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For those interested in joining The Bottom Line, we recruit year round for new writers, photographers, illustrators, and videographers. Joining our staff is a great opportunity to develop professional experience, improve writing and communication skills, and become part of a dedicated team interested in covering events happening in our UC Santa Barbara campus and surrounding community.

In addition to News, TBL also covers Features, Arts & Entertainment, Science & Technology, and Opinions. We also have our video team, The Line, which covers a wide range of content between investigative journalism, event coverage, and creative content.

While prior experience is appreciated for joining our team, it is not necessary. We offer all staff members one-on-one trainings with our editors in order to help staff of all experience levels grow at our publication. In addition, we accommodate students’ schedules, allowing staff to take on as little or as much work as possible.

Weekly staff meetings are usually on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the A.S. Annex (Building 434) across from Storke Tower for those who would like to learn more about TBL and how to become a part of our team. However, due to the current situation, meetings are now on Zoom every Tuesday at 7 p.m. 

If you are interested in getting involved with writing, photography, or illustrations, please join our mailing list to get email reminders about our staff meetings and receive our pitch doc of stories each week.

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If you are interested in joining our video team, The Line, please contact our video editors at