Editor + Writer Application 2018-19

Hello, Prospective Staff!

We are thrilled that you have chosen to apply for the clay staff! Thank you for helping us to build a wonderful team with whom we can represent TPS to our community.


Please refer to the application below for details on each position and email clayeditor@pottersschool.org with any questions or concerns, then fill out the form at the bottom of this article. Applications will be due on July 7th, 2018. 


Also note there is a separate application for the Public Relations team.



Jacey Koo and Corrie Anna Campbell

2018-2019 Senior Editors


A Note to Columnists:

Beginning in August, clay columnists write one 500-700 word article each month and submit it to their editors by the deadlines given. About a week before submission, writers will notify their editors concerning their intended topic. Depending on the column applied for, some articles may require time beyond brainstorming and writing, i.e. conducting interviews or research, so take all time requirements into account. Please don’t limit your applications to the columns we’ve listed! If you have a creative idea for a new column, apply for it with a short description of your plan.


A Note to Editors:

Editor positions are reserved for students 10th grade or higher with an appreciation for the correct mechanics of the English language and an ability to produce constructive criticism. Editors must have ready access to and availability over email to answer columnists’ questions, receive articles and topics, and send out deadline reminder emails.


Happy applying, everyone!



Theology & Worldview will include church News, faith-strengthening arguments, and church history. Excited to see what this column produces this year!


T&W Editor: Position open! The T&W editor will organize the following columnists:

Church History: Columns focusing on the historical side of the church from A.D. 50-Present. This can include Heroes of the Early Church (abridged biographies of leaders of the early church) or other ideas left to the discretion of the writer, but a balanced perspective would be necessary for the writer or writers of this section.

Apologetics: “Always be prepared to give an answer” St. Peter told the church in his first epistle. Those words ring just as true today, and this column is for equipping the saints to that end.

Bible Spotlight: Taking a more heart-felt approach, this column will give a devotion for daily life.



The News Section will give educated analyses of recent events and culture. While focusing on current events, it’s not intended to be a breaking news section, but rather a pondering analysis of the modern world through a Christian worldview.


News Editor: Position open! The News Editor will organize the following columnists and may help provide article topics for certain columns:

Political Analysis: Taking a non-partisan approach to the American and western political sphere in a time when the political climate is increasingly toxic. The writer will be following trends primarily in the US, and other western nations as necessary.

International News: Intended to offset the tendencies of most American news outlets, this column is intended to give insight into current affairs around the world.

International Correspondence: This column has a bit of flexibility, as it can range from strict reporting of the news to cultural insight from all over the world.  

Other: We’d love to have other topics of news and current events from technology to business to economics. If you have your own idea for a news column, let us know!



Combining abstract artistic pursuits with art’s technicalities and even some international culture, A&C will be clay’s creative anchor this year.


A&C Editor(s): Positions open! Depending on how big this section becomes, this section is a potential co-editorship. However, we’d ask that you apply individually rather than as a prepackaged team with another TPSer. The A&C editor (or dynamic duo) will organize the following columnists:

Serial Story: This column features a unique, meaningful novella issued chapter-by-chapter. Applicants with strong creative writing skills should submit a sample story and an outline of their serial story plan for the September-May issues.

Photography: Featuring photographer interviews, technical exposés, and creative inspiration, the photography column contains a wide range of information for both amateur and experienced TPS photographers. Applicants for this column should submit a sample article as well as examples of their own photography.

Fashion: If you have a knack for finding classy clothing, try sharing some tips with your fellow TPSers. Explore the wide variety of topics included in fashion, from girls’ and guys’ clothing to aesthetic psychology to accessories.

Film: The film columnist writes reviews of recent films through a Christian worldview.

Cooking: The food columnist writes on delightful dishes and posts recipes for them.

Theatre:  Covering anything from the latest on broadway to tips for drama students, the theatre columnist should have experience on the stage and be aware of current events in the theatre world.

Music: The music columnist has quite a bit of flexibility in covering important events in music news (for example, death of a famous musician or a music awards ceremony), spotlighting a certain artist or album, or giving music history of genres or instruments.

Books: This column consists of book reviews and book-related news, to include analyses of recent publications and bestsellers, the-film-versus-the-book, or book recommendations.



We have a vision for Spotlight that we’re really hoping will flourish this year–creative, deep, meaningful, beyond a student’s favorite color or the number of classes Mrs. Smith teaches. We can’t wait to see how this section develops in 2018-19!


Spotlight Editor: Position open! The Spotlight editor will organize the following columnists:

Girls’ Student Spotlight: As the title implies, this (female) columnist will be interviewing a TPS student every month and writing about her life, plans, and personality.

Guys’ Student Spotlight: This column is just like the girls’ spotlight, except for guys.

Alumnus Spotlight: The alumnus columnist interviews a TPSer and writes about his or her life after TPS. Ideas include old favorites from high school, new plans in college, and other usual aspects of an interview.

Teacher Spotlight: The Teacher Spotlight columnist will interview a TPS teacher each month and write about his or her life and experiences with TPS, helping students get to know their instructors a bit better.

Class Spotlight: The columnist in this section should feature a different class every issue, explaining the classes and the learning/teaching style of the class, teacher, etc. He or she will try to cover a class from every category (Literature, Science, etc.) by the end of the year.

Story Spotlight: Do you have a story that’s your go-to to break the silence  in awkward situations? A memory that immediately comes to mind when people ask for your more embarrassing moment? Stories are what make us us, so we want to feature some of the best this year. The story spotlight columnist will go on the hunt for 1-2 really good stories–may they be funny, sad, or serious–each month and share them in their article.



Everyone needs a good laugh at some point during the long school year, and the Humor section is one of the best places for TPSers to find something to chuckle at. We’re hoping to increase the Humor Section size, so creative comedy ideas are welcome!


Humor Editor: Position open! The Humor editor will organize the following columnists:

Humor Columnist: If you have a creative idea to brighten a TPSer’s day and a good sense of humor, try sharing it with the whole school through the humor column. For examples of creative humor articles, here’s a link to a humor competition from several years ago (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nckY2ZX61BGIKoVPosM_zI-YZLo6ML1r3fdzjHb_61E/edit?usp=sharing).

Cartoonist: If you have a knack for sketching and making people laugh, you might try applying to be a cartoonist. Instead of writing samples, applicants should submit two cartoon panels and an explanation of their column’s theme or characters.

Satire: We’re looking for a dry, humorless writer who can deliver such poor writing as to make us cry out in agony.



See separate application for this position. Our Public Relations staff will post on clay’s social media accounts on a daily basis to engage with the TPS community, spread our message, and help us maintain a professional public image. Note that this year we are combining the previously separate positions of PR Editor and Open Mic Editor into one “Public Relations Manager” position. Our PR Manager will be responsible for editing social media posts but also will use his or her access to clay’s social media accounts to reach out to the TPS community in search of guest columnist articles, which will be published in appropriate sections on clay throughout the year. Additionally, we will now be hiring a full time photographer for Public Relations who will provide about sixteen high quality and TPS approved photos per month that content managers can use in their social media posts, although photography experience for all content managers is also recommended but not required. Provided is the link to the separate Public Relations application:


Article for editors (please paste this into a document and upload it with your corrections as you would for a columnist):

Everybody Has a flaming desire to appear very tall these dayes. Bajillions of women will only go out after wearing a bit of heel and children put bricks on their heads, hoping that gravity will stretch them taller. Men espeshially dread the idea that they could stand any where below five foot seven thinking that that they will live a long and lonely life, since no girl with a brain would marry a guy shorter than himself. Contrary to popular believ, however, although disavantages can exist in the life of a short person, a short stature has many unique perks such as longevity or the unique ability to develop a humble outlook on the world. Although our society tends to fear and resist it, smallness, has multiple avantages, which the petit should pride and the tall should deeply, with purpll passions, fear immensly much more than their oversizd freakishly big dark shadow, which as a short person knows, is comperable to the vally of the shadow of death in uniqueness

According to a intensive study included in the U.S. national library of medicine, those with a shorter stature tend to experience a longer lifespan (which means they live longer). Simply examining the lives of Japanese Hong kong Chinese and the Greeks, generally shorter cultural groups, reveal that they lived much longer than other races in the late 20 century. Furthermore a long study of the Okinawans reveals these small people, who’s men average four feets nine, often live into their nineties even then continuing “a high level of physical activity”. These avantages is not the result of genetics since when these ppl. migrate to foreign countries, they soon acquire many of the diseases of the host population after a few generations of intermarying with the taller people in their new homes! These advanages also aren’t due to diet changes of food although it’s notable, that short people rarely order their fries super sized. o.O Perhaps a contributing factor to a greater longevity in short people is that the tall tend to injure themselves more than shorter people who can maneuver around easily without bumping into anything, where as height provicient people tend to blindlessly ram at top velocity into furniture, walls, and other people. These findings contradict the social idea that “bigger is better” (which applies to frys and peoples’s alike!

Besides the clear medical avantages of a smaller stature. Shortness does benefit the way people view the world. Shorter people, teased often about their heights, literally have to look up to others constantly which makes them humble. My sister for example destined to remain at four foot eight forever, often needs to ask for help to reach a palate or turn off the kitchen vent. 😉 However this reliance on others has made her more humble and open to critisicm than others in our family!!! Tall people are occustomed to everyone admiring, on the other hand, their heights and viewing them as athletic. When they enter the world, employers more willingly accepts them since taller workers appear distinguished and impressive but this bias towards them can lead to an errogant attitude on the tall peoples’ behalf. While height often gives people a powerful, and domineering outlook on the world, shortness helps humanity become less puffed up and focus on the importantly things in life.

Although our society tends to ridicule shortness our cultural attitudes towards it must shift to a less biased view point (CAUSE THOSE WHO DO ARE LIKE HILLARY CLINTON). Those who stand at low heights. Should learn to embraced their shortness. *accepts the midget inside as perdestined to stand short from the foundations of the world* Additionally those blessed with a tall stature should respect the shorter for their possible superior ability to withstand critisicm and should learn from their humility.     To make the best of our heights, we should all become short people who like to stick with being short, or tall people who admire the short, small, miniscule things of life. We must simply accept the way God created us and appreciate our unique sizes for they’re many uneek blessings.




  1. AHHHHHHH I’m so excited for this!!!!!!!!!! XD

    • Oh I actually have a quick question–can you apply for more than one position, but still only get selected for one? Cause I have a few that I would like to do next year (but obviously I can’t do more than one).

  2. Are columnists who want to write again supposed to apply here, or is there something else we should be doing?

  3. Should I submit a previous work, or should I write something new for this?

    • You’ll want it to be your best work. If you’ve already written something that’s your best, that’s perfectly acceptable to turn in.

      • Charlie Livingstone

        I wrote a tech article this year, however, it wasn’t for the best I-phone cases or computer browsers. I wrote about 3D printing, jetpacks, etc. and I was put in news….It may be different this time around though. Hope this helps.

  4. Which section would I write if I were to write Tech?

    • Hmm, what do you mean by Tech? I’m assuming that would be Arts and Culture, but that might change depending on exactly what you plan to write on. =)

  5. Elizabeth Webel

    What do y’all mean by “What do you think you will add to the staff in the position you’re applying for?”

    • Basically, why should we hire you? How will you make clay better by being a columnist? It doesn’t have to be anything long or fancy; we just want to know how you will contribute to clay if we hire you. ?

  6. Can the cooking columnist make cooking videos instead of writing? (I love making cooking videos!)

    • Hi Anna! Ooh that sounds like a fun idea. You’re more than welcome to apply for that and submit a sample of your cooking videos and then we’ll decide from there =).

  7. This sounds like so much fun! I have 2 q’s. Will there only be one person for each column? (like cooking, international news, etc.) And when will we know who get’s chosen? Thanks!

    • Hi Emily! We generally just have one person per column, although sometimes we may have more than one columnist do a similar column (like more than one cartoonist, for example), and occasionally two people will work together for just one column if they apply for something like that, but yes we mainly just have one person for a column. And we will notify all applicants of our decision and whether or not they’ve been accepted sometime in late July/early August most likely =).

  8. Does the work have to be related to the column that we want to apply for, or can it just be our best writing in any category?

    • By that I mean the work that we submit to apply.

    • You’ll actually be submitting two works: one is for the column you want to apply for (so if you’re applying for News you can write an article about that for example) and another is just an essay you wrote outside of clay to show off your writing skills.

  9. Thank you!

  10. Can one just apply for editor in general if you can’t decide? (And what if you don’t have a grade?)

    • Yes that works. Just wanted to note that the editor position is generally for 10th grade and up (so like 15 or 16 and up), so if anyone here wants to apply for the editing position but hasn’t met the age threshold yet, it might be better to consider being a columnist instead =). And if you don’t have a grade, just tell us how well you did in your English class in general. =)

      • It requires me to submit a grade in number form in the application. What do I do?

        • Ohh, for that I see. Just give us your best guess. You can put what year you’ll be graduating too if that helps.

          • It says I must put in a grade between 6 and 12.

          • Hello Hannah! Just choose your best guess. Like Jacey said, you could work back from the year you graduate high school, or pick the grade that is the most consistent with your age.

  11. This is a stupid question, but when it says to upload “Sample of Column,” does that mean we have to write a sample column for the position we’re applying for? Thanks!

    • Hey Emma! Haha that’s not a stupid question, and yes, you got it! Just write a sample article for your applied position =). Thank you!

    • Thank you so much! I’m so excited, it sounds fun 🙂

  12. Hey for the place where it says upload outside clay writing sample, can it be an essay or does it have to relate to the position you are applying for in topic or structure etc?

    • Hey Em! For the outside clay writing sample, that can be an essay on any topic that represents your best writing. If a sample of your best writing happens to be related to the subject you want to cover in clay, that’s fine, but your sample can’t be an article you have written for clay in the past. The goal for that part of the submission is for us to be able to assess your capability as a writer in general. The goal for the other document submission (sample of column OR sample editing) is for us to determine whether you would be a good fit for the specific columnist/editor position you are applying for. Hope that helps! =)

  13. How would I apply to draw for clay instead of write? Is there a job open for that? Thank you 🙂

    • Hello Emma! The drawing position that already exists here at clay is the Humor Cartoonist. If that sounds like fun, you can apply for that column. If that position doesn’t seem like a good fit for you, and you have an idea of what kind of drawing you want to do, you can pitch your idea to us in the box that says “If you’re applying for a column not listed above, please describe your idea”. In the “Sample Column” submission, just give us a good representation of what your drawing column would look like. =)

      • Yes and also in the past we’ve had drawing columnists who published monthly articles on how to draw well with sample drawings for examples, so that’s always an option as well!

  14. Those applying for an editor position need to edit the article below, correct?

    • Yes, that’s right, Carolyn! Editor applicants need to edit the sample article, and columnist applicants need to submit a sample article instead. Both need to submit a general writing sample unrelated to clay. =)

  15. Hi, I’m still thinking of what to apply for, so when’s the deadline for applying?
    Thank you so much!