The McGill Journal of Political Studies (Online) is now recruiting for the 2020-21 academic year! We are seeking talented individuals to join our team of passionate students, dedicated to publishing insightful political analysis on a daily basis.
What is the McGill Journal of Political Studies (MJPS) Online?
The MJPS is the official publication of the Political Science Students’ Association, McGill’s undergraduate political science society. While the print edition of the journal publishes an annual collection of undergraduate papers, the MJPS Online publishes daily political analysis meant for a general audience.
We cover topics that fall under the four disciplines of political science offered at McGill: Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory.
Below are descriptions of each section:
Canadian Politics: Canadian domestic and foreign affairs, especially emphasizing rapid analysis of breaking political news
International Relations: politics between countries and at the level of international organizations
Comparative Politics: domestic politics of countries outside Canada, employing a comparative lens between countries where useful
Political Theory: thoughtful analysis of political philosophy and political theory, including its application to current and historical events
Why join the McGill Journal of Political Studies (MJPS) Online?
1. Join a close-knit and passionate team
Our team is made up of the most promising writers and editors, all passionate about producing quality political analysis. In fact, all sections are capped at six writers. This not only ensures each article gets the attention it deserves, but it allows each member to feel valued as a part of a close-knit community.
2. We prioritize equity and a positive team environment
With a code of conduct that guides all of our activities, we strive to cultivate a workplace environment that is underpinned by mutual respect and equity. In understanding our influence as an on-campus publication, we also provide each staff member with training, guidelines and resources to effectively consider the role of racism and oppression in the issues we analyze.
3. Have creative freedom
Writers at the MJPS choose their own topics and are never forced to write pre-made pitches that often become stale over time. We also provide the opportunity to write in a variety of formats, including opinion pieces, rapid analysis, and long-form explainers. Editors have substantial freedom in their leadership and editing practices and are also made a meaningful part of discussions about our direction as an on-campus publication.
4. We are always looking for “new ways to get the insight out”
With the launch of our bi-weekly newsletter “Your Week in Politics” and our expansive social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, your work will be shared with a wide readership that spans dozens of countries. We also execute featured series that provide sustained, insightful analysis as well as interviews with professors, industry experts and policy groups.
We are currently recruiting for the following positions:
Section Editors: Section editors play a critical role in maintaining the quality of political analysis offered to our wide readership. As a Section Editor, you will be one of two editors in each section primarily responsible for editing the work of three writers, producing one article every two weeks. The application deadline for section editors is Monday, September 14th at 11:59 pm. You can view the application here.
Contributions Editor: The contributions editor will be the primary editor for external contributions submitted to MJPS. This editor will review all contributions and determine whether to accept or reject them. For accepted contributions, the editor will prepare the piece for publication. The application deadline for the contributions editor is Monday, September 14th at 11:59 pm. You can view the application here.
Staff Writers: Staff writers are the backbone of our team and play an important role in providing political analysis to our wide readership. As a Staff Writer, you will be responsible for preparing one article every two weeks. Most articles are short (700-900 words) analytical pieces that explain political phenomena to a general audience. The application deadline is Monday, September 23rd at 11:59 pm. You can view the application here.
Our social media team is an essential part of our team and plays an important role in effectively communicating our brand and expanding our readership. This year, we will have two different types of social media staff:
1. Newsletter Editors: Two team members that will work to produce our bi-weekly newsletter ‘Your Week in Politics’. The application deadline is Monday, September 23th at 11:59 pm. You can view the application here.
2. Social Media Editors: Two team members that will contribute to the day-to-day management of the MJPS’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. The application deadline is Monday, September 23th at 11:59 pm. You can view the application here.
We look forward to reading your application.
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