What do volunteers do at Arthur?
They write articles, sure, but they also do a bunch of other crucial tasks. Our Board of Directors are all volunteers. Volunteers help plan events, recruit other volunteers, assist with fundraising, take photos, email us story ideas, and a whole lot more. If you’re enthusiastic about Arthur, we can find a way for you to help us out that also helps you out. You definitely don’t have to be a reporter to make a huge difference in what we accomplish. Drop by our office, come to a story meeting, or email us, and we’ll find something for you to do that suits your skills and your goals. We are happy to provide training where required. Our contact info is all right here.
We also have a handy FAQ for prospective volunteers interested in writing.
The best way to find out about volunteer opportunities and to meet Arthur staff is to attend a story meeting.
These meetings are where we review the previous issue, discuss what articles are going in the next issue, and decide which contributors will cover them. Even if you are not a writer yourself, you’re welcome to attend story meetings to pitch story ideas to the staff collective. Story meetings are also where we match up writers and photographers. Does your story need a photo? Come to the story meeting. Wanna know what to take pictures of this week? Come to a story meeting.
Story meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. These meetings take place every week, usually in our office. If you can’t make it to the story meeting, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set an alternate meeting time or discuss your story ideas over the phone or email.
Deadlines for articles are Wednesdays at noon, while letters and listings are due Thursdays by noon, unless prior arrangements have been made with the editors. It is possible to arrange for later deadlines provided that this arrangement is made well prior to the original deadline. Submissions must include your name and the text “Article Submission” in the subject line. You should also put your name in the document itself. Submissions must include a phone number. You may ask to have your name withheld from publication. Please submit your stories as an email attachment in the .doc, .docx, .odt, or .rtf file format, or anything else we can open in a word processor. Do not use .pages as we cannot open them. Please attach any photos separately. Do not put them in the word document.
Articles should be in the ballpark of 650-850 words, briefs should be around 400 words, opinion pieces no more than 600 words, and announcements a maximum of 60 words. Letters to the editor that are more than 300 words may be published, but Arthur reserves the right to edit letters for length.
Listings, Classifieds, and Events should be sent to email@example.com.
Arthur reserves the right to edit or refuse any material that is considered unfit for publication as determined by the Editor(s). We do not print content that violates our Anti-Oppression policy.