Time to Apply for The Elm!

The Elm Editor Applications

It’s that time of the year…one month until finals week! With the end of the school year rapidly approaching, I caught up with Brooke Schultz, the current editor in chief of The Elm, to talk about the application process for next year’s editorial positions.

Can you tell me about the application process?

Our next editor-in-chief will have the jobs posted on JobX. In the past, the questions on the application have included a brief writing sample, a couple of questions asking about your general interest in The Elm, and what you would change about the section that you’re applying for. It’s really easy, and if you write for The Elm or have any knowledge of The Elm you should have an idea of how to answer them.

What have you learned this past year as editor in chief?

So much. There’s a lot to being editor in chief – there’s the editorial side of figuring out all of the stories that we’re going to put into the newspaper, and there’s also the managerial side of managing not only the 12 editorial staff, but also 30 – 40 staff writers, photographers, cartoonists, bloggers, etc. It’s so much fun seeing what everyone does and being able to recognize who is doing what. It’s taught me a lot about managing people, doing time sheets, and stuff like that. My job is a little different than the editorial positions because I do payroll, but l would have to say that learning how to work with people from all different aspects of life and hearing what they have to say is the biggest thing.

What advice would you give to the next editor in chief?

There’s so much to with this job that I feel like she’s going to have to learn just by doing. I’d say don’t be afraid. If you hear about a story, just go for it and see what happens. Love the people you work with, because it’s going to be stressful but it’s also going to be a lot of fun.

Why should I write for The Elm?

It’s a really great way to meet people and to learn about the college and all of the different activities that go on around campus. I started by writing for Student Life, and that was a really great way to get a sense of what the campus was doing through different club and student spotlights. In Lifestyle you get to write about all of the things that you like, which might not always be represented through campus activities. A lot of the friends that I’ve made came out of doing interviews with people and learning about the things that they’re doing. It’s a lot of fun, and it also sharpens your writing skills a ton because you have to meet weekly deadlines and your editors give you feedback on everything you work on – there’s a lot of reasons, and I could go on forever!


Be on the lookout for The Elm editor applications on JobX, coming out soon! In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to email elm_editor@washcoll.edu.


Jessie Ngo

Staff Blogger


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