Help Wanted

Looking for Park Preview Contributors

 

I live in north Seattle, which means that I rarely cover parks in the south, west, or east of the greater Seattle metro area. That’s fine for folks who also live up this way, but a ton of great locations are left out.

If you like the purpose of the Park Preview blog and have the time I would love to have you as a guest contributor. If you just want to cover your favorite park that’s fine. If you would like to cover several parks that’s even better!

 

Areas I’m looking for:

Eastside

West Seattle

South Seattle

Southern suburbs

I’m also interested in previews of special places to go in other towns in the Pacific Northwest. Any special viewpoint or unique park in your area that a mobility impaired traveler could comfortably visit qualifies.

 

Requirements:

Camera or high-end phone camera.

Ability to communicate clearly in written English.

Willingness to collaborate with me on the final presentation. (This means potentially accepting some editing of your writing.)

 

Guest contributor duties and rights:

Be familiar with Park Preview’s focus and purpose.

Cover parks of your choice. I will not make assignments.

Use the same format that I use for every preview post: type, location, special features, park entrance, preview, things to know. (Things to know should include: hours, seating, bathrooms, parking, usage, and web resources. It can also include photo ops if applicable, and special notes if there is other info that is important to highlight.)

Within the format framework write about the park using your own individual style, giving a virtual tour by discussing what you think visitors will want to know, especially those with mobility limitations, and what makes the park special. Feel free to add in personal opinions or experiences from your own trips to that park. Also include any seasonal information you think is relevant.

Take photos of key park features to accompany the preview, including photos that show points of interest, bathroom locations, seating, parking availability, distances, and walking path conditions. It’s much better to take too many photos and not use them all than to realize you left things out.

The photos are intended to provide info, not be artistic, so you don’t need to be a great photographer. Though when taking your photos, plan to get one or two that are especially scenic or colorful. We’ll use one of those as the featured photo for the preview.

All photos must be pictures you took personally. They cannot be photos from friends or taken from other online sources. This is to avoid copyright infringement.

There are no deadlines or minimum number of contributions.

Use the Contact form to let me know of your interest. Do not send me any photos until I have accepted your preview for publication.

You will get full credit for any guest previews you write and the accompanying photos.

Guest contributors receive no remuneration or reimbursement.

By sending me photos you grant me a non-exclusive right to publish them on the Park Preview blog. You retain your copyright.

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If you don’t want to be a full collaborator, but feel I misrepresented something about a park or left out important information, please use the comments section under that preview post. And thanks for helping!