A couple of days ago I noticed that Chicagoist has openings for new writers. These are volunteer positions. Chicagoist calls them merely"unpaid," presumably to avoid the "volunteer" stigma.
I figured, if people want to write for Chicagoist for free, maybe there are people out there who would be interested in writing for the Chicago Architecture Blog for free, too.
You don't need any special skills or talent; just an interest in your neighborhood, or Chicago in general. You can write about things you see, developments across the city, or even what you think of Hizzonor. Don't worry about spelling and grammar and such things, we'll clean it all up on our end.
Even better -- If you can't write, we're also opening positions for photographers. You don't need any fancy equipment. In fact, most of the photos on this blog were taken with a cameraphone. All we ask is that you send in at least one photo a week, along with a caption. It can be a building in your neighborhood that you like, or a street scene, or something else from Chicagoland.
Now, here's the best part -- while these positions are officially "unpaid" like at Chicagoist, you WILL get something. Maybe it's a coupon for a free Stabrucks or two. Or a gift card to Amazon.com. Or some other small trinket to show our appreciation for your contributions. How many you get and how often will depend on the number of submissions.
If you're interested, just shoot a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll work from there.