Thank You For Your Interest in Joining SWeekly News.
What started as a joke turned into journalism with a global presence. Let me take you back…
We all remember that dark March 2020 when everything shut down. Stuck at home, nothing to do, I found the time to create a little news website. This was really just for me, testing my new lockdown hobby of web development. I wrote a few articles here and there about Covid-19, masks, local news, and some business just for the sake of it. Later I brought one of my really close friends along for the ride. When I promoted my website on the Nextdoor app I saw a massive spike in views. I knew I had a real chance at making this a thing.
With this information, I gathered a few of my friends who were also interested in journalism and offered them a writing position at SWeekly. One author turned into another, and another, and before I knew it, SWeekly had a team of eight writers. With news leads coming in from neighbors, we went from writing about small-time articles to interviewing local CEOs.
This was the time when Oregon was facing devastating wildfires. I created a dedicated wildfire team that investigated and reported factual information about what was going on. This is when I saw the flood of viewers come in. While some of the articles were short and sweet, we received numerous compliments on our newsroom email which really drove us as a team.
Due to school workload and time constraints, I made the difficult decision to close SWeekly [temporarily] in March of 2021, never leaving the possibility for a future launch.
We are in desperate need of writers. In order for us to relaunch SWeekly, we need sufficient writers before we begin development and planning.
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Why should I join SWeekly? We have an amazing community. Between authors, marketers, developers, and more; SWeekly is an amazing experience. 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 will start by offering ad-free reading. If/when we see a good time, we will re-evaluate 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 successfully onboard enough writers, the SWeekly tech team will quickly deploy our 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. After an article is written, it will be published on our website and sent to our newsletter. Analytics show us the most popular articles of the week, which are shared with writers.
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, and 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. Once we see regular viewers and build a viewer base, we will draft a plan to sustain operations and potentially compensate writers.
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, we’d love to have you! Please fill out our form. It will take less than a minute.
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