Words wanted

Words wanted

: The amazing Micah Sifry passes on this notice with a request to post it in the town square:

Writers Wanted

Personal Democracy Forum, a new online resource focusing on the intersection of technology and politics, is seeking contributors for its website, blog and newsletter. We’re looking for seasoned journalists versed, ideally, in both the political and technology industries who are interested in covering a wide range of subjects, including: how the Internet is moving votes, money and perceptions; the digital political industry; tools and techniques of clued-in campaigns; and emergent technology-enabled democracy. Political or business journalism background a plus but not required. We’re looking for 800- to 1500-word features as well as shorter blog entries on ongoing beats. Will pay competitive freelance rates. Send resume, clips, blog info, etc to Micah L. Sifry at micah@personaldemocracy.com.

  • I take it only liberals need apply, judging by the site.

  • Kathy–
    No, I am not imposing my own opinions on the Personal Democracy site, and we very much want people of all stripes participating in the forum, as writers and commenters.
    If you agree with the following manifesto [http://www.personaldemocracy.com/manifesto.php], or want to intelligently engage with it, that’s good enough.
    Democracy in America is changing.
    A new force, rooted in new tools and practices built on and around the Internet, is rising alongside the old system of capital-intensive broadcast politics.
    Today, for almost no money, anyone can be a reporter, a community organizer, an ad-maker, a publisher, a money-raiser, or a leader.
    If what they have to say is compelling, it will spread.
    The cost of finding like-minded souls, banding together, and speaking to the powerful has dropped to almost zero.
    Networked voices are reviving the civic conversation.
    More people, everyday, are discovering this new power. After years of being treated like passive subjects of marketing and manipulation, they want to be heard.
    Members expect a say in the decision-making process of the organizations they join. Readers want to talk back to the news-makers. Citizens are insisting on more openness and transparency from government.
    All the old institutions and players-big money, top-down parties, big-foot journalism, cloistered organizations-must adapt or face losing status and power.
    Personal Democracy, where everyone is a full participant, is coming.
    The Personal Democracy Forum is your place to meet the people who are making that change happen, discover the tools powering the new civic conversation, spot the early trends, and share in understanding and embracing this dynamic new force.

  • Lee

    Oh brave new world that has such people in it.