When Matt, our Communications Officer, left the CDC to go into private practice, our impulse was to start looking for someone to fill that job and expand upon the good work that Matt had accomplished. Instead of jumping on that, we decided to explore a buy-local alternative to a full time position by contracting writers, graphic designers, a web master, and social media experts that live and work in urban core neighbourhoods.
We are waiting for a major upgrade to our website and currently are working on some communication strategies and anticipate rolling out this buy local approach within a month or two.
Currently, we have identified someone to manage our website, a writer/editor, and a graphic artist and open to connecting with other local writers and graphic artists to work with us on various projects.
One blog project we are ready to implement this summer is a series of blog posts from neighbourhood folks of all ages and from a diversity of backgrounds. We are looking for posts that celebrate your neighbourhood or block and/or posts that speak to your aspirations for the future of your neighbourhood.
A second blog series is about the major challenges and issues facing your neighbourhood and how you and your neighbours think they can be overcome.
We are looking for new writing and we do pay for the one-time rights to publish on our website and or in CDC publications about community and community development. While what we pay is not written in stone, the CDC will pay a minimum of $100.00 for a 400 to 500 word blog and more for longer pieces. We are also open to photo-essays about your neighbourhood and artwork that fits the above mentioned “themes.”
If interested, please take a few moments to fill out this online form (it won’t take long) and we will get back to you by mid-June.