We have volunteer opportunities for the following editor positions (the minimum number of hours per week for each is in parenthesis):
Front Page Editor (15 hours for a minimum of six and a half months, 18 hours for a minimum of six months, or 22 hours for a minimum of five and a half months): Chooses all items for the front page including stories, editorials, columns, photos and videos. Works with content editors and photography editors to find the best content possible. Lays out the page, edits the headlines and summaries to meet our style guidelines, and makes sure the layout meets all our criteria. Makes sure the site looks great. We prefer layout experience, copy editing experience, basic knowledge of AP style and grammar, attention to detail, communication skills, and strong understanding and judgment of the news. It does not require any computer software experience or knowledge of code. Our software is very easy to use, though you must have a solid visual aesthetic sense.
Content Editor (12 hours for a minimum of five months): Scans the Internet for high quality articles, columns, editorials and videos, adds them to our system, and ranks them by quality. The front page editors pick from these to publish on the front page. Usually we have one content editor per shift in tandem with a front page editor. The person also might research facts if any facts are in question in a story we're running. This requires Internet surfing skills, strong understanding and judgment of the news, and attention to detail. Does not require knowledge of AP style or experience with layout.
Other volunteer positions: Please click here for information on other positions.
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.
All volunteering is via the computer – you can be anywhere in the world.
If you are interested in applying, please email the following information to :
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