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What to Expect?


The Dateline has been student run since volume one. Our success is reflective of the contributions of our current students. Joining the team is easy and how much you contribute is up to you. 

The first step is to fill out the “Get Involved” registration form. This is non-competitive, and all current UHD students can contribute. The position selected does not restrict your ability to contribute in other areas; it just gives us an idea of how many students are interested in each area. The form gives us the basic information needed to add you to our weekly meetings, SharePoint site, and email communications.

It is also important that we get a copy of your current schedule to confirm that you are a current UHD student.​

Follow this path:
1 - UHD 2.0
2 ​- Enter appropriate "Semester Date"
3 - View my Weekly Schedule
4 - Choose "List View"
5 - Scroll to bottom of that page
6 - Click on Printer Friendly Page
7 - Right click and select Print. Either scan the printed page or select the page and copy and paste to an email
8 - Send to Business Manager
In order to contribute, we must start your paperwork with the University of Houston System (UHS) so you can get paid! The Business Manager emails the information to Student Affairs. Student Affairs sends the information to the UHS representative. UHS emails a link to the registration form to the student’s personal email address. Student accesses the link, completes the registration form and submits form to UHS.
This is just to get you eligible to receive payments!​​
​You can start attending meetings and receive The Dateline communications right away! You can submit articles once registration and all required information is received.​

We have weekly meetings every Wednesday at 11:30, which are hosted simultaneously over Zoom and in The Dateline office (S-260). If you cannot attend the meetings, we simply ask that you still stay up to date by allowing us to add you to our email chain or in our GroupMe chat.

Through these meetings and communications, we design a Story List which is posted on our SharePoint (which you will be automatically added to once you are added to our email chain). Writers can choose topics from this list or suggest topics of their own.​
O​nce stories are claimed, our writers begin working on them and submit by the deadline. Then our editors take over. Articles may be sent back for revisions or accepted by the editors. All submissions are subject to editing. Writers are kept aware of the changes made to their article, but the senior editor makes final decisions for all publications. Writers are paid $30 per submission that is printed. Writers can enroll in ENGL/TCOM 4360 to earn class credit and fulfill the internship requirement that is necessary for English and TCOM majors.

Photographer positions are similar. Writers claims articles from the Story List and photographers can choose which articles they would like to take pictures for. If you can make it to local events, school events, protest, etc. that is great! If not, we are still open to publishing pictures of campus, students, student organizations, or anything of interest in the Houston area. All photographs that are printed are paid $15.​

Contributors can get paid for each contribution that is printed. Student workers and alumni are not eligible for payment. Invoices SHOULD BE paid within 2-4 weeks, but it may take longer.

If you are paid to work anywhere on the UHD campus, you are not eligible to be paid for your work with The Dateline. You are still welcome to contribute to the paper.​​

Payment Process

​Students Affairs digitally records invoices into UHD payroll system
​Invoices are sent to Provost for review and signature
​Invoices are sent to UHD Employment Services and Operations for review
​Invoices are sent to UHD Accounts Payable where payment is performed every two weeks
​I​nvoices are then sent to UH for disbursement to student/vendor

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Last updated 7/16/2021 3:16 AM