JOURNALIST

Are you an Excel pro, a computer whiz or just love numbers? This new position is created to provide more robust reporting to our newsstands. This applicant should be comfortable with scraping websites, parsing institutional data and requesting information. The data journalists will work primarily with the news desk but should also meet with other desk editors and designers for any data-related needs.

PHOTOGRAPHER

Pictures are worth 1,000 words. You’ve heard that cliche a thousand times, right? At the CW, the photo desk is a crucial part of our operation. We’re looking for enthusiastic and committed photographers willing to scramble across campus to photograph breaking news. We welcome students from all backgrounds, and recognize the need for increased visual coverage of underrepresented student populations. To eliminate cost barriers, the CW provides equipment to students who need it. ($160/month) 

CHIEF GRAPHICS EDITOR 

The lead graphic designer will manage a team of graphic designers to ensure consistent, bold, and high-quality design in print and online. The CW is looking for a creative thinker who can tell a story through digital art and infographics. During production, the lead designer will work with the visuals editor to assign pages to page designers. This applicant will be comfortable using Adobe Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. An added bonus if this applicant has some coding and/or Adobe Premiere experience, as it relates to data visualizations, animations or interactive graphics. ($280/month)

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

The CW is looking for creative thinkers who can tell a story through digital art and infographics. Ideally, this person will be comfortable using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Graphic designers will not be required to work production but must be flexible for online needs. An added bonus if this individual has some coding and/or Adobe Premiere experience, as it relates to data visualizations, animations or interactive graphics. It is critical that designers are open to new practices that promote accessibility and inclusive storytelling. ($80/month) 

VIDEOGRAPHER

The videographer will work with reporters to produce weekly videos of events on campus or in-depth features. Videographers do not need extensive social media chops, but should be comfortable filming live video for Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The CW is looking for someone creative that can film and edit video quickly to be placed online. ($100/month)

COMIC ARTIST

Some may think comics are a thing of the past, but humor is timeless. The CW is looking for talented digital artists with strong wit and a penchant for storytelling. In this digital age, we’re looking for someone who can develop an online audience – whether it be through consistent characters or through timely, critical and inclusive commentary on University happenings. Have ideas? Pitch them to us! ($80/month) 

SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIST

The Crimson White has the highest Twitter following of any college newspaper, and we’re looking for a team of savvy, creative people to keep us in the lead and grow our presence on other platforms. The social media team, made up of 2-3 strategists, will work under the guidance of the engagement editor to develop a social media plan for the school year. The team should work amongst themselves to split up posting responsibilities among desks, mediums, or days of the week. We want applicants who are passionate about our content, who want to engage with our audience and are willing to expand our reach in new, inclusive and creative ways. ($120/month)