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About The Herald

The Brown Daily Herald, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit corporation that provides Brown University and the surrounding community with news, information and a venue for the exchange of ideas.

Since 1891, The Herald has served as the daily newspaper of record for the Brown community, and for over a decade The Herald has expanded its online presence to provide the most up-to-date news to readers everywhere.

Opportunities at The Herald:


Reporters start off as contributing writers and cover news stories about the University, Providence and Rhode Island, arts and culture, sports and science/research.

Photographers and videographers produce the images and videos that bring the news to life while learning to use professional-grade equipment and software.

Designers lay out the paper and create graphics.

Copy editors review articles for accuracy and clarity.


Columnists share their ideas and opinions on topics that affect Brown and the surrounding community.

Editorial cartoonists and comic artists create illustrations that provide commentary and entertainment, respectively.


Business associates interact directly with local and national clients to sell advertising solutions in The Herald's print and online editions. Associates also maintain the financial records of the corporation using professional-grade software. Click here for more information on joining the Herald business staff.


Web staffers maintain the technical side of The Brown Daily Herald's online presence. Staffers have the opportunity to develop web applications and other systems to improve the Herald.

How to join The Herald

Several information sessions are held at the start of each semester at The Herald's offices at 195 Angell St. These sessions discuss all of the positions available at The Herald in more depth, and Herald staffers will be available to answer any questions.

Our spring 2015 info sessions will be held Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 7pm, Sunday, Feb. 8 at 1pm and Monday, Feb. 9 at 7pm. Our spring 2015 writer training sessions will be held Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 7:30pm, Sunday, Feb. 8 at 1:30pm and Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7pm.

If you can not make any of the information sessions but are still interested in joining, email

Students of all class years are welcome. No prior experience is required, and continuous training is provided for all positions. No applications are required for general editorial positions.

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What can I do for The Herald?

The Herald welcomes new staff members. In addition to writers, we also welcome potential staffers with interests in photography, videography, design, infographics, copy editing, comics, editorial cartoons, editorials, opinions, web development, data science, sales and finance.

What can working for The Herald do for me?

The Brown Daily Herald is the country’s second-oldest daily college newspaper. Established in 1866, The Herald began running daily in 1891 and is currently circulated to 3,500 readers. The Herald is a teaching newspaper, and its experienced staffers will work with newer staffers to help them develop writing and editing skills as well as a greater understanding of how newspapers function.

Former Herald staffers currently write for such publications as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

What are the different parts of The Herald?

The Herald is divided into business and editorial. Business staffers are in charge of selling advertising to ensure The Herald has sufficient revenues and managing the expenditure of those revenues. Editorial staffers include editors, writers, photographers, videographers, graphics contributors and editors, and comics and cartoons illustrators. Copy editors and designers are also instrumental in the day-to-day production of the paper. Our web team works to maintain The Herald’s server and web content. The editorial portion of the paper also oversees its separate opinions content — members of the editorial page board formulate official Herald opinions, and opinions columnists write personal pieces. Separate from The Herald as a newspaper are Post- Magazine — our weekly arts and culture supplement — and Blog Daily Herald.

I have many interests. Can I work for multiple sections of The Herald?

Yes! You can do almost any combination of the jobs here. There are only two restrictions: (1) Reporters cannot write opinions or editorials, and (2) Editorial staff members cannot also work for the business staff. We maintain the divides between news and opinions content and between editorial and business to ensure the neutrality of our reporters and prevent any perception of bias or conflicts of interest.

How big a commitment is working for The Herald?

Herald staffers choose their time commitment. Contributing Writers may submit as few as one or two stories per semester; Senior Staff Writers write one or two stories each week. Other departments similarly accommodate varying time commitments.


Please email with specific questions or for more information. We hope to see you soon!