Join The DP!
We want you!
Now is your chance. This 129-year-old news organization is an independent, million-dollar company that offers opportunities in business and editorial. You can do anything from writing news and sports stories to taking photos, from designing pages to developing flash graphics for web, or from selling ads to generating marketing campaigns to working with financial statements.
We will teach you everything you need to know — no prior experience necessary — and the skills you will learn will be invaluable on a resume and in the real world. Not to mention that working for the DP is a great way to gain leadership experience.
We are finished recruiting for the semester. Let us know if you wish to get involved later on or have questions in general.
For business, contact Business Manager Melissa Hong:
For editorial, contact Managing Editors Ellen Frierson and Julie Xie:
For online, contact Managing Editor Julie Xie:
For 34th Street, contact Editor-in-Chief Nina Wolpow:
Click on the positions on the right or scroll down for more information.
More than 60 DP reporters cover all aspects of life at Penn and around Philadelphia, from the latest campus rally to the city mayoral election, the newest campus construction project to lectures by famous personalities. In recent years, our student journalists have interviewed celebrities such as Conan O’Brien and covered major events such as the tragedy of Virginia Tech.
Our sportswriters cover more than 30 intercollegiate sports and follow Penn sports teams to California, New York and everywhere in between. Sportswriters also cover the rise of Penn graduates in various professional sports careers. In recent years, they have interviewed Larry Brown, Bill Cosby and Dean Smith, among others.
We also have a team of copy staff who fact check stories and edit for grammar and style.
Photographers use the latest digital single-lens reflex cameras (SLRs) and lenses to cover major events around campus and throughout the country. Staff members have photographed famous figures from George W. Bush to Michael Moore, and events from protests in Washington, D.C., to NCAA tournaments. If you’re looking for action shots, our photographers cover all of the Ivy sports. The DP also gives you an ideal opportunity to create and expand your portfolio. There’s no better way to learn and practice photojournalism on campus than by joining the DP.
DP artists and designers work nightly on page designs, graphics and illustrations. Staff designers orchestrate the presentation of the newspaper by laying out the front and sports pages and designing graphics, while artists develop illustrations for the Editorial Page. Our staff utilizes state-of-the-art software and equipment — Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, electronic drawing tablets and film and flatbed scanners — to get the job done.
Our award-winning web team employs the most advanced tools in digital design, video, publishing and social media. You’ll have the chance to produce innovative multimedia features, shoot and edit video and create interactive web-only content using the newest versions of Soundslides, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash and Final Cut. On the development side, our team works on the latest web publishing platforms, with over 40,000 pageviews per day across all of our sites. And no matter what you do, you’re part of the team producing the most innovative new media on campus.
Become a part of the Street family! Welcome to 34th Street Magazine, the DP’s weekly arts and culture magazine. From entertainment reviews to event listings, from meaty features to a weekly dose of gossip and humor, Street is both Penn’s weekend guide and it’s weekend must-read. Looking for a creative outlet a tad more … digital? Street’s blog, Under the Button, is Penn’s most-read blog and a 24/7 source for Penn news, gossip and entertainment. We are a hub of creative people who work together to bring our magazine and blog Penn students each week and WE WANT YOU to join our ranks! We are looking for writers, photographers, designers, artists, web designers, bloggers, videographers, people with very high elevated senses of criticism and/or elevated opinions of themselves. We will teach you everything you need to know — no prior experience necessary, although a grasp of the English language is highly encouraged.
How to get involved? Well it’s really simple. Either show up to one of the DP Recruitment nights or stop by any one of our Thursday writers’ meetings (at 6:30 p.m.) during which our content is assigned from week to week. You’ll be able to chat with all of our editors and really get a feel for Street or UTB.
DP advertising reps hit the streets running, serving our current customers and bringing in new business. Besides earning commissions on ads you sell, you’ll learn valuable business skills such as making presentations, managing time, communicating effectively, writing powerful business letters and providing good customer service. Simply put, you’ll gain experience you can use to land that first job. And you’ll make money while you’re learning.
Our marketing department brainstorms new ways to promote the paper to attract readers and advertisers. You will conduct market research, generate selling strategies and promotional materials and work together with all of the editorial and business departments to increase sales and readership of the newspaper. They will also keep in close contact with the community, assessing its satisfaction with our product.
How does $800,000 sound?
The DP is big business — our revenues top the $800,000 mark each year. You can study the theory of finance at Wharton, but the DP gives you an ideal business laboratory — and the money is real. Finance and credit staff members control the funds by preparing budgets and financial statements, paying and issuing bills and handling customer service and collections. Few other activities on campus offer as much independence with such high stakes.
Are you friendly, dependable, motivated, detail-oriented, and willing to learn? The join the front office, where work-study students answer phones, help customers schedule ads, design basic ads, and greet visitors and DP employees. You’ll learn how to provide excellent customer service, as well as how to conduct yourself with professionalism in today’s business world. You’ll also work with the Advertising and Credit staff to reach daily ad deadlines.
Ad Design & Production
Our Ad Design department provides the perfect outlet for your creative skills and imagination. Staffers translate layouts and text into finished ads, from design to typesetting to assembly in each day’s paper. It’s a job that provides the opportunity to learn the latest in top-of-the-line desktop publishing software and computer equipment.
Every day, artists and designers work with the advertising and marketing staffs to produce promotional materials and create ad campaigns for clients. Not only will your creative talents be put to use, but your advertisements will appear in 8,000 newspapers daily. And we’ll provide the training, so no prior experience is necessary.