The Daily Nexus had its start in the 1930s. Back then, the newspaper was called the Eagle, and UCSB was known as Santa Barbara State College. After the college joined the University of California system, its newspaper changed names various times, existing in former editions as the RoadrunnerEl Gaucho, the University Post and the Daily Gaucho. The Daily Nexus received its name in 1970, following the infamous Bank of America burning that occurred in Isla Vista. The editorial board took the name from a Robert Maynard Hutchins quote: “A free press is the nexus of any democracy.”

The Nexus continues to be the go-to source to stay up-to-date on the UCSB campus and Isla Vista. We offer positions for writers, photographers, artists and any creative souls interested in immersing themselves in culture and information. The Nexus provides a fast-paced environment for aspiring journalists, as well as learning opportunities for students who want to explore the stories that define our community.

The Daily Nexus is also an award-winning media source, ranked in the top 10 best college newspapers by Princeton Review two out of the last three years and has receiving 6 California Collegiate Media Awards in 2016, including Best Breaking News, Best Photo Series and Best Editorial.

Located under Storke Tower, the Daily Nexus office becomes a second home to editors. Lorenzo Basilio / Daily Nexus

Employment Opportunities:

Website Manager

The website manager is a front-end engineer who creates a bridge between content, design, and data. Our website can be temperamental, and requires loving upkeep. In this position, you will be working directly with the Web Developer to ensure that the daily content on dailynexus.com looks as beautiful possible.

Required Skills:

  • At least one year of experience in CSS/HTML and WordPress

  • Ability to catch errors in articles on our website

  • Design experience, and a new vision for online platform

  • Experience using JavaScript (preferred)

Video Director

The video director plays a critical role in visual journalism on our developing platform, finding new ways to share information about news, sports, music and culture. Students who want to become the video director will need to be storytellers with an interest in finding unique perspectives on UCSB.

Required Skills:

  • An excellent command of post-production editing, including sound production and mastering

  • Knowledge of Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Photoshop and Illustrator

  • Personal videography equipment (preferred)

Assistant Layout Editor

The assistant layout editor will decide the face of our print edition each week, working with our layout editor to determine the best design for the Nexus. The assistant layout editor is a new position, and will call for beginner to expert graphic designers who have an interest in sharing content with the UCSB campus.

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

  • Prior design experience, portfolio required

  • Experience working with other publications (preferred)

How To Apply

Applications will be available beginning June 19 and must be submitted by July 10 at 6 P.M. to eic@dailynexus.com. You can find applications by clicking the title of each position you are interested in. We will be accepting applications from all continuing undergraduate and graduate students.

Each of our open positions is time-intensive and requires a serious commitment to news, storytelling and the guiding objectives of the Nexus. We look forward to expanding our staff and meeting new, talented individuals.

For students who want to get a feel for our newsroom before joining the staff, orientation sessions will begin at the start of Fall Quarter. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.