A brief summary of the role of Managing Editor at Works in Progress
The Managing Editor of Works in Progress has the ultimate responsibility for getting the paper out each month. The managing editor has lots of responsibility but also the major role in determining the content of the paper: they generate ideas for content, identify and recruit people equipped to write on topics they’re connected to; may themselves write articles; monitor the WIP email portal for submissions with an eye for those that are consistent with WIP’s mission. The managing editor does editing or sends articles out for editing by volunteers (currently there are 2). Experience using google docs and knowing your way around a computer is another basic essential.
The managing editor job as it has been carried out over the history of WIP has responsibility for finalizing copy, writing headlines and organizing articles to send to layout (currently one paid individual with design support from two volunteers). Other tasks involve coordination of proofreading, and with the volunteers who post material online.
It’s a unique opportunity for someone with a significant chunk of discretionary time each month and the ability to devote the last full weekend of each month to the production. It also would be ideal if you were familiar with the paper and cognizant of its mission. Any interested individual has to be available for the position beginning August 1, 2021.
We hope to find someone who has good connections with social justice and other activist groups in and around Olympia and the South Sound, and a keen interest in the role an alternative free newspaper can play in this community.
If you are interested, please send a letter describing the reasons for your interest, your relevant experience, and your availability (when to start, time available each month). The 5-member Publishing Committee will read letters and follow up with a discussion.
Send the letter as an email attachment to email@example.com or if you prefer, write to Works in Progress, Box 295, Olympia 98507.
Section editor roles. In an effort to spread some of the responsibility that otherwise falls to the Managing Editor, we are also looking for individuals to fill the role of “section editor” –people who would commit to recruiting articles each month for a selected topic area – local political issues, environmental issues/climate crisis, social justice, etc. If this position appeals to you, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words SECTION EDITOR in the subject line.
About Works in Progress
Works in Progress (WIP) is a community newspaper based in Olympia, Washington and published monthly. The paper was established by the Thurston County Rainbow Coalition which published the first issue in May 1990. It is written and produced by volunteers; 3000 copies are distributed in over 50 locations in Thurston and nearby counties.
Our mission. The aim of WIP is to confront injustice and encourage a participatory democracy based on justice in the economic, political, environmental and social realms and across classes, races and genders.
Governance. Works in Progress is led by a Publishing Committee consisting of Emily Lardner, Enrique Quintero, Bethany Weidner, Kevin Pestinger and Lori Lively. Bethany Weidner currently serves as managing editor. Key volunteers are listed on the masthead of each issue of WIP.
How WIP is produced. WIP depends on a volunteer managing editor, supported by the Publishing Committee, to see to the accomplishment of nearly all organizational, administrative and editorial tasks. Other volunteers handle layout, website, subscriptions, and distribution.
We rely on members of the community to submit enough content to fill the pages of the paper. We are currently seeking people to volunteer to serve as staff members in order that Works in Progress can continue on a more sustainable basis.
Volunteers. WIP needs all sorts of people to thrive. To start with, we want people to submit news articles, analyses, reflections, reports of experience, data, drawings, photographs, as well as ideas for any of those things. We also need “regulars” – anyone who will sign up to be part of the WIP cadre as outlined above — for example, stringers to send in periodic items of interest; distributors to take WIP to various locations each month; activists to handle regular outreach to groups; editors to revise submissions, detail-oriented grammar geeks to do proofreading; and runners to help with the dozens of tasks that go with putting out a newspaper. If you are interested in any of these areas — or in becoming more involved with the organizational underpinnings of WIP, please contact us at email@example.com and tell us about yourself.
How WIP is supported. First and foremost, WIP depends for survival on the contributions and participation of writers, activists, students, organizers, and other members of the community, broadly defined. However, essential expenses — primarily printing — must be covered by donations, subscriptions and a few generous advertisers. We also receive support from the Workers’ Defense Fund whose purpose is to strengthen organizations that engage in struggle against the powerful for the empowerment of the powerless.
Subscription rates. Annual subscription is $35/year. Purchase one for yourself or an incarcerated person mailed first class each month.
Contact WIP. Online at firstname.lastname@example.org or via snail mail to: Works in Progress, P.O. Box 295, Olympia, WA 98507.
Back issues. In addition to those searchable on this site, some back issues are available in the Timberland Library System. Other past issues are archived at the University of Washington Library. You may also find the internet wayback machine to be useful.