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Updated June 21, 2017
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  1. "Former Editorial Board Member"

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    Former Employee - Sports Editor in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Sports Editor in New Brunswick, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at The Daily Targum full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is no better place to gain on-site, direct experience and perfect your craft in journalism. Working for this place teaches you things journalism classes simply can't. I grew so much as a writer, editor, producer, designer and content analyst from my three years working at the Targum. I started out as a contributing writer until I was on staff, and then I was promoted to a paid correspondent before becoming sports editor. Whether you're on the fence of pursuing a career in journalism or not, my overall work experience gained from here has helped me more than any internship I've had, from journalism to business administration.

    Cons

    The experience is undoubtedly rewarding, but it's a full-time commitment. As sports editor, it was hard balancing my full-time student obligations and social life with 40-plus hours a week in the editorial office, travel, deadlines, late nights and stress. But I knew that was going to come with the job, and I left it knowing I could conquer anything else that came after it once my time at the Targum was up.

    Advice to Management

    When I was on the editorial board and even before that as I came up the ranks, the relationship with business is so important. The future of the Targum almost fell through because business and editorial weren't seeing eye to eye. It improved during the transition, but that simply has to be a good working relationship before anything else.


  2. "Design Staff"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Dayton, NJ
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Dayton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Daily Targum (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great environment and work space.

    Cons

    Little pay, and not too many hours

  3. "I was a Contributing Writer at The Daily Targum."

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    Former Employee - Contributing Writer in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Contributing Writer in New Brunswick, NJ
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    I worked at The Daily Targum (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The Daily Targum is a highly-regarded college newspaper. It gives Rutgers University students the opportunity to develop skills outside the classroom. There are great opportunities to grow as both a person and a professional while working for The Daily Targum.

    Cons

    Since it is a student-run newspaper, one must balance working for The Daily Targum with academics and other responsibilities. I started writing for The Daily Targum early in my college career, and I found quickly I was not yet prepared. I also started writing for The Daily Targum before I took any journalism courses, and though The Daily Targum accepts any majors, I think I would have benefited from having taken some journalism courses before starting there.

    Advice to Management

    I have no issues with The Daily Targum itself; my issues at The Daily Targum were with myself and my lack of preparedness for the role at the time.


  4. "Amazing College Experience"

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Business Manager in New Brunswick, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at The Daily Targum full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The experience here, both in the business office, and in the publishing office, cannot be matched by anything else during undergrad. The leadership is completely flexible with your school schedule, and make accommodations for nearly anything. The alumni network is well connected in all industries, leaving many job opportunities post-grad.

    Cons

    The internal politics can be a little bit extreme, obviously due to the college environment. Other than this, I don't have much negative to say.


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    "Great times with fellow students."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Brunswick, NJ
    Recommends

    Pros

    working with your best friends
    experience in the industry
    ability to say whatever you want because you are all students
    bonding

    Cons

    Class/work balance
    Tiny room with one window
    Everyone gets sick when one person is sick
    No social life - long days

    Advice to Management

    Remember you are a student, treat everyone with respect. Have some fun. Order pizza and bring snacks. Food boosts morale.


  6. "Great experience, but watch out for egos"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Brunswick, NJ
    Recommends

    Pros

    It's the best way to learn about Journalism first hand at Rutgers. Being a Journalism major is one thing, but the program is not as challenging and realistic as working at a daily newspaper. At the Targum you have real deadlines, real stories, and have to work with people to get your story. Also, if you're driven, you can work your way up into some important positions that give you great experience, not to mention look great on a resume.

    Cons

    Since it's a college daily, management changes quite frequently, often times from semester to semester. You can have a really great EIC one semester, and then a completely incompetent, self-righteous jackass the next. The caucus is supposed to serve against the latter, but it is not full proof. Also, watch out for in office politics. Don't be naive and think it doesn't exist.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be too pompous. You may be running one of the best and oldest college dailies in the country, but that doesn't mean shi* if your staff doesn't respect you. You lose a lot of good writers that way, and lets be honest, good writers are hard to come by.


  7. "The Daily Targum"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great organization, good sense of belonging!

    Cons

    Hard to get a large number of hours to work.

  8. "Good hands on experience - poor space to learn the trade."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    You will report on a diverse array of topics.

    Cons

    You'll find communication with your editor leads to little professional development.

    Advice to Management

    Provide workshops for your writers.


  9. "Involving and mentally fortifying"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Daily Targum part-time

    Pros

    Easily a very involving and friendly atmosphere. Working with responsible, like-minded students from other fields of study offers boundless opportunities for personal and professional growth. The densely-packed office space encourages branching out to people of other departments.
    Very well organized and professional when the situation calls.

    Cons

    Leaves little time for academics and socialization, but the sense of responsibility learned from finding the balance is absolutely worth it.


  10. "It's an average school newspaper which gives ample opportunities for students to learn from."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Daily Targum part-time

    Pros

    The people are always friendly, and as a student, it's very easy to arrange a schedule that fits around classes and other activities.

    Cons

    It's a school newspaper with a not-so high reputation. It's definitely a place where if you put too much effort, you may or may not get rewarded for it.


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