Hear from DA staffers about why you should join WVU's independent newspaper.
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Join the DAFor 131 years, the award-winning DA has been the independent student voice of WVU. Over the decades, it has built a legacy of being an accurate, honest and valuable information source for the campus and Morgantown community. Thousands of professionals across West Virginia and the country are former DA staffers who care deeply about it and helping its alumni succeed. The newspaper, website and social media are independent from the university and are led by students who create all content and sell all advertising. A professional staff is on hand to advise and critique, but it is students who roll up their sleeves and do the reporting – from city hall to the sidelines – the editing, photography and design. They create videos, podcasts, and devise social media strategy and ad campaigns.
The statsThe print edition of the DA is available on Mondays and Thursdays at 134 locations around Morgantown. In addition, the Monday edition is inserted into the Dominion Post to its 15,000 Monongalia and Preston County subscribers. The DAonline.com is updated throughout the week and the staff uses social media to break news and interact with readers. The DA media consultants sell print, online and video advertising to campus partners and community businesses earning commission on the $200,000 in advertising sales.
Who can work at The DA?All WVU undergraduate and graduate students in all majors are encouraged to join the DA. To apply, click here for the application, and interested students are encouraged to drop by the DA at 284 Prospect Street any time. There are a handful of paid positions and to have those, you must have and maintain a 2.5 GPA. To get started, check out current openings below or contact Adell Crowe, director of Student Media, at email@example.com.
Why Join the DA?As the independent student newspaper of WVU, the DA gives you a chance to practice what you learn in the classroom in a real-world environment. Our professional staff offers years of media experience and training, and we are constantly applying the newest industry standards and technology. We also offer ouside training opportunities and can set you on the path to internships, awards and jobs. Recent DA staff members have interned at the Charleston Gazette and other West Virginia media companies, in DC at the Student Press Law Center and Politico.
We are a welcoming communityThe DA strives to reflect the diversity of the WVU community and its commitment to an inclusive environment. We encourage students from all majors and all communities to consider the power of direct representation in media. We have opportunities for students with a wide range of interests and backgrounds, and you don't have to come in with media experience. If you have a desire to learn, a story to tell and a solid work ethic, we will train you.
What happens next? You’ll hear from a student leader about openings and you’ll be invited to stop by the paper and meet other staffers. If you are hired, you will be expected to attend weekly staff meetings and complete assignments. Your ideas and talents will be welcomed and celebrated and you will find the DA a place to showcase your unique abilities. You’ll get hands-on help from student editors and professional staff is available to assist with any training or skills-building you may need. You will have the opportunity to move up in the organization to paid positions that have more responsibility for content and advertising.
When I came to West Virginia University as a freshman in the fall of 2019, I had a lot of worries. I was able to calm those nerves and meet life-long friends through the student newspaper.