Established in 1901, The Wellesley News is the only campus newspaper of Wellesley College. The News, which is entirely student-run, is published weekly on Wednesdays during the academic year.
All Wellesley students are welcome to join The News. No prior journalism experience is required — our editors teach all new staff members everything they need to know.
We currently have 5 sections: News, Features, Opinions, Arts, and Sports and Wellness. We also have several sections behind the scenes including Photography, Layout & Design, and Web. You can read more about each section below.
If you have any questions about joining The News, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The News section is your go-to place for hard news about new Wellesley policies, critical events, administrative changes, and investigative topics. Our staff writers cover policy changes that affect Wellesley’s entire campus. News reporters cover events everything ranging from the public launch of the $500 million Wellesley Effect campaign, Wellesley’s new admissions policy, and investigating the decline in humanities enrollment at Wellesley.
The Features section is the place for writers with an interest in what is happening with student life on campus. We include topics such as snapshots of specific communities on campus, new organizations and their role on campus, and events. Features writers have opportunities to report on interesting and creative topics while incorporating student perspectives to develop a better understanding of campus life. Features reporters have covered topics ranging from the process of organizing the TEDx Wellesley talks, the 3D printing club at Wellesley, to the Bernie Sanders rally in Boston. We also run columns which feature faculty members, alumnae, recent scientific discovery and satirical content that pokes fun at the idiosyncrasies of Wellesley life.
Opinion writers formulate columns on a wide range of topics that impact Wellesley students. They write weekly or bi-weekly columns expressing their views on issues important to them and the Wellesley community. Past topics include Planned Parenthood, the student debt crisis, and Wellesley’s RA/HP compensation. Our Opinion editors work closely with writers to improve their writing. The Opinions section is the perfect place for writers looking to improve their ability to craft argumentative pieces for a large audience.
From Boston Calling to to new art exhibitions in the Museum of Fine Arts to Sir Salman Rushdie’s lecture at Wellesley, the Arts section is The News’ hub of arts and entertainment-related content. We include topics such as movie reviews, fashion shows, on-campus art lectures, art exhibitions and concert reviews. Art reporters have covered topics such as Games of Thrones David J. Peterson’s lecture, the mastermind behind creating the Dothraki and Valyrian language, Grammy-winning composer Rebecca Mauleón’s concert at Wellesley, and Trevor Noah’s debut on “The Daily Show.” Art reporters often have the chance to interview famous artists, and cover Boston and Wellesley art events for free!
Sports and Wellness
The Sports and Wellness section is for writers with an interest in covering all things related to sports and fitness. Sports reporters cover all 19 Wellesley varsity sports teams, and/or Boston sport events. No previous sports writing experience is necessary-just an interest and knowledge in the sport! Sports reporters have the opportunity to interview Wellesley sports players for Athlete of the Week, as well as Wellesley’s sport coaches. Aside from sports, the Sports and Wellness section runs columns on topics related to health and fitness. Past topics have ranged from the Quinoa diet, to student-led fitness classes, to the benefits of napping.
The Copy section edits every article in the paper before it is printed for factual accuracy, AP style, stylistic consistency, and grammar. Our editors will teach members of the copy section about the standard AP style, so no prior knowledge is necessary! The Copy section is perfect for those interested in the field of publishing, or enjoy editing articles.
The photo section captures on-campus and Boston events such as sport games, lectures, and student-life at Wellesley. Without our photographers, the News would have no photos! Photographers work closely with editors and writers from other sections to find the perfect picture for their written or multimedia pieces. Photographers often get to attend events for free, such as Boston calling!
Layout & Design
The design section is responsible for the layout and design of the print edition of The News, and for designing infographics for the paper and website. No prior experience is necessary! Our editors will teach you how to use Adobe InDesign. Photoshop, and Illustrator.
Members of the digital team can work on the site’s page design, upload articles, create interactive graphics and multimedia pieces, write tweets and publish Facebook posts, analyze readership statistics, as well as other tasks relating to The New’s online presence. Online columnists have the flexibility of writing on a variety of topics, ranging from Middle Eastern affairs to economics. The digital team is the perfect place for you to join if you want to learn more about how to use WordPress, or improve your social media skills.