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Training Will Be Provided for These Openings

Desperately Seeking Downloaders!

Downloaders take submitted articles and pictures from the email and enter them into our system. 

Downloaders drop in to the Observer office daily throughout the month to monitor email. 

Each downloader works one day a week and the session is usually less than an hour.

Sometimes on peak times (15th and/or 16th of the month) downloaders may be asked to help with the heavy influx of material submitted.

Preppers Please!

Preppers take text material submitted to the paper, and “prep” or prepare it in column format. The result is an “prepped” article which will look just like a finished column in the Observer.

They also serve as copy editors, adjusting details to the Observer’s standards (while preserving the writer’s individual “voice”). 

Preppers work from the 10th of the month to the 16th. Shifts are usually scheduled in two hour time slots. Sometimes preppers are needed on the 17th depending on volume of material submitted.

Ever Dream of Editing?

Editors of the Month meet with the editor in chief to determine the type of material to seek that month. 

Many submissions arrive through an originator’s own initiative, but the editors often call seasoned writers and request articles on key issues or topics. Between the 8th and 16th of the month, the editors read and edit all submissions, typically in two-hour sessions. 

The Editors of the Month solicit newsworthy material, have the option to write an editorial and have input on front page articles. 

Contact us at or 860-668-7442 if you are interested in joining our team of volunteers.

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