Join the Tribune

The Hornet Tribune is the student-run newspaper of Alabama State University.  Current university students are invited to apply to join the paper’s staff. The newspaper offers the opportunity to cover campus as well as the Metro-Montgomery area, the state, the nation and the world. Tribune staff members routinely have access to the University administration, sports teams, local cultural events and more. They often travel around the country to cover important stories and events, and they gain the experience of producing an award-winning weekly newspaper.

The Hornet Tribune welcomes students with all levels of journalism experience. Whether you were the editor in chief of your high school newspaper or have never written an article, we will provide the training and skills you need to be a top journalist.

There are currently paid opportunities in news, opinion, sports, arts, design, photography, the copydesk, video, online as well as the business staff. Each section has its own process for joining. Students may apply and become a member of more than one section. However, staff members may not write for both the news and opinion sections. Students also may not work on both the editorial and business staffs. Read below to find out more information about each section.

University News and Local, State, National and International News

If you love to be in-the-know and enjoy talking to campus leaders, professors, administrators and government officials, then the University News section is where you belong.

The University News section includes five beats: University administration, academics, campus life, public safety and student government. A new reporter begins as a general assignment writer and will cover stories in all beats. All reporters are expected to write at least two stories per week.

The Horizons News section includes four beats:  local news, state news, national news and international news.  All reporters are expected to write at least one story per week.

To join the University News or Horizons News sections, applicants must submit an application, résumé and essay explaining why they want to join. New reporters are required to shadow a seasoned reporter at an event or meeting. Afterward, rookies will write three stories by themselves and take an ethics quiz. Before becoming an official The Hornet Tribune staff reporter, new reporters will have an informal interview with the managing editor and senior news editors.


Want to write about the football team? Want to walk on the field at Our House? Maybe you’d rather interview Fredam Freeman-Jackson or Lewis Jackson after a basketball game. Then The Hornet Tribune Sports section is the place for you.

New writers will begin by reporting on non-revenue sports such as soccer, tennis and baseball. After covering several sports, writers will have the opportunity to work their way up to the baseball, basketball, and football beats.

Requirements to join the sports staff include attending a sports meeting and shadowing an experienced writer before writing your first story. Afterward, you can volunteer for stories at our weekly Sunday meetings. New writers must write five stories before becoming an official staff member.


If you like to tell others what’s on your mind, then The Hornet Tribune’s Viewpoints section is just for you. The section consists of editorial board members, columnists and cartoonists.

The main responsibilities of editorial board members are to attend editorial board meetings and write (weekly editorials) and viewpoints. Each month, members are required to write at least two leftsides and one viewpoint. Editorial board meets every week on Sunday. During meetings, members discuss the editorial topics of the week and what stance The Hornet Tribune should take on the issues. Anyone who has an opinion about University, campus, local, state or national issues should consider applying to be on the board.

Requirements to apply include attending a  training session, writing two editorials or columns, writing one viewpoint and attending editorial board meetings at least once a week.

Columnists and cartoonists may only apply at the beginning of the semester. Columnists write about a topic of their choice every other week, while cartoonists submit creative, original drawings at least once a week.

Arts and Entertainment

The Hornet Tribune Arts and Entertainment section is the place for you to express your feelings about the latest Ke$ha song, defend or attack the onslaught of reality TV or write an in-depth piece that explores zombies on campus. It’s also the home of the funny photo captions. Arts and Entertainment is divided into four subsections — Music, Film, TV/New Media and Community Culture — among which applicants must choose when applying.

Daily Arts and Entertainment writers are responsible for at least two 500- to 700-word article per week, although many choose to write more. Staffers must also attend weekly Sunday meetings.

To apply, students must fill out an Arts application, which includes two written samples. To request an application, e-mail


Do you take your camera with you everywhere you go? Are you constantly trying to capture moments before they slip away? If you don’t mind getting close to athletes, professors and performers, then a photographer position is right for you.

Photographers are required to shoot news, feature, sports and arts photos on a regular basis. The application process to be on photo staff is competitive, and photography skills are required to apply. However, we will teach you lighting techniques and photo editing skills. All applicants must submit a portfolio of 10 pictures they have taken.

Please fill out an application.


Are you interested in graphic design? Did you love working for your high school yearbook or newspaper? Do you know what the Adobe Suite is? If you answered yes to one of these questions, Design may be the place for you!

Design is in charge of layout for the entire newspaper. As a designer you will learn how to use Adobe InDesign, PhotoShop and Illustrator, as well as valuable hands-on technical and design experience that you truly cannot get anywhere else on campus. Never heard of the Adobe Suite or worked on your high school publications? Don’t worry! We will teach you how to use all the programs.

Fill out an application for more information.


Anyone with a healthy aversion for dangling modifiers, ambiguous prepositions and the Oxford comma is encouraged to join copy and help us polish the paper.

The main responsibilities of the copy desk include fact-checking news and opinion articles and correcting grammar, syntax and style. If you consider yourself a “grammar nut,” “accuracy nut” or just a nut in general, you will find yourself right at home at the copy desk.

Requirements to join copy include attending a brief orientation about responsibilities as a copy editor and participating in three training sessions. A copy test is also given. Upon passing the test, copy editors will be allowed to proof articles on their own.

Fill out an application for more information

Interactive and Digital Media

The Hornet Tribune website will feature several bloggers. If you have a full-hearted love of the Internet, this is the division for you.

We look for people who are passionate about a niche topic or something The Hornet Tribune doesn’t currently cover. All blogs should have some tie-in to the campus community or the Metro-Montgomery area. Bloggers write once a week on a fixed schedule, and the best writers on the desk fuel their own ideas and constantly pitch fresh concepts. Blogging positions are unpaid, but they are a great way to become a part of The Hornet Tribune and move on to paid staff writing positions.

If interested, please email a resume and cover letter pitching your blog to Justine Johnson at Writing samples of the blog you have in mind help as well.

Fill out an application for more information


Ever dream of being the next Steven Spielberg or winning an Emmy for a gut-wrenching documentary? But before making it big, you have to start somewhere. Come practice your filmmaking skills by producing videos for The Hornet Tribune.

If you like to bring stories to life through visual storytelling, then the Interactive Digital Media Division is the place for you. The Interactive Digital Media Division creates video content for The Hornet Tribune website. The videos we produce can enhance print stories or stand alone as their own features. Multimedia reporters pitch, shoot and edit packages weekly. Reporters meet every Sunday to discuss developing story ideas and new ways to incorporate video into Web stories. The Interactive Digital Media Division has a hiring process at the start of the fall and spring semesters. Applicants should know the basics of filming, interviewing sources and editing independently.  Videographers will be expected to shoot and/or edit video clips 2 to 5 minutes in length. Videos may be produced for news, sports and arts stories or as stand-alone feature clips. Basic knowledge of Final Cut Pro or other film editing programs is necessary.

Fill out an application for more information

Advertising and Business

Want a career in advertising or business after graduation? Join the Media Advertising or Business and Finance staffs and receive professional experience that prepares you for a career in the field.

The Media Advertising staff is in charge of The Hornet Tribune’s advertising sales, creative production and distribution logistics. Account Executives spend their days contacting clients, arranging meetings, preparing presentation materials, and of course, presenting our products to clients. Account Executives receive excellent training and support from student managers and professional staff. Other opportunities include creative design and logistics management. The Media Advertising staff occasionally accepts marketing interns to work on projects.

Working for The Hornet Tribune Media Advertising and Business and Finance staffs provide students with unparalleled practical experience and education. Student managers gain skills in leadership, communication, marketing and logistics.

Fill out an application for more information.

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