The News Desk publishes stories, features and analyses about absolutely everything happening at Yale — from President Peter Salovey’s new policies and Yale’s finances to misconduct in fraternities. We even occasionally get Twitter shoutouts from Phil Rucker (an esteemed former News editor himself), so we’re obviously ~the coolest~. We run anywhere between six and a billion stories a day, and our reporters are the first ones to find scoops on the most important on-campus topics and keep the Yale administration accountable.
Joining us is easy — just email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our panlist and then grab a story from our General Assignments email (coming to your inbox every Thursday night!). GAs are topics for future stories, which will be roughly 650-850 words each and will be spread out throughout the week. Taking a GA every week is a great, relatively low-commitment way to join the desk and learn how to write about different topics — events, talks, policies, etc.
If you’ve never written for a newspaper before — or if you’re a seasoned writer — we would love for you to get involved!
Here are some of our most-read stories from this year:
Khan and his consort: Former confidant now accuses Khan of assault
A flag of underwear: Photo from Kavanaugh’s time shows DKE hijinks
Development Office courts “VIP” high schoolers, children of potential donors
Yale Library Security releases lipsync video
Racially provocative flyers surface on Cross Campus
There are two University Editors, who are responsible for editing six to eight University stories each night, sending out GAs, reviewing pitches from beat reporters each week and coordinating larger investigative projects. They are typically juniors who have been working with the desk for two years, most recently as a beat reporter in their sophomore year.
Beat Reporters are typically sophomores who have completed a semester or a year as an Associate Beat Reporter. They apply for a “beat,” or area of coverage, their sophomore fall. Examples of beats include: Student Life, Student Activism and Woodbridge Hall.
University Associate Beat Reporters and University Staff Reporters are typically first years who have completed a semester as a Contributing Reporter in the fall and heeled at the end of the fall semester. In their spring semester, after they join staff, they have the option of working as a Staff Reporter taking General Assignments or applying for a “mini beat, ” where they cover a particular area of news and work with the beat reporter directly above them. It’s never too late to join staff, however, even if you’re a sophomore or a junior!
Contributing Reporters are anyone and everyone who wants to write for University and take a General Assignment from the panlist!