About Us

Applications for Summer and Fall 2020 available

The Auburn Plainsman is seeking creative and enterprising Auburn student journalists who want to work for one of the most decorated student newspapers in the country. You do not have to be a journalism major, nor do you have to have previous writing or reporting experience.

Job descriptions are available here and the application is available here on The Plainsman's AUInvolve page under forms. You have to be logged in to AUInvolve to fill out the form.

Deadlines are listed in the application.

About The Auburn Plainsman

The Auburn Plainsman is the award-winning student newspaper affiliated with Auburn University. The editorial and business staffs consist of University students who produce this weekly print and daily online publication. Any student may apply to be a part of The Auburn Plainsman staff.

The print publication is available free for all Auburn University students and faculty every Thursday at various locations on campus.

The Auburn Plainsman is an editorially independent publication. Student editors and managers determine the editorial content, coverage and policies without interference from faculty, staff or University administration.

Mission Statement

As Auburn University’s official student newspaper, the principle mission of The Auburn Plainsman is to serve as the primary print and digital news and information source for Auburn University’s student, staff and administrative population.

The Plainsman promotes the highest standards of journalism while endeavoring to be an award-winning student publication and serving as a learning laboratory for journalism, marketing, graphic design and photography students. 

To this end, The Auburn Plainsman continually strives to adapt to the changing technology required for the production of a state-of-the-art equipment and facilities of the highest quality.

The Auburn Plainsman strives to retain a professional staff in conjunction with student workers dedicated to instilling the values of sound business practice, excellence in monetary stewardship and ethics in journalism while providing academic advising and oversight to its student workers.


The Auburn Plainsman is dedicated to:

  • Fostering the development of students’ skills in all aspects of journalism, business, and leadership by providing the resources needed by students to publish a newspaper and website
  • Enhancing the educational mission of Auburn University by providing training and learning opportunities for students in journalism, business and media production
  • Upholding the highest standards of journalism by teaching and promoting professional standards, ethics, and First Amendment rights and responsibilities
  • Serving the Auburn University community by providing student-run media that serve as a forum for free expression, an exchange of ideas, and a respected means of disseminating news and information, thus fulfilling a role essential to the health of a vibrant university in a democratic society.

Diversity at The Plainsman

The Plainsman is committed to diversity in our newsroom. Having a diverse and inclusive staff is essential to our mission because it adds valued perspectives to our reporting and because our staff should reflect the community we cover. It's important that our staff work in an environment that is fair, inclusive, engaging and rewarding to everyone.

We actively welcome students of all backgrounds and their perspectives. No student may be denied involvement on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, color, age, disability, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or veteran status.