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Prindle Post Staff Writer Description and Application

Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are due September 8, 2018

General Information

The mission of The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics (JPIE) is to foster interdisciplinary reflection on ethical issues, including questions of justice and public policy, character, duty, and responsibility. The primary role of The Prindle Post Staff Writer is to write for the Institute’s online ethics magazine, The Prindle Post.

Position Summary

The Prindle Post Staff Writer will be expected to:

  • Spend 1 – 2 hours per week writing for The Prindle Post.

  • Meet bi-weekly with members of The Prindle Post editorial staff.


Candidates must be full-time students for the 2018-2019 academic year. The position is open to all majors, all years. Candidates must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and be in good academic standing with the University.


Prindle Post Staff Writers will be paid $7.25 per hour.

Selection Process

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview with the selection committee.


If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Eleanor Price by e-mail ( If the application form below does not work, please contact Lana Hall ( You can access the submission form here if the form below does not work:

Application Instructions

The application packet must consist of (i) a resume, (ii) cover letter (iii) “unofficial” academic transcript (from e-services), (iv) the names of two faculty references, and (v) an Ethics in the News article (instructions below). 

ethics in the news instructions:

Prompt: The Ethics in the News piece should raise moral questions of your choosing regarding either (1) Is it unethical to consume films, television shows or other cultural products made by people accused of immoral behavior? (2) What are the ethical ramifications of banning hard liquor on DePauw's campus? 

Criteria: “Ethics in the news” (EITN) posts are 500-600 word posts that examine current events, news articles, etc. from an ethical perspective. They should showcase some of the different ethical questions of an issue. The point of these is not necessarily to take a certain side, but instead to consider many different perspectives of an issue and outline them for readers. You should clearly articulate why a reasonable person might endorse the perspectives you've given. EITNs posts should reference multiple articles/sources on an issue or deal with one source in depth.  

The best EITN posts:

  • Avoid giving personal opinion or speaking from the first person

  • Summarize the story quickly

  • Then, identify the moral questions in an issue (framed as “should we/people/society do xyz, is it morally wrong to xyz, do people have the right to xyz”)

  • Then, present more than one answer to the question, from different perspectives. You should also outline why a reasonable person might endorse a given perspective. This ensures that the writer is asking difficult questions and providing interesting and balanced material to read.

The following pieces are great examples of EITN pieces:

"Homeless in Utah, Desperately Seeking a Backyard" by Rachel Robison-Greene

"The White Lies of Everyday Placebos" by Eleanor Price