Thank you for your interest in joining The Sun’s Opinion Section! The columnist application and information about the Editorial Writing Board is below, and columnist applications will be due June 10. Please don’t hesitate to email Associate Editor Paulina Glass at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Columnists and the Editorial Writing Board
We are currently recruiting staff columnists as well as people to serve on the Editorial Writing Board. Columnists write bi-weekly columns on a given day, typically ranging from 700 to 900 words. We aim for the Opinion Section to represent a broad spectrum of viewpoints and to support strong, defined and unique voices. Therefore, columnists must be able to argue distinct and/or uncommon perspectives on a range of issues and events. As a Sun columnist, you should have something to say and know how to say it.
The Editorial Writing Board will meet periodically to discuss topics and opinions for The Sun’s editorials. If you have strong views on topics pertaining to Cornell or the City of Ithaca, you should consider joining the Editorial Writing Board. Again, we are looking for candidates who are able to argue their opinions clearly and completely, and who want to help shape The Sun’s editorials.
The Sun also features Guest Room columns from various members of the community on a piece-by-piece basis. Guest Room columns provide the opportunity for people to contribute fresh and unheard perspectives on pertinent issues regarding campus, local, national or global news. If you do not become a full time columnist, you can still submit Guest Room articles. In fact, many of our columnists began as contributors.
How to Apply
To become a columnist, please send your application and resume as attachments to email@example.com with the subject line “NAME — COLUMNIST APPLICATION.” Applications are due June 10. If you are interested in joining the Editorial Writing Board, please email the Associate Editor directly for more information.
Are you currently a Sunnie? If so, in which department?
What topics are you most interested in writing about?
Please submit at least one previously unpublished sample column on a topic of your choice (700 to 800 words). If you become a Sun columnist, these submissions may be used later as columns.
In addition, please write a maximum of 500 words on one of the following statements (feel free to take any stance).
- The City of Ithaca should make an effort to bring bars back to Collegetown.
- “True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.” — Kurt Vonnegut ’44
- You should not vote for Hillary Clinton simply because she is the only woman in the race.
- The Greek System is a detriment to Cornell’s campus life.
- Cornell Dining should embrace “Meatless Mondays” and not serve meat on Monday in all dining halls.
- “The highest form of morality is not to feel at home in one’s own home.” — Azar Nafisi
- All Cornell faculty should be required to undergo diversity training.
- Millennials are losing the ability to connect with each other in person due to social media and instant forms of communication.
- Financial aid should be dependent on the “usefulness” of majors; those who pursue STEM majors should receive more money than those in the humanities.
Alternatively, expand on a conspiracy theory of your choice and attempt to prove it true.
We look forward to reading your submission!