California Aggie: Humor Writer (Volunteer)

Contact Information

Name: Taryn DeOilers


You can visit the California Aggie website to learn more about them.


Payrate: Volunteer

Payrate Stipend: No

Work Study: No

Resume Required: Yes

Options: N/A


Hours per Week: Varies between approx. 5-10 hrs/wk depending on individual circumstances.

Start Date: March 30, 2020

End Date: Indefinite


Job Number: 0001-3676-2020

Last Date to Apply: March 28, 2020


California Aggie humor writers are responsible for completing one humor or satire piece each week for the ten weeks of the quarter on a topic of their choosing. Humor pieces may take the form of fake news (like The Onion), essays, short fiction, lists (provided that the entirety of the piece is original writing, not Buzzfeed-style lists), or another format of the author’s choosing.


As a part of ASUCD, you agree to subscribe to the ASUCD Newsletter.


Applicants are required to submit, along with a resume and answers to the vacancy questions:

  1. A specific biography, including your name, major, and interests.

  2. Five potential topics and a brief description of each.

  3. One sample piece, 300 to 500 words.

Please attach these materials to your resume. Applications without supplemental materials will not be considered.

The Aggie receives many applications for humor about national politics, current events, and the Tercero cows, so make sure that your take on these or other popular issues is extremely original or unusual. Otherwise, we highly encourage applicants to pursue other topics. The most successful humor pieces will be fresh, funny, and relevant to students and the Davis community as a whole. Humor writers are free to write on topics of their choosing, but editors reserve the right to enforce standards of decency, good taste, and professionalism. Content that is deemed to be overly profane, offensive, hateful, or otherwise inappropriate will not be published.




  • Humor writers will write one piece each week for the ten consecutive weeks of the quarter, to be published online or in print.

  • Attend weekly desk meetings to pitch story ideas and collaborate with other writers.

  • Meet with editor one-on-one each week to edit incoming stories for content, grammar and style.

  • Attend quarterly evaluations with desk editor to discuss progress.

  • Attend quarterly Aggie all-staff meetings.

  • Craft photo or graphic ideas to pair with weekly story ideas.

  • This role may require work on nights and weekends.



  • Awareness of audience and readership, and respect for appropriate choices of topic to publish in a professional newspaper.

  • Knowledge of standards and ethics of journalism

  • Knowledge of Aggie Code of Ethics and AP/Aggie Style

  • Strong writing, editing and copyediting skills

  • Constructive and quick communication skills

  • Strong organizational skills and time management skills

  • Ability to work well under deadline pressure and deal with adversity and stress


Time Commitment:

  • Approximately 5 - 10 hours per week are required. This amount of time will vary according to the paper's production schedule and other factors.

  • To avoid bias and conflicts of interest, humor writers cannot hold any other position at The Aggie while on the opinion desk. Humor writers should disclose any real or perceived conflicts of interest to the opinion editor.

Supplemental Questions

  1. Please briefly discuss the role of the UC Davis Principles of Community and your understanding of diversity and cultural competency.
  2. Describe why you are qualified for this position and how it relates to your interests.
  3. Please list any previous experience as it pertains to the position.

Approved ___________________________________________________________________________ Date ____________________________

All student assistant positions are subject to all entitlements in Policy & Procedures for Staff Member (PPSM). See PPSM Policy & Procedures 3, Exhibit A and Exhibit B. Volunteer positions are subject to all entitlements in Policy & Procedure Manual 380 – Section 08, Volunteer Services. UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) is strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.