Questions About The Hoya
Where is your office located?
Our home on campus is Leavey 421, but we currently meet over Zoom.
What is The Hoya doing in the virtual environment?
The Hoya meets on Zoom in our virtual office space every night from Sunday through Thursday and uses Slack for most of our communication. The amount of time spent on Zoom will depend on your position, but all staffers are welcome to come to the virtual office at any time. Though we are not currently printing, we publish articles online and send out four newsletters weekly.
How is The Hoya different from other clubs?
The Hoya serves an essential role in informing the Georgetown community. We strive to keep all students up to date on what happens at Georgetown each week and to tell the stories of all Hoyas.
When you work for The Hoya, you can see a tangible output from your work each week: the articles and newsletters we produce. If you’re a writer, you can keep track of your bylines as writing samples. If you’re in Design, you can point to the graphics and illustrations you make as evidence of your weekly work. No matter your role, your work at The Hoya each week is fruitful.
We are also unique in our close-knit community. Many staffers point to The Hoya as the source of some of their closest friendships. We hope to be a nurturing community, both professionally and personally, by teaching staffers useful skills for their resumes as well as providing mentorship for anyone who wants it.
What is The Hoya’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion?
We recognize that The Hoya has not always been an inclusive space and that we have often failed to adequately represent marginalized communities in our pages.
We are committed to doing better, both in our coverage and in our newsroom. We are going to tell the stories The Hoya has neglected to tell in the past and increase the diversity of our sources. We also want our newsroom to be a space in which staffers of all backgrounds feel welcome. In this endeavor, we are actively seeking any criticism or suggestions from the Georgetown community so we can build a newspaper that is more representative of everyone at Georgetown.
Questions About Applying
How can I apply for a position at The Hoya?
Applications for each section or department are at the end of each description on the Join The Hoya page.
I have no writing, media or business experience. Can I still apply?
Absolutely! No prior experience is necessary for any entry-level position. However, we welcome you to mention any experience or technical skills related to the positions that interest you.
How can I learn more about getting involved?
Make sure to like our Facebook and follow our Instagram and Twitter pages to receive updates. You can also reach out to the editor or director of the section or division you are interested in. You can find their emails on our Staff page.
What should I expect my time commitment to The Hoya to be?
Most entry-level staffers work two to four hours a week either in the office or writing articles, and the time commitment is flexible. Staffers who hold or wish to hold leadership positions often work more, with the time commitment increasing as leadership level increases. Some senior editors work up to 20 hours a week. The Hoya is usually the primary extracurricular commitment for staffers in leadership positions, but many staffers are still involved in other clubs or jobs.
What is the difference between columnist applications and regular applications? If I’ve missed the columnist application deadline, can I still join The Hoya?
Columnists contribute to The Hoya on a periodic basis by submitting pieces that follow a predetermined theme, but they are not considered staff members of The Hoya. On the other hand, entry-level staffers contribute to The Hoya on a regular basis by completing assignments from their editors and are eligible for promotions. Columnist applications and regular staff applications have different due dates, so please read applications closely.
Do I need to send in a resume with my application?
No. Resumes are not required or considered in the application process.
How should I dress for my interview?
Wear what makes you feel comfortable! We want to get to know you. Business casual attire is not necessary. All the senior editors will be dressed casually.
What are you looking for in an applicant?
There is no one type of person we are looking for. We want members with a diverse array of experiences, majors, interests and backgrounds.
We are looking for people to demonstrate genuine enthusiasm for the section to which they are applying. You do not need any experience in journalism, nor do you need to be an avid reader of The Hoya. If you love what the section does or are interested in trying it out, tell us!
As a newspaper, we also expect all applicants to value honesty and integrity. The Hoya is a large organization, so we also look for a commitment to collaboration, openness and respect for other members of the newsroom.
Which sections have additional application requirements?
If you are applying to Opinion or Copy, you will need to complete an editing test following your interview. The purpose of the test is to get a sense of your editing thought process. You are not expected to be an expert.
If you are applying to Photo, you will need to send a small portfolio of images to display your photography ability and experience. You are neither required nor expected to own professional photography gear or to have any professional photography experience.
If you are applying to Design, you have the option to submit a portfolio of your graphic design work or illustrations, but you do not need to. Not submitting a portfolio will not hurt your chances of being accepted to Design. The purpose of the optional portfolio is to allow you to showcase your past graphic design experience.
If you are applying to Blog, you will be asked to submit a meme or gif that best represents you. The purpose of this submission is for us to get to know your sense of humor and to help you understand the spirit of the Blog.
Can I apply to multiple sections or departments?
We encourage applicants to apply to up to two sections if they choose.
I don’t want to miss the deadline! Can I be notified before the application closes?
Sure! You can like our Facebook and follow our Instagram and Twitter pages to receive updates.