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Share your thoughts on pop culture: Apply to be an arts columnist

A&E is looking for columnists for the spring semester! A columnist is free to take on topical current events, discuss a personal experience, or do anything in between. Above all else, a columnist should be able to digest whatever they’re writing about with a sharp, critical eye.

Over the years, we’ve had a huge variety of columns—they’ve covered food, film, fashion, and everything in between that’s related to arts and entertainment. Check out some of our past columns if you need to get the juices flowing.

Don’t be afraid to apply—even and especially if your idea is for a column that’s never been done before.

To apply, please send the following to arts@columbiaspectator.com by Wednesday, Jan. 15 at noon.

1) A short description about what you envision for your column: the theme you plan to focus on, why you think it’s a theme that’s sustainable for a whole semester (running roughly every other week), and why it would be interesting to readers.

2) A list of five potential column ideas—specific topics you feel fit with the theme of your column. Briefly (1-3 sentences) explain what you’d plan to do with them.

3) A sample column, on a topic selected from the above ideas. This piece should be roughly 650 words in length and representative of what your column would be like, both in writing style and in content.

Read on for answers to a few frequently asked questions about being A&E columnist.

How is an A&E columnist different from an Opinion columnist?
While an Opinion column might respond to administrative issues, academics (the Core Curriculum, pre-professionalism), mental health, student activism, and politics, A&E columns have something to do with one of A&E's subsections (film, visual art, style, music, food, books, dance, TV, or theater).

What can an A&E column be about?
Whatever you want that you think people will be interested in. Columnist David Ecker has shared musings on Miley Cyrus and what YouTube can do for the music industry. Krista White wrote about having a good relationship with food as a stressed-out student. For a while there was a column where we think some drunken guys wrote about movies.

Why should I write an A&E column?
It might be the starting point for your collection of Chuck Klosterman-esque anthologies of thoughts on popular culture. It might make you some fans. More than anything else, an A&E column is your way to contribute to discourse on art and life—and to make sure your name and your thoughts don't die with you!

If you have any questions, send an email to arts@columbiaspectator.com.

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