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[liberationtech] Blogger Fellowship -- Delete if not interested

Yosem Companys ycompanys at
Thu Jan 14 10:17:02 PST 2010

 Want to get paid to write about Afghanistan? Apply for our blogger
fellowship today! <>

Six months ago, myself, Alex Thurston, and others here at The Seminal joined
with Robert Greenwald and Leighton Woodhouse and others at Brave New
Foundation to create the Afghanistan Blogger Fellowship.

Blogging is hard, and it’s usually unpaid. But we wanted to change that,
because we felt Afghanistan too important an issue to go uncovered. The
fellowship was designed to promote a blogger who was passionately against
escalating the war in Afghanistan. If they brought their research,
intelligence, and rhetorical skill to bear fighting against escalation of
this meaningless war, then we would bring that blogger traffic and influence
to get the message out.

We chose as our first fellow an unknown blogger from Austin, TX by the name
of Derrick Crowe <>.
Derrick was smart and he had a knack for research. He was also a religious
Christian, and brought his background of faith to the anti-war message,
creating a potent argument. Over the course of six months, Derrick has
transformed himself into a leading voice against escalation in Afghanistan,
regularly appearing throughout the blogosphere and in the mainstream media.
And, as he’s just announced here<>,
he’s now working full time on the issue with Brave New Films.

We’re sorry to lose our blogger fellow, but thanks to the generosity of
people here, on other friendly sites like Crooks and Liars and Down with
Tyranny, and our friends at CREDO mobile, we have raised the funding we need
to continue the fellowship for another year. We just need a blogger.

Do you want to get paid to write about Afghanistan? Are you against the war
and looking to help find a way out? Are you a blogger who needs an audience?
If so, apply for our fellowship!

Details below…


The fellowship is a three month commitment, which the option of extending
for a full year by mutual agreement.

As a fellow, you will be expected to blog three times every week on the war
in Afghanistan, with a special focus on the domestic political implications
and the 2010 elections.

You will also be expected to keep up to date with breaking Afghanistan news
with more blog posts if events warrant.

You will be expected to speak with the media about your work and views.


Qualified applicants are already writers. Bloggers are preferred (even if
hardly anybody reads your blog), but you can and should apply even if you’ve
never published your work online.

Qualified applicants should have a strong moral stance against the war in
Afghanistan and be able to articulate that stance persuasively.

Qualified applicants should have a strong grasp on American domestic
politics and elections.


Fellows are compensated at the rate of $480 per month to support their

*To apply:*

Send an email to me at seminal at with:

   - your name
   - email address and phone number
   - 500 words on why you would be a great recipient for this fellowship
   - links to (or attached) writing samples – the samples do not have to be
   about Afghanistan, though it is preferred
   - a short resume

I look forward to reading your applications! And of course, if you know a
friend who would love this opportunity, please pass them a link to this post
so they can apply.
Jason Rosenbaum
Editor - The Seminal

seminal at
Cell: 914.806.1939
IM: fatbyjhnsn
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