Volunteers

How to volunteer for the Fulcrum:

  • During the school year, attend one of our weekly (virtual) volunteer meetings on Tuesdays at 3pm. 
  • Contact the Editor-in-Chief and ask to be added to the volunteer list. The section editors will send out story pitches and you reply to take one on, and this is also where the link to the virtual meetings will be sent out.
  • Contact the Editor-in-Chief with a story idea. Make sure we haven’t covered it before, it’s timely and relevant to U of O students, and ensure there isn’t a conflict of interest (can’t interview your best friend or promote anything you’re a part of)
  • To contact the Editor-in-Chief email editor@thefulcrum.ca

What’s “staff status” and how do I get it?

  • Contribute three times (writing, photography, or illustration)
  • Attend three volunteer meetings
  • You’ll get:
    • Eligibility to vote on certain policy amendments and in editor-in-chief elections
    • Eligibility to attend NASH
    • Eligibility to apply for a staff position next year
    • The Fulcrum credits you as a “Staff Contributor”
    • Eligibility to become a paid freelancer for The Fulcrum!

Opportunities beyond the University of Ottawa

  • Canadian University Press (CUP)—a nationwide student press network
    • Have your articles picked up by student press across the country
    • CWA membership
    • NASH, an annual student journalism conference
    • For more information email: editor@thefulcrum.ca
  • NASH —an annual student journalism conference
    • Opportunities to be involved in planning and running the event
    • Networking opportunities at the conference
    • Training and workshops
    • Work critiques (writing and design)
    • To get involved email: manager@thefulcrum.ca
  • CWA membership—Canada’s only all-media union