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Contributors (Writers and Reporters)

Vanguard is always hiring writers and reporters for our News, Sports, Arts and Culture, Science and Technology and Opinion sections. We are willing to train inexperienced applicants who demonstrate writing proficiency and a desire to learn journalistic skills.

Active contributors gain …

  • A strong journalistic foundation
  • A profesional portfolio
  • A supportive community of fellow creatives
  • Payment for your contrbutions

Contributors are paid per article published. Article pay ranges from $35–80 depending on word count and level of reporting. For detailed pay grades, visit PSU’s student media payment page.

NEW CONTRIBUTORS: First fill out this form and then follow the instructions on this website

CONTRIBUTORS APPROVED LAST TERM: Only follow the instructions on this website.

Copy Editors

Vanguard is always seeking a dedicated and detail-oriented Copy Editors to join our team. As a Copy Editor, you will play a crucial role in ensuring the accuracy, clarity, and overall quality of our student newspaper. Your keen eye for detail and exceptional editing skills will be instrumental in maintaining the newspaper’s high standards and reputation.


  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of AP and Vanguard house style
  • Engage in conversations and recommendations on evolving editing practices
  • Remain actively aware of points for discussion in the editing process

Design Contributors

Vanguard is always seeking students looking to kickstart their design careers? Join our vibrant student newspaper team as an Entry-Level Design Contributor! This exciting opportunity will allow you to showcase your artistic skills, build a portfolio of professional, paid, work, while contributing to the visual appeal of our publication.


  • Collaborate with the editorial team to create eye-catching designs for articles, features, and graphics.
  • Design captivating layouts for print and digital formats, ensuring seamless integration of text and visuals.
  • Stay up-to-date with design trends, styles, and industry best practices.
  • Participate in brainstorming sessions and contribute fresh ideas to improve the newspaper’s visual identity.

Distribution Manager

PSU Vanguard is currently seeking a new Distribution Manager for the upcoming year. This crucial role entails several responsibilities that contribute to the smooth functioning of our operations. As the Distribution Manager, you will be in charge of the following tasks:

  • Coordinating print jobs with Oregon Lithoprint to ensure timely production of materials.

  • Efficiently distributing newspapers, fliers, and promotional materials to their designated locations across the campus. This includes restocking PSU Vanguard’s active newspaper boxes and placing fliers on bulletin boards.

  • Maintaining and updating the Vanguard Paper archive within the library to ensure it remains current and accessible.

The position is available for an immediate start. It’s worth noting that the Distribution Manager position allows you to receive $800 per term through an Educational Leadership Service Award (ELSA), which is a tax-free grant. You can also start/continue working as a contributor while holding this managerial role.

The expected commitment for this role is around 5-7 hours per week.

If you find this opportunity appealing and are interested in applying for the position, APPLY HERE. We look forward to receiving your application!


Vanguard is Portland State’s student-run newspaper and media outlet that seeks to empower, educate, guide, and seek truth and report it. Vanguard has been in print since 1946 and publishes content online every week. Vanguard publishes and distributes new print issues across campus every Thursday during regular academic terms.

Vanguard seeks to provide fair, balanced, timely and comprehensive news and information to the PSU community. As part of a community of students attending a commuter school in the heart of downtown Portland, Vanguard also seeks to engage and enrich the greater Portland experience. This organization is committed to journalistic ethics and holds itself to a standard of media for the public good.

As a student-run publication, Vanguard provides unique hands-on learning experiences in a functioning newsroom. We encourage and uplift leaders and provide opportunities and training that translate in direct and diverse avenues in the world of professional journalism and far beyond.

To work at Vanguard as a contributor or editor, you must be a Portland State student. Undergraduates must be enrolled in at least 6 credits and have a minimum institutional 2.5 GPA, while graduate students need 5 credits per term and a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Editor positions (paid by Educational Leadership and Service Awards) are filled on a term-by-term basis.