Authors, Editors, Photographers Wanted

By John Grossmann
D17 President Elect

Effective April 2018, the Contract Bridge Forum will become a digital publication. This change is driven by the high cost of printing and publishing. District 17 voted last summer to leave the Western Conference. While there are ongoing discussions with the Western Conference about various scenarios, we are proceeding with our plans. We are looking for a publication editor, authors, photographers.
D17 will offer a multi-platform publication, that can be viewed on desktop, tablet, or smart phone in an easy to read format. Expect to see a print option for articles, ability to post on social media, keyword searches, video, hot links, and lots of technological options available in digital media.
Publication Editor
The editor(s) will be responsible for defining the content of each issue, contacting units for information, gathering columns, selecting photos, securing advertising copy, and prioritizing material. They will be responsible for interfacing with the graphic design shop. The editor(s) will receive a stipend.
The Forum has always had articles for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players. Authors get to carve out their niche and bring an interesting point of view. We seek material on interesting players, special events, and tournament results. Articles can also focus on bidding concepts, problem solving, declarer play, and defense.
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 to our publications.
Website 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. The website manager will also supervise the email notification system. We expect to offer a stipend for this position.
Send an email with your interests and experience to John Grossmann, Blackstone.co@comcast.net or by phone 719 233-9464.