Silhouette Staff Reporter(s)

Volunteer (Student)
2 weeks

The Silhouette is McMaster University’s student-run newspaper. The Sil has been in publication for over 80 years, first hitting the newsstands in the fall of 1930. The Sil employs an Editor-in-Chief and 18 undergraduate students part-time on its Editorial Board and welcomes the contributions of other students and community members throughout the year.

The Silhouette is hiring a total of 3 staff reporters for the following categories: News, Opinions and Sports.

The Staff Reporter will commit to writing a total of 10 articles per term. The Reporter will be expected to write for a designated section on a casual basis. Compensation, while not financial, may include letters of reference, appreciation nights, valuable experience writing for a newspaper and awards and gift cards for best writing. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong written communication skills
  • Assertive and clear communication, ability to reach contacts and ascertain correct facts
  • Personal skills to work with colleagues and the public
  • Time management and organizational skills
  • Flexibility with job assignments

Effort & Responsibility

  • Must commit to a minimum for ten (10) high quality articles per semester (one per week)
  • Attention to detail to maintain accuracy and balance
  • The Staff Reporter will be expected to put solid effort into their 10 articles. This may require them to conduct interviews for their stories, travel (locally) for the job and submit pieces of considerable length (>500 words).

Working Conditions

  • Hours of work are variable
  • May require local travel

Training and Experience

  • Journalism experience (previous experience writing for The Silhouette will be considered an asset)
  • Training sessions to cover Canadian Press style, media law and interview etiquette will be provided


  • No equipment provided
  • Personal computer required

In addition to your resume, please submit answers to the questions in the link that corresponds to the position you are applying for:

The McMaster Students Union (MSU) is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse staff. The MSU encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and 2SLGBTQIA+ identified persons. The MSU is a separate not-for-profit incorporated entity functioning within the McMaster community; this is not a McMaster University position.

Job Features

SupervisorThe Silhouette Editor-in-Chief
Hours of WorkVariable
Term of OfficeASAP - April 30, 2021
Number of Positions3
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