Our Arts and Entertainment Desk covers all things creative in the Evanston and Northwestern communities. From alumni acting in Chicago’s newest hit theater productions to students creating a record label to Evanston residents starring in their own reality TV show, A&E is The Daily’s hub of arts and entertainment-related content. The section is printed each Thursday and we also have a magazine supplement, The Monthly, that features longer stories on a wider range of topics.
The desk gives writers the unique opportunity to report on what they’re truly passionate about — whether that's theater, TV and film, visual arts, literature, dance, music or more — across campus and beyond! (Plus, reporters often have the chance to interview famous people and cover shows downtown for free!)
Full-time staff members aren't allowed to report and write for the Opinion Desk in the same quarter. However, if you're interested in joining the Arts & Entertainment Desk and wanted to try out both reporting and opinion writing, you'll be able to for your first quarter as long as you're not reporting and writing on the same topics (ex. covering student theater groups and writing columns about them, reporting stories on Dillo Day and writing columns about it, etc.).
As an Arts and Entertainment reporter, you'll get to cover how students express the importance of different issues through a variety of mediums, like our reporter Aaron Wang did when he covered a production exploring Asian and Asian American students’ experience with mental illness and finding self-identity. Former Managing Editor Matthew Choi looked into the theater community's challenges with a lack of racial representation. Other reporters have written about important stories ranging from Bienen students' pushes to diversity their music curriculum and controversy surrounding the resignation of a musical's director to a showcase aimed at giving a platform to student artist of color and a musical work touching on issues of immigration and feminism.
While other desks might send reporters to events with prominent speakers and artists, as a reporter on the A&E desk, you'll have opportunities to interview famous alumni across the country with Northwestern connections, like former Monthly Editor Madeleine Fernando did when she spoke with a former contestant on "The Bachelorette" about his experience. Other A&E reporters have interviewed late night host Seth Meyers, traveled into Chicago for taping's of "The Daily Show" and attended campus galas hosted by alumnus Stephen Colbert.
After one or two quarters as an A&E reporter, writers often begin pitching stories for our magazine, The Monthly, that runs three times per quarter. The Monthly features longer, in-depth stories on a range of topics, as well as movie and restaurant reviews, columns and Q&As. Check out our past coverage in The Monthly to see what you'd be able to pursue on staff.