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Write for Us!

We can help you unleash your creativity, whether you’ve got something to say, something to photograph, something to draw or even design! We proudly welcome submissions from all students and staff members at The University of Reading (that includes alumni!).

Join The Spark Team!

Are you interested in a career in writing, journalism, marketing or design and want to gain some valuable experience? The Spark is looking for fresh, new talent to join our amazing, dedicated team of committee members.

Current Committee Vacancies (open until filled):

  • Head of Marketing & Distribution

  • Digital Secretary

  • Print Lifestyle Designer 

  • Digital News Editor

  • Print Sports Designer

  • Assistant Designers

  • Spark Photographers 

  • Social Media Content Creators

If you are interested in applying for any of the above roles, then please email one of our Head Editors below:

Print Editor (Taz Usher): editor.spark@reading.ac.uk

Head of Web & Digital Marketing (Nikolett Bartus): onlineeditor@sparknewspaper.co.uk

Deputy Editor & Outreach Officer (Sarah Maqbool): deputyeditor@sparknewspaper.co.uk

WANTED: Cartoonist & Comic Strip Artist

Do you have a passion for colour or enjoy making your friends laugh? Then we’re looking for you! We’re on the lookout for someone who can tell a story through stunning pictures and show off their creative skills. If this is the kind of role you’re looking for then please email a few photos of your work to our Print Editor with a brief description of what you can offer as an artist. We’d love to hear from you!

Print Editor (Taz Usher): editor.spark@reading.ac.uk

Spark Writers’, Photographers & Designers Groups (via Facebook)

Got a creative streak and want to share your ideas as published articles with fellow students? Or perhaps you just want to make a statement with your crisp photography or design skills? Then join one of our writers’, photography or design groups! We’re always welcoming new photographers, designers and article submissions from both students and staff members alike. We want to hear from you!

Spark Lifestyle Writers’ Group:

The Spark Lifestyle Group ’19-20

Print Lifestyle Editor: Holly Fournier

Online Lifestyle Editor: Amelia Dinsdale

Email: lifestyle@sparknewspaper.co.uk

Spark Entertainment Writers’ Group: 

The Spark Entertainment Group ’19-20

Print Entertainment Editor: Lois Plummer

Online Entertainment Editor: Raagulan Umashanker

Email: entertainment@sparknewspaper.co.uk

Spark News Writers’ Group: 

The Spark News Group ’19-20 

Print News Editor: Kia Mackenzie

Online News Editor: [TBC – VACANCY AVAILABLE]

Email: news@sparknewspaper.co.uk

Spark Sports Writers’ Group: 

The Spark Sport Group ’19-20

Print Sports Editor: Izzy Einon

Online Sports Editor: [TBC- VACANCY AVAILABLE]

Email: sport@sparknewspaper.co.uk

Spark Photographers’ Group:

The Spark Photography Group ’19-20

Head of Photography: Sara Mattar 

Email: photography@sparknewspaper.co.uk

Spark Graphic Designers’ Group: 

The Spark Design Group ’19-20

Lead Designer: Xiaomeng Fang 

Email: design@sparknewspaper.co.uk

Got an idea? Want to leave some feedback? Get in touch with us! 

We are always on the lookout for fresh ideas and talent! If you are interested in sharing your work, have a story to tell or have simply got a hip, new idea for us then please do not hesitate to get in touch! Simply contact the relevant Spark Committee Member below:

Head Editors

Print Editor: Taz Usher

Course: BA English Language & Applied Linguistics (Part 3).

Email: editor.spark@reading.ac.uk

 

Head of Web & Digital Marketing: Nikolett Bartus

Course:

Email: onlineeditor@sparknewspaper.co.uk

 

Deputy Editor & Outreach Officer: Sarah Maqbool

Course: BSc Environmental Science with Professional Experience (Part 2).

Email: deputyeditor@sparknewspaper.co.uk 

 

Section Editors

News:

Writers’ Facebook Group: The Spark News Group ’19-20

Print News Editor: Kia Mackenzie 

Course: BA English Literature (Part 3).

Online News Editor: [TBC – VACANCY AVAILABLE]

Email: news@sparknewspaper.co.uk

 

Entertainment:

Writers’ Facebook Group: The Spark Entertainment Group ’19-20

Print Entertainment Editor: Lois Plummer

Course: BA English Literature (Part 2).

Online Entertainment Editor: Raagulan Umashanker

Course: BA English Literature (Part 3).

Email: entertainment@sparknewspaper.co.uk

 

Lifestyle:

Writers’ Facebook Group: The Spark Lifestyle Group ’19-20

Print Lifestyle Editor: Holly Fournier

Course: BA English Language (Part 3).

Online Lifestyle Editor: Amelia Dinsdale

Course: BA English Literature (Part 3).

Email: lifestyle@sparknewspaper.co.uk

 

Sport:

Writers’ Facebook Group: The Spark Sport Group ’19-20

Print Sports Editor: Izzy Einon

Course: BA English Literature (Part 3)

Online Sports Editor: [TBC- VACANCY AVAILABLE]

Email: sport@sparknewspaper.co.uk

 

Marketing & Distribution Team

Head of Marketing & Distribution: [TBC – VACANCY AVAILABLE]

 

Head of Web & Digital Marketing: Sarah Maqbool

Course: BSc Environmental Science with Professional Experience (Part 2).

Email: onlineeditor@sparknewspaper.co.uk

Deputy Editor & Outreach Officer: Sarah Maqbool

Course: BSc Environmental Science with Professional Experience (Part 2).

Email: deputyeditor@sparknewspaper.co.uk 

Social Media Content Creator: Alex Winfield

Course: BA English Language (Part 3).

Marketing & Distribution Email: publicity@sparknewspaper.co.uk

 

Design Team

Spark Designers’ Facebook Group: The Spark Design Group ’19-20

Lead Designer: Xiaomeng Fang

Course: BSc Architecture (Part 2).

Email: design@sparknewspaper.co.uk

 

Spark Photography Team

Spark Photographers’ Facebook Group: The Spark Photography Group ’19-20

Head of Photography: Sara Mattar

Course: BSc Consumer Behaviour & Marketing (Part 3).

Email: photography@sparknewspaper.co.uk