I have been wearing the newsletter editor’s hat for about 16 years (maybe more, pre-dating the online versions), and finally feel ready to pass on that hat to a new editor. I imagine making the transition gradually over a few months once a new person has been identified and approved. Here’s what you should know about the job if you are considering applying:
You can do this job entirely away from the Meeting, provided you have a computer and Internet access.
People send newsletter notices to [email protected]; they are redirected automatically to your mailbox. (ongoing; no work needed)
You prepare a rough cut of the newsletter in the word processor of your choice. (a few hours)
Once that first cut is more or less complete, you import it into a new email in Vertical Response, the marketing email program that we use (similar to Mail Chimp, Constant Contact and others). You can polish it there, and send test copies to a few volunteer proofreaders. (several hours)
Once it’s ready, you schedule publication (usually by Friday before the first Sunday of the new month) and send it off. (5 minutes)
You maintain the mailing list of people who want to subscribe; the secretary will send you new requests occasionally. (ongoing, a few minutes for each one)
I’m happy to answer questions from anyone thinking about taking this on. Phil Jones