About Us

Applications for Spring 2021 available

The Auburn Plainsman is seeking creative and enterprising Auburn student journalists who want to work for one of the most decorated student news publications 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 news publication affiliated with Auburn University. The editorial and business staffs consist of University students who produce content for our online publication, including articles, photographs, graphics and other multimedia content. Any student may apply to be a part of The Auburn Plainsman staff.

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 publication, the principle mission of The Auburn Plainsman is to serve as the primary 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.

Objectives

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 digital content
  • 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 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.