Every day that I report to work at Daily Kos is different, and currently each one brings me a little closer to my fifth anniversary in December. I’ve held a few different titles in my time here—social media strategist, staff writer, trending news editor—but I’ve spent the longest time in my current role, and it’s also been the most fulfilling. As managing editor of Community Content, I’m devoted to what I consider to be the most unique aspect of Daily Kos: Our open platform for you, the Community, to write about the issues that matter the most to you.
I’ve always been kind of obsessed with the Community, if I’m honest. I hadn’t even been here a year before I launched my weekly Picks of the Week series and newsletter, which required me to read every single piece y’all wrote. I also included writing tips alongside my roundup, hoping to help writers put their best foot forward. My interest in Community writing, as well as my desire to help writers, did not go unnoticed by the Powers That Be, and that led to the offer to create the Community Contributors program, focused on compensating and developing current members of the Community who were already contributing so much.
Along the way, we’ve published hundreds of original stories, launched new series (Black Music Sunday, anyone?), and even held a writing workshop.
But there was always more to come. In January, I told y’all we were launching a huge initiative to recruit and develop writers who weren’t already a part of the Daily Kos Community, but definitely belonged here. It’s been in the works for awhile—long enough that COVID-19 derailed it, in fact. But I’m so thrilled to tell you that we’ve finally made it happen, and we’ve got five new members of the Community ready to throw their voices into our uniquely progressive fray.
I can’t wait for you to meet them.