Those interested in joining the Columbia Daily Spectator must be current undergraduate students at Columbia University. Students are required to go through a brief training period at the beginning of their time at Spectator. Staff members are able to contribute to multiple sections simultaneously (with the exception of news and opinion). Students who want to join Spectator but aren't interested in writing can work for the photo, design, multimedia, or business teams.

If you're interested in joining or have any questions at all, please contact us at and we'll get back to you as soon as possible with more information. Spectator also holds open houses at the beginning of every fall and spring semester, in our offices, which are located at 2875 Broadway, near the 112th Street intersection. The door to the office is located next to Pinkberry's entrance. If it's not open, dial #11 on the keypad to call up.

Fall 2014 Columbia Daily Spectator Open Houses

- Sunday, Aug. 31, 3 p.m.
- Friday, Sept. 5, 4 p.m.
- Saturday, Sept. 6, 4 p.m.
- Friday, Sept. 12, 4 p.m.

Fall 2014 Spectator Publishing Company Open Houses

- First Years: Friday, Aug. 29, 3 p.m.
- First Years: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2 p.m.
- Upperclassmen: Friday, Sept. 5, 5:15 p.m.
- Upperclassmen: Saturday, Sept. 6, 5:15 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to have any past experience to join Spectator?

No! At the beginning of each semester, Spectator conducts a brief training period for those who have little or no background in journalism. Many of the section editors on our managing board had no experience in journalism before joining Spectator.

What's the time commitment like?

Whatever you want it to be! If you decide to write for Spectator, you can take as many or as few articles as you feel comfortable with. While some of our entry-level positions for other sections require you to spend time in the office (which you should do, because it's fun), it is generally for only three hours a week at first.

I want to join Spectator, but I'm not sure which section to write for. Do you have any advice?

You're more than welcome to try out writing for a few different sections before you figure out which one is best for you. Many of our writers work for more than one section. The only way to know what section is best for you is to try the ones that sound interesting to you.