Apply now to join The Cambridge Tab’s team for Michaelmas 2020!
As if you haven’t already had your fill of news for this year
Looking ahead to Michaelmas 2020, The Cambridge Tab is opening the first round of applications for our editorial and writing positions for next term. It looks like it will be a really interesting one, with plenty to cover regarding the transition from a virtual Easter to a (hopefully!) in-person Michaelmas. Whether you’re interested in writing news, culture, or lifestyle articles – feel free to apply for more than one section – there will be a place for you within The Tab! It gives you the chance to inform and shape the opinions of Cambridge students, in a style that they want to read.
You also don’t need to be an editor to write for us – we have a writers’ group for commissions and you can always message the Facebook page (or the editors, Genevieve Holl-Allen and Izzy Dignum) with article ideas.
The Cambridge Tab has received 1.8 million views over this past year, publishing 218 stories and receiving 867,000 page views in Easter term alone. There are opportunities for your articles to be read nationally (or even picked up by major news outlets), room for progression, a lovely team, and a platform for you to try out writing. Even if you’ve never tried out journalism before, we’d love to have you on board. We want to recruit as diverse a team as possible in order to represent the many voices of the Cambridge student body.
If you have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected]
Apply here by Sunday 21st June 2020
News editors and news reporters
Breaking big stories is key to The Tab’s success, having covered events this term like exam arrangements and Cambridge’s decision to move all lectures online (which made the national news!) This is a fast-paced role which means that you get to be part of a small team which is responsible for informing the student body on major issues as soon as they happen.
Have you ever thought that more people need to hear your hot takes on current events who aren’t your close family, friends or your dog? This is your time! Opinions editors discuss the important issues that Cambridge students face, for example tuition fees in light of COVID-19 or why students should be allowed to undertake paid jobs during term. There will be plenty to talk about in Michaelmas as you can hold the university to task on how it adapts to socially-distanced learning. Or, alternatively, you could write a spicy piece on why Cindies is not, in fact, the deal-breaker of a social life in Cambridge…
This is Top Tier Tab. This is the most read and most interactive section and there is so much freedom as to what you can cover, creating quizzes, polls, list or how-to articles. You could be the leading source of inspiration next term on how to socialise during a pandemic, bop outfits which can wow from a 2m distance, and much more!
Culture and theatre editors
Books, TV, film, music – if you’re interested in it, you can write about it. This term, culture editors have written about what’s (virtually) on in Cambridge (hopefully non-virtual in Michaelmas!) and so much more. Theatre editors also get the chance to review Cambridge theatre (free comp tickets included) in all its wonderful forms – at the ADC, Corpus Playroom and other college theatres. You can also write and commission other theatre-related articles, like interviews with directors and the production team – it’s a fast-paced, creative role.
An opportunity to chat to academics, students, and celebs (possibly in person, possibly at a 2m distance, possibly via Zoom). This role will be really important in The Tab in whatever form Michaelmas term comes in. This term, Tab interviewers have spoken to the likes of Caroline Calloway and had the opportunity to interview Graham Virgo on his favourite memes (as well as more serious matters!) – the opportunities are endless.
Whether you’re interested in fashion, cooking, sport, or simply want to write about life in Cambridge, lifestyle is the section for you. You can create advice content for incoming freshers (does anyone really know why a Cambridge week starts on a Thursday?), tips on how to juggle your work-life balance, or anything to do with how you live your Cambridge life.
Social media managers
Run The Cambridge Tab’s Instagram (over 4,500 followers) and Twitter (over 6,000 followers)! Produce exciting and interactive content which will engage students on different platforms. This role grew so much over lockdown and is still developing, so we are keen for any ideas you have for growing The Tab’s online presence – meme knowledge is a must!
For Michaelmas 2020, we want to reignite Tab TV on our Instagram platform. You can work with the social media managers to utilise IGTV and create engaging videos for our audience, be they vox pops, longer interview-style pieces or something completely different. We want to hear your ideas – the choice is yours!
The most open of roles. You can write for any section, on any topic you think students need to know about. You can go from funny to serious in the space of a week! Whether you have an idea for a weekly (or not!) column about adjusting to an online-offline term, or anything else for that matter, we want to hear from you.
We’re really looking forward to receiving your applications – get in touch if you have any questions, we’d be delighted to help!
Lots of Tab love,
Izzy and Genevieve
Editors-in-Chief, The Cambridge Tab