USA TODAY’s Collegiate Correspondent Program is one of the nation’s premier journalism opportunities for college students. Collegiate Correspondents pitch, research and write weekly stories that appear across all USA TODAY and Gannett platforms, including mobile and tablet.
You will be choosing your own topics — as long as they are current, relevant news topics. Occasionally topics are assigned to you or you are asked to cover breaking news on or around your campus.
When the application opens, you will need to submit a resume, cover letter, two writing samples. Additionally, you may submit a multimedia sample and a letter of recommendation, though these are optional.
Please address your cover letter to McKenna Grant, USA TODAY College editor.
Articles will be published on any one (and occasionally, all) of the following platforms: USA TODAY College, USATODAY.com the Gannett network of news and broadcast sites and USA TODAY’s print edition.
If chosen, you will be a correspondent for one semester.
Yes, you must be enrolled as an undergraduate student (either at a four-year college or community college) during your time as a correspondent.
Yes. As long as you are pursuing an undergraduate degree at a North American-based school, you are welcome to apply. However, we do require that you submit one article a week for the duration of the program. As long as you feel you can maintain that workload, you are more than welcome to apply.
No. We welcome students pursuing any major to apply.
Yes. As long as you can provide samples of your writing, you can still apply.
No. The program is designed so that you can participate while taking your normal course load on your campus.
Yes! We have fall, spring and summer versions of the program.
The USA TODAY College staff will begin reviewing all of the applications, writing samples, cover letters and resumes.
After this, you will be notified via email if you are selected to move on to round two of the application process. Writers selected to move on to round two will be asked to write an original news story on a tight deadline.
During round two, all writers will be given 48 hours to write an article for USA TODAY College.
After the deadline of round two, USA TODAY editorial staff will make final selections for the program.
The writers selected to participate in the program will be notified by email or phone.
Once selected, all correspondents will receive a subscription to the electronic edition of USA TODAY for the duration of the program and well as a stipend of $350. Throughout the course of the program, USA TODAY will host sessions with USA TODAY editorial staff members to provide guidance and writing support. Correspondents will also benefit from the Collegiate Correspondent Alumni network, which offers excellent network opportunities.
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