WE WANT YOU – be a columnist for Impact!





  • -Are you a great writer?
  • -Can you be funny and entertaining yet thought provoking?
  • -Do you lead a ridiculous life that other people need to hear about
  • -Would you like to have your work read by thousands of other students?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, then we might have a job for you.

Impact is recruiting columnists for next year and we’re looking for the biggest characters around to complement our already strong column section. Interested? Apply for the following positions:

Your Column: Have you got a great idea for a recurring column? Maybe you’re a metrosexual male, struggling to win the few man-points available; or do you have an unusual part-time job that would fascinate the average student (are you a prostitute?). Whatever it is, all you need to have is a distinctive style and a sense of humour to bring it to life. Whether you want to be the new Charlie Brooker, Bertie Brandes or (shudder) Richard Littlejohn, this is the perfect opportunity to make a name for yourself writing about what interests you. Make it entertaining, make it consistent but above all, make it original.

The Socumentaries/The Nottingham Experience: We are looking to recruit several more writers onto the team solely to help us expand our inspection into the dizzying world of societies at the University of Nottingham, and the variety of experiences to be had in and around the city. This year got us off to a good start with pieces on Hide and Soc, Band Soc etc, but Alex is only one man and he needs some help. As well as expanding our Socumentaries team, we will be hoping to cover more fun events like boat parties and EDL rallies in a similar style. Please take a look at previous examples of work on the Impact website for an idea of the kind of tone and style we’d like to be producing. You will be expected to research and contact the necessary people yourself in the production of your articles, but we’ll be supervising and advising you every step of the way. These pieces are a fantastic way to try out new things and create impressive and entertaining features.

Advice columns:  Could you write like a ‘lad’? Could you offer someone help on improving their chat? Or maybe they need to just get a new lid and work on their chirpsing skills in Crisis? Alternatively, are you totes Rah? Do you wear tiny black beanie which says ‘Commes des Fuck Down’ and lose the keys for your land-rover on a daily basis?  Or can you just make it seem like you do? Basically we’re looking for some real characters here. Fancy yourself as a BNOC? Cement that ideal with official status as an Agony Aunt or Uncle. We’re looking for two advice columnists, one male and one female, to give their best advice to lost Nottingham students. (Applicants need not use their real names!)



We will be accepting submissions any time up to and including 23:59 on 25th July 2013. In the email please include two examples of any other written work as well as a brief covering letter of about 100 words telling us about yourself and your contact details.

As well as your two examples, please include one other piece of writing under the following guidelines:

Your Column: To apply for your own column please send a 500 word example of the kind of thing you would hope to produce on a regular basis.

The Socumentaries/Nottingham Experience: To apply to work on the Socumentaries/NE please send a write up (preferably with pictures) of an event or experience of your choosing. This can be anything, from going to Alton Towers to playing bridge with your Nan. If you can make it entertaining, we’ll be happy.

Advice columns: To apply to be one of our advice columnists please prepare answers to the following questions, and make it funny:

Dear [Insert your name here], I’m really struggling with all my housemate clutter around the house at the moment but I don’t want to say anything in case I upset her. What should I should I do?

Dear [Insert your name here] I want to make the most of freshers week, but I’m worried I’ll be too tired to go out EVERY night, any tips to keep me fresh?

Dear [Insert name here]  So I just finished reading 50 shades of Grey, and it’s got me interested. How should I go about introducing a bit of BDSM into the bedroom?

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;
– 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 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.


Please quote the relevant key word (“Columnist/Socumentaries/Advice”) and your name in the subject bar; include your short covering letter in the body of the email; and send your application work including your two writing samples and the relevant piece to your application as one document in an attachment to features@impactnottingham.com

If you want to ask any questions or register your interest join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/481139451966608/?fref=ts

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.

Good luck!

 Alex Mawby, Emily Shackleton and Will Hazell –  Features Editors 13/14

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One Comment
  • Beth Stansfield
    11 July 2013 at 19:50
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    Do we have to be exceptionally well practiced in writing for publications, articles, blogs etc?
    I don’t have much experience in that per se… but people have deemed my writing style amusing. Enough?

    Thanks a lot,

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