And now for my big pitch. Are you ready? I want you to write for The Bolt! I know I wrote a short version of this last issue, but I had some things that I really wanted to stress and so you get it again. We’re approaching our last issue and I wanted to take this opportunity to convince you to work on our team. The Bolt has been a work in progress since I joined the team last year (2012-2013) as Layout Editor. The publication needed, in my opinion, a big change. That year had its ups and downs as the new editing team tried a lot of new things; or at least new for us, a team going in blind. The team this year took things even further, pushing for a bolder new look and different sections to interest the students. We’ve worked long nights and weekends trying to make The Bolt, your student paper, something that you’ll want to pick up. Along with that we’ve gone online like never before so that more people could read and enjoy our articles.
But why am I saying all this? Because I just want to show you that what you write matters and that having us publish your work is as important to you as it is us. We have over four hundred people reading our stories every issue (online or in paper form) and so we want writers who want to bring their A-game to the paper. We can see our hard work paying off this year and we want to continue the upward momentum that we’ve gained this year. I’ve written for almost every issue of the paper as Editor-in-Chief and while it can be hard to come up with something to write about every week, especially when you don’t have any specific to write about (unlike the other writers), but the reward for finally getting the story down and finished is great and seeing put into print is even cooler. Did I mention you get paid? That’s right people, writing for us is a paid position! It won’t pay in the rent, (we’re not the New York Times), but it does give you some spending money and in the end we do it for the love of the game… or print rather.
I’ve also heard of an alarming amount of people who are having a hard time making friends here at Concordia. I never had this issue as I’ve met some great people here over the years and always thought that Concordia’s size helped with facilitating those friendships. Writing for us puts you on a team and let’s your voice be heard. You also have the backup of the editing team (and usually the other writers) if people decide the criticize you; and remember, you’re getting published, they aren’t.
Want more convincing? We’re looking for writers to write for our current sections OR come up with something different, something they want to talk about or think that the student body will want to hear. Want to share a short story every two weeks? Pitch it to us. A section all about different types of study habits. Hit us up with an e-mail. A section about the religious communities that inhabit Concordia? Go for it… after we give it the green light that is. The options are only limited by your imagination. Feel like your idea is too far out? I don’t care, I want to hear it!
So I implore you all to get involved with our ever changing and growing publication I can assure you that’s it’s worth the minimal risk of sending in a resume and writing sample. Which, by the way, is exactly what we need from you if you want to join our team. We need a resume, so we know you’ve lived a little and can hold down the responsibility of writing seven hundred words every two weeks. We also need a writing sample, you know, so we can see if you can write. Along with those two things we want to know what you want to write about, I’ve explained that piece above so go back a bit if you need more explanation. E-mail all those lovely things to CSABolt@student.concordia.ab.ca.
I hope to hear from you soon Concordia, working for The Bolt has been an insanely rewarding experience for me and I hope it can be for you as well. Also keep you eyes peeled next week for an extra special extra edition of The Bolt.