Love to Write? Become a College Lifestyles Campus Correspondent!
September 26, 2012 | by

The College Lifestyles™ Campus Correspondent Program has a new look we love, and think you will, too!

What is a CL Campus Correspondent?**

classy co-ed in their own right, the Campus Correspondent is a co-ed who embraces all that is classy and chic about campus life. They are a talented writer without time for an internship, but want to get their work out there and build their portfolio.

They submit five articles over the course of the semester to CL (CL semester: fall runs 8/15 – 12/15; spring runs 12/15 – 5/15; summer runs 5/15 – 8/15) to be published on and promoted on CL social media.

How do I get started?

View some of the articles already posted – our favorite sections are campus life, Greek life and health, but there’s so much more you could choose! We recommend picking a section you are passionate and knowledgeable about.

Topics we are interested in include:

  • Events, such as fashion shows, sporting event and fundraisers happening on YOUR campus
  • Greek life, including recruitment, Greek Week and chapter events on YOUR campus
  • Restaurants, date spots and trendy shops in YOUR college town
  • Healthy dining on and/or around YOUR campus
  • Fashion trends on YOUR campus, including student street style
  • Beauty tutorials/how-tos
  • Recipes how-tos
  • Career tips
  • Tips for high school students

Topics we are NOT interested in:

  • Religious and/or political topics
  • Personal rants and/or exempts from diary
  • Anything belonging in a personal blog
  • Articles with links to products/companies (Please contact Shelly at – this is advertising)

Then, submit your five pitches to us by emailing Pitches can be anything from a title idea you had for the article to a full paragraph explaining the article. A staff member will contact you if your pitches have been approved. You will then begin the writing process. Note: you are more than welcome to submit additional pitches if your originals are approved, your articles are completed and you want to do more. If your pitches are not approved, you can pitch other ideas.

The Writing Process:

Pick a topic you want to write about (see ‘topics we’re interested in’) and decide how it fits with the CL brand: classy, confident chic. Then, start writing! We require all articles to be 400-600 words, well-researched and contain quotes from industry professionals if possible.  We ask you sign your article (at the bottom) in the following the format:

(Name) is a (year in studies) (major) at (university).  Please follow him/her @(twitter handle).

Example:  Susie Smith is a junior Mass Communications major at ABC University. Please follow her at @susiesmith.

Once you’ve written your article, simply email it as an attached Microsoft Word document to A CL staff member will make any necessary edits and post it to the site within 48 hours.

What About Pictures?

We only accept the following types of pictures:

  • Pictures YOU took
  • Pictures taken by a photographer specifically for your article, with their full knowledge the photos will be posted on our site
  • Polyvore sets
  • Pictures from official celebrity/movie websites/social media

You must submit any pictures in JPEG format saved with their photo credit information. If you do not comply with this rule, a CL staff member will designate photos for your article. We ask that you submit four pictures per article.

Marketing Your Article:

CL will share your article via social media, but you can do the same – feel free to post to your personal social media and tag us! We also recommend emailing your article to friends and family.

Portfolio Use:

Articles and photos for CL can be a great addition to your portfolio. You can either save your article links OR take screen shots to add as examples of your work in the media industry.


**This is an unpaid freelance gig. College Lifestyles™ only accepts articles that have been thoroughly researched and/or contain brilliant interviews with more than one source. College Lifestyles™ does not accept any DIY crafts OR recipes from websites, Pinterest or bloggers; you must use a book or magazine source, or create original content for those types of articles. Any stolen or plagiarized work will not be used on our site; any work deemed as such and published by but without the knowledge of College Lifestyles™ is the sole responsibility of the Campus Correspondent. Any article inconsistent with the brand of College Lifestyles™ will NOT be published. College Lifestyles™ requests you fact-check, spell-check, grammar-check and AP style-check your article before you submit it. Articles may be re-edited at the discretion of College Lifestyles™.  Any articles by College Lifestyles™ Campus Correspondents may be used for College Lifestyles™ promotions, public relations, advertising, marketing, social media or strategic development purposes. Articles can only be submitted by high school and college students. This is NOT our internship and you will not be provided with extensive feedback for your work. If you are interested in a more personal learning experience, please apply for the College Lifestyles™ Internship Program (applications for the fall semester close 8/15; applications for the spring semester close 11/15; applications for the summer semester close 4/15).

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About Author

Shelly Marie Redmond, MS, RD, LDN is the founder and CEO/Editor in Chief of College Lifestyles. You can follower her on twitter @shellymarierd.

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