Wanted: Talented and motivated persons to take over operation and programming of UrbDeZine’s local editions.
At this time, UrbDeZine is an all volunteer effort. So why would you want to volunteer to be a Chief Editor of your city’s UrbDeZine edition? As the founder and Chief Administrator of UrbDeZine ‘central,’ let me give you my perspective.
First, a little background. I created UrbDeZine in 2011. Various colleagues were blogging, which intrigued me. I had a strong interest in urban issues in my city, San Diego. However, I kept encountering people who were more eloquent and knowledgeable on the same topics than me. So I conceived the idea of starting a multi-author blog. I invited friends to be on the “Author Panel.” Later, I invited people I didn’t know.
At the same time, I became equally interested in the architecture of the website itself. I learned that I could create subsites in various cities. I also became familiar with rare software programs and functions that greatly leveraged the amount of content I could generate on the site. As a result, I became a bit over-ambitious and opened several city chapters. I have since learned that one person with a day job can create a robust daily blog site for one city but not several. I “bit off more than I could chew!” That’s where – hopefully – you come in.
UrbDeZine is an entrepreneurial effort. It accepts no advertising and makes no money now. But if growth is sufficient, there will be revenue opportunities in the future. Also, city franchises may be the ideal growth model. If not, it’s pretty rewarding anyway. Here’s what it has done for me:
- Gained recognition and respect.
- Gain new friends and connections
- Advertised my profession and skills.
The ideal candidate:
- You have or are considering a blog but would be interested in something more leveraged.
- Has journalism and editorial career ambitions.
- Has journalism and editorial experience / track record.
- Has progressive political beliefs.
- Pro-progressive taxation
- Pro-universal healthcare, public education, and public transit
- Pro-labor and unions
- Pro-Green New Deal and addressing climate change
- Pro-balance of robust social spending with a robust free market (favoring small businesses and vigorous enforcement of anti-trust and monopoly laws)
- Has an interest in urban planning, architecture, and social issues.
- Is a team player.
- Willing to make a sincere effort for at least a year.
- More specialized, curated, exclusive, and structured – like a boutique news publication – than Medium, Tumblr, Reddit, etc.
- You focus on content, journalism, and programming. I cover the server admin, security, software maintenance, insurance, and dozenss of expenses related to keeping the website on a first rate cutting edge platform.
- Be part of a real human concern, have a real person to talk to (me) about issues and ideas. In fact, I think we should have regular meetings (via video or teleconference).
UrbDeZine will keep its roots in Urban Design but expand its coverage to a wider array of topics, including local lifestyle, politics, economics, etc.
Lets grow into a robust national (even international) media network. If that happens, operators of robust local chapters will be indispensable. Franchisor / franchisee? Shareholders? Lots of possibilities. In the meantime, your time won’t be wasted. Your satisfaction, visibility, connections, and reputation will grow and grow.
If interested, please contact me (Bill) at email@example.com