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Hey! I’m Sebastian, founder of SWeekly News. I started SWeekly at the beginning of lockdown to keep my sanity. I was just writing articles in front of my computer, usually stories about covid-19, mask mandates, and our community. Through Nextdoor.com and word of mouth, SWeekly quickly took off within the Portland community. Using analytics, I was able to see that viewers were reading from all over the world.

With this information, I gathered a few of my friends who were also interested in journalism and offered them a place at SWeekly. One author turned into another, and another, and before we knew it, SWeekly had a team of seven writers. With news leads coming in from neighbors, we went from writing about small time articles to interviewing local CEOs. 

During this time, we had devastating Oregon wildfires. SWeekly had dedicated authors writing authentic and factual articles that neighbors could read and trust. While some of the articles were relatively short and to the chase, we received numerous compliments to our newsroom email. Due to school workload and time constraints, I closed SWeekly [temporarily] in March of 2021.  

After speaking with some of SWeekly’s old readers and conducting numerous surveys, I began to think about a SWeekly rerun. SWeekly offers amazing opportunities, such as journalism, networking, team building, resume material, and more. Everyone has a place in SWeekly. In order for planning and development, we’re currently looking for writers, marketers, and more! If you’re interested or have any questions regarding joining SWeekly, please reach out to hello@SWeekly.org or by visiting our positions page. 

Here are some of our frequently asked questions. If you need clarification or have a different question, feel free to contact us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I join SWeekly? We have an amazing community. Between authors, marketers, developers, and more; SWeekly is an amazing experience. It’s stress-free with zero deadlines. Some of our most popular articles of the week are featured in our weekly newsletter and sent out to our fanbase of readers. We also post your articles to our website giving you full credit. 

How does SWeekly make money? SWeekly currently offers ad-free reading. If/when we see a good time, we will reevaluate our situation and determine the best course of action. All operating costs are covered by my own pocket.

Where can I read the articles? If we have enough writers onboard, SWeekly staff will quickly develop a very clean and modern website.

How flexible is being a writer? Writing is at your own pace. It would be ideal to have a routine so we can publish articles regularly but no one will be giving you deadlines or bossing you around. 

What does SWeekly stand for? When I first launched, SWeekly was originally for the SW hills. We also had a weekly newsletter that got sent out. I combined the two words and got SWeekly. I’d be lying if I said I was attached to the name, but I’m most definitely open to a name change.

Is there any pay or compensation? At this moment, there is no pay for being a staff member. Not even me, the founder, makes money off of SWeekly. Since this website is free for all readers, there is no source of income. In the past, we have received donations.

What should I write about? What you write is completely up to you. I’ve conducted surveys of our readers in addition to comprehensive analytics. As a writer, you’ll get access to current trends and analytics. 

I’m interested. How do I join? Thank you for your interest in joining. Please fill out our form. It will take less than a minute. 

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