As part of the Jews of the U. application, we ask you to submit a sample photo and interview. This entire process should only take you about half an hour.
Here’s how it works:
1. Reach out: It’s easiest to interview a friend. For the purpose of this application, they do not have to identify as Jewish. Schedule a 20-minute time slot to meet up.
2. Interview: Usually, the interview process lasts 4-7 minutes. Take notes, or record the conversation to extract a quote later. We ask that you submit 2 quotes:
PART 1: THE FUN QUOTE
Here are a few questions you can ask, but feel free to make up your own:
- What’s your major, and what do you like about it?
- What's a fun fact about you?
- What’s a piece of advice you’d give to a large group of people, and why?
- What’s a mantra you try to live by? Why?
- What’s something you do that’s creative?
- What’s something you do that makes you happy?
- What’s something you’re passionate about?
You should ask a few of these so you can get your subject comfortable and so you have a few potential quotes to choose from. Get something interesting and unique out of them!
PART 2: THE IDENTITY QUOTE
If your subject is Jewish, ask: “What does being Jewish mean to you?”
If your subject isn’t Jewish, say “Tell me about your religious or cultural identity.”
3. Take the photo: You know your camera! Get creative. Check out the photographs on Jews of the University to get a feel for what they should look like. We are looking for high resolution images that capture something deep about the subject. Not just a headshot. We are looking for hi rez photos. Photo files should be at LEAST 1MB in size.
4. Choose a quote: Often, the shorter the better. Where can you cut words and sentences? Definitely delete anything redundant. No need to use ellipses — just make sure you aren’t changing the person’s original meaning/intent. Again, look at some of the most popular posts on Jews of the University (or your favorite posts) and think about what made the quote interesting/successful.
5. Transcribe Write their entire “What does being Jewish mean to you”/“identity” answer. It’s pretty self-explanatory. Only edit if your subject really makes no sense or said something like “Wait, never mind.”
6. Edit the photo: Feel free to add contrast, saturation, etc, to make your photo even prettier. You can also retouch if you know how. If you don’t know how to edit your photos, don’t worry about this step. You’ll learn as a Jews of the University photojournalist.