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Company: ZoomVillage.com
Position:
Online Newspaper Editor/Entrepreneur (USA, UK, Canada, Australia)
Location:
All Locations
Job Status:  Freelance
Ad Expires: 
July 26, 2013
Job ID: 1294075

Description:

ZoomVillage.com is a platform for creating and managing online newspapers.  We are seeking motivated journalists in the United States, Canada, U.K., Australia (and a few other countries) to manage their own online newspapers using our free tools.

Here is how it works: ZoomVillage-hosted newspapers are town-based; the first person to register in a town is automatically named editor-in-chief of the town's newspaper.  Any registered user may submit a story to their town's newspaper, but stories submitted by non-editors are not published until approved by an editor.  The editor-in-chief may make any registered user an editor.  News stories may include text, photos and videos.  Stories are published during the date range set by the editor, and when stories expire they are sent to the newspaper's searchable archive.  The layout of the front page and each story’s page is automated, although editors can manually control some aspects of the layout if they prefer.

Your newspaper does not have to cover ALL local news.  You could, instead, decide to focus on one theme, such as sports, politics, health, entertainment, etc.  The decision is entirely yours.

How do you get paid?

1) Our platform includes a self-service advertising process that lets advertisers create, submit and pay for advertisements on their own.  Advertising fees are paid directly to the PayPal account of the editor-in-chief.  In turn, newspapers pay us a percentage of their advertising revenues; the higher the ad revenues, the lower the percentage.  For example, newspapers pay ZoomVillage a fee of 3% on ad revenues over $1,000 per month.  Newspapers with no ad revenues pay no fees whatsoever.  What you earn is highly dependent on the quality of your news coverage and the nature of your local news market.  As such, we cannot make any promises about what you will earn.  (If you don't make money, ZoomVillage doesn't either, so we'll do our best to help you.)

2) Your newspaper includes an integrated e-commerce application that lets you and your registered users sell items in your “Community Store”.  When posting an item to the store, the item’s owner must choose either to pay 5% of sales to the newspaper (you) or to donate 10% of sales to a local non-profit organization of their choosing.  Items submitted by non-editors must be approved by an editor before they appear in your store.

Here are some useful links that will help you understand our service:

A platform for creating a local tourism guide is also integrated into each newspaper.  Users upload information about places and events such as restaurants, museums, parks, historic sites, festivals, etc.  The result of combining a newspaper, tourism guide and online store is a comprehensive and attractive resource for a town's residents and visitors.

As you know, print newspapers are disappearing every day.  But not every journalist who wishes to fill the void has the technical expertise to create an online newspaper from scratch.  ZoomVillage handles all of the technical aspects of newspaper management, leaving you to spend your time researching, writing and editing stories.

If this opportunity interests you, please visit www.zoomvillage.com/newsIntro.cfm for more details or to get started.

 

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