Monday, October 8, 2007

The Portland Alliance Newspaper-Calling all editors!

This is an email message that I received from the Portland Alliance, a fantastic independent paper here in Portland. I personally do not have the experience or skills neccessary to help out, but I wanted to put it out there for others who might.

The Portland Alliance, Portland's oldest monthly progressive paper, is seeking a new editor, as well as additional board members. As most of you know, Dave Mazza, who was by far the longest-running editor, had to step down earlier this year due to health issues. Editorial assistant Jennifer Polis stepped in to keep the paper going in Dave's absence, but she is moving on to other interests at the end of year.

Currently, the position of editor is in a volunteer capacity, but we are working towards being financially able to pay for the position within the next several months. Your duties would start with the January issue, and the workload is about 10-20 hours per week or more, depending on your energy level. Duties include, but are not limited to: working with the editorial board to develop article ideas, coordinating & supporting writers, coordinating artists, prioritizing news stories for each issue, coordinating layout, acting as official Alliance spokesperson, and checking email and phone messages regularly.

This position would work well for someone who is working part time and wants to gain experience, or someone who has experience in the newspaper industry and who wants to volunteer his or her knowledge. We are moving to a model of editor as "Editorial Coordinator" so that duties are distributed more evenly across board members and other volunteers, so as to alleviate burnout since it is a volunteer capacity.

This is an exciting time at the paper, as we are looking to re-energize our board with new blood, and have a template ready for a freshly redesigned look. Now is the time to get involved -- we are wide open for new suggestions and eager for new community members to be involved.

This is your paper -- do with it what you will.

Call 503-239-4991 or reply to or jennifersvoice at if you are interested.

Editorial Coordinator
The Portland Alliance
"Distressing Portland's Elite Since 1981"
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