The American Red Cross Bloggers and Feature Writers are a part of a creative content volunteer team that creates professionally-written content for news releases, media alerts, and regional platforms including blogs, social media feeds, websites, and other outlets.
Responsibilities: * Follow the Communications calendar to research, perform interviews, write and post blog stories within deadlines. Blog posts are typically 300-500 words and must be cleared by regional communications staff. * Write human interest stories that highlight the work of volunteers, leaders, donors, disaster victims, etc. Feature stories are typically 500-1,000 words and may require telephone interviews or face-to-face interviews. * Develop other written materials such as press releases, presentations, editorials, messaging, speeches, and newsletters. Bank "evergreen" stories for use at a later time.
During Disasters: * Work with Communications team to identify stories, conduct interviews, write and post on a daily basis; focus on client stories and service delivery. * Interview clients, partners, and Red Cross workers. Share story ideas with media relations and social engagement teams. * May be asked to shoot photos with your smartphone if a photographer isn't available. Secure signed information release forms.
Time Commitment: Flexible. Time commitment depends on the needs of the regional communications department.
Qualifications: * Strong writing, editing, research, and interpersonal skills. * Must be familiar with basic computer operations and have the ability to upload content to the blog or by email remotely. * Authentic, creative, funny, and engaging storyteller.
Training: We provide all the training!
"WE ARE LOOKING FOR LOCAL HEROES TO POSITIVELY IMPACT YOUR COMMUNITY"
Sign-up to volunteer today ! Please email questions to Juana Zapata, the Sr. Volunteer Recruiter Specialist, at Juana.Zapata@redcross.org or (951) 205-6689.