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Want Your Voice to Be Heard?

The community is waiting, just sign-up to be a blogger on Evanston Patch!

Evanston Patch is looking for a few good bloggers but before I explain, I want to be clear on what a “blog” is.

The new age of social media and online news has some funny terms and though it took a while, it seems like many people know what a “Tweet” is (a 140-character message sent via Twitter). But the term “blog,” which precedes Facebook, Twitter, Foursqaure and more, has been somewhat ambiguous since its inception.

Evanston Patch is charged to change that!

A blog is simply an online journal where someone shares his or her expertise, opinion or experience. I like to call it community contribution, but you can call it anything you like.

It differs from our About Town column because unlike our opinion writer Christine Wolf, bloggers will not be held to strict deadlines and content requirements. They will not receive assignments. Instead, community bloggers will have the option to write whenever they like, about whatever they like. If that means once a month, great! Every other week, perfect. It's all up to you.

Additionally, bloggers will retain the rights to the content they post and will be allowed to republish it elsewhere, something our staff writers are not allowed to do. Bloggers are unpaid, but similar to the Huffington Post model, they are given a platform and audience for their views.

We are looking for Evanston residents or those with ties to the area to contribute regularly to our community website. When I first launched Evanston Patch nearly a year ago, I envisioned the website to be a virtual Town Green where the community could come together to chat, share ideas, keep up to date on local news and happenings, but most importantly connect with our town and each other; blogging is one more way to do this.

So here’s what you need to know if you want to join:

Are you passionate about something in Evanston? Contact us! Whether it's food, family, schools, government, business, social issues, exercise, fashion or business— if it's your thing, we'd like you to consider blogging for Patch. Anyone may apply.

I am specifically interested in talking with:

  • Musicians, Live Music Fans, Audiophiles and Artists
  • Parents, High School Students, Teachers and Professors
  • Bartenders, Baristas and Foodies
  • Fashion Experts, Stylists and Crafters
  • Volunteers and Nonprofit Workers
  • Health and Fitness Experts
  • Local Sports Fans

Don't be shy! Evanston Patch is on a mission to recruit fresh voices, and this is a great opportunity to make your voice heard. We want to hear what you have to say.

If you are already blogging and want to share what you write with our readers, too, let us know. This is a chance to share your expertise and opinions with a wider audience! 

Contact me, Jessica Rudis, if you are interested in being a part of the conversation! We hope to see you on the Patch!

Lonnie wilson April 29, 2011 at 08:18 PM
I would love to Blog with you and other in town Jessica, I think we could get a lot done! Lonnie Wilson
chicago lampoon April 30, 2011 at 10:13 PM
Is it really a great idea for Patch's parent AOL to be doing this right now? After all, aren't they getting sued and boycotted by bloggers for doing the very same thing with the Huffington Post? Is it too much for a multi-million dollar concern to pay its writers? http://chicagolampoon.blogspot.com/2011/04/aols-patch-hyperlocals-trolling-for.html
Jessica Rudis May 01, 2011 at 03:21 AM
Lonnie, I would love to have you blog for us! Please drop me an email at Jessica(at)patch.com so I can add you to our list and give you some more details. :)
Jessica Rudis May 01, 2011 at 03:26 AM
Chicago Lampoon, We certainly do pay our writers! Patch has about 800 full-time staff editors and a whole army of paid freelancers. The blog tool is a way for people in Evanston to contribute and make their voices heard even if they aren't trained journalists (which is a requirement for our freelancers). We'd like to be a platform for people in town to discuss things beyond hard news stories and our opinion column, and the blog tool will be great for that. Here's a post that explains the payment issue much better than I can: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/10/huffington-post-bloggers_n_821446.html Hope that helps!

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