At the Campus Desk, you get front-row access to the most important issues at one of the country’s most vibrant universities. From being leaders in breaking campus news to making national headlines with our investigative journalism, our writers are able to report on what students care about at Northwestern.
You'll get the chance to take on stories in different beats ranging from student government, administration and student groups to Title IX, student activism and Greek Life. And if there's something we're not covering that you're passionate about, you'll be able to work with our Development and Recruitment Editors to learn how to pitch your own ideas.
In the past, campus reporters have reported on major stories including a campus gun threat, graduate student unionization efforts, lawsuits and court cases, campus mental health concerns and the the University's financial situation.
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 campus 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 government and writing columns about it, reporting stories on the Black House and writing columns about it, etc.).
In the past, Campus Desk reporters have covered important stories affecting students including a campus gun scare last year, Northwestern parents' invovlement in the college admissions scandal, different campus protests, sexual misconduct allegations against a Medill professor and the University's budget defecit.
You'll get to write stories that students look to for information on issues affecting campus and if there's something you're passionate about that you're not seeing covered, you're always able to pitch an idea.
You'll also be able to go beyond hard news and write features on topics you care about. Though we covered the college admissions scandal through news stories, current editor-in-chief Marissa Martinez also wrote about how first-generation and low-income students in particular were reacting to the developments. Other reporters have looked into different issues including how transgender students navigate Greek life, the challenges women in McCormick experience, obstacles facing two ethnic studies programs at NU, Northwestern's prison education program and the 50th anniversary of a black student protest. If there's something you want to go deeper on, you'll have the space and support on the Campus Desk.
In her first story for The Daily's Campus Desk, Fall 2018 Copy Editor Megan Munce was able to cover a campus event with a keynote address by civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. As a campus reporter, you'll be in the front row when speakers and artists come to campus. In the past, we've sent staff members to cover rapper Vince Staples, NYT reporter Maggie Haberman, writer Roxane Gay, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, Satuday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson, Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu and so many others.
Campus reporters often say the most rewarding part of their job is being able to write stories that matter to so many students and alumni at Northwestern. That can look like everything from when Winter 2019 Campus Editor Austin Benavides attended and wrote about a campus mariachi group's sixth annual spring show or speaking with students in multicultural Greek life organzations about the unique challenges their chapters face to profiling a new student group or just speaking with students about their "traumatic" experiences with skunks around campus.