The Columbia Chronicle

Employment

Thank you for your interest in student employment opportunities at The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago’s award-winning, student-run newspaper and digital news operation!

The deadline for Spring 2021 applications is Sunday, Dec. 6 at 11:59 p.m. Priority may be given to early applicants. Please read the information below carefully before applying.


The Chronicle will review all applications, conduct interviews and reference checks when appropriate and make most hiring decisions for Spring 2021 by Dec. 18, 2020. Students hired for Spring 2021 will be invited to virtual employee training sessions beginning in mid-January and expected to begin work at that time if possible.

You are encouraged to review the questions asked below and the required documents needed before starting your application.

If you are not immediately hired, don’t be discouraged! We encourage you to keep developing your skills and to reapply each semester and/or when vacancies become available. We have a limited number of positions at any given time, but encourage all applicants to stay in touch. Many of our current student employees were not hired the first time they applied, but their persistence and growth were ultimately rewarded.

The Columbia Chronicle at Columbia College Chicago is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity.

The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a physical or mental disability unrelated to ability, veteran status, military status, unfavorable discharge from military service, citizenship status, genetic information, marital status, parental status, ancestry, source of income, credit history, housing status, order of protection status, actual or perceived association with such a person, and members of other protected classes under the law.

Employment Application

  • As of the Fall 2020 semester
  • List the month and year you expect to graduate.
  • Upload a PDF or JPG of your Spring 2021 class schedule.
  • All staff members are expected to attend training week, which will take place mid-January. If you are invited to be on staff and cannot make training week, we will work together to come to an appropriate solution/starting date.
  • Please enter a number from 8 to 20.
    Anywhere between 8 to 20 hours are available for Chronicle staffers. Number of hours requested will be considered but are not guaranteed.
  • Work Samples

    Please include at least two or more samples of your work that are applicable to the positon(s) you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a reporter position, please include a sample of a published article or one you’ve written for a class assignment. For other positions, if you’re applying for a photojournalism role, a photo or photo essay. If you’re applying for a graphic design role, an illustration or page design. If you’re applying for a copy editor role, a writing sample that shows your grasp of grammar, wording and style. If you’re applying for a media sales role, please include a short writing sample in which you address 1) Who you believe makes up the Chronicle’s audience, 2) What types, or categories, of businesses you believe could benefit by advertising in the Chronicle or on its digital platforms, and 3) What you believe makes an advertisement effective. If you’re applying for a podcast producing role, an audio clip or podcast segment. If you’re applying for a social media role, a social media plan or marketing project. If you’re applying for a video editor role, a video clip or project. Work created in classrooms, in addition to any published work, is encouraged.
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    May be uploaded now or emailed to management@columbiachronicle.com no later than December 6, 2020.
  • This may include additional jobs and/or extracurricular activities.
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