NOMMO newsmagazine is UCLA’s historically Black student publication. It draws its name from the Ki-Swahili term Nommo, which means the magical power of the word. First printed in 1968, NOMMO joined Student Media in 1969 to become the first ethnic student run publication on a college campus in the United States.
In today’s often confusing and certainly tumultuous societal environment the most obvious fundamental ingredient toward reason, understanding, and progress is improved communication of thoughts and realities. In that sense, NOMMO is multipurpose and multifunctional. It fills a deep gap: it helps Black students identify and clarify a vast array of attitudes and goals, and it is an invaluable step toward wider communication between Black students and the campus community and the community-at-large. The world that the news media offers to their Black audiences is almost totally white in both appearance and attitude, save for the moments where Black death enters as a spectacle. In response, NOMMO seeks to give currency to the expression of Black power for Black people through the power of the written word.
In 1963 James Baldwin aptly noted, “The future of the Negro in this country is precisely as bright or as dark as the future of the country.” NOMMO prioritizes the Black community in order to shine light on the issues that reverberate throughout society. It is a beacon that seeks to find and report the truth.
Staff Writers are critical members of Nommo’s team because content creation is the lifeblood of any publication.
Staff Writers do not need previous journalism experience. In fact, we are not interested in your GPA or background in English or writing for publication. We want people who think critically and are willing to work. We want passionate people interested in elevating Black voices and perspectives.
Staff writers will contribute at minimum 1 article of about 1000 words for print quarterly. Additionally, staff writers are required to produce a minimum of 2 articles of about 500-800 words for digital platforms quarterly. Minimum time commitment is between 3 and 5 hours per week.
Staff writers must attend mandatory All Staff meetings twice per quarter, and must attend all 1/2 hour weekly section meetings unless excused by the section editor. There is a minimum 1 office hour per week, to be met at any time that the building is open. Office hour time can be used to work on articles, review copy, brainstorm new pitches, and collaborate with other staff members.
All Nommo staff must participate in at least 1 Nommo event per quarter such as tabling, Black Weds, or other events.
This application is for individuals interested in the layout staff position as well as the layout editor position. Editors are selected internally.