• The Cougar Chronicle has ceased print production. We will be moving to an online-focused model until further notice.
The independent student news site of San Marcos, California

The Cougar Chronicle

The independent student news site of San Marcos, California

The Cougar Chronicle

The independent student news site of San Marcos, California

The Cougar Chronicle

Work With Us

Welcome! Are you interested in becoming a part of Cal State San Marcos’ independent student newspaper, The Cougar Chronicle?

By joining The Cougar Chronicle, you can gain valuable work experience, stay connected to your campus community and tell stories that matter.

During the Spring 2023 semester, The Cougar Chronicle continues to produce campus-oriented web content as CSUSM returns to in-person activity.

Graphic by Mallory Arcena

We accept new staff members for the following positions on a rolling basis:

Staff Writers
Photographers
Video Reporters
Graphic Artists

Regular staff members (the above positions) have no minimum hourly commitment and are unpaid. If interested in joining us in this capacity, please email the Editor-in-Chief, Mar Ramirez, at [email protected].

We are also accepting applications for various editor and intern positions for spring 2023 (listed below). If interested in the below positions, apply by Jan. 10 for priority consideration. 

Please email the Editor-in-Chief, Mar Ramirez, at [email protected] with any questions about the positions.

We can’t wait to hear from you! 

SPRING 2023 OPEN POSITIONS

Staff Writer and/or Video Reporter Internship

  • Writes articles and/or creates video stories. (The work is the same as a non-intern staff writer/video reporter, but the intern makes more of a time commitment.)
  • Any major welcome to apply.
  • 120 hours over the course of the semester (average 7-8 hours per week)
  • Must attend weekly staff meetings which are Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Must enroll in 1-unit class CJRN 401A which meets Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Staff writer and/or video reporter interns do not receive any payment.

Advertising Sales Representative Internship

  • Sells advertising for our website.
  • Marketing major preferred but not required.
  • 120 hours over the course of the semester (average 7-8 hours per week)
  • Must attend weekly staff meetings which are Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Must enroll in 1-unit class CJRN 401A which meets Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Payment is a commission rate on ads sold of 10% for returning clients and 20% for new clients and the intern will also receive a small stipend (amount TBD).

Video Editor Internship

  • Makes quality video content for our YouTube channel.
  • Art & technology major or video/film production minor preferred but not required.
  • 120 hours over the course of the semester (average 7-8 hours per week)
  • Must attend weekly staff meetings which are Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Must enroll in 1-unit class CJRN 401A which meets Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Assistant Editor (intern or non-intern)

  • Is assigned to one of the following sections: news, arts & entertainment, features, opinion and sports, and assists their respective section editor by writing for and editing that section.
  • Any major welcome to apply.
  • Average commitment of 4 hours per week for non-intern assistant editors and 7-8 hours per week for intern assistant editors.
  • Must attend weekly staff meetings which are Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Must enroll in 1-unit class CJRN 401A which meets Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Assistant editors do not receive any payment.