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Saturday, June 15, 2024

Join us this Summer: Staff applications for The Alligator now open!

We're hiring editors, reporters, photographers and social media strategists

<p>Join our Summer 2024 staff by applying today.</p>

Join our Summer 2024 staff by applying today.

Are you interested in growing your career in media and communications? Are you ready to join a network with alumni at organizations like the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal? The Independent Florida Alligator is looking for its next team of reporters, editors, photographers and more for the Summer semester. 

The Alligator is an entirely student-run and editorially independent newspaper covering the University of Florida and greater Gainesville community. The staff is made up of reporters, editors, photographers and designers from UF and Santa Fe College with varying levels of journalism and college experience. Each semester, The Alligator hires a new staff for the duration of the semester. We’re hiring for Summer 2023. A new staff will be hired for Fall 2023 around August.

The Alligator will be operating primarily in-person with weekly staff meetings in the newsroom and staff socials throughout the semester. The staff is led by the Alligator editorial board: the Editor-in-Chief, Engagement Managing Editor and Digital Managing Editor. Editor meetings will also be held in person at the newsroom three times a week to budget content for newsletters and the paper. There will be a Zoom option for staff meetings, but it is recommended to attend meetings in-person. The meeting method for desk meetings will be at the discretion of individual editors and their teams.

The Alligator is a digital-first newsroom. We strive to deliver engaging online content to our audience, and we highly value innovative ways to tell stories and integrate multimedia components to our work. Staff are expected to produce daily content for the website and newsletters. In addition to our online content, The Alligator prints once a week on Sundays, with plans to maintain weekly print-production during the Summer semester.

Alligator reporters regularly cover high-profile, national events. Over the course of the past year, we covered abusive behavior in the athletics department, academic freedom scandals, the search for a new university president and sexual assault on campus. The Alligator’s work has been referenced in national outlets such as CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post

Our newsroom fosters the fundamental ideals of journalism: Not accepting things at face value, answering tough questions and telling important stories. 

Important coverage is sure to continue in the Summer semester, and we want you to be a part of it. If you’ve never worked at The Alligator during the Summer, the best part of this time of year is that we have the unique position of diving deep into feature stories and investigations. We’re looking for a group of passionate individuals who want to inform the community about what matters most to them. We’re excited to welcome back returning staff members, and we’re looking forward to greeting new faces.

Being part of The Alligator staff connects students to a large, diverse and distinguished alumni network. Alligator alumni have gone on to positions, fellowships and professional internships at The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, The Daily Beast, Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Times, Orlando Sentinel, Sun Sentinel, The Palm Beach Post and more. Our alumni include this year’s New York Times fellows, Kalia Richardson and April Rubin, as well as at least four Pulitzer Prize Winners. 

Beyond joining an expansive alumni network, working at The Alligator is a great opportunity to meet other passionate student journalists and make lifelong friendships. Hundreds of successful journalists, authors, writers and more started their careers at The Alligator. We’re ready to continue that tradition and build the next generation of Alligator journalists. Now’s your chance to join! 

Please read through the positions we’re hiring.

Application tips from Jiselle Lee, the Editor-in-Chief:

  • All applications are due Monday, May 1 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Please submit one application per section. For example, you can apply to be an editor, a staff writer and a photographer, but don't do two applications if you want to apply for two reporting positions. There will be space to declare your preferences in the Google Form.

  • Submit your Google Form. If you have difficulties uploading your resume, clips, portfolio or class schedule, you can email them to jlee@alligator.org.

  • Only submit three to five of your best clips. 

  • If you're applying to a multimedia position, submit or send us your portfolio.

  • Pay attention to your grammar and our directions. Read everything twice.

  • If you’re on the fence about applying, let us know. We’d be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have. You can reach the Editor-in-Chief by emailing jlee@alligator.org.

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The Alligator Editorial Board for Summer 2023 is Jiselle Lee as Editor-in-Chief, Kristine Villaroel as Engagement Managing Editor and Jackson Reyes as Digital Managing Editor.

Editor Applications

Click HERE to apply.

Applications are due Monday, May 1 at 11:59 p.m. We recommend you apply well before the deadline.

Senior News Director

The senior news director will be responsible for maintaining the overall quality of Alligator stories by working with desk editors and staff writers to edit daily news and identify enterprise stories to expand coverage. The director will ideally have a strong sense of news judgment along with some previous reporting and editing experience. The director will lead The Alligator’s coverage of many topics that pertain to both the UF and the Gainesville community. The director will help the Editorial Board and desk editors with staff-wide projects, offering guidance and setting deadlines for reporters. We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about leading investigative projects and pursuing accountability journalism. At the same time, this candidate should be confident in their ability to come up with unique ideas for in-depth feature stories. The director will be responsible for curating our weekly Feature Friday newsletter. Alligator staff writer or editor experience is preferred, but not required. Journalism majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: About $50 a week.

Freelance Editor

The freelance editor will be responsible for maintaining our contributing writers’ newsletter and keeping correspondence with journalism students who want to write for The Alligator. The editor will be responsible for working with desk editors who need help covering stories. This editor will not oversee a team directly and will instead work individually with contributing writers. Alligator staff writer or editor experience is preferred, but not required. Journalism majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: About $20 a week.

Opinions Editor

This section editor is responsible for maintaining the opinions section of The Alligator, choosing columnists and cartoonists to work for the section and editing any work that is sent in. The opinions editor is also responsible for consulting with the editor-in-chief and managing editors about writing editorials for the print paper, making them the fourth member of The Alligator’s Editorial Board. There will be an emphasis on seeking out diverse opinion pieces from public figures and concerned citizens in and around Gainesville and the UF community. Columnist and editing experience is preferred but not required. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: About $20 per week.

University Editor

The university editor will lead The Alligator’s coverage on all things related to the University of Florida. This editor will manage the general assignment reporter, the Student Government reporter, the university administration reporter, the graduate school and Santa Fe reporter and a news assistant. The ideal candidate is someone who is organized, passionate and committed to watching over the powers of the university administration and Student Government. This editor will edit stories for The Alligator’s weekly print product and daily online content. Stories assigned and edited should range from daily to enterprise news. Alligator staff writer or editor experience is preferred, but not required. Journalism majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: About $50 a week.

Metro Editor

The metro editor will lead The Alligator’s coverage of the greater Gainesville and Alachua County community. This editor will manage and edit the general assignment reporter, the criminal justice reporter, the city and county commission reporter, the East Gainesville reporter, the Rural Alachua reporter and news assistant. Stories assigned and edited should range from daily to enterprise news. The ideal candidate is creative, organized and eager to dive into the Gainesville community outside UF. This editor should be prepared to find interesting and important local stories to deliver to Alligator readers. The metro editor will edit stories for The Alligator’s weekly print schedule and daily online content. Alligator staff writer or editor experience is preferred but not required. Journalism majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: About $50 a week.

The Avenue Editor 

The Avenue editor is responsible for maintaining the arts and culture section of the Alligator, choosing writers to work for the section as well as editing any work that is sent in. The Alligator is looking for someone with creative ideas who is in tune with local and national trends in arts and culture. We’re looking for someone who will push The Avenue’s coverage beyond event coverage and incorporate more feature stories into the section. Previous Avenue or culture writing experience is preferred but not required. Applicants must be a UF or Santa Fe College student. All majors are encouraged to apply.

Pay: About $50 per week.

El Caimán Editor

We’re looking for someone with experience covering news for the Spanish-speaking community in Gainesville. This editor will manage and edit a team of writers and translators, work on original stories for El Caimán, and seek freelance reporters who are interested in aiding our coverage. The Alligator hopes to continue leading local coverage of the Spanish-speaking community of Gainesville. This editor should be familiar with the community and the issues that members of the community care about. Additionally, this editor is responsible for translating stories and visual content from The Alligator’s coverage to El Caimán. Experience in covering news in Spanish is preferred, but not required. Journalism majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: About $20 a week.

Sports Editor and Assistant Sports Editor

The sports editor is responsible for maintaining the sports section of The Alligator. We’re looking for someone who is passionate about athletics in Gainesville with creative ideas for both daily and enterprise content. The sports editor will oversee a team of beat writers who will also be expected to produce enterprise content, alongside the assistant sports editor. Previous Alligator Sports experience or sports writing is preferred, but not required. Applicants must be a UF or Santa Fe College student. All majors are encouraged to apply.

Pay for Sports Editor: About $50 per week.

Pay for Sports Assistant Editor: About $25 per week.

Multimedia Editor — Photo/ Video and Graphics

The multimedia editor is responsible for working with photographers, graphic designers, reporters, videographers and the podcast producer to provide multimedia content for the newspaper and website. The editor is responsible for producing content while assigning daily and enterprise photo and video assignments for staff photographers and videographers. We’re looking for someone who is passionate about multimedia and is willing to collaborate with reporters to create content. This position will also work with reporters to produce short audio stories for the website. Feel free to provide a link to your portfolio that showcases your specialty — whether that be graphic design, podcasting, photography, etc. Journalism majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: About $50 per week.

Audio Editor/Podcast Producer

This producer will be in charge of planning and producing at least one bi-weekly episode of an Alligator news podcast to interview reporters, editors, sources and more to give students an in-depth look at how stories are produced. This would provide a different way for students to consume The Alligator’s news on-the-go and contribute to the expansion of our digital products. This producer should be creative, have skills in recording and editing audio and working with a Spotify or Apple system. Journalism majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: About $5 per episode.

Copy Desk Chief

Copy desk chiefs are responsible for running the copy desk and selecting and working with copy editors. Copy desk chiefs are in charge of proofreading every story and print pages with copy editors to check for factual errors, grammar and AP style. This person will work on Sunday print nights, along with a couple nights a week to copy edit online content. Prior experience on the copy desk is preferred but not required. All majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students. 

Pay: About $20 per night.

Reporter Applications

Click HERE to apply.

Applications are due Monday, May 1 at 11:59 p.m. We recommend that you apply well before the deadline. 

University Administration Reporter

This reporter is responsible for covering UF president Ben Sasse and his transition from his former Senate seat to leading our university. Attending the University of Florida Board of Trustees meetings and writing about updates, changes or announcements dealing with the UF administration will be additional responsibilities. This reporter is also encouraged to dig into demographics of UF faculty, staff and students. This reporter will be assigned stories related to this beat by the university editor but should also pitch their own daily and feature story ideas. This reporter will be expected to write an average of two to four stories per week and at least three enterprise stories per semester. A strong commitment to truth and accountability is essential for this role, and more experienced journalists are recommended to apply. Previous staff writing/contributing writing experience is required. Journalism majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students. 

Pay: $6 per story.

Student Government Reporter

This reporter is the sole watchdog of UF’s Student Government, which has a more than $20 million budget funded by student fees. This reporter will be responsible for attending weekly Tuesday night Senate meetings, so applicants’ class schedule should not overlap. A strong commitment to truth and accountability is essential for this role. This reporter will be assigned stories related to this beat by the university editor but will also be encouraged to pitch their own daily and feature story ideas. This reporter will be expected to write an average of two to four stories per week and at least three enterprise stories per semester. Previous staff writer and/or contributing writing experience is preferred, but not required. Journalism majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: $6 per story.

Graduate School and Santa Fe Reporter

Low wages, lack of housing and poor mental health have been persistent issues in UF’s graduate and professional school student population for years. This year, The Alligator created this beat devoted to covering UF’s graduate and professional community. Forging close sourcing relationships with UF students enrolled in graduate, law or medical school is essential to this role. This reporter will be assigned stories related to the UF’s graduate and professional schools and Santa Fe college. The reporter should also pitch their own daily and feature story ideas. This reporter will be expected to write an average of two to four stories per week and at least three enterprise stories per semester. A strong commitment to truth and accountability is essential for this role. Journalism majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students. 

Pay: $6 per story.

University General Assignment Reporter

These reporters will be the jack-of-all-trades in the newsroom. They’ll cover any UF-related breaking news and stories. They’ll be led by the university editor, who will teach them how to quickly write briefs and breaking news. They’ll also learn the basics of reporting in a multimedia age across digital platforms. These reporters will be expected to write daily briefs, two to four stories per week and at least two enterprise stories per semester. Previous contributing writing experience is preferred but not required. Journalism majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students. 

Pay: $6 per story.

University News Assistant

This position is perfect for a reporter who has yet to publish their work. Like the general assignment reporter, they will be the jack-of-all-trades in the newsroom. They’ll help cover any UF-related breaking news and stories. They’ll be led by the university editor, who will teach them how to quickly write briefs and breaking news. They’ll also learn the basics of reporting in a multimedia age across digital platforms. Previous contributing writing experience is preferred but not required. Journalism majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students. 

Pay: $3 per story.

City and County Commission Reporter

This reporter will be a watchdog of the Gainesville and Alachua County commissions. This reporter will be responsible for looking at the agenda for commission meetings and pre-reporting stories that are important to the community. The reporter will attend commission meetings, talk to local leaders and write on deadline. Other general stories pertaining to the growth of the area or its needs will be assigned. Assisting the local elections reporter with election stories related to the city and county commission races may be an additional responsibility. A strong commitment to truth and accountability is essential for this role. This reporter is expected to write two to four stories a week and at least three enterprise stories a semester. This reporter should have a flexible Thursday schedule to be able to attend the commission meetings. Previous contributing or staff writing experience is preferred but not required. Journalism majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: $6 per story.

Criminal Justice Reporter

This reporter is responsible for covering breaking news and writing about crime on UF’s campus and in the Gainesville community. This reporter will keep up with local breaking news, including serious car crashes that affect traffic and UF Alerts. The crime reporter will learn how to search court records, request arrest reports and contact law enforcement. This reporter is expected to respond quickly to breaking news, remotely attend law enforcement press conferences and update developing stories. The ideal candidate will have a sharp eye for detail, enterprise and compassion when speaking to victims and their families. This reporter is expected to write two to five stories a week and at least three enterprise stories a semester. Previous contributing or staff writing experience is preferred but not required. Journalism majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: $6 per story.

East Gainesville Reporter

The East Gainesville community has long been underserved in many ways. Distant from the development clusters near I-75 and UF’s campus, East Gainesville does not receive the same coverage that UF communities do. The Alligator has reported on housing, food deserts and community programs as part of special projects in the past. This reporter is expected to develop and maintain contacts with community leaders and report on development in the area. Coverage may overlap with other beats including education, business and health. A strong commitment to truth and accountability is essential for this role. Preference may be given to reporters who are from the Gainesville area or who have lived in Gainesville for years. Previous staff writing experience is preferred but not required. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: $6 per story.

Rural Alachua Reporter

This reporter must keep a pulse on what’s happening in Alachua County’s many cities, towns and unincorporated communities. In an effort to bolster coverage of those areas, this reporter will likely meet with city leaders and be required to maintain contacts in each of these areas. Some major topics will be development, farming and agriculture, city councils and advisory boards, zoning and human-interest profiles. You’ll likely need your own transportation to reach places like Micanopy, Newberry, Archer and more. Preference will be given to applicants with their own vehicle. Preference may be given to reporters who are from the rural Alachua County area or who have lived in neighboring areas for years. Previous staff writing experience is preferred but not required. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: $6 per story.

Metro General Assignment Reporter

These reporters will be the jack-of-all-trades in the newsroom. They’ll cover breaking news alongside any metro and community stories. They’ll be led by the metro editor, who will teach them how to quickly write briefs and breaking news. They’ll also learn the basics of reporting in a multimedia age across digital platforms. These reporters will be expected to write daily briefs, two to four stories per week and at least two enterprise stories per semester. Previous contributing writing experience is preferred but not required. Journalism majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: $6 per story.

Metro News Assistant

This position is perfect for a reporter who has yet to publish their work. Like the general assignment reporter, they will be the jack-of-all-trades in the newsroom. They’ll cover breaking news alongside any metro and community stories. They’ll be led by the metro editor, who will teach them how to quickly write briefs and breaking news. They’ll also learn the basics of reporting in a multimedia age across digital platforms. These reporters will be expected to write daily briefs, two to four stories per week and at least two enterprise stories per semester. Previous contributing writing experience is preferred but not required. Journalism majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: $3 per story.

Sports Reporter (multiple positions)

The Alligator sports section will follow University of Florida Summer sports teams as they enter SEC and NCAA championship season. Reporters will cover breaking news alongside any games or events that need a reporter. They’ll learn how to quickly write briefs and the basics of reporting in a multimedia age across digital platforms. These reporters will be expected to write two to three stories per week and at least four enterprise stories per semester. 

For the summer semester, the section will also focus on action away from the field and work on vibrant, sports-related stories both around the university and the Gainesville community. Past reporters have covered topics such as Gainesville High’s Citizens Field and the newly-established Gator Collective. Previous journalism experience is strongly preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: $6 per story.

The Avenue Reporter (Multiple Positions)

The Avenue is responsible for covering arts and culture across Gainesville. With more creative freedom than traditional daily news writers, The Avenue team should be up to date on all things local entertainment. Here, writers have the opportunity to interview local creatives, write personal essays about collegiate culture, review movies and shows, critique restaurants and much more. Reporters should have an eye for how arts and culture interacts with the Gainesville community, as well as have a passion for highlighting the individuals behind these movements. Avenue staff will be assigned stories by the Avenue editor but should also pitch their own daily and feature story ideas. Reporters will be expected to write an average of two to three stories per week. Previous reporting experience is preferred but not required. Journalism majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: $6 per story.

El Caimán Reporter

We’re looking for someone with interest in and experience covering news for the Spanish-speaking community in Gainesville. This reporter will work on original stories about topics of interest to the Spanish-speaking community of Gainesville. This reporter should be familiar with the community and the issues that community members care about. Additionally, this reporter may be responsible for translating stories from The Alligator’s coverage to Spanish for El Caimán. Experience in covering news in Spanish is preferred but not required. Spanish proficiency is required. Journalism majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: $6 per story.

Translator

This translator will be responsible for translating stories and visual content from The Alligator’s coverage to Spanish for El Caimán. Experience in covering news in Spanish is preferred but not required. Spanish proficiency is required. Journalism majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: $3 per translation.

Multimedia Applications

Click HERE to apply. 

Applications are due Monday, May 1 at 11:59 p.m. We recommend that you apply well before the deadline. 

Photographers (multiple positions)

Photographers capture the details stories cannot tell on their own. Through speeches, protests, features, sports and daily events on campus, photographers are on the front lines to preserve the history of the community. Photographers are expected to take at least three to four photos a week that would accompany daily stories, features and investigations. Enterprise photos that aren’t necessarily tied to a specific story are also expected of Alligator photographers. Although a photographer’s priority is to shoot photos, knowing how to shoot and edit video is also recommended. Feel free to provide a portfolio with photojournalistic or creative photos you have taken in the past. Previous contributing experience is preferred but not required. Photojournalism majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students. 

Pay: About $5 per assignment.

Graphic Designer/Illustrator (multiple positions)

The graphic designers will be visual communicators to make it easy and fun for readers to interpret hard-hitting stories. This position is aimed at pushing our digital and online content further. The Alligator is looking for someone who would seize the opportunity to get creative and have their work published. Knowledge of data visualizations, graphics, Adobe programs, coding and an eye for great design are pluses. We’d love someone who can also code unique story packages. Journalism and communications majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply, especially those with a computer science background. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students. 

Pay: About $5 per assignment.

Videographer

The Alligator’s videographer will be tasked with balancing short-form and long-form videos to pair with stories. A strong news sense is also preferred, as this position will require them to conduct interviews and create original reporting. Content will be used for weekly Instagram Reels/TikToks as well as videos that complement stories. This videographer must create weekly videos as well as work on longer projects that will take more time to complete. Journalism or Media, Technology and Society majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students. 

Pay: $5 per assignment.

Audience and Growth Applications 

Click HERE to apply. 

Applications are due Monday, May 1 at 11:59 p.m. We recommend that you apply well before the deadline. 

Social Media Strategist (multiple positions)

This position is designed to grow The Alligator’s social media presence and audience. The social media manager will work with the Engagement Managing Editor to track social analytics, build campaigns and better understand The Alligator’s audience. The social media director will work across platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. This team will also come up with creative ways to package and deliver Alligator content on social media platforms. The ideal candidate should have a strong understanding of news, social media strategy and audience engagement. The ideal candidate is creative, innovative and passionate about the future of journalism. Previous experience in creating social media graphics on Canva or Adobe programs is highly recommended. Journalism, advertising and public relations majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: About $10 a week.

TikTok Manager

This position is designed to grow The Alligator’s TikTok platform. The TikTok manager will work with the Engagement Managing Editor to build The Alligator’s TikTok audience. The ideal candidate should have a strong understanding of news, social media strategy and audience engagement. The ideal candidate is creative, innovative and passionate about the future of journalism. Previous experience in creating TikTok videos in a professional setting is highly welcomed. Journalism, advertising and public relations majors are preferred, but all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: About $10 a week.

Copy Desk Applications

Click HERE to apply. 

Applications are due Monday, May 1 at 11:59 p.m. We recommend that you apply well before the deadline. 

Copy Editor

An essential component of The Alligator’s coverage, copy editors ensure all stories are factual and accurate. Copy editors are in charge of proofreading stories and print pages to check for factual errors, grammar and AP style. This person will work on Sunday print nights, along with a couple nights a week to copy edit online content. Passing a copy test will be required for this position. All majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be UF or Santa Fe College students.

Pay: $7 a night.

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