Become a Contributor

Interested in becoming a contributor? Know someone who might be? We’re currently looking for freelance writers to become regular contributors to this blog. Here’s an overview of the kind of person we have in mind:

Contributors should:

  1. Have some expertise/experience in adult education or in some closely related area. It goes without saying that you probably need to have the time to follow at least some of the issues that are relevant to adult education and public policy: WIA, immigration, etc. Actual experience as a teacher, program director or adult learner is a plus.
  2. Ideally, be a fresh voice. Generally we’re NOT looking for people who are already well-known and/or already have a platform. There will be a place for well-established experts on the site, but we’re mainly interested in developing new voices.
  3. Ideally, have some experience writing about policy issues for a general audience.
  4. Have the ability to pick topics/material appropriate for our site. While we may assign some topics, ideally we’d like our contributors to drive the editorial content of what we publish.
  5. Have a track record of writing crisp, engaging, fun, concise online copy.
  6. Have a good understanding of what the site is all about.

In addition, familiarity with the WordPress publishing platform would be extremely helpful.

Commitment:

  1. Contributors will need to be able to commit to contributing 2-4 posts per month. One to two posts per week would be ideal—even if they are just short posts linking to reports or news of interest.
  2. Posts need to be written in a clear, concise and engaging way. And the copy must be clean, and the facts, checked. I’ll be available to do light edits, but we have no professional fact-checkers or copy editors available to support you, so you must be able to produce pretty clean copy on your own.

At this time, contributors must be willing to work without compensation, at least for the near-term. A situation we hope to change as the site continues to grow.

We’re also not adverse to publishing (or re-posting) an article or to on a one-time “guest blogger” basis. If you have a one-time idea to pitch, don’t hesitate to let us know.

Contact:

If interested, send the following to jcarter@literacypolicy.org:

  1. A short paragraph (not more than 200 words) about your background and interests and how they align with the site’s goals (See: https://literacypolicy.org/about/)
  2. A writing sample, preferably links to pieces already published online.
  3. A list of three sample ideas/topics that you would cover in your posts, with a brief description explaining why.
  4. A list of online publications that you find compelling, and why.

Thanks for your interest, and please let us know if you have any questions.

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