by Marco Ovies, Features Editor
Are you looking for a supportive environment that will help you improve your writing, has amazing coworkers, and pays you for your work? Well, look no further than the very publication you’re reading right now.
That’s right, The Peak pays for your work. I start with this information because it tends to be the most enticing, and is definitely the main reason I got started at writing for The Peak. But enough about me, I’m here to tell you about why you should contribute to The Peak.
In case you missed it, The Peak pays for any work you do and pay ranges anywhere from $10–$65 per article. This rate is only for contributors, who can write as much or as little as they want. If you want to become a permanent staff member, you get paid even more. That’s money you can spend to help pay off your student loans, or more importantly, to help pay for all the coffee you’ll consume over the course of your degree. These positions hire at the start of every semester and our hiring ad is now on the back of each print issue.
But The Peak isn’t just about writing. We have a production team that is in charge of designing how the overall paper looks, commissioning illustrations for different pieces, and working with Photoshop and InDesign (both of which I don’t know enough about to go into detail on). Not only do we need people to make the paper look nice, but we need illustrators and photographers to supply us with images for the paper each week.
Is working on the newspaper not your thing? Well, we have a multimedia team that is in charge of filming and editing videos for our social media channels. On the topic of social media, we also have a social media co-ordinator who runs our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I guarantee if you want to work with The Peak we will be able to find something you love.
Money aside, The Peak is one of the most inclusive places I have ever worked at. Not only have I gained valuable work experience but I have learnt so much about social justice issues and what’s happening in my community.
Lastly, I’ve also had the opportunity to talk to so many cool people, from my coworkers to people I’ve interviewed. I literally cannot shut up about the time I interviewed Ross Lynch about his band The Driver’s Era. Or the time, I got press passes to the Westward Music Festival where I got to see some of my favourite artists like Phum Viphurit and The Paper Kites for free.
The Peak offers students a supportive and inclusive environment to improve their writing, gain valuable skills in numerous positions, and pays you for it too. When I first started, I had close to no writing experience and now I’m a full-fledged editor. This was all through the help of my fellow writers and editors who walked me through how to make my writing more clear and accessible. Now instead of dreading writing a paper for school, I almost get kind of excited about it. Applying to this paper is one of the best decisions I’ve made in my university career and I regret I didn’t do it sooner.
If you’re even the slightest bit interested in contributing in any capacity, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with what you’re interested in doing or if you have any questions about anything.