The Planetizen Correspondent Program
The Planetizen Correspondent program has been upgraded to provide greater benefits to participants by taking advantage of Planetizen's wide planning and development audience. The basic model remains the same -- Correspondents submit at least two news stories and summaries per week on topics or geographic regions of special interest to them, for use in the daily Planetizen newswire. Now, however, Correspondents have the ability to gain increasing publicity among Planetizen's diverse readership.
Current Planetizen Correspondents
A growing awareness of the role urban planning and development plays in our communities and quality of life has caused the Planetizen network to expand rapidly with readers from not only across the United States and Canada, but across the globe. Planetizen remains the only human-edited urban planning and development news source that publishes the latest planning news every single day.
Planetizen Correspondents contribute news focusing on planning-related topics (e.g., smart growth, transportation, environmentalism, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, economic development) or who have extensive knowledge about planning issues in a geographic area. They provide invaluable links and summaries to relevant news stories in exchange for increased publicity among the planning and development community. Over time, they may also contribute original content to Planetizen, including Op-Eds, book reviews, event coverage, and more.
Over 22,000 people visit Planetizen every day, a group including professionals and leaders in the fields of urban planning, real estate development, government, architecture, design, journalism, and more, across the United States and around the world. Some of those potentially interested in becoming a correspondent are looking to advance professionally in one or more of these fields; others have particular planning issues or geographic areas they feel passionate about; as a whole, many may be interested in getting the word out about themselves and/or their ideas to the Planetizen community.
How It Works
After submitting two high quality news stories per week, for at least one month—with stories including original titles, subheads, and summaries—Planetizen will enable additional features on your public profile on Planetizen (see for example Irvin Dawid), including:
- A headshot
- A short biography
- Links to professional or personal websites/blogs relevant and appropriate to Planetizen
- Links to your latest news posts on Planetizen
- Links to any of your original content published on Planetizen
You will also receive:
- A prominent link to your public profile on the Planetizen home page and the About Us / Correspondent page (this page - http://www.planetizen.com/about/correspondent)
- Continued byline recognition on all posted stories and comments
- Additional features/benefits may become available as the program progresses
The minimum commitment for the Planetizen Correspondent Program will be to submit two stories per week for at least three months, with the benefits outlined above activating after one month of contributions, but deactivating if submissions lapse for two weeks at any time.
- You must have strong writing and editing skills.
- You must have an educational background or equivalent demonstrated experience in urban planning, geography, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, real estate, or related disciplines such as economics, environmental law, etc.
- You must be willing to commit to being a Planetizen correspondent for at least six months.
- You must have access to the Internet, and be familiar with the use of a web browser.
How to Apply
There are three steps to apply:
- Review the format of the existing news summaries on the Planetizen website. Identify a recent (last 2-3 days) interesting urban planning or development article that has not yet been published, and summarize it for publication on Planetizen.
- Prepare a brief letter of introduction explaining why you are interested in the Planetizen Correspondent program, and your background in planning and development. Please be sure to mention the title of the article you submitted in Step 1.
- Email your letter of introduction and your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will receive a personal reply from a member of our editorial staff after we review your news summary, your letter of introduction and your resume.
Thank you for your interest in participating in the Planetizen community!