The Olympian’s editorial page has openings coming up for guest writers. If you are someone with something to say and can get it down in words, you should get in touch.
You may be a state worker, student, community advocate or neighborhood activist. You also may have a special knowledge from your profession. Or your passion may be education, the environment, health care, the economy or spirituality.
Given a chance to write a newspaper column almost every month next year, what would you write about? Are you liberal, conservative, something else? Which part of our South Sound community would you represent?
The excellent run of writers who joined the 2015 Olympian Board of Contributors is nearing its end after a year of service. We’re throwing open the gate for a new team of writers for 2016.
The best contributors focus their writing on local issues, on personal experiences, or how local events fit into the national and international context — offering solutions to problems facing the community and the region.
By inviting local writers onto our pages every Monday, we hope to bring fresh, diverse South Sound voices into the community conversation.
This is the cattle call.
We invite readers to send us a self- nomination today. There’s no form to fill out, just a simple application process. Here’s how:
▪ Send The Olympian a cover letter with information about your educational and ethnic background. Tell us why you want to write a newspaper column. Include any particular area of expertise or passion, your political philosophy and mention any writing experience.
▪ Provide two writing samples of no less than 600 words on current topics.
▪ Send your self- nomination letter and samples to: Board of Contributors, The Olympian, 111 Bethel St. NE, Olympia, WA 98506. Or you can send them electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org, putting “Board of Contributors” into the subject line.
We want to hear from you by 5 p.m. Dec. 18.
EDITORIAL BOARD: In a similar vein, we’re still looking for a larger pool of diverse candidates to serve as a community member of the Editorial Board. This role requires weekly attendance at board meetings, helping editors craft editorial positions and giving feedback on draft opinions.
As with the columnists, send a self-nomination letter, a description of your background and philosophy, and what you’d bring to our board discussions.
Send these to the same addresses, but to the attention of The Olympian Editorial Board — applications.
The new deadline is 5 p.m. Dec. 18.