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Become a Sussex blogger

Become a Sussex blogger and reach an audience of thousands with your work

Ever thought about becoming a blogger? Maybe you're one already? Maybe your writing has appeared on websites or in magazines before?

Whatever your level or experience, we want you.

Last year, the Sussex Students blog was created. It was - and is - Sussex students writing for Sussex students; a place for those taking part to gain some fantastic new skills whilst providing students both on and off campus with things they genuinely want to read and engage with.

It is your chance to have your work published to a massive audience and help thousands of other students with your advice, tips and stories.

What will it entail?

We treat all bloggers as if you are working for a real magazine or newspaper. We want you to think creatively, then send well-constructed pitches, write to deadline, get to grips with Wordpress and write concisely.

As we head into the future, building an online profile is absoutely essential - particularly if you are pursuing a career in media. 

From October until June you will guarantee to write one blog post per month. The word count will be approximately 500 words but if you wanted to create a vlog that carried a similar message to a blog post then that could be accepted.

Will it I get in return?

The intention is for you to gain as many skills as possible to take forward to use in your careers.

Writing for the Sussex students’ blog will entail many of the same principles of becoming a freelance writer; we want you to think creatively about what your audience wants. We want you to pitch ideas and then heed the advice from feedback. We want you to write great content and then use the power of social media to watch it grow.

However, a £50 Amazon voucher will be awarded to any student who fulfills the required number of blog posts throughout the year.

Will it take up lots of time?

In a word: no. Your studies are the most important reason you are here and so any extra-curricular activity has to bear that in mind.

However, one blog or video post per month won't take up too much time, especially if you learn how to structure and research your posts efficiently. Indeed, you may already write for your own blog - in which case this will give you the perfect platform to reach a potentially bigger audience.

What would I write about?

Anything and everything. Going to university is an adventure. It can be exciting, boring, inspiring and everything in between, which has the potential for a huge amount of material.

If you live on campus, you are also amidst beautiful surroundings on the edge of one of the most diverse and alternative cities in the UK - other students want to hear about what you have to say about it.

We aren't looking for controversial opinion on political topics - the Badger and other student media outlets expertly provide this. However, we want real stories, tips and advice that will deliver real benefits to our student population.

As an example, these are some of the blog titles from the academic year 2015/16:

Where will my posts be seen?

The blogs will appear on the Sussex Students blog. Links to this blog appear on the student homepage and Sussex Mobile app, with every published blog posted on our University-wide Twitter and Facebook channels.

Additionally, at the start of every month, the most read blog post will be also be featured in our specially-designed student newsletter - which is sent to all 15,000 students in the University.

The most popular and well-read blog posts could also be sent - with the writer's permission - to external media outlets including the Times Higher Education website. 

How do I get involved?

That bit is easy. All you have to do is email Student Communications Manager, Tom Walters, on:

In your email, briefly explain why you want to become a Sussex blogger and include brief details such as full name, course, year of study and nationality, along with a short pitch (no more than a couple of sentences) of what your first blog post will be about. 

Full blogging guidelines will be sent upon receipt of this email.