Want to be a part of The Alligator? Join our Summer 2021 staff

Are you interested in growing your career in media and communications? Are you ready to join a network of alumni at organizations like the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal? The Independent Florida Alligator is looking for its next team of reporters, editors, photographers and more for the Summer semester. 

The Alligator is an entirely student-run and editorially independent newspaper covering the University of Florida and greater Gainesville community. The staff is made up of reporters, editors, photographers and designers from UF and Santa Fe College with varying levels of journalism and college experience. Each semester The Alligator hires a new staff for the duration of the semester. We’re hiring for Summer 2021. A new staff will be hired for Fall 2021 around August.

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Alligator will continue to operate remotely for the Summer. All mandatory events, such as our weekly staff meets on Sunday, will take place over Zoom. We prioritize the health and safety of our reporters above all else — all staff members are expected to social distance, wear masks and conduct their journalism safely.

The Alligator is a digital-first newsroom, and we strive to deliver engaging online content to our audience and highly value innovative ways to tell stories and integrate multimedia components to our work. Staff are expected to produce daily content for the website and newsletters. In addition to our online content, The Alligator prints once a week on Sundays, with plans to maintain weekly print-production during the Summer semester.

Alligator reporters regularly cover high-profile, national events. Over the course of 2020, they’ve been instrumental in providing daily, in-depth coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. They covered white supremacist Richard Spencer’s speech at UF and the Women’s March in D.C. They’ve investigated sexual violence on campus and the COVID-19 outbreak within UF’s football team. Reporters have also completed an ambitious project about the racial and socioeconomic divide in Gainesville. The Alligator’s work has been referenced in national outlets such as CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post

We want to continue this long record of notable coverage –– and we want to grow it. Our newsroom fosters the fundamental ideals of journalism: Not accepting things at face value, answering tough questions and telling important stories. 

Being part of The Alligator staff also connects students to a large, diverse and distinguished alumni network. Alligator alumni have gone on to positions, fellowships and professional internships at The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Times, Orlando Sentinel, Sun Sentinel, The Palm Beach Post and more. Our alumni include

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