By Jeff Tecklenburg
The Gazette Editorial Board is looking for a “few good residents” — civic-minded folks from this area who are interested in joining our new Community Conversation Corps.
Members will participate in weekly Editorial Board discussions about issues of public interest. They will be encouraged to ask questions and offer ideas and feedback. And there will be opportunities to write guest columns or blog about their experiences and viewpoints in The Gazette or on thegazette.com.
The primary qualifications we’re looking for in potential candidates are two:
l Strong connections to your community and/or neighborhood.
l Open-minded approach to public policy and community-building (this is not a forum for personal agendas).
Initially, we plan to select three people to participate in Editorial Board discussions, including our interviews with political candidates. After a few months, we’ll rotate in new members. Note: Publicly elected officials or political candidates are not eligible for this group. (Otherwise, they might wind up interviewing themselves!)
We are creating the Community Conversation Corps as another way to stay in touch with the neighborhoods and communities our company serves, develop a more robust conversation and help us understand what issues are important to area residents.
How to apply
If you are interested, provide your written response to the following:
1. Your name, address, daytime phone number
2. Describe your community or neighborhood connections and any leadership or service you have provided.
3. List your education or training, work experience and anything else about you that you think we should know.
4. In 250 words or fewer, describe why you are interested in this opportunity and what you could bring to discussions about public issues and policies.
The deadline for the first round of applications is Aug. 20. Send your Community Conversation Corps application to me, Jeff Tecklenburg, via:
l Regular mail — c/o The Gazette, 500 Third Ave. S.E., Cedar Rapids, IA 52401.
l Or, email — firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need more information, contact me by email or by phone at (319) 398-8262. Please consider joining our conversation!Jeff Tecklenburg is Gazette Opinion editor and coordinates The Gazette Editorial Board. Comments: email@example.com.