Please fill in the answers to the following questions in an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Why do you want to be on The Spectator?
2. What extracurricular activities do you partake in?
3. What are your time constraints, if any?
4. What periodical do you read regularly, if any?
Part I: Write a brief summary of the strangest event that you happened to witness or be a part of this week. This isn’t too serious. We just want to get an idea of how you write.
Part II: Features articles deal with a variety of topics. We have listed some common categories to give you an idea. List some potential ideas that could fit under each category! (Around three is fine! More is welcome though!)
-The Evergreen: Articles that focus on issues that are always present (the dynamic between students and guidance counselors, the Student Union, teacher tenure)
-Backgrounders: Articles that delve deeper and provide more information about current issues, usually ones that News is covering so that Spectator readers have a greater understanding of what’s going Profiles: Articles that focus on specific people or communities at Stuyvesant (teachers with fascinating histories, students with unique talents, upcoming clubs)
-Investigative Reports: These articles can often be the hardest to write but they can also be the most fun. They require a lot of research and interviews in attempt to uncover information about a specific issue or problem in question.
Part III: We want to hear what YOU think. Pick your favorite article from the Features Department, and tell us why you like it. Pick your least favorite article and give us your criticism. Honest opinions are always welcome!
Part IV: Now choose one of your ideas from any category and create a mock features article. You can include made-up quotes and imaginary names, but make it sound real! Be creative, but maintain some formality; this is not supposed to be an Opinions piece. Refer to stuyspectator.com to get a better sense of what we are looking for. Your article should be around 500 words long and should include information from a wide variety of sources. Attach this article as a .doc file in the email.