All writers start as reporters. A reporter can become a staff writer by completing five story assignments. When staff writer has worked with The Maneater for a year, he or she is then considered a senior staff writer.
A photographer becomes a staff photographer by completing five photo assignments. After one year of working for The Maneater, a staff photographer becomes a senior staff photographer. Though most photographers have their own cameras, it is not essential.
The production staff works in the evening on production nights (Mondays and Thursdays) to arrange the stories, photos and graphics on the pages to be printed. The Maneater uses Adobe InDesign for page layouts.
Anyone wishing to be a columnist can apply at the end of a semester. Watch for posters and house ads in The Maneater announcing that applications are available. The editorial board then chooses the next semester's columnists from the submitted applications. Each columnist appears once a week and is therefore responsible for turning in one column per week.
An Equal Opportunity Employer
The Maneater is eager to welcome any new staff member, regardless of previous experience or college major. In other words, you don't have to be a (pre-)journalism major nor do you have to have worked for a newspaper before. Our staff stem from a diversity of backgrounds and vary in involvement level. Time commitments are determined by individual level of involvement.
As an official but independent student paper of MU, The Maneater is funded solely by advertisements, and students control all editorial aspects of the content and production process. As such, The Maneater experiences a relatively quick staff turnover, meaning we're always enthused to see new, rising talent.