Hello! We’re The Gateway, the official campus media source at the University of Alberta. We publish a magazine once per month during the school year, and post articles to gtwy.ca every day during the school year. We were founded in 1910 and like making new friends.
You’ll make awesome friends, and have the opportunity to dive into unique, exciting experiences rarely available to individuals outside the media circuit. If you’re interested in pursuing journalism as a career, it’s a great way to get your feet wet. Even if you don’t want to be a journalist, you’ll have a rad time strengthening your writing, videography, photography, and/or drawing skills.
Glad you asked. First, decide which section(s) you want to volunteer for. Then, send the editor(s) of that section an email saying you want to get involved. The editor will introduce themselves to you, and you can be included in pitch emails. You can pitch your ideas to the editor as well!
If you’ve ever felt that there were so many cool student groups to join on campus that it’s impossible to pick one, this section is for you. Cover everything from fun student groups to groundbreaking astrophysics research to expert Q&As to politics on campus — all while gaining experience in the truth-seeking field of journalism. Volunteer for news, improve your communication skills as a writer, and contribute to making campus more transparent!
Section Editor: Khadra Ahmed email@example.com
Explore a big question or idea with a larger piece like features, or learn to write smaller pieces like Required Reading or Notes. Typically reserved for more experienced volunteers, these are a fun way to challenge yourself beyond the standard article length and take more liberties with your writing. Some of them even go in our magazine and look really cool. Email our editor for more!
Section Editor: Tina Tai firstname.lastname@example.org
Arts & Culture
If you’ve got a flair for music, theatre, DIYs, food, or fashion, check out A&C. You can talk to famous people, go to concerts for free, and will probably be able to snag some free albums and movie passes too.
Section Editor: Tom Ndekezi email@example.com
Sound off on what’s happening on campus, in the city, and beyond. Opinion volunteers are crucial for stirring up a little controversy or lending a cool perspective on current events. Write short hot takes about daily frustrations like traffic, or longer in-depth columns about the provincial government being terrible at that one thing.
Section Editor: Mitchell Pawluk firstname.lastname@example.org
Go Golden Bears!
We don’t have one specific editor for the sports section because you have so many options when it comes to writing stories. Shoot an email to email@example.com if you’re interested in interviewing athletes and recapping games. If you’re more interested in providing commentary, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo & Design
Calling all shutterbugs! Snap pics for our stories and see your work proudly displayed in print and online. And if photos aren’t for you, start your own comic series or try your hand at creating neat illustrated graphics to beautify our stories. Either way, you can’t go wrong in making The Gateway visually delicious.
And if you feel you need to speak to someone else, check out our Contact page for a more detailed list of editor emails!