After nearly two and a half years at the helm of Central District News, it’s time for me to step aside to make room for a new editor.
As many of you know, CDNews is a part-time job for me, sharing my attention with Seattle Bike Blog. Since I founded the bike blog in 2010 (shortly before taking the reigns of CDNews), it has grown dramatically. I am now making the leap from part-time to full-time on that site, and that unfortunately means leaving CDNews.
I have been honored to be the editor of this innovative, popular and collaborative community news site. Started in 2007 by CD resident and software developer Scott Durham, the site was uniquely built around tips and contributions directly from readers like you. I will miss helping all you active CD residents get out the word about your own innovative projects, moderating vibrant community conversations and helping to keep my neighbors connected and informed about what’s happening down the street and across the neighborhood.
I will not be completely absent. Aside from helping the new editor get settled, I am still hoping to develop the Central District Journalism School. And, of course, I can’t wait to join all of my neighbors as a regular commenter :-)
There will be some changes to the site, including one you will notice very soon: Advertising placements on CDNews and our sister site Capitol Hill Seattle will be combined, expanding the reach for advertisers in both neighborhoods.
Stay tuned, because the site will need you all more than ever during the transition to a new editor.
Speaking of which: We are now seeking someone to take over as Editor at Central District News. It’s a big responsibility but a good opportunity for anybody interested in being a big part of the community. Pay is part-time equivalent.
- Experience in professional or student journalism (experience in an editorial role is a plus) or related field.
- Desire to grow both the journalistic and business elements of the site.
- Flexible schedule. Community news sometimes happens at strange hours.
- Ability and motivation to work with lots of independence.
- Residence in, ties to or great love for the Central District neighborhood.
- Report and produce regularly-scheduled and current content for CDNews website.
- Report breaking news, including reporting from the scene if applicable.
- Moderate website discussions (comments) and user-submitted content (stories and event listings)
- Maintain social media for CDNews, including active Twitter and Facebook accounts.
- Maintain and expand relationships with advertisers. Editor will still have full editorial independence.
- Part-time pay to start.
- Pay will grow as the business grows.
Central District News was started in 2007 by resident and software developer Scott Durham who handed over the reins of the site to his business partner Justin Carder. Justin is also publisher of CapitolHillSeattle.com and continues to manage both sites. CDNews has grown to be read by more than 1,000 visitors every day.
To apply, send résumé, a one-page cover letter and up to three published writing examples to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will accept applications through June 3.