So You Think You Can Blog? Apply to 4E!

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Have you been considering applying for a position on the WORLD’S GREATEST BLOG?  Well then you’re in luck, because 4E is hiring!

While we know you’re ecstatic over this news, we also know you may have a few reservations. You may find yourself wondering, “How do I know if I have what it takes?”  If this is a fear you may have lingering in back of your mind, keep reading as we will provide you with 4E’s comprehensive guide to why YOU should apply!

  1. Your dad once told you that you were funny: Point blank, dads have the best sense of humor.  Nothing beats their jokes, so their approval definitely means that you have what it takes to capture the entire worldwide web’s attention with your witty remarks.  Side note: thanks for the vote of confidence, Dad!
  2. You’re really great at thinking on your feet: No, if you apply we won’t be throwing a baseball at your face to check your reaction rate.  Trust us, coordination is not necessary. We just want to see that you can come up with new ideas, and that you’re not afraid to share them regardless of how ridiculous they may seem.
  3. You like to take risks: Are you the kind of person who signs out your package before the RHO has even handed it to you?  If so, then you definitely have what it takes!  4E is all about covering news with a quirky, fun twist.  Have an idea?  Run with it.
  4. Grammar errors drive you crazy:  You know how to drop an Oxford comma like it’s hot. As part of The Hoya, we’re looking for applicants who can translate ideas into words without a ton of errors.  If you know the difference between to, too and two, then you may have found your niche.
  5. You’re all about the #debauchery: If you’re looking to join a crazy, dysfunctional family on campus then you can consider your search over. 4E is made up of all kinds of bloggers whose talents range from being the number one avocado enthusiast on campus to low key being a contortionist and acrobat (yeah…it’s chill).  Above all else, we’re a great group looking for some new additions to partake in the fun!

So what do you have to lose?  Get your application out today, and become a part of our team!
Click here to get to our application!

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Facebook Paper: Does It Fall Flat?

facebook_paperFacebook has just unveiled a brand new app called Paper, which, according to the company, will allow users to “explore and share stories from friends and the world in immersive designs and fullscreen, distraction-free layouts.” The app aims to give users a streamlined and engaging way to read their newsfeeds and view photos, like a unique, customizable newspaper.

Here at 4E, we like Facebook. And we like paper. We also like “immersive designs,” and we certainly love storytelling. So we downloaded Paper for ourselves to see if it lives up to the hype surrounding its release. Here’s what you need to know about our experience:

1. Paper is pretty We aren’t kidding. The app divides your newsfeed into easy, customizable categories. Photos are vivid and crisp (tilt your phone and watch what happens!), and just check out all that glorious white space!

2. Paper is also pretty pointless If you’re looking for a new Facebook experience, you’ve come to the wrong place. That being said, if you’re looking for a new place to read the news and stories you like, you’ve come to the right place.

3. If you have a tablet, Paper is great iPad users, you’re in luck. Paper’s simple, clean layout will be wonderful for your tablet device. It’s almost meant to be viewed on a Goldilocks-like screen: not too big, not too small, just right. For all you iPhone users out there, the app really seems lukewarm. Does Paper make for better viewing than the original Facebook phone app? We think yes. Is it dazzlingly better on such a small screen? No.

4. Who says my paper can only have nine sections? Another downside is that your customizable “Paper” can only have nine sections that you choose. These sections can range from Headlines, to Tech, to Pop Life, to Score, to Glow. (Side note: What in the world is Glow? Name one newspaper that has ever had a Glow Section. Is Glow like a Lifestyle section for aliens? If I choose Glow for my Paper, will I get a glow stick?) If you’re anything like us, you’ll want all the sections in your Paper, and having to choose is a bit of a letdown. Actually, never mind. We’ll just stick with Glow.

5. Try Paper for yourself And when you do, let us know what you think about it. Is Paper the next big thing? Is it revolutionizing media? Will the app bring Mark Zuckerberg some major “paper?” Or is it just a prettier newsfeed? Let us know in the comments below.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, Glow is a section about “Style, substance and beauty that’s more than skin deep.” I think it’s a section about Beyoncé.

Photo: readwrite.com

No Pants Metro Ride: SUCCESS.

no-pants-subway-2014-12Earlier this week, we let you know that the D.C. No Pants Metro Ride was slated to bring underwear to the underground. This Sunday, the event went off as planned, and while looking at its recap on DCist, we came to a startling conclusion: Not only did the No Pants participants have fantastic choices of undergarments, but they also displayed their superb taste in newspapers.

Don’t believe us? Check out the picture below taken by Victoria Pickering. The man in the photo, in addition to rocking some crazy socks and snazzy luggage, is carrying a copy of – you guessed it – The Hoya.

Pants? No. Georgetown University's Newspaper of Record Since 1920? Yes.
Pants? No. Georgetown University’s Newspaper of Record Since 1920? Yes.

Style, grace and all of the latest news and events – you sir, are a maverick. I speak on behalf of The Hoya and 4E when I say this: Keep up the great work.

Photo: Victoria Pickering for DCist; Mashable.com

Which Section of The Hoya is Right For You?

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The application due date for The Hoya is right around the corner (Friday, September 6) and we realized that some of you might be a little unsure which section you want to apply to. Have no fear! We had some of our staff members tell us what kinds of people they’re looking for and what kinds of people thrive in their respective sections. Take a look and be sure to get those applications in on time.

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News
Like meeting interesting people? As a news writer, you’ll meet and interview students, faculty, administrators and business owners from every corner of Georgetown and the surrounding neighborhood. You never know when a 10-minute interview will turn into a two-hour conversation or when you’ll find out about a new club to join, show to see or person to keep in touch with. There is no better way to learn about Georgetown and integrate yourself into the campus community than joining the news section.
Curious? In news, you’ll discover new stories, information and even secrets as you report and investigate for your articles. The best reporters have a passion for digging and detail.
Aspiring writer? In news, you can write as much as you like, developing both your skills and your portfolio.
News is the biggest section — and the one with its name in the word newspaper — so it’s clearly the best.
~Emma Hinchliffe, Executive Editor
Opinion
If you enjoy hearing what other people think, like other people to hear what you think, or just have a lot of feelings then there’s no question that Opinion right for you. Opinionators enjoy facilitating campus dialogue, writing hard-hitting editorials and weeding oxford commas out of Op-Eds. While journalistic experience is not required, strong writing skills are preferred. All in all, we just have a lot of feelings.
~Katy Berk, Opinion Editor

The Guide
Do you get worked up over movies, wax poetic about your favorite dishes or love telling stories about interesting people? Then you should probably write for The Guide, The Hoya’s lifestyle and arts section. You can review new books, music and movies, talk about your favorite restaurants or write lifestyle pieces about the things and people that make Georgetown tick. We also have the best taste in gifs.
~Victoria Edel, Online Editor

Sports
Sports is fantastic because you get to cover the Hoyas across the country and around the world. From soccer national championships in Alabama to basketball exhibitions in China, sports is on the front lines of one of the country’s best athletic programs.
~Evan Hollander, Chair of the Board

Photo
Photo is great for people with creative minds that want to apply their talents to helping create a better-informed campus. From sports to speakers, we’ll help you find your passion. Plus, you’ll never find yourself so close to the Clinton’s, President Obama, or Bono again in your life and you’ll always have a high quality cover photo.
~AJ Brown, Photo Editor

Layout
Layout is a great section for anyone who has a good eye for design. As a layout assistant you would help put together the newspaper twice a week, from placing the articles and photos to designing graphics for print and online. Also, as an added bonus, you get to spend lots of time with your senior editor — me.
~Ian Tice, Layout Editor

Copy
the hoya’s copy secion is a hardworking group of perfectionists.. We check all articles for style, grammatical, and factual errors. We spend a lot of time in the Hoya office, sometimes staying until 11 p.m. at night but it is alot of fun. As the unsung heroes of the paper’s credibility, the Hoya relies on us to protect there reputation and that is rewarding.
If you cringed, winced, cried or felt physical pain upon seeing the errors in this description, then copy is the section for you.
-david chardack, copy Chief

Blog
The Fourth Edition (established in January 2012) is the newest editorial section of The Hoya and is accordingly one of the fastest-growing sections. Here at the blog, we are looking for innovative and passionate people who know how to be a little bit sassy at times. The blog can occasionally be silly and informal, but we also produce more serious content. The blog is great for people who would like to contribute a range of writing styles to The Hoya.
~Lindsay Lee, Blog Editor
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Corporate Development
Corporate Development is the perfect section for anyone interested in learning more about Georgetown by talking to amazing GU grads and students who want to develop their grant-writing and development skills. Corp Dev is one of the newest sections, so there’s tons of room for innovative and creative ideas to further the division.
~Mariah Byrne, Director of Corporate Development

Accounting (formerly Finance)
Great for those with a mind for numbers and an interest in learning about the day-to-day financial operations that keep The Hoya’s operations running smoothly.
~Mary Nancy Walter, General Manager

Sales
If you’re good at interacting with people, have an interest in the business side of a newspaper and would enjoy the challenge of going into DC in search of potential clients, then sales is where you want to be. The sales department is in charge of bringing in all the advertising revenue for The Hoya, which is integral for making sure that it continues to exist as Georgetown’s official student-run newspaper. No prior sales experience is necessary — we are just looking for people with enthusiasm, creativity and a desire to get out into the city.
~Michael Lindsay-Bayley, Director of Sales

Personnel
Personnel is a great place if you are interested in how person-to-person interactions shape one’s experience at an organization. While we do handle day-to-day events like disputes and hiring new staff members, we largely focus on what new programs can be introduced or modified to make the overall experience at The Hoya better; new hires are given the freedom to pursue projects that interest them, but also have the responsibility that comes with direct accountability.
~Michal Grabias, Director of Personnel

Marketing
Marketing is a great place for anyone who wants to get a peek into the business side of The Hoya. We are looking for creative and dependable people who know how or are willing to learn the best way to promote The Hoya brand. Assistants help with developing and implementing marketing campaigns. If you are interested in brand management, campaign planning, ad creation, and even market research, Marketing is the place for you. Since the Marketing Department is the newest section of the paper (around for only 1.5 years), there’s still a lot to build and you will have a chance to have some hands on experience in developing how the department operates for years to come.
~Mullin Weerakoon, Director of Marketing

Join The Hoya!

Seriously though, do your laundry.

The Hoya is now accepting applications for new members. No matter what you’re interested in, we have a spot for you.

The Hoya has jobs in writing, photography, design, copyediting, marketing, sales, and finance. No prior experience needed! Because 4E is new on the scene, we’re looking to build a brand new staff full of smart, interested writers. If you like what you’ve seen so far, and want to get involved, contact me at blog@thehoya.com.

Joining The Hoya is a great way to make friends, explore the city, and learn how a newspaper operates. The best way to get to know the business of journalism is to dive straight in, and The Hoya has been providing that opportunity at Georgetown for more than 90 years. With a current staff of over 100 students, we’re one of the biggest and best ways to get involved on campus.

Applications can be found at thehoya.com/contact/work-for-the-hoya and will remain open until January 25, 2012. If you have any questions for specific sections, feel free to contact them.