Writing Careers at the Student Printz

Thank you for showing interest in joining the Student Printz staff. We are eager to accept students with varying levels of experience as long as they are willing to learn and be professional.
If you’re interested in joining the staff, we require that you submit the following to
  • Your resume
  • Three writing samples that are written in ​AP Style​ and could be seen in a newspaper today (news, features, entertainment, sports or opinion stories.) If you do not have samples, use the writing prompts below to get started.
  •  Construct a story from the attached ​document.


News Prompt: Attend a local event and interview the event organizers and audience members. Minimum of 500 words required.

Features Prompt: Write about one significant person, thing, or place and why they’re worthy of recognition. Be sure to include quotes from in the community about the person, thing, or place you’re highlighting. Your story should be be at least 800 words and creative in writing style and structure.

Entertainment Prompt: Write a review of an album, TV show, movie, book, or local music show. Minimum of 500 words required.

Opinion Prompt: Pick a topic in the news (local, national, or entertainment) today and write a strong opinion about an aspect that you disagree with. Minimum of 500 words required.


  • Refer to this c​ommon errors​ sheet.
  • If you’re turning in a news or sports story, your story should include a minimum of three sources. Most sources should be live, meaning a source you interview in person, phone or email. More than three sources are encouraged. If you would like to include dead or secondary sources from other reputable news sources after getting three or more live sources, that is acceptable.
  • Sports stories should have quotes from a coach and a player with statistics from the game. Entertainment stories generally don’t have to have sources unless they are about local events. For opinion stories, it is highly encouraged that you find sources to support your beliefs.

Please do not turn in one-source stories or essays from other classes. Look at the stories on the website or other news sites for examples.

Next Steps

  1. Once you have all these things, please email all your application materials to​
  2. The executive editor will look at your application materials and get back to you if they wish to set up an interview time.
  3. You will be interviewed by the executive editor and one other editor at the scheduled time.
  4. Soon after the interview, you will be contacted by the executive editor about the status of your application.