For those of you who didn't get to make it to my panel, or that I didn't talk to over the weekend, I wanted to let you all know that after almost three and a half years, I am now in the process of leaving the Center for Independent Media. For background, when they arrived here in 2006 I was hired to set up and launch the Minnesota Monitor (now the renowned Minnesota Independent), which I did until mid 2007. But as I began to spend more time helping the CIM set up other state based networks, I moved internally to the CIM and Paul Schmelzer took over MinMon, probably the best thing to ever happen to that site.
Over my years with the CIM my job became more and more operational based, and now that they are larger, they have hired enough people to move all operations into the DC office itself, and now having an operations person outside of DC just doesn't make a lot of sense functionally. I'll be wrapping up some advertising projects for them in the next two weeks, and then I'll be moving on altogether.
Luckily, this gives me an opportunity I haven't had in a while. The reason I came on with the CIM was my love for editing and writing about politics, as well as networking with writers, bloggers, advocacy groups and candidates, helping each of them find ways to talk to each other. It's something that I was doing less of once I left MinMon, and much less of as I worked more on the operations side.
Long story short, I'm grateful to the time I had with the CIM, but I'm also realizing I'm very grateful to move on. For now, I am going to be working on freelance and consulting projects, my first being a contract to work part time with one of my favorite advocacy groups, RH Reality Check. RH Reality Check is a news and advocacy group that covers reproductive health for both men and women in a national and global setting. Reproductive health issues are what got me into activism in college, and was one of the reasons I started blogging in 2004, so to have a chance to write, edit, and in other ways assist the group is sort of a dream fulfilled for me.
And of course, I'll be looking for other projects to work on as well. If you have any leads on freelance, I'm all ears.
My office email will shut down December 10th, but you can always find me through my personal email accounts, on twitter, or by commenting here.