Join The Editorial Team!

The Public Policy and Governance Review (PPGR) is a student-led digital magazine that showcases writing on public affairs by students, academics, and leaders in the policy world. The PPGR is a platform for bold and thoughtful analysis and for diverse perspectives on contemporary policy debates and discussions.

The PPGR is recruiting for the following positions for the 2017-2018 school year. Applicants in their first year of the MPP program at SPPG will have priority.

  • Associate Editor (4 positions)
  • Brief Editor (2 positions)
  • Multimedia Editor (2 positions)

** Please see below for more information on each section**


Associate Editors form the backbone of the PPGR editorial team by editing articles to be published on the PPGR website. The ideal Associate Editor candidates are detail-oriented and have experience editing other people’s work, from identifying weaknesses in arguments to correcting misplaced commas. Associate Editors are responsible for:

  • Editing and providing preliminary feedback on all submissions they are asked to review;
  • Submitting a minimum of 3 articles throughout the school year (two + one on a pre-assigned topic) to the PPGR’s digital magazine;
  • Attending and participating actively in all scheduled team meetings, seminars, and workshops;
  • Soliciting submissions from classmates and other writers; and
  • Promoting the PPGR via social media channels and by word-of-mouth within the School of Public Policy and Governance, the broader University of Toronto community, and their personal networks.

Upon receiving articles, associate editors are expected to edit and return pieces to executive editors within 48 hours. The estimated time commitment for this role is 2-4 hours a week.

BRIEF EDITORS (2 positions)

In 2016, the PPGR launched a subscription newsletter, the Morning Brief, that contained highlights of PPGR content and other news. Archives of the Morning Brief can be found here. We are looking for two quick-witted and news-savvy brief editors to be responsible for:

  • Curating content from the PPGR and other news sites on topics of interest, to be determined in partnership with the Executive Editors;
  • Drafting summary text for the brief and arranging its distribution via MailChimp;
  • Maintaining the Brief’s subscriber list and promoting the Brief within the School of Public Policy, to the broader University of Toronto community, and in other networks.

Brief Editors are expected to draft and send out one brief per week. The estimated time commitment for this role is 2-4 hours a week.

DIGITAL EDITORS (2 positions)

In the 2017-2018 school year, for the first time, the PPGR is recruiting two digital editors to focus on mulitmedia and social media content. We are looking for creative individuals who will bring their own ideas to this new role. Digital editors are responsible for:

  • Maintaining the PPGR social media channels (Facebook and Twitter)
  • Curating open-source photos and other graphics to accompany articles published on the PPGR
  • Leading at least 1 multimedia project per semester, for a total of 2 (for example, an infographic or a video).

Upon receiving articles, digital editors are expected to draft social media posts in a 48-hour turnaround time. The estimated time commitment for this role is 2-4 hours a week.


To apply for the above positions, applicants are asked to submit the following items by email to by 11:59 pm on Friday, September 15:

  • Resume
  • Short answers (200 words or less) to two questions:
    • Why are you interested in working with the PPGR?
    • What relevant experience and skills would you bring to the role?
  • Short assignment specific to the role for which you are applying (see below)

Applicants may apply for more than one position but must rank their interest and complete assignments for each position.


Associate Editor position:

Please open the following document: Sample-paragraph-plain in Word and, using the track changes feature, edit for strength of argument, accuracy, structure, style, grammar, syntax and punctuation. You may also add comments to ask a question of the author. Email the document to with the rest of your application.

Brief Editor position:

Visit and read two recently published articles. In a Word document, summarize the two articles as if you were writing a weekly Morning Brief. See the archives of previous Morning Briefs for a sense of standard style. Email the document to with the rest of your application.

Digital editor position:

Send us a link to or a file of a creative multimedia project you’ve been involved in. This could be a website, a video, a Twitter feed, an infographic, or something we haven’t even thought of. In a Word document, tell us about the project (e.g. your role, the purpose, what you learned, what the impact was, etc.) in 200 words or less.

Should you have any questions about the application or the positions, please feel free to message

We look forward to you joining our team!


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