So You Think You Can Blog? Apply to 4E!

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Have you been considering applying for a position on the WORLD’S GREATEST BLOG?  Well then you’re in luck, because 4E is hiring!

While we know you’re ecstatic over this news, we also know you may have a few reservations. You may find yourself wondering, “How do I know if I have what it takes?”  If this is a fear you may have lingering in back of your mind, keep reading as we will provide you with 4E’s comprehensive guide to why YOU should apply!

  1. Your dad once told you that you were funny: Point blank, dads have the best sense of humor.  Nothing beats their jokes, so their approval definitely means that you have what it takes to capture the entire worldwide web’s attention with your witty remarks.  Side note: thanks for the vote of confidence, Dad!
  2. You’re really great at thinking on your feet: No, if you apply we won’t be throwing a baseball at your face to check your reaction rate.  Trust us, coordination is not necessary. We just want to see that you can come up with new ideas, and that you’re not afraid to share them regardless of how ridiculous they may seem.
  3. You like to take risks: Are you the kind of person who signs out your package before the RHO has even handed it to you?  If so, then you definitely have what it takes!  4E is all about covering news with a quirky, fun twist.  Have an idea?  Run with it.
  4. Grammar errors drive you crazy:  You know how to drop an Oxford comma like it’s hot. As part of The Hoya, we’re looking for applicants who can translate ideas into words without a ton of errors.  If you know the difference between to, too and two, then you may have found your niche.
  5. You’re all about the #debauchery: If you’re looking to join a crazy, dysfunctional family on campus then you can consider your search over. 4E is made up of all kinds of bloggers whose talents range from being the number one avocado enthusiast on campus to low key being a contortionist and acrobat (yeah…it’s chill).  Above all else, we’re a great group looking for some new additions to partake in the fun!

So what do you have to lose?  Get your application out today, and become a part of our team!
Click here to get to our application!


So You Need A Column Topic?

Are you not quite sure what you want to write your column about yet? Well, you’re in luck! Here are some great column topics to draw inspiration from! (Spring 2016 columnist applications for The Hoya are now available here, and due by 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 12.)

Some General Tips:

  • Write about a topic you’re familiar with. The best columns are those that focus on something about which the writer has genuine curiosity. Just look at Hoya Historian!
  • Make sure your topic is broad enough to span the entire semester, but not so broad that it can become scattered.
  • Be CREATIVE! There are some columns that cover topics such as identity or politics that are always good subjects to write about, but sometimes the great column ideas develop from seemingly simplistic ideas, like this one in the Guide about sandwiches. Try to think of a unique idea or have a different take on a topic we’ve already published.
  • If you have an idea you’re passionate about, run with it and see where it goes. The sky’s the limit!

For Opinion:

Past themes include identity, advice from seniors, history, medicine and technology, comedy and politics. Other column ideas for this semester could include the upcoming presidential election or looking at President Obama’s last year in office. There are also a ton of ways to analyze topics; the column could review issues from a social, political, historical, statistical, educational or cultural point of view.

For Sports:

Past themes include fantasy football, professional soccer, D.C. area professional sports and men’s college basketball. Sports columnists have the opportunity to delve into deeper analyses of team strategy, unpack the rivalries and controversies within the worlds of both professional and collegiate athletics, make predictions on future trades and match ups and comment on the relationship between sports and popular/social culture.

For Guide:

Past themes include music, art, love and dating, studying abroad and the intersection of food and politics. The wide scope of the Guide, which focuses on lifestyle, art, entertainment, music and food, allows for a lot of creative freedom when coming up with column ideas. Other column ideas that will be considered include a creative writing column that features a continuous short story or other creative writing forms. With the online platform, columns that feature weekly music, photography or multimedia will be considered as well.

*Columns in the Guide should aim to tell stories over philosophizing about or analyzing a topic. Stories can be personal, cultural or historical.

For Business and Tech:

Past themes include global economic issues and statistics. Future theme ideas could focus on new technologies, advertising and marketing, developing countries or financial markets. Columns should not focus solely on MSB-related news.


4E Rumors


The 4E staff is probably the most eclectic group of individuals on the Georgetown campus. To be honest, I doubt I would be friends with the other bloggers without our common interest of sharing pointless news. Thankfully we are all friends, and we all work so well together, #blessed.

As we are all slightly insane and incredibly amusing, there are naturally a ton of rumors going around about us. Which are kinda true and which are completely true? You be the judge.

Is he in love with me? How does baking soda fit into the relationship?
This is less of a rumor and more of a fact.
4E 4 Prez 2020?!
You have to see it to believe it.
The Fourth Edition cannot confirm nor deny this.
Georgetown University Avocado Club, duh.
Fr4Esh Princ4E of B4El Air
RIP Ike’s…
You be the judge.
That can’t be true… or can it?
4E does not confirm that Brown House exists.
Josh Smith > Obama?
He wore army pants and flip flops so I wore army pants and flip flops.
He wore army pants and flip flops so I wore army pants and flip flops.

Wanna learn the truth? Apply to 4E by Monday September 14.


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Join The Hoya!

Join the Hoya

Earlier this week, we published a post about why you should apply to 4E. While we totally stand behind this statement, because we are the bomb, we recognize that writing for 4E isn’t for everyone. Maybe you’re the next Ansel Adams (the name of a famous photographer that I just Googled, because I am not the next Ansel Adams). Maybe you love watching movies and you want to write about your feelings on “Interstellar.” 

Whatever the case, The Hoya has a place for you. While there are a lot of positions on the publishing side of things – ranging from sales to marketing – as part of the editorial division, we wanted to quickly highlight each editorial section. To do so, we asked the senior editors of each section to share their thoughts on their sections.

News: News is the heart of the paper. If you join news, you have the opportunity to write biweekly about everything that happens around campus and in the city, from the Ferguson protests in D.C. to the changing policies on free speech around campus. In addition to improving your writing skills and working with fantastic people on the news staff, you’ll be the most informed of all your friends! We’d love to have you.

Opinion: The Opinion section of the Hoya occupies pages A2 and A3 of each issue. Pieces that commonly comprise it include viewpoints written by anyone on (and sometimes off) campus, installments of columns written by a select team that tackles issues of administration, politics, student life, and the like, and a series of editorials written by a distinct board of Hoya staff and community members. Two viewpoints, “Reflecting on the Ordeal of a Mishandled Ricin Case” by senior Thomas Lloyd and “I Was Mugged, and I Understand Why,” by Oliver Friedfeld, are among the most viewed pieces in the newspaper’s history and received national attention. As part of the opinion team, you’ll have the opportunity to edit straight away.

Guide: The Guide is the lifestyle and culture section of the Hoya. Its writers cover a variety of topics such as food, music, theater, film and artistic events happening both on and off campus. You might also get the chance to interview actual famous people, like Eddie Redmayne from “The Theory of Everything.” [See the recent review of “Annie” as an example of the Guide.]

Sports: Interview some of the best athletes in college sports, attend NCAA Tournament matches and watch men’s basketball games from courtside of the Verizon Center — these are all things that our writers do on a regular basis and, if you join the sports section, you could do them, too. Apply to write for sports and be part of what everyone knows to be the best section on The Hoya (but don’t tell the other guys).

Photo: Photo is a great section for anyone from an iPhone amateur to an experienced pro. Press passes and giant cameras are your key to seeing the president speak and sitting on the floor of games of the Verizon Center.



Copy: do you thikn you have wat it takes too meticullusly reed and edit the news paper off record? Join copy! Weed love two have you hear.

Layout: The layout section is all about creativity, design, and precision. Apply if you like to make graphics or want to learn all about graphic design. Another perk: you pick your own times to work – you only need to come in for one two-hour shift a week!

Multimedia: Multimedia creates videos to complement the content produced by all of the other sections – from breaking news to Jack’s new tricks. If you think you’ve got what it takes to run to Mount Vernon Square to videotape protesters, edit together a video of the school mascot skateboarding, or would like to learn how to film and edit videos, apply for Multimedia!

Online: The interwebz are the final frontier. Know how to code? Join. Illiterate, but creative? Join. Even if you don’t have computer skills, the Online section is looking for creative minded people to help develop the Hoya’s website and social media.  This department has the most potential for growth, so we’d love to welcome anyone who has the technical know-how or vision. Whether you think big or like the details of coding, definitely apply!

If any of the above sections appeal to you, don’t hesitate to apply! By putting in a short amount of time filling out the application, you could join one of the biggest parts of Georgetown and get to meet new people! What do you have to lose?

Apply here. You have until tomorrow, Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. to join us! All updates will be posted on our Facebook page.

Photos: Daniel Smith/The Hoya, Chris Bien/The Hoya, LinkedIn

Wednesday Fixat10ns: Our Blunger Games Party Edition

Wednesday FixationsHi, y’all. Happy Wednesday. I hope your Hump Day is passing along smoothly, and I hope your first full week of classes is going splendidly. I’d also like to strongly urge you to apply to The Hoya and, more specifically, to 4E. When you do, you’ll get to write fun posts like this one and go to parties with us. *shameless self-promotion*

Speaking of, 4E is actually having a little party this weekend. It’s going to be Hunger Games-themed and we’re calling it the Blunger Games (Get it? Blog + Hunger Games?). It’s probably going to look like this:


P.S. You aren’t invited.

But even though you can’t join us for the endless amounts of fun and shenanigans that we will engage in this fin de semana, we didn’t want you to leave here empty-handed. That’s why we made this playlist for you. Usually we do this on Fridays, but that’s when we’re having our party. Sorry, not sorry.

We’re going to use this at our Blunger Games rager. You can use it whenever you’d like:

1. The Hanging Tree (DIA Plattenpussys Edit) — Jennifer Lawrence We’re going to start the night with this one because it’s from the Mockingjay soundtrack and the remix will get us hyped for battle. Also, who knew Jennifer Lawrence was such a phenomenal singer?

2. Hungry Like The Wolf — Duran Duran Obviously at the Hunger Games, people are hungry. At the Blunger Games, we are Hungry Like The Wolf.

3. Tainted Love — Soft Cell This song really seems to hit at the heart of the whole Peeta-Katniss relationship drama. So I added it.

4. I Knew You Were Trouble — Taylor Swift Yup. President Snow, this one’s for you.

5. Boss A** B**** — Nicki Minaj featuring PTAF This is how Katniss must feel every time she hits somebody with a flaming arrow.

6. Here In Your Arms — Hellogoodbye Here’s another one for Katniss and Peeta. Or do I mean Katniss and Gale? (The world will never know.) Also, I never got over my angsty phase in middle school.

7. I Will Survive — Gloria Gaynor Number one objective at the Blunger Games: Survival.

8. ***Flawless (featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche) — Beyoncé Remember that part where Katniss is on the TV show and she spins around and her dress lights on fire like she’s some volcano? Good, because I’m sure she had this song in her head while it was happening.

9. Coco — Gnash (O.T. Genasis Cover) This one goes out to our Deputy Editor, Courtney “Coco” Klein. It will also provide us with a nice respite from all the violence of the Games.

10. All I Do Is Win — DJ Khaled featuring Ludacris, Rick Ross, T-Pain and Snoop Dogg In the Blunger Games, as in life, there are losers. But not my Blunger Games team. We are going to win.

Yep, that’s about it. Happy Wednesday.

Just to reiterate: You’re not invited to our party this weekend, but maybe you will be next time if you join us! So do it. May the odds be ever in your favor.


Top Five Reasons to Join 4E


By now, you should have heard of the Internet sensation that is sweeping the nation (ok, maybe just Georgetown): The Fourth Edition! And today is your lucky day, because we’re hiring. So if you love writing, have a weird affinity for guac, an unhealthy obsession with cats and/or don’t mind taking the risk of peeing your pants because you’re laughing so hard, then we want YOU. If you’re still not convinced, here are a few more reasons you need to apply.

1. You will receive instant new best friends… and we are AMAZING. If you don’t join, you’ll be left with #nonewfriends. No one wants that.

2. Looking at GIFs all day instead of studying becomes “research.”

3. Conducting ridiculous photo shoots across campus is not out of the question.

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4. You’ll become part of a prestigious campus tradition… Well, sort of.

5. THERE WILL BE SNACKS. Because without snacks the world would be a really, really sad place.


So if you’re still on the fence… well, that’s just impossible. And luckily for you, you have until Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. to apply! So grab your laptop, bring your sass, channel your inner Beyoncé and get writing! To join Georgetown’s craziest club, all you have to do is apply here.

And be sure to join the Facebook event for all the application information!

Photos:, Emma Holland/The Hoya; Gifs:


One day more 2Hold the phone, it is Monday? Gasp! That means you only have ONE more day to apply to 4E.

tumblr_lblsalFFyU1qbb7dio1_500Do not fear: There is still time!

Since we know that every Georgetown student dreams of being part of our team, we are providing you with just another friendly reminder.


(You’re so right, Meryl.)

So… Do it.




This is not a drill; you literally only have one more day. And how sad would it be if you missed that deadline?

Answer: This sad.

Still not convinced? Here are some things that you wouldn’t be able to do if you did not join 4E:

1. You would not be able to hang out, brainstorm and write with the most amazing people on the planet.

2. You would not be able to use gifs uncontrollably (actually you probably could but it is not the same).

3. You would not get to be Internet famous … because essentially, that’s what we are: FAMOUS.

4. You would not get to talk about Miley, 24/7. (Again, you probably could, but you secretly want to be doing it with us.)

5. You would not get to post about 4E crazily on social media. (Once again, you still can, and we actually encourage it, but it might be a little weird to other people.)

You still haven’t applied to the 4E?


Ha. Good one. That must be a joke. Come on.

So click this link and join the magic!


Applications are due TODAY, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m.

Now, seriously, apply.

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Which Department Should You Join?

Which SectionOdds are that if you’re reading this post, you’ve already heard all of the great reasons to join 4E. What can I say? We love what we do, and we think anyone could (and should!) enjoy it. However, if Bradley Cooper or the Capitol Hill fox aren’t the big-hitting stories you’re looking for, or if (for whatever reason) you feel like joining the 4E family might be a little too much fun, have no fear. The Hoya has plenty of other sections to get your paper-producing fix!



News – Do you feel as though you’re the next Ron Burgundy and you just need somewhere to start? Do you want to be the one breaking the big stories and scandals to the Georgetown community? Maybe the News section is for you.

Opinion – Do you have a lot of feelings? Do you want to learn and perfect the skill of sharing those feelings with the world? Can you craft well-written arguments about current events and debates, big and small? Opinion has your name written all over it.

Sports – Are you a Hoya Hooligan? Do you dream of one day hosting SportsCenterHave you ever gotten into a passionate argument over the merits of Space Jam? If you answered yes to any of the above, the Sports section is probably for you. Plus, I hear its blog, Hoya Paranoia, is a lot of fun to write for. (4E Editor’s note: Max is Paranoia’s editor. And yes, he is a ton of fun, so you should write for him!)

the guide Are you artsy? Do you consider yourself a connoisseur of fine dining or an expert movie critic? Do you have style or wit? Come write for the guide.

Copy – Do you want to have a hand in all the articles that are written? Do you cringe when people can’t figure out the difference between “well” and “good”? Do you perk up when people debate the merits – or lack thereof – of the Oxford comma? Join Copy, and help The Hoya maintain its great reputation.

Photo – Are you a whiz on Instagram? Can you always get the perfect picture? Do you want to get to meet and photograph big guest speakers without waiting in ridiculous lines? Check out our Photo section and give it your best shot. (Pun intended.)

Layout – Are you a former high school yearbook/paper editor or future interior designer? Help organize and put the paper together with our dynamic Layout section.

Multimedia – Do you think you have what it takes to become the next YouTube star? Are you looking to be a part of a revolutionary shift into video content with The Hoya? Apply to our Multimedia section and make us go viral!

Online – Are you trying to get involved with all aspects of the paper? Have you ever dreamed of managing a website, but couldn’t figure out how? Want to work with our 4E editor-emeritus, Lindsay Lee? Your answer should be yes, and your section should be Online!


Are you trying to get involved with The Hoya, but don’t really have any interest in writing? Do you want to experience the business side of a large-scale multimedia project? Publishing has you covered with positions in sales, technology, personnel, accounting, marketing and corporate development. In Publishing, you get started right away and have a huge impact on the paper, managing our current affairs and planning The Hoya’s future.

All applications are due Friday, Jan. 17th, at 5 p.m. sharp.  To find out more about the application process, the individual departments and the application itself, check out our website. Good luck, applicants!

PS-  Everybody should still apply for 4E. Don’t forget about us. But also, seriously consider applying for the sections that appeal to you, because we’d rather have you in another section you love than not on the paper at all!



The 4 Things You Absolutely Must Do Today (or by Jan. 17)

So+much+doge+_2ec24532e24abb4835551a2f6d29116cThis is the most important thing you’ll do all semester, possibly in your entire lifetime. We’ve laid it out for you, nice and easy.

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2. Click the “Join The Hoya” tab.

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3. Apply to be a writer for us at The Fourth Edition.Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 4.50.58 PM

4. When you’re done, you’ll feel like this:


There. Easy as pie. Applications for The Hoya are officially out now (and they’re due Jan. 17). Here’s the link again, just in case. Apply now, and you won’t regret it.


Which Section of The Hoya is Right For You?


The application due date for The Hoya is right around the corner (Friday, September 6) and we realized that some of you might be a little unsure which section you want to apply to. Have no fear! We had some of our staff members tell us what kinds of people they’re looking for and what kinds of people thrive in their respective sections. Take a look and be sure to get those applications in on time.


Like meeting interesting people? As a news writer, you’ll meet and interview students, faculty, administrators and business owners from every corner of Georgetown and the surrounding neighborhood. You never know when a 10-minute interview will turn into a two-hour conversation or when you’ll find out about a new club to join, show to see or person to keep in touch with. There is no better way to learn about Georgetown and integrate yourself into the campus community than joining the news section.
Curious? In news, you’ll discover new stories, information and even secrets as you report and investigate for your articles. The best reporters have a passion for digging and detail.
Aspiring writer? In news, you can write as much as you like, developing both your skills and your portfolio.
News is the biggest section — and the one with its name in the word newspaper — so it’s clearly the best.
~Emma Hinchliffe, Executive Editor
If you enjoy hearing what other people think, like other people to hear what you think, or just have a lot of feelings then there’s no question that Opinion right for you. Opinionators enjoy facilitating campus dialogue, writing hard-hitting editorials and weeding oxford commas out of Op-Eds. While journalistic experience is not required, strong writing skills are preferred. All in all, we just have a lot of feelings.
~Katy Berk, Opinion Editor

The Guide
Do you get worked up over movies, wax poetic about your favorite dishes or love telling stories about interesting people? Then you should probably write for The Guide, The Hoya’s lifestyle and arts section. You can review new books, music and movies, talk about your favorite restaurants or write lifestyle pieces about the things and people that make Georgetown tick. We also have the best taste in gifs.
~Victoria Edel, Online Editor

Sports is fantastic because you get to cover the Hoyas across the country and around the world. From soccer national championships in Alabama to basketball exhibitions in China, sports is on the front lines of one of the country’s best athletic programs.
~Evan Hollander, Chair of the Board

Photo is great for people with creative minds that want to apply their talents to helping create a better-informed campus. From sports to speakers, we’ll help you find your passion. Plus, you’ll never find yourself so close to the Clinton’s, President Obama, or Bono again in your life and you’ll always have a high quality cover photo.
~AJ Brown, Photo Editor

Layout is a great section for anyone who has a good eye for design. As a layout assistant you would help put together the newspaper twice a week, from placing the articles and photos to designing graphics for print and online. Also, as an added bonus, you get to spend lots of time with your senior editor — me.
~Ian Tice, Layout Editor

the hoya’s copy secion is a hardworking group of perfectionists.. We check all articles for style, grammatical, and factual errors. We spend a lot of time in the Hoya office, sometimes staying until 11 p.m. at night but it is alot of fun. As the unsung heroes of the paper’s credibility, the Hoya relies on us to protect there reputation and that is rewarding.
If you cringed, winced, cried or felt physical pain upon seeing the errors in this description, then copy is the section for you.
-david chardack, copy Chief

The Fourth Edition (established in January 2012) is the newest editorial section of The Hoya and is accordingly one of the fastest-growing sections. Here at the blog, we are looking for innovative and passionate people who know how to be a little bit sassy at times. The blog can occasionally be silly and informal, but we also produce more serious content. The blog is great for people who would like to contribute a range of writing styles to The Hoya.
~Lindsay Lee, Blog Editor
Corporate Development
Corporate Development is the perfect section for anyone interested in learning more about Georgetown by talking to amazing GU grads and students who want to develop their grant-writing and development skills. Corp Dev is one of the newest sections, so there’s tons of room for innovative and creative ideas to further the division.
~Mariah Byrne, Director of Corporate Development

Accounting (formerly Finance)
Great for those with a mind for numbers and an interest in learning about the day-to-day financial operations that keep The Hoya’s operations running smoothly.
~Mary Nancy Walter, General Manager

If you’re good at interacting with people, have an interest in the business side of a newspaper and would enjoy the challenge of going into DC in search of potential clients, then sales is where you want to be. The sales department is in charge of bringing in all the advertising revenue for The Hoya, which is integral for making sure that it continues to exist as Georgetown’s official student-run newspaper. No prior sales experience is necessary — we are just looking for people with enthusiasm, creativity and a desire to get out into the city.
~Michael Lindsay-Bayley, Director of Sales

Personnel is a great place if you are interested in how person-to-person interactions shape one’s experience at an organization. While we do handle day-to-day events like disputes and hiring new staff members, we largely focus on what new programs can be introduced or modified to make the overall experience at The Hoya better; new hires are given the freedom to pursue projects that interest them, but also have the responsibility that comes with direct accountability.
~Michal Grabias, Director of Personnel

Marketing is a great place for anyone who wants to get a peek into the business side of The Hoya. We are looking for creative and dependable people who know how or are willing to learn the best way to promote The Hoya brand. Assistants help with developing and implementing marketing campaigns. If you are interested in brand management, campaign planning, ad creation, and even market research, Marketing is the place for you. Since the Marketing Department is the newest section of the paper (around for only 1.5 years), there’s still a lot to build and you will have a chance to have some hands on experience in developing how the department operates for years to come.
~Mullin Weerakoon, Director of Marketing