Jessica Spitz (left) is a second-year in Columbia College. Aaron Holmes (right) is a second-year in Columbia College majoring in English. They are the current editors of Spectator's News section.
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News staff should expect to work harder - and have more potential - than they ever thought possible. They will grow as writers, interviewers, and critical thinkers, helping students get the most out of their Columbia experience and holding the administration accountable. And, they will learn how to approach ideas and stories in thoughtful and nuanced ways.
News staffers meet countless students, faculty, and administrators and are at the center of everything going on in the Columbia community. Stories you investigate and write have real impact on future decisions at one of the foremost research universities in the world. And Spectator's current staff and far-reaching alumni network provide advice, guidance, and connections when it comes time to apply for internships and jobs.
Those interested in joining news should have an inquiring mind and an appetite for pursuing hard-hitting investigative reporting. News is hard work and can be time-consuming, but is also incredibly rewarding for those with the drive to write effective, meaningful pieces on a tight deadline.
(Jessica Spitz:) I joined Spectator's News section because I knew I wanted my time at Columbia to matter and I wanted to make a tangible impact on the student experience here. I wanted to find a community of smart, engaged people who would help me develop both personally and professionally, which I have absolutely found with my friends on News.
(Aaron Holmes:) I joined News because it presented a way to engage meaningfully with the University. I could embed myself in student life and actively push for positive change. I stayed on News because of the community of hardworking, brilliant writers at Spectator and the journalistic opportunities the section has provided.