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Now Hiring: A Content Editor for streets.mn

To grow the number and types of articles that we publish on streets.mn, we’ve created a part-time Content Editor position for an enthusiastic fan the types of articles that currently appear, and should appear, on our site.

Streets.mn publishes articles and creates events that engage our readers about matters related to transportation and land use, policies, mitigating climate change caused by transportation and policy decisions, and that create positive connections and inclusive conversations about better places in Minnesota.

Streets.mn seeks a part-time content leader or content acquisition person to collaborate with people who have an interest in urbanism, transportation, land use, climate change, social justice and related areas to write about these topics for our specific audience. At streets.mn, we want to increase the total number of writers we work with and the number of articles that we publish each month. Our writers and editors are volunteers, and their capacity to recruit new content is limited. We want a paid content leader to recruit additional articles for our site that help us fulfill our mission.

The part-time streets.mn Content Leader / Content Editor will:

  • Recruit writers to contribute new articles, news, snippets, audio-only “posts” and short videos that match our mission. We are hoping for more diversity in recruitment (both in terms of authors and of stories).
  • Represent streets.mn in an editorial capacity at community hearings related to transportation and land use.
  • Make story assignments. You may work with some writers to help them develop a story. Plus follow up with authors to ensure content is being developed in a timely manner.
  • Report to the Executive Board. We meet one hour per month.

Duties of the part-time streets.mn Content Leader / Content Editor may also include:

  • Work with the streets.mn editor in chief to plan some upcoming content, like a summary story of transportation issues at the MN legislature, or coverage at a community open house meeting about housing or transportation.
  • Occasionally review content, articles, and photographs for accuracy and appropriateness if editors need help (they often do not).
  • Occasionally help streets.mn with some of its non-profit fundraising activities. At times you may become the “face” of streets.mn in promotional materials.

This all sounds like a lot but is close to just 8 hours per week. If you persuade some writers to contribute articles on a more regular basis, those articles pass through to our team of volunteer editors and usually do not require your attention.

Compensation: $25/hr, not to exceed 32 hours per month. You will need to submit an invoice each month.

Skills:

  • Be a good communicator.
  • Coordinate with writers and editors to keep the pipeline of articles steady.
  • Pick up and develop ideas into stories.
  • Motivate writers and be available for copy editors.
  • Focus on details.

Nice to have:

  • Fundraising/grant-writing experience or desire to learn.
  • Some experience in multimedia, working with graphics, audio and video.
  • Social-media-savvy.
Join the streets.mn team to help us find great content! Photo courtesy of Gratisography

Please send a letter of introduction and any relevant experience list to Erik Ruthruff (eruthruff@gmail.com).

Want to discuss this position more? Join us at the streets.mn picnic this Saturday, September 11 at Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, or send questions to Erik.

 

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