TheContributor.com evolved from the DNCCC's 50-State Blog Project in the early 2000s. Our writers are grass roots activists contributing from the front offices, campus forums, science labs, deep back roads, volatile front lines, and virtually every state capital. We review and publish a select cross-section of the hundreds of contributions a day we receive from independent writers, observers, journalists, artists and advocacy leaders around the country. All are welcome to contribute to the conversation. Click here to join our network of contributors.
Chris Dykstra is a serial technology and media entrepreneur, community leader, and artist. He is a founding partner and CEO of Warecorp, an international software engineering, and consulting company working with impact entrepreneurs and change agents; Founder and President of DrupalSquad, on demand Drupal maintenance and support; Co-Founder of The UpTake, an acclaimed non-profit online video news organization; and Founder and Publisher of TheContributor.com, an online, daily publication of the work of an international network of bloggers. Dykstra has spent the last twenty years leading software and web teams, starting companies, playing soccer, creating art and maturing as human being and an impact entrepreneur. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Twitter: @duckstrap.
Rob is an award-winning cartoonist, columnist and designer. He draws cartoons for Media Matters, the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Press of Atlantic City, and Philadelphia NPR-affiliate WHYY. He also covers the media for Editor & Publisher magazine. His cartoons have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post and on MSNBC and NBC's Meet the Press. Twitter: @RobTornoe
Cut from the bootstrap leather of Public Radio, Teke has been producing content and building communities for award winning stations across the country since 1984. Teke comes to The Contributor via his role as Executive Director of CoCo, a dynamic collaborative CoWorking space in Minneapolis, fostering relationships between tech start ups, freelancers, & social entrepreneurs while actively disrupting markets and traditional ways of thinking. A proud citizen of Minnesota for a record-breaking 4 years, Teke has also lived in Chicago, Wisconsin, Colorado, Santa Fe, Olympia, Seattle, Kansas, South Korea and New York City.
The first thing we look for in a post is a story. Something interesting. Something different than what's currently bouncing around the echo chamber: A new take. New information. Clean writing. Good grammar (AP Style is preferred). We love local stories: elections, zoning issues, neighborhood politicians. We love strong reporting and adore passion on any topic. We go through a mountain of posts each day, we value solid work and we use it.
What we don't like are posts that are basically just a block quote of other articles. Posts with cheap shots (i.e. calling someone who disagrees with you a stupid moron) don't make the cut. Same goes for posts with the words "Nazi" or "Hitler" in it (save those that are actually about the history of WWII). If it resembles the forwards you get from your cantankerous shut-in second cousins, we probably won't use it.