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To Join The Daily Pennsylvanian
Now is your chance. This 130-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.
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If you missed our start-of-semester Introductory Meetings or have any questions about specific departments, contact the following:
For business, contact Business Manager Gianni Mascioli
For editorial, contact Managing Editor Amanda Suarez
For online, contact Director of Online Projects Lois Lee
For 34th Street, contact Editor-in-Chief Chloe Bower
For Under the Button, contact Editor-in-Chief Ben Lerner
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Reporting for the Daily Pennsylvanian has led our alumni to the Atlantic, the Boston Globe, Philly.com, Forbes and other notable publications. First-semester reporters have the opportunity to write for our print edition and our website, and will also learn about digital trends in journalism and about the complete editorial process of a daily newspaper. If you always find yourself asking a lot of questions and you enjoy writing, the DP’s news department could be a good fit.
Our sportswriters cover everything Penn Athletics, including more than 30 intercollegiate sports teams as well as wide-reaching NCAA topics. Our writers also travel around the country to cover those teams, making trips to California, New York City and the NCAA Tournament in recent years. Furthermore, they have also interviewed Bill Cosby, Dave Winfield and Ken Rosenthal, among others.
Our Copy Department is responsible for thoroughly editing all of our content to ensure its factual accuracy and the correct usage of both 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, with the chance to practice with photo-editing software such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. There’s no better way to learn and practice photojournalism on campus than by joining the DP.
Designers at the DP put together the newspaper on a nightly basis, laying out pages and creating graphics for both print and online. We have state-of-the-art software – Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, electronic drawing tablets and flatbed scanners – to make the best product possible. With our recent print and online redesigns, we are taking the opportunity to expand into creating more dynamic infographics and interactive graphics.
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.
Our social media team maintains the DP's presence across today's most important platforms — including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Team members work in-depth on innovative projects, employing advanced analytics to find even more creative ways to reach and engage our audience as it moves increasingly online.
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. We are a hub of creative people who work together to bring our magazine to Penn students each week and WE WANT YOU to join our ranks! We are looking for writers, photographers, designers, artists, web designers, videographers, and 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.
Looking for a creative outlet a tad more ... digital? Under the Button is Penn’s most-read blog and a 24/7 source for immediate and relevant news, gossip and entertainment at the University of Pennsylvania.
How to get involved? If you wanna see your name in lights on Penn's 24/7 student life blog, you're in luck – UTB is getting ready to accept applications for fall contributors! Any writers with a sense o' humor (all years and schools!) are encouraged to attend our first general interest meeting Tuesday, September 2nd at 9 p.m. in the large conference room of the DP (4015 Walnut), where you'll meet our fabulous edz and get all the info. Applications will go live on our website that night! Email Editor-in-Chief Ben Lerner at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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.
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 7,000 newspapers daily. Prior experience with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop is required.