Columnists, for Arab Awakening section

openDemocracy's Arab Awakening section is currently looking for individuals in the Middle East to join our 'Arab Awakening columnists' programme.

Arab Awakening
12 April 2012

openDemocracy's Arab Awakening pages supply insight into the ongoing revolutions in the Arab world to a highly respected online site of record and debate. We believe facilitating argument and understanding across national boundaries is vital to furthering the cause of openness, democracy and human rights. Our articles are read by more than 250,000 visitors each month from a worldwide audience of academics, journalists, policy-makers and activists. Arab Awakening was launched in October 2011, with the aim of ensuring that marginalised views and voices are heard alongside expert commentary.

We are currently looking for individuals in the Middle East to join our soon to be launched 'Arab Awakening columnists' programme. Working directly with openDemocracy's Lead Editor on our prestigious Arab Awakening section, columnists will be asked to write a 500-word column every two weeks in order to offer insights, topical observations, and brief analysis of the events unfolding in their own locality and or country. The role does not require advanced knowledge of international relations, however a strong work ethic, a deep curiosity in political developments, and a passionate interest in the Arab Spring that you wish to communicate to others is crucial.  We are looking for both academic and non-academic aptitudes in our columnists, and writing in English, Arabic and French.

This is a great opportunity not only to enhance your CV, but to reach a wide-audience of opinion-makers, share your experiences, and to begin a career in journalism or politics. This is an unpaid position.

To apply for this position send an email to Associate Editor, Bassam Gergi, at [email protected] Please include a one-paragraph introduction telling us a little about yourself, your interests, and why you feel suited to this particular role. If possible, please attach a writing sample.

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