Volunteer for Basic Income News
Basic Income News, BIEN’s news service, provides a much needed source of just-the-facts news reporting by knowledgeable writers. If you are interested in volunteering with our news team, please do the following:
1. Read this statement of BIEN’s goals and strategy for Basic Income News.
2. Complete the form below, including a brief statement of interest.
If you share the goals and vision of Basic Income News and are willing to work hard, we’ll try our best to find a position that matches your skills. We will follow up by email and schedule an initial meeting, usually on Skype, to further discuss your interests and abilities as well as Basic Income News.
(Please note that, although we aim to reply to all applications within a few days, the time at which we can begin training depends on the availability of trainers and the volume of applicants. At times, all senior editors are busy training other volunteers, and there may be a delay of a few weeks before training can begin.)
Here are some of the tasks and skills Basic Income News always needs:
Skills needed for everything we do:
We need people who share the goals of BIEN and Basic Income News, and who are willing to learn and follow our system and house style.
• “I don’t know. I’ll do whatever.” That’s fine. Skip this section, read our Vision Statement, complete the form below, and we’ll try to find you something you’ll like.
• Just-the-facts news reporting: This is the most important and time-consuming job we have. It consists of writing just-the-facts news stories based on leads provided by others. We need many people to do it.
Skills: good ability to write in the English language; good ability to find and verify information based on leads; willingness to learn Basic Income News’s style, goals, and strategy; good knowledge of Basic Income or a willingness to learn. It’s helpful but not essential to have a good grasp of languages other than English.
We also accept one-time submissions of just-the-facts news articles.
If you have an individual just-the-facts piece you’ve written and would like us publish, first check that it is similar in style and content to the kind of just-the-facts pieces we’ve published. If so, email a copy of it to our editor-in-chief, André Coelho (firstname.lastname@example.org), and he’ll tell you whether we can post it.
• “Easy” just-the-facts reporting: Basic Income News’s “easy” just-the-fact posts require less extensive research, writing, and background knowledge than our typical news stories. They often involve writing summaries of articles and audio/video content on basic income (which sometimes amounts to little more than cutting and pasting content provided by publishers and authors). Other “easy” just-the-fact reports include announcements of upcoming basic income events, typically based directly from information on event listings elsewhere on the web.
Skills: ability to read and write in English and a willingness to learn about Basic Income. If you are interested in writing about Basic Income, but don’t know a lot about it, this is a great way to start.
• What if I want to write opinion pieces? Yes, although the bulk of Basic Income News‘s output consists of just-the-facts news and updates, we do need volunteers to write opinion pieces. We welcome opinion pieces for or against Basic Income or any type or aspect of Basic Income.
Opinion pieces are published on a one-at-a-time basis. If you have an idea for an opinion piece, send a one-paragraph pitch to our features editor, Tyler Prochazka (email@example.com) or complete this form. (Note: the piece has to be directly about Basic Income.)
• News Research: We need people who are willing and able to follow the Basic Income movement to find news leads for other editors to write about.
Skills: ability to find information about Basic Income through the Internet, social or professional networks, or other resources; ability to read English (other languages a plus); willingness to learn about the kind of leads that are useful to Basic Income News.
Note: If you would like to make a one-time submission of a news lead, complete the form here.
• Proofreading and copyediting: This involves reading content written by other editors with an eye towards correcting typos, suggesting improvements in grammar and clarity, and making sure that articles adhere to the house style.
Skills: good grasp of the English language, attention to detail, good writing ability.
• Fact-checking: This involves verifying factual content in news stories written by other editors.
Skills: good research ability, good knowledge of Basic Income and the Basic Income movement or a willingness to learn.
• Formatting: This involves posting pieces written by others on BIEN’s system. It often involves formatting pieces to improve their appearance on our website, which might include the selection of featured images (Creative Commons or used by special permission).
Skills: minimal grasp of English and a willingness to learn our house style and system; experience in WordPress a plus.
• Social media posting: This involves sharing Basic Income News stories on BIEN’s social media pages (including Facebook, Twitter, and Google+).
Skills: minimal grasp of English, willingness to learn our system and to follow our social media strategy; experience in social media a plus.
• Training: This involves trainings others to do any of the tasks on this list.
Skills: good ability to read and write English (other languages a plus), experience doing the task(s) you’re training people to do (so you’ll have to start doing that task first), and good interpersonal skills.
• Translation: Our news editors often need assistance translating relevant content from other websites and publications. We would also love to have our news stories translated into other languages.
Skills: good writing ability in English and at least one other language, willingness to learn our system and style, and willingness write in English until we’re confident in your ability to translate in other languages.
• Data entry: This involves copying text from documents and bibliographical information into online databases.
Skills: attention to detail, willingness to learn our system.
• Other (please describe): This requires having an idea of something we should be doing, convincing us we should be doing it, and learning our system well enough that we’re confident that you can do it.