Stories Behind The Buckeye State
Monday September 25th 2017

Looking for Authors and Researchers

We are once again looking for people to help us at Historical Ohio!

Do you enjoy history, architecture, and photography? Do you also enjoy not getting paid for your work? Then Historic Ohio is for you! We’re looking for creative people to help run our site, come up with story ideas, and pen the articles. Historic Ohio is not a job, it’s hobby. Here’s what we’re looking for:

Authors:
Historic Ohio authors should have a genuine interest in the history, the people, and the places that shaped Ohio. Extensive knowledge of history and architecture not necessary, the main goal of this project is to learn. Authors should possess competent writing skills and understand the difference between there, their, and they’re. Authors should have a knack for story telling and be able to weave engaging factual tales together rather than just spitting out facts to our readers. Visiting locations you write about isn’t a requirement but preferred when possible.

  • Previous writing experience a plus but not necessary
  • Willing to write a minimum of one article a month
  • Ability to do research, Wikipedia should not be your sole source
  • Competency with Microsoft Word and or the ability to use WordPress
  • A sense of humor a definite plus
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with other Historic Ohio staff
  • Owning a decent digital camera not a requirement but will earn you brownie points*

*Brownie points are not redeemable towards actual warm, delicious, brownie desserts.

Researcher:
We are desperately interested in people who know how to research! I’m talking in depth, mind blowing, finding photographs of George Washington putting his wooden teeth in kind of nitty gritty research.  This is probably the hardest and most time consuming job at Historic Ohio so it has to be something you enjoy doing. You should know how to help us find old records, general information, news articles, historic photographs, etc. Researchers are welcome to write their own articles and will help authors with their research.

  • Should probably have a valid library card
  • Be able to read
  • Ownership of a 1981 DeLorean with flux capacitor a plus
  • Be willing to spend stupid amounts of time at a library
  • Knowledge of how to properly cite sources
  • Be willing to work for coffee

Site Liaison:
Historic Ohio needs a well organized, people person with lots of spunk. This position will include greasing the gears, feeding the hamster, and other boring and repetitive tasks. Primary objects of the Lesion will include communicating with members of the staff to coordinate projects and deadlines, scouting locations and contacting site owners for shooting approval, and lastly answering email from users.

  • Should have excellent time management skills
  • Detailed knowledge on use of post-it notes
  • Be willing to call random people for random things
  • Know how to curse in several foreign languages
  • Check email frequently
  • Put up with me and my insane demands

Alright, so I know that sounds like a lot of work and that’s probably because it is. I think it’s going to be a great experience and a lot of fun for those involved. I have a lot of big ideas for us and I think with the help of a few creative and driven people we could make this site into something really amazing. At the minimum you’ll probably get to travel to some really interesting places in the state and drink a lot of coffee with me. At maximum… well who knows? The sky’s the limit. Maybe this will end up being a paying gig and you’ll be knighted… by the governor? Anythings possible! Right?

If you have interest in any of the jobs above, send me an email at wdzinc@gmail.com . Include what position you are interested in, a blurb about yourself and why you’re interested, and contact information so I can spam, er get in contact with you.

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