APPLY NOW: New Vacancies at Impact

Impact is looking for columnists, bloggers, satirists, agony aunts and cartoonists to join our team. If you think you could fit into any of these five categories, read on…

Columnists: We need four columnists to kick-start our new columns section during the Autumn term. We’re after writers with a distinctive style, keen judgement and a great sense of humour. The key is to get across your personality and give your column an individual identity. The subject matter is up to you. For example, you could talk about sex, your life as a BNOC, or women’s issues. The key is to know your own interests and style – and be consistent. We aren’t likely to choose someone who writes about human rights abuses one day and hair straighteners the other. If the idea of a “serious column” bores you to tears, never fear. We are excited to hear from student diarists with incisive, off-beat interpretations of day to day life, as well as budding confessional journalists who fancy they can out-awkward Liz Jones.

Bloggers: At Impact we cover a vast array of topics (features, news, sport, art, music, film, science, travel, style, food and images), and so chances are that if you have a specific interest, there’s a section you could blog for. For example, political blogs would come under news, whereas your musings on Japanese anime for example might be of interest to the film section. Send us your work and we’ll see if there’s a place for you.

Satirists: We’re looking for writers to take on the challenge of writing satire. If you need some inspiration, take a look at Private Eye or The Daily Mash. Creating a well-structured and genuinely funny piece of satire isn’t easy, and it’s not something that Impact has done much of in the past. If you think you can change that, we’d love to hear from you.

Agony Aunts/Uncles: This is the role for you if you think you can dispense your own particular brand of advice on a range of student woes. We’re not looking for a counsellor and you won’t have to contend with anything too heavy-going. What we’re really looking for is someone who can add some wit to their wisdom.

Cartoonists: If have a flair for art, why not turn your talents to comical cartoons? Impact would like to feature cartoons on a range of topical issues affecting students at the University or on a national scale.

We’re an open-minded group of people so we won’t be too strict about what we’re looking for. If you don’t think you fit into any of the above categories but still think we should be interested in your work, get in touch at [email protected] For more information about how you can get involved with Impact, click here.

To apply for one of the above posts, please read the details below:


How To Apply

We will be accepting submissions any time up to and including 23:59 on 31st July 2012

There is no fixed guideline for submissions. However, to maximize your chances for success, we recommend you include 3 examples of your work. This is the minimum amount needed, and we will accept up to a maximum of 5 examples.

Also bear in mind that Impact is targeted at students, so please ensure that you include in your examples some work that would be appropriate for Impact’s audience.

Columnists, Bloggers and Satirists: 500 words is the recommended word-limit for each piece of work that you submit. We will not be strict about this as the purpose of this competition is to get a sense of your individual writing style, but please note that the best work is usually concise and rarely exceeds 700 words. If you are applying to be a columnist, please include a brief covering letter (400 words max) including a mini-bio and 3 proposals for future work.

Agony Aunts: Please include your response to three ‘student problems’, of your choosing. Feel free to fabricate the ‘problems’ to suit you, but keep them to approximately 50 words each. We’ll be assessing your ‘responses’, and recommend that you keep them to around 250 words each.

Cartoonists: Please attach your cartoons as a high quality .jpeg file to the email, rather than as a Word document.

All: We will only receive submissions by email at [email protected]. In your email, please state the post you are applying for in the form of: “Columnist Application”, “Blogger Application”, “Satirist Application”, “Agony Aunt Application” or “Cartoonist Application – followed by your name – in the subject bar.

Please include your submissions as a single attachment (Microsoft Word preferred).

When submitting, please include the following in the email:
– Your full name;
– The name that you wish to be credited as (if different to actual name);
– Your Mobile number;
– Your University email address;
– Your Student ID number (located on student card).


Terms And Conditions

– You may submit content that has already been published on an online blog (personal or otherwise);
– You may submit content that has already been published on websites or in print;
– However, you may only submit one article that has previously been published by us;
– Work does not have to have been published previously – you can write new work specifically for your application or amend work that you have written previously;
– If successful, we will get in touch with you via your university email. Please understand that there may still be some work to be done on submissions before publication;
– If successful, you will be contracted to supply one column a fortnight for the first term. However, with sufficient notice this is negotiable.

If you make an error in your application after submitting, you are permitted to re-send it. However, you must make it clear in the email that this is the final, definitive version. (Errors include mistakes and/or oversights in your application – such as failing to quote your student ID number – not edits to your submitted work.) You may only re-send an application once.


Once again: Please quote the relevant key word (“Columnist/Blogger/Satire/Cartoonist Application” and your name in the subject bar; include the required details listed above in the body of the email; and send your application work as an attachment to the email.

If you want to ask any questions or register your interest join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/257813160990276/

Alternatively, drop us an email using the address given above.

We aim to notify applicants whether or not they have been successful by mid-August but this may depend on the volume of applicants.

Best of luck!


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15 Comments on this post.
  • Phil
    16 July 2012 at 11:59
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    Are these vacanies paid?

  • Sarah
    16 July 2012 at 16:34
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    Could someone please clarify if my application has been received? Neither of my email addresses seem to like the .com email… Thanks

  • Fiona Crosby
    17 July 2012 at 08:26
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    @Sarah: I can’t see your application in the [email protected] inbox. Try sending it to [email protected] if you’re having problems and let us know if that doesn’t work for you either.

    @Phil: Impact is run entirely by volunteers so there’s no payment involved with these positions or any other work submitted to the magazine. Don’t let that put you off – any of the above roles would still make a great addition to your CV.

  • Kiran
    17 July 2012 at 10:40
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    Do all the articles submitted need to have been published in some capacity before?

  • Tom
    17 July 2012 at 16:40
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    When will we find out if our applications have been successful or not?

  • Fiona Crosby
    18 July 2012 at 09:08
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    @Kiran: No, absolutely not – the work that you submit does not need to have been published previously. You can amend pieces that you have already written or you can write new ones over the next couple of weeks specifically for your application. It’s up to you. Just make sure that you have read the descriptions above carefully and tailor the examples that you submit to what we’re looking for. So if you have already written or published a piece that you think is perfect for your application then you can use that, but it’s more likely that you’ll need to write new work specifically for the above requirements.

    @Tom: We will notify all applicants whether or not they have been successful via email sometime after the deadline at the end of July. We are aiming to have made all our decisions by mid-August but this may depend on the volume of applications we receive! We’ll keep you posted either way.

  • Rebecca Smith
    18 July 2012 at 12:23
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    Hi,I was just wondering whether you would be able to clarify that the minimum amount of submissions is 3? I am just aware that it states ‘there will be no fixed guidelines for submissions’. Many thanks

  • OscarWilliams
    19 July 2012 at 19:03
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    @Rebecca, the submission of three articles isn’t a prerequisite for consideration. However, for the sake of adequately reflecting the consistency of an applicant’s style we would like applicants to submit three examples of their work.

  • Adam
    20 July 2012 at 17:29
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    Can anyone clarify what the difference is between a columnist and a blogger? Is it simply that the former is more formal than the latter?

  • Fiona Crosby
    21 July 2012 at 16:52
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    @Adam: If you mean ‘formal’ as in ‘serious’, then no, columns don’t need to be formal in tone. There are a few differentiating factors between columns & blogs which have been described above but I’ll try and clarify a bit more:

    1. Blogs: These usually focus on one particular subject area (for example, applicants could blog about politics, make-up tips, or recipes for a student budget) so this is the role to go for if you have a specific interest that you want to write about. One of our current blogs, the ‘Gamers Guide’, has covered lots of different topics but what makes it a blog is that everything is on the same theme – computer gaming: http://www.impactnottingham.com/section/gamers-guide/

    2. Columns: They’re a bit harder to describe, but columns are more about the writer’s personality and writing style. Columns are often anecdotal and written in the first person, putting forward the writer’s views on a variety of topics (although there does need to be some consistency in the type of topics dealt with or the level of seriousness i.e. it would be a bit odd if a columnist was talking about libor-fixing in one column and then their passion for knitting in the next one). The key is for the writing style to be consistent and for the individual’s personality to be evident in their writing.

  • Milan
    21 July 2012 at 21:25
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    I realise that the idea of consistencywen writing a column has been mentioned a couple of times, and that the examples that you have given are nowhere near the same. for example if I were to write three pieces on gaming, a book, and a disease that should be getting more public recognition for funding (completely off thetop of my head) would that be appropriate following your idea of consistency?



  • Fiona Crosby
    21 July 2012 at 22:58
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  • Heidi Knapton
    25 July 2012 at 12:30
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    Hi! Just wanted to check you have received my application? Thank you.

  • Jon
    26 July 2012 at 00:13
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    Suppose i submit my work and say that i would like to be (for arguments sake) a columnist. if you read it and thought it would be more suited to one of the other positions would you offer that position? or is it strictly you marked on what you apply for?

  • David Philipson
    31 July 2012 at 15:24
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    Hi, wondered if someone could confirm my application for Satirist as had trouble sending to the e-mail adress, cheers.

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