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We have volunteer opportunities for the following volunteer positions (the minimum number of hours per week for each is in parenthesis):

Marketing (five hours for a minimum of four months): Help research potential media outlets and blogs to cover our site, email our press releases, and keep track of coverage of our site that has occurred. We have an amazing website and need to get the word out about it. The places we have emailed so far have responded positively to us, and PBS’ Media Shift included us in their top 5 trends to watch. Also, we can track the number of visitors who come to us via different articles on us and links to us, so we will directly see the success of your efforts.

Promotion and Community Relations (five hours for a minimum of four months): Help promote the website by posting fliers on public message boards, and/or interacting with your local community and online communities such as Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and Craigslist. No experience required.

Graphics/Graphic Design (five hours for a minimum of four months): This varies depending on what's currently needed and includes a range of items from Web page design, to business cards, to icons to fliers. Some experience or training is required.

Grant writer/Fundraising (six hours for a minimum of four months): Help write, edit and/or send grant proposals to foundations to secure funding for our site. We already have created three high quality grant proposals so there is a considerable amount of potential content that has already been written. Volunteers will also help research potential foundations to apply to, and draft/edit letters of inquiry to foundations.

Volunteer Editors: We have volunteer positions for front page editor, content editor, photography editor, copy editor and editorial assistant. This is a great way to help and a great resume builder. For more information, click here.

About volunteering

We are happy to provide references from our past and present happy volunteers, some of whom work at full-time news jobs for places like NPR and IDG Publishing. You will be doing real stuff that directly impacts our front page. This is an excellent resume builder, and we are happy to give strong references to volunteers/interns who perform at a strong level.

You are welcome to apply to do two different positions at the same time, as long as you meet the minimum hours for each one. For example, you can potentially be both a marketing volunteer and editorial assistant if you do at least 11 hours total (five for marketing and six for editorial assistant).

All volunteering is via the computer – you can be anywhere in the world.

To apply

If you are interested in applying, please email the following information to :

  1. What position or positions are you interested in volunteering for? It is helpful to let us know of all positions you are interested in because it makes it more likely that we can bring you on board even if one area is full. If you have a preference, let us know which one you are most interested in, which is your second choice, etc.
  2. If you have a resume, please include it. If not, describe your current work, two of your past positions and your education. If you have past media or journalism experience or if you have volunteered before and have references for your volunteer work, include that.
  3. Why are you interested in volunteering?
  4. What is the number of hours per week you can volunteer and for what period of time (i.e. number of months)? We tend to favor applicants who can volunteer a strong number of hours. Also let us know what kind of Internet connection you have at home.

Thank you for your interest.

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