City on a Hill Press is the student-run newspaper at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Our primary goal is to report and analyze issues affecting the student population and the Santa Cruz community.

City on a Hill Press also serves to watchdog the politics of the UC administration. While we endeavor to present multiple sides of a story, we realize our own outlooks influence the presentation of the news. The City on a Hill Press (CHP) collective is dedicated to covering underreported events, ideas and voices. Our desks are devoted to certain topics: campus and city news, sports, arts and culture, opinion and editorial. CHP is a campus paper, but it also provides space for Santa Cruz residents to present their views and interact with the campus community. Ideally, CHP’s pages will serve as an arena for debate, challenge, and ultimately, change.



Being a member of City on a Hill Press requires enrollment in a 2 or 5-unit course. We’re currently accepting applications for fall quarter 2019! Applications are due by August 23.

Positions at City on a Hill Press: news reporters, fact checkers, copy editors, layout designers, photographers, illustrators, graphic artists, videographers and social media producers. Bolded are positions we are specifically looking to fill for fall 2019.

News reporting desks at City on a Hill Press: Campus, City, and Arts & Culture

Read Frequently Asked Questions here.

Application Details

If you are interested in applying, please send an email including the following information and a resume to Please title the subject line “Fall 2019 Application.”

» Full Name:
» Major:
» Expected Graduation Date:
» Contact information (phone and email):
» Which position are you interested in? (List top 2 choices)
» If applying to be a reporter, what desk are you interested in? (list top 2 choices)
» Please list relevant experience (if applicable).
» Why are you interested in joining CHP?
» Please include a writing sample, if applying for writing position (preferably journalism. If not, academic).
» If applying for an illustrator, photographer, videographer or designer position, please include a portfolio.
» Link to the most recent article you’ve read (any publication or website)

Thank you for your interest in applying. We will be reviewing applications and reaching out to qualified applicants by early September.