Request for Volunteers and Vendors

District 17 voted to leave the Western Conference effective April 2018 and subsequently voted to create a bi-monthly digital publication to support our regional and sectional tournaments and player development.   While there are ongoing meetings with the Western Conference about various scenarios, we are proceeding with our plans.  We are looking for both volunteers and compensated consultants in the following areas:

Publication Editor

The editor(s) will be responsible for defining the content of each issue, gathering columns, selecting photos, contacting Units to on advertising copy, and organizing material.  They will be responsible for the interface with the graphic design shop.  The editor(s) will receive a stipend.

 

 

Graphic Design Shop

After April 2018, all publications in D17 will have a digital component in the form of a flipbook or email blast.  D17 is considering a bi-monthly digital magazine format.  We are looking for a design shop with experience in creating PDF files.  Knowledge of major digital publication software and enhanced features is a must.  D17 will sign a contract for these services.

Authors

The Forum has always had articles for beginner, intermediate and advanced players.  We are looking for authors will to carve out their niche.  This can include articles on bidding concepts, problem solving, declarer play, defense and other bridge topics.  We also seek material on interesting player profiles, special events and tournament results.

Photographers

Our digital publications will be in color.  We want to emphasize the players, the human-interest side of bridge.  More photos of winners.  Candids.  Photos of special programs.  In other words, more of a Facebook style. 

Website Content and Email Manager

Our updated communications system will include a refreshed website and improved email operation.  D17 has not refurbished the website in four years, so perhaps a complete overhaul is appropriate.  The Website content manager will be responsible for keeping web pages current and relevant.  We want to celebrate human interest stories with expanded use of photos and perhaps video.  Some IT skills are helpful, but most websites are designed for layperson editing and management.  We expect that the website manager will also supervise the email notification system.  We expect to offer a stipend to the player(s) in this area.

 

Send an email with your interests and experience to:

John Grossmann   Blackstone.co@comcast.net    719.233.9464

 

 

 



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