Get Involved

There are lots of ways to get involved with The Talon. Scroll down to read about pitching a storytaking on an assignment,  contributing regularlyphotography and illustrations, or helping out with other projects. Please send all involvement requests and enquiries to talonubc@gmail.com


Pitching a Story

We’re looking for writers who are passionate about their subject matter, so if you have a story to pitch, we’re all ears. Here are the steps:

  1. Think about your own lived experience and/or your experience on campus. Write about what you care about – far and wide – but try your best to work out how it relates back to students and UBC, even if it’s just a sentence or two.
  2. Email us, and briefly explain the idea you have. We’d rather you send us a pitch than a completed article so we can make sure that you’re on the right track (but you’re welcome to submit something completed if you prefer).
  3. We’ll set you up with a liaison editor (with knowledge and interest in the subject area) who will be your main point-of-contact. They will liaise with you, give you comments and suggestions on your draft, and help you get ready for publication.

Please also take a look at our formal submission guidelines: http://thetalon.ca/submissions/.


Taking on an Assignment

If you’re interested in writing but can’t think of anything, that’s alright! Two options:

  • We have a bank of story ideas that we’d love to see materialize! If you would like a pre-imagined article topic, please say so. Send us some info about your politics, your organizing background, and your ~radical~ interests. We’ll send you an assignment that suits your strengths, and a liaison editor to work with you through the writing process.
  • Let us know if you’d like to write a play/concert/lecture/event review. We’ll set you up with an editor to figure details out – i.e. what you want to cover, how long the piece will be, how quickly we’ll need it post-event, etc.

Please also take a look at our formal submission guidelines: http://thetalon.ca/submissions/.


Contributing Regularly

We’re are looking to have some regular contributing authors, whether they want to write a consistent column or work on a steady stream of different assignments. We would also like to find someone to cover AMS and Senate meetings. As above, shoot us an e-mail that explains what you’re interested in and we’ll go from there.

Please also take a look at our formal submission guidelines: http://thetalon.ca/submissions/.


Photography and Illustrations

We’re also looking specifically for photographers and illustrators! If you’d like to contribute in that capacity or know someone else who would, please include ATTN: IVAN in the subject line of your e-mail.


Other Projects

At The Talon, we welcome people to create their own space. If you have a skill you’d like to contribute or an idea for a non-writing project you’d like to take on with us (for example, starting a radio component, translating components of the website, organizing social events or panels), please shoot us an e-mail.