Working at The Varsity has been one of the most rewarding experiences available to U of T students since 1880. Whether you are based downtown at the St. George campus, in Mississauga, or Scarborough, working at the paper provides you with endless opportunities to practice and develop essential skills while being at the centre of one of the most interesting and diverse student communities in the country.
Whether you write, edit, illustrate, take photos, shoot video, design, or code, The Varsity is always looking for new voices and skills to tell the stories that matter to students. If you’re interested (and you know you are) do yourself a favour and fill out the form below. If you’re more into the direct approach, send an editor an email, or drop by our offices on the second floor of 21 Sussex Ave. and come work with us, we promise it’s a lot of fun.
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Answers to several frequently asked questions can be found on our FAQ page.
Visit our writing tips page if you are not familiar with how writing for newspapers differs from writing an essay. We have gathered a list of the most common mistakes and misconceptions. More extensive tips can be found in our Contributors’ Handbook.
Writers and copy-editors should also refer to The Varsity’s Style Guide.
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Dubbed “the student voice,” The Varsity is the University of Toronto’s paper of record since 1880 and is the number one news source on campus. With 20,000 copies printed each week and even more content on our website, the University of Toronto community looks to us for hot-button stories that matter. We publish on a wide array of topics, including the state of campus services, higher education trends, student politics, social injustice issues, U of T start-ups, university finances, and more.
Joining The Varsity’s News section is an opportunity to meet people, become an expert on campus issues, and improve your writing and research skills, all while accumulating a published portfolio. News writers come from all three of U of T’s campuses and we’re always looking for fresh new talent. No previous experience is required: all you need is a passion for storytelling and we’ll provide you with training and editorial support. For our most dedicated reporters and budding journalists, there are also opportunities to conduct investigative fieldwork with our dedicated investigations unit and to take on leadership roles.
The News section holds open weekly meetings on Mondays at 9:00 pm throughout the academic year.
Do you have opinions? Are your family and friends sick of listening to them? Then the Comment section is the place for you! Writers simply need to take a clear position and argue for their point of view. We aim to provide U of T with accessible and timely commentary on a variety of issues, such as social justice, student life, university administration, and beyond. So send in pitches — we want to know what you think.
The Features section is looking for talented writers who are prepared to take on in depth articles and creative formats, for both the weekly centre-fold, and our two magazine editions. If you have an idea for an article that requires space, or merits highlighting, get in touch! The articles in the features section can be connected to The Varsity’s other sections, but also include writing on topics that avoid easy categorization, yet are relevant to U of T’s students and community. The section provides contributors with the unique opportunity to create in-depth articles and to be involved in each stage of production from pitching to visual design. The Varsity’s magazine editions are published once each semester. They are inspired by a central theme or provocation and provide an opportunity for contributors to showcase their skills with comprehensive writing and innovative design.
Features is a collaborative, and evolving section. This section is largely shaped by its contributors so if you are interested we would love to hear from you!
Arts & Culture Editor
U of T is situated within one of Canada’s largest artistic cities. If you’re interested in exploring the cultural and creative offerings of your city and your campus, then this is the section to write for. Coverage spans from weekly reviews of music, film, and events, to festivals like TIFF, Riot Fest, and The Word on the Street. You’ll have the chance to interview up-and-coming artists and to attend events all over the city. The section also features articles that take an in-depth look at the different communities that exist within our own campus, as well as living arts pieces where writers tackle activities from student cooking to spoken word poetry. Dedication and a willingness to learn are the only things necessary to write for Arts, and guidance is available for every step of the writing and editing process.
If you’re a science student interested in practicing your communication skills, or an aspiring reporter with a passion for health, research or technology, the Science section would love to have you! We are always looking for enthusiastic and committed student writers interested in covering a wide variety of topics related to science and technology. The section includes current U of T research, interviews with professors and student scientists, undergraduate science initiatives, and technology news. We are also interested in creating video content such as grad student interviews or lab tours. U of T is one of the world’s best research institutions and The Varsity’s Science section brings news straight from the test tubes of great researchers to our readers on all three campuses.
The Sports section of The Varsity reports on the Varsity Blues and other U of T athletics, athletics in the community that affect U of T students, and general health and fitness topics. Potential writers do not need to have experience writing about sports, health, or fitness, and do not need an in-depth knowledge of all sports covered in The Varsity. Rather, writers must have a desire to constantly learn and develop the journalistic skills that are involved in sports writing. Writers will work on game recaps, player profiles, creative features, and much more.
Are you interested in photography? More importantly, are you interested in immortalizing events and people? Get involved with The Varsity by shooting for us. Little to no experience? That’s ok — your photo department is here to help. Come at me, shutterbugs!
Do you want to be a layout wizard? A magical master of margins? The design section of The Varsity is right up your alley. Come in, learn about newspaper layout, and help design the finest piece of media on campus.
Senior Copy Editor
The goal of the copy editing team is to publish a paper free of errors, either grammatical or factual, and to ensure that The Varsity’s style is consistent across all our articles. Copy editing is done in accordance with The Varsity‘s Style Guide, which outlines how The Varsity uses language and punctuation to create our signature tone and style. The copy editing team is also responsible for fact checking, which entails verifying that all quotes, facts, and figures reported on in our articles are true. Volunteers are needed, mostly, for in-office production on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as, in limited numbers, for online copy editing during the week.
Let “heading back to the drawing board” be a good thing! Join The Varsity’s illustrations team to draw visuals for articles and have your work distributed online, in print, or both. Varied styles are welcome!
When an individual lifts up a camera with the intent of capturing a moment, they are immediately given the responsibility to take the medium’s transformative power and display it for others to see. The Video department at The Varsity aims to showcase the student body, the university, and the City of Toronto on a greater scale with a focus on online representation of related print articles or news stories. Videographers are tasked to cover a range of topics in different styles with artistic freedom to express the piece in the most visually creative way. If you feel you are ready to share your vision and collaborate with others in this learning experience, send an email and let’s make art!
Jaren Kerr (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Managing Online Editor
Jacob Lorinc (email@example.com)
Mubashir Baweja (firstname.lastname@example.org)