What do volunteers do at Arthur?
They write articles, sure, but they also do a bunch of other crucial tasks. Our Board of Directors includes volunteers. Volunteers help distribute the paper, assist with fundraising, take photos, email us story ideas, recruit other volunteers, and a whole lot more. If you’re enthusiastic about Arthur, we can find a way for you to help us out that also helps you out. You definitely don’t have to be a reporter to make a huge difference in what we accomplish. Drop by our office, come to a story meeting, or email us, and we’ll find something for you to do that suits your skills and your goals. We are happy to provide training where required. Our contact info is all right here.
We also have a handy FAQ for prospective volunteers interested in writing.
The best way to find out about volunteer opportunities and to meet Arthur staff is to attend a story meeting. These meetings are where we review the previous issue, discuss what articles are going in the next issue, and decide which contributors will cover them. Even if you are not a writer yourself, you’re welcome to attend story meetings to pitch story ideas to the staff collective. Story meetings are also where we match up writers and photographers. Does your story need a photo? Come to the story meeting. Wanna know what to take pictures of this week? Come to a story meeting.
Story meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. These meetings take place in Catharine Parr Traill College’s Senior Common Room on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. If you can’t make it to the story meeting, email us at [email protected] and we can set an alternate meeting time or discuss your story ideas over email.
Deadlines for articles are Thursdays at 11:59 p.m. EST. It is possible to arrange for later deadlines provided that this arrangement is made well prior to the original deadline. See Volume 53 deadlines here.
When submitting an article, please include the following in your email:
- “Article Submission: Issue #” in the subject line
- Author’s real name in the email body text
Please submit your stories as an email attachment in .doc, .docx, .odt, .rtf, or .pdf file format. Please attach any photos separately. Do not put them in the word processor document.
At the top of the word processor document, please include:
- … or working title, if you’re uncertain/don’t mind the editorial team titling your work
- A name/pseudonym/anonymous
- The editors regret that articles can no longer be attributed to entire organizations, unless there is a person to contact specifically in the article.
- A phone number
- … for the editorial team to ask for clarification during editing processes.
Articles should be 200 words (short announcement) to 1000 words (feature length article). Pieces longer than this may be negotiated circumstantially at the editors’ discretion.
Letters to the editor that are more than 500 words may be published, but Arthur reserves the right to edit letters for length.
Arthur reserves the right to edit or refuse any material that is considered unfit for publication as determined by the Editor(s). We do not print content that violates our Anti-Oppression policy.