Volunteers are incredibly important to the Martlet, and make a lot of what we do possible. If you are looking to get involved with us, you’ve come to the right place! Volunteering for the Martlet is a great way to build hands-on skills in writing, editing, photography, and art. It’s also a great way to meet like-minded individuals passionate about the same endeavours and, heck, even make a great group of friends!
In the last 74 years, the Martlet has become a launchpad for careers in media. Martlet writers have freelanced for the Globe and Mail, the Tyee, the New York Times, and CBC. They have also been paid for freelance work at Capital Daily — a new local longform journalism site.
NEW – Summer Volunteer Writer or Editor!
We are now recruiting for our summer team! Join the Martlet as a Summer Volunteer Writer or Editor!
Our five-hour training program will start you off with some journalism basics. From there, you’ll be able to pitch and write your own stories. You will be mentored directly by a member of the Martlet’s staff — they will guide you through your interviewing, factchecking, and everything else in between.
There is no set time commitment and you can volunteer remotely. You do not have to be a UVic student to volunteer. As per our Staff Policy, volunteers must contribute three times to the Martlet to be considered staff. If you are interested in working towards three contributions as a goal, we can help you make that a reality this summer.
Contribute to the Martlet
Want to write for us? We’re here to help you get started. If you have a story idea of your own, you can use our handy form to pitch your idea. If you’re in need of a little inspiration, you can sign up for our pitch list. Our Editor-in-Chief sends stories out regularly for volunteers to pick up.
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. If you’d prefer a more hands-on approach, you can arrange to meet with the Editor-in-Chief at anytime during the process to get feedback on your writing.
Before you start crafting an article, read the Martlet volunteer handbook.
Photography and Design
Want to snap shots of your favourite performers, political big-wigs, protests, or sports? Have a eye for design and a knack for drawing?
Photographers — 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. Just remember to follow our Image Submission Guidelines in order to get the best shots, from real life to print.
To get involved, send an email to our Editor-in-Chief.
If you’re more design-inclined and want to submit drawings, contact our Design Director.
We have plenty of other things that need creative and enthusiastic minds. If you want to get involved but aren’t sure where to start, you can always set up a meeting with our Editor-in-Chief.
Our website and social media need sharp minds, too. We can always use an extra TikTok creator or Instagram wiz! If you are interested in helping clear our digital cobwebs or improve our office efficiency, email the Editor-in-Chief.
The Martlet also hosts workshops throughout the year on everything from shooting photos and video to copy editing, as well as super cool question and answer sessions with notable Martlet alumni and members of the journalism community in Victoria and beyond. If you follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, or sign up for our pitch list, you’ll hear all about them.