Have you ever wanted to be first person to cover breaking news stories, or the one to put hard-hitting questions to celebrities and public figures? Do you want to develop your writing, editing or artistic skills? If so, the University Observer is the place for you.

As the biggest newspaper on campus, we rely on the students of UCD to be part of a large team of enthusiastic writers, photographers, reporters, illustrators, web developers and more. The efforts of this team guarantee we continue to produce a publication of the highest quality every issue of every volume.

To get involved, fill in your details on one of the signup sheets below:

Writers

Art & Visual Content (Illustration, photography, videography)

Digital Media (Web design, social media management, WordPress development)


 

Applications are now open for positions on the editorial team of the University Observer for the academic year 2017/2018.

 

 

Editor

 

The Position:

The Editor of the University Observer is responsible for all aspects of the newspaper. The Editor is responsible for the management of the newspaper, the publication and distribution of the newspaper, the content of the newspaper and is responsible for the co-ordination of the newspaper’s writers. The Editor is responsible for all internal appointments (with the exception of the Deputy Editor and the Designer) within the newspaper as well as any disciplinary matters that may arise (with the exception of the Deputy Editor and the Designer).

The position of Editor of the University Observer is an extremely demanding one and applicants for the position should be aware that the role involves working unsocial hours in a highly pressurised environment. The Editor is responsible for all deadlines being met by the newspaper.

The position includes working alternate weekends.

The University Observer is editorially independent from the Students’ Union, as enshrined in the Union constitution. The Editor has complete authority over the content of the newspaper, proviso to the standard regulations governing newspaper content (e.g. defamation etc).

The Editor is appointed for the full academic year, 2017/2018.

 

The Candidate:

The candidate should exhibit a serious commitment to journalism. Ideally, the candidate should have experience working for a newspaper or media organisation.

It is preferable but not essential that the candidate is/was a registered student of University College Dublin.

The position is a full-time one and the candidate should be aware of the pressurised environment under which newspaper editors operate. The candidate must be in a position to prove to the interview panel their ability to meet fixed, non-negotiable printing deadlines whilst working at speed and under pressure.

The candidate should exhibit a clear sense of duty towards the newspaper, combined with sharp commercial acumen.

A strong knowledge of social media is essential in order to manage the demands of The University Observer website and online resources.

 

Remuneration:

Wages currently stand at €650 per issue minus taxes (eight editions of the paper are normally published) and some expenses incurred during production of the newspaper may be reclaimed.

 

Application Procedure:

Applicants for the above position must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a detailed proposal outlining how the candidate intends to operate and manage the University Observer. The proposal must include a comprehensive outline of strategic changes that can be made to improve the newspaper. Specific areas where the newspaper can be improved should be dealt with in some detail. The applicant should also outline their proposals for the day-to-day organisation and management of the newspaper.

Applications should be sent as a pdf file to editor@universityobserver.ie or to the following address:

 

Roisin Guyett-Nicholson,

The University Observer,

Student Centre,

University College Dublin,

Belfield,

Dublin 4.

 

Applicants with further queries should contact Roisin Guyett-Nicholson, at 01 716 3835, weekdays during business hours, or at the above email address.

 

Shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview, where they will be expected to answer any questions raised in relation to their proposal. Members of the interview panel will include the current Editor, two previous Editors of the newspaper, a financial representative of the Students’ Union and the current Union President.

 

 

Note:

Applicants are only permitted to enter this competition individually. Joint applications will not be accepted.

Canvassing members of the interview panel is forbidden. Candidates who canvass members of the interview panel may be disqualified from consideration.

No formal training is offered to successful candidates.

Applicants should make it clear in their cover letter whether or not they would like to be considered for the role of Deputy Editor as well as Editor.

Applications should be no longer than 5,000 words.

 

 

Closing date for applications is 5pm, 1st May 2017.

 


 

 

Deputy Editor

 

 

The Position:

The Deputy Editor of the University Observer, upon direction from the Editor, is responsible for all aspects of the newspaper. The Deputy Editor, subject in all matters concerning the newspaper to the direction of the Editor, shall be responsible, with the Editor, for the management of the newspaper, the publication and distribution of the newspaper, the content of the newspaper and is responsible for the co-ordination of the newspaper’s writers.

The position of Deputy Editor of the University Observer is an extremely demanding one and applicants for the position should be aware that the role involves working unsocial hours in a highly pressurised environment. The Deputy Editor is responsible for all deadlines being met by the newspaper.

The position includes working alternate weekends.

The University Observer is editorially independent from the Students’ Union, as enshrined in the Union constitution. The Deputy Editor has authority over the content of the newspaper, subject to the standard regulations governing newspaper content (e.g. defamation etc).

The Deputy Editor is appointed for the full academic year, 2017/2018.

 

The Candidate:

The candidate should exhibit a serious commitment to journalism. Ideally, the candidate should have experience working for a newspaper or media organisation.

It is preferable but not essential that the candidate is/was a registered student of University College Dublin.

The position is a full time one and the candidate should be aware of the pressurised environment under which newspaper editors operate. The candidate must be in a position to prove to the interview panel their ability to meet fixed, non negotiable printing deadlines whilst working at speed and under pressure.

The candidate should exhibit a clear sense of duty towards the newspaper, combined with sharp commercial acumen.

A strong knowledge of social media is essential in order to manage the demands of the University Observer website and other online resources.

 

Remuneration:

Wages currently stand at €610 per issue minus taxes (eight editions of the paper are expected to be published) and some expenses incurred during production of the newspaper may be reclaimed

 

Application Procedure:

Applicants for the above position must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a detailed proposal, outlining how the candidate intends to operate and manage the University Observer. The proposal must include a comprehensive outline of strategic changes that can be made to improve the newspaper. Specifics areas where the newspaper can be improved should be dealt with in some detail. The applicant should also outline their proposals for the day-to-day organisation and management of the newspaper.

Applications should be sent as a pdf file to editor@universityobserver.ie or to the following address:

 

Roisin Guyett-Nicholson,

The University Observer

Student Centre,

University College Dublin,

Belfield,

Dublin 4.

 

Applicants with further queries should contact Roisin Guyett-Nicholson at 01 716 3835, weekdays during business hours, or at the above email address.

Short-listed candidates will be called for an interview, where they will be expected to answer any question raised in relation to the proposal.

 

Note:

Applicants are only permitted to apply for this position individually. Joint applications will not be accepted.

Canvassing members of the interview panel is forbidden. Candidates who canvass members of the interview panel may be disqualified from consideration.

No formal training is offered to successful candidates.

Applicants should make it clear in their cover letter whether or not they would like to be considered for the role of Editor as well as Deputy Editor.

Applications should be no longer than 5,000 words.

 

 

Closing date for applications is 5pm, 1st May, 2017.

 


 

 

Art and Design Editor

 

The Position:

You will be responsible for the design and layout of the newspaper, working in conjunction with the editors and contributors in producing and sourcing high-quality imagery and related media. The position requires an understanding of visual culture, and the integral role it plays in journalism. 

The position will require work at alternate weekends, whilst working hours during the week are flexible. Although this work is highly demanding it is also highly rewarding. The successful candidate would be expected to constantly strive to improve the overall design of the newspaper.

The Art, Design & Technology Director reports to the Editor and Deputy Editor.

 

The Candidate:

The successful applicant will have excellent computer skills and be proficient in Adobe InDesign as well as Adobe Photoshop. Experience in photography, illustration or graphic design is essential. Knowledge of video production is an advantage.

It is expected that the candidate will have a good understanding of the modern media context and an enthusiasm in taking part in what is a defining era for print media.

As a person you should possess ability to meet tight deadlines and manage a large workload. You must also have the ability to meet technical guidelines in print and digital media and a basic knowledge of the production/printing process.

 

Remuneration:

Wages currently stand at €610 per issue minus taxes (eight editions of the paper are normally published).

 

Application Procedure:

Candidates should submit a cover letter and CV. Applications should be sent as a pdf file to editor@universityobserver.ie or to the following address:

 

Roisin Guyett-Nicholson,

The University Observer,

Student Centre,

University College Dublin,

Belfield, Dublin 4.

 

Note:

Applicants may be required to present a portfolio of work upon request.

Interviews may be conducted using modern communications media for candidates who are not able to attend in person.

Canvassing members of the interview panel is forbidden. Candidates who canvass members of the interview panel may be disqualified from consideration.

No formal training is offered to successful candidates.

 

 

Closing date for applications is 5pm, 19th May 2017.