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April 9, 2014
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Volunteering for the Gateway

Here at the Gateway, we’re always looking for new writers, photographers, artists/illustrators and multimedia volunteers to fill our paper and website with loads of sexy content. And getting on the “inside” requires far less effort and far fewer bribes than one would think (we do, however, accept bribes).

You don’t need previous experience in journalism or even previous experience in writing, photography, illustrating or shooting and editing video/audio. Since the University of Alberta doesn’t have a journalism program, we act as the “unofficial” journalism program at the University, so we’re kind of on our own. Fortunately, our editors are caring, nurturing people who want to help train you to become the next great New York Times columnist, Washington Post investigative journalist or Tiger Beat Magazine fashion critic (depending on your motivation).

In order to begin your ascent up the chain of student journalism, come on up to The Gateway ‘s offices. Take the SUB elevators up to the third floor and turn right when you come out of the elevators. You can’t miss it (it’s room 3-04 in case you do).

Now all you gotta do is track down the editor(s) of the section(s) you’re interested in and meet them face to face. Don’t worry, though: they’re all nice people. Our office hours during the Fall/Winter terms are typically 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. You can also email the editor of the section(s) you’re interested in and set up a time to meet so you don’t miss them when they’re in class (or skipping class).

If you’re too nervous to come sauntering in (we here at the Gateway like to saunter), you can come to a volunteer meeting to meet the staff and pick up an assignment. During the Fall/Winter terms, our meeting times are:

News: Mondays at 3 p.m.
Opinion: Thursdays at 4 p.m.
Arts & Culture: Wednesdays at 4 p.m.
Sports: Wednesdays at 5 p.m.
Photo: Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
Multimedia: Wednesdays at 3 p.m
Comics/Illustration: Thursdays at 3 p.m.
Features: Mondays at 4 p.m. or contact Managing Editor Alana Willerton

If you prefer, you can always sign up for our mailing lists to receive regular emails from the editor(s) of your choice! Just head over to our list server and enter your email address where indicated. Don’t worry - we promise not to send you advertisements for cheap watches and pharmaceuticals.

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