Volunteer

Volunteers are important to us and make a lot of what we do possible. If you are looking to get involved with us, we will find a place for you and help you learn the skills you need. You might think we’re only looking for volunteer writers, but we’re also looking for photographers, illustrators, copy editors, and more!

First step

Before you become a volunteer, we ask that you get to know a little more about the Martlet and confirm that you’ve read our Volunteer Agreement. If you still have questions, you can take a gander at our volunteer handbook (coming soon!) which contains other useful info.

Writing

Want to write for us? We’re here to help you get started. If you have a story idea of your own, you can send it to our Editor-in-Chief. If you’re in need of a little inspiration, you can attend our weekly story meetings to get some ideas, or you can sign up for our Listserv and keep an eye out for a story that piques your interest.

Once submitted, your story will undergo approximately two rounds of edits (sometimes more, but not often). Our editors usually use Google Docs to collaborate with our writers, so if you haven’t already, check it out! If you’d prefer a more hands-on approach, you can arrange to meet with your section editor during the first round of edits to help familiarize yourself with the editorial process.

For all of your stories, please include all relevant contact information (phone numbers for interview subjects as well as email addresses) and websites (links to source documents) for fact-checking purposes. It’s also a great idea to hold onto your interview recordings and notes too!

Copy Editing

Do comma splices make your lower lip start to tremble? Come copy edit at the Martlet office (SUB B011) every other Tuesday from 4–7 p.m. (or however long it takes), and you can help catch errors in the paper before it goes to print. Pizza for all proofreaders. No knowledge necessary, but if you are interested in Canadian Press styles, our Martlet Style Guide is a great introduction.

Questions? Shoot our Editor-in-Chief an email.

Photography

Want to snap shots of your favourite performers, political big-wigs, protests, or sports?

We can provide some gorgeous equipment (Canon T3i, tripods, lights, microphone, Creative Suite software and more for you to use). Volunteer to snap some photos for the Martlet and all this could be yours. We will even give some hands-on instruction to those who are a little camera shy. To pick up a photo assignment, sign up for our Graphics Listserv to find something you would like to cover. Then speak with our Photo Editor and you are on your way to publishing your images. Just remember to follow our Image Submission Guidelines in order to get the best shots, from real life to print. To book equipment, send an email to our Editor-in-Chief or stop by the office.

Illustrations

Lots of stories also require illustration or graphic accompaniment. If you want to be the one to do it, read our Graphics Guidelines and then get in touch with our Design Director. You should also sign up for the Graphics Listserv; our Design Director will email illustration pitches every issue.

Help out!

We have plenty of other things that need creative and enthusiastic minds. Help spread the word by assisting with distribution and we host regular information tables to let people know what we’re up to. If you’d like to get the word out about the Martlet, email our Volunteer Co-ordinator.

Our website and archives need sharp minds too, if you are interested in helping clear our digital cobwebs or improve our office efficiency, email the Editor-in-Chief, or stop by the office anytime.

Meetings & Workshops

Meetings are a great way to see how the Martlet works and will give you the opportunity to voice your ideas and opinions about the paper and its content. Meetings are held every Friday at noon in the Martlet office, and rotate each week between editorial/cover meetings and general story meetings. Both are great opportunities to get involved.

The Martlet also hosts workshops throughout the year on everything from shooting photos and video to copy editing. If you sign up for our Listserv, you’ll hear all about them.

Become Volunteer Staff

The Martlet is made up of a lot of hard working people with a variety of talents, perspectives and ideas. We want everyone to have a say and those who contribute get the ability to help make decisions about what we do and how we do it. You will even get invites to some pretty rad parties, like our Staff & Volunteer appreciation events.

How it works

  • Contribute to three papers: Write an article, take a photo, draw a graphic, or help copy edit.

  • Attend three meetings: Story, cover/editorial, board meetings, seminars, workshops