Since 1909, the Red & Black has served as the main student newspaper of Washington & Jefferson College. Printing 1,250 copies weekly, the Red & Black features news, Presidents' sports, entertainment, student opinion, and more nearly every Thursday throughout the academic year. Students are involved in all aspects of the newspaper, from writing to editing and from graphic design and layout to advertising sales. The publication continues to strive for excellence, a goal emphasized by the Society of Professional Journalists, which named the Red & Black as one of the best overall nondaily student newspapers in the northeast in 2005.
Advertise with Us
Publishing the weekly Red & Black is heavily supported by advertising from local and national businesses. As always, we thank our advertisers for their support!
Our publication has a high readership on campus and is the easiest way to expose your business to the students, faculty, and staff of Washington & Jefferson College. Our rates are extremely low to make it easier for you to utilize us for your advertising needs.
We sell display advertising at a column/inch rate. We have recommended standard sizes, but we will accommodate any size. Download the Red & Black Advertising Rate Sheet for more details.
If you have questions, contact your student advertising representative, the student business manager, or the Red & Black adviser. Don't know where to start? E-mail email@example.com.
Display advertising is always available, but try to book space as far in advance as possible. The deadline at the latest is the Friday before a Thursday publication. Ask about any discounts available at certain times of the year.
The Red & Black is staffed by several dedicated, hard-working students at Washington and Jefferson College. Students are involved in all aspects of the newspaper, including some that may surprise you. Stop by one of our meetings to learn more about any of these positons!
About 12 editors oversee the weekly publication from start to finish. Editors are paid to perform their specific duties for each issue. Through work-study eligible students are preferred, it's not necessarily a requirement. Of course, these positions are very skill-based and require commitment and enthusiasm for the newspaper. Any positions available are listed as "open" in the staff box listed in each issue. Editors pick up great career skills not only in publishing, but also in leadership, staff management, and more.
If you'd like to see the business side of running a weekly newspaper, this might be the job for you. Seek out local businesses that would like to advertise and help them get some exposure on campus. This kind of job requires some people skills and some business savvy. Ranges from fast-paced to slow, depending on how much work you put into it. Salesmanship skills are most essential in today's business field and translate to a number of career paths. Payment is based on commission. Students may also be asked to design advertising as well (but we can train you on that part).
Handy with a camera? Photographers are sort of "on-call" for weekly assignments and can take photos for any of our sections. Payment is granted for each published image. Supply your own camera or use one of our digital cameras. Great for building your photography skills (even if it's just a hobby) and there is potential for adding digital art software proficiency.
Students who want to build their writing skills are always welcome to write for any of our sections-news, sports, arts, or campus. Once a student joins staff, he or she takes assignments from section editors and is paid for each published piece. Writing skills are handed in any profession, as is the ability to research a topic, and writers will also get to work with many people across campus. We are always looking for new writings; stop by one of our weekly meetings to see what we're about!
The Red & Black limits itself to two student opinion columns per issue. These highly sought-after positions are applied for at the beginning of every academic year and selected by the staff. This is not necessarily a paid position (writers must reach "staff status" to qualify for payment - see our policy section for more information).
Got an eye for art? Know how to work with Photoshop? Can you sketch a decent picture? We occasionally need additional artwork, such as photo manipulations and graphics, to go along with our stories. Paid on a piece by piece basis.
If you're handing with pen and link, have a good sense of humor, and maybe an open ear to ongoing contemporary politics and world/campus news, we could use your cartoon. Paid on a piece basis. May have to limit the total number of cartoons each week.
Send us mail:
Washington & Jefferson College
ATTN: Red & Black
60 South Lincoln Street
Washington, PA 15301
Advisor: Dale Lolley
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call us: 724-223-6049