You’ve got seen the byline for a 12 months. Now meet the 2021 Neighborhood Contributors Crew!


However what does that even imply, Jessica?


I learn a LOT of Neighborhood writing. Not solely do I watch the Trending Record, I even have entry to visitors monitoring, which lets me know what writing is connecting with readers. After I discover a story that I believe has Entrance Web page potential, I try to attach with the author so we are able to work on it! I’ll remark. I’ll Kosmail. I’ll slide into Twitter DMs. More often than not, I break by; the author and I’ll then work collectively to get the story prepared for FP consideration, and I’ll submit it!


Since lengthy earlier than I joined the corporate, Day by day Kos has discovered methods to amplify Neighborhood writing and pay Neighborhood writers. We had a number of completely different applications after I entered the fray: Contributing Editors, sometimes filling the Sunday lineup; Featured Writers, who cranked out evaluation all week lengthy; and Day by day Kos Correspondents, the place skilled freelance journalists pitched reported tales. 

The Neighborhood Contributors Crew changed all of those. It’s an invitation-only author growth program. Neighborhood writers work with an editor—sometimes me—to craft their tales, and so they receives a commission to do it. All of us work collectively in a devoted Slack channel. It’s collaborative, difficult, compensated work for writers who already convey a lot to the Neighborhood.

Final 12 months we revealed over 320 tales collectively! 

With out additional delay, let’s meet the Community Contributors Team!

CC Crew writers fall into two classes: Neighborhood Contributors, and Neighborhood Fellows. Contributors pitch longform story concepts with an extended shelf life than the typical fast hit, and see them to completion. Fellows are prolific Neighborhood members who’re rewarded for all they do for the location each single day, whereas additionally being challenged in new methods.


Neighborhood Contributor since 2020, joined Day by day Kos in 2014

Besame, who can also be a Rescue Ranger, landed on my radar by her work with Kosability and tales of devastation at the hands of the Camp Fire. I used to be drawn to her deep love for the environment, and I used to be so excited when she agreed to change into a paid author for the location. Since becoming a member of CCT, we’ve additionally labored collectively on the weekly Community Spotlight roundup! 

Doctor RJ 

Neighborhood Contributor since 2020, joined Day by day Kos in 2004

Physician RJ’s considerate Sunday essays, written by the Contributing Editors program and typically targeted on popular culture through the lens of politics, had been meticulously researched and at all times make me assume. I used to be so happy when he agreed to hitch this system. Since becoming a member of the CCT in a pandemic, the great Physician has shared experiences as a frontline healthcare worker alongside his usual beat!

Ian Reifowitz

Neighborhood Contributor since 2020, joined Day by day Kos in 2006

I found Ian by his Sunday essays as properly, written by the Contributing Editors program; he at all times manages to assist me perceive how often history repeats itself and likewise the way it shapes our politics right now. Ian explains new ideas in such an accessible method; that’s most likely as a result of he’s an award-winning historical past professor. Ian has additionally authored three books. Since becoming a member of the CCT, Ian’s accomplished some great original reporting, and processed current events through a Jewish lens.


Neighborhood Contributor since 2020, joined Day by day Kos in 2006

SemDem, a veteran and longtime blogger, is likely one of the few CCT members whom I’ve met in particular person, at Netroots Nation 2018, again when he was within the Featured Writers program. His comprehensive and passionate writing covers a variety of subjects, but it surely’s no secret that Sem actually wants to make his home state, Florida, a better place. In his first 12 months on the CCT, he labored onerous to assist progressive candidates in two states, and did in depth original reporting. He’s additionally by no means let me neglect that I once called him a goddamned delight.


Neighborhood Contributor since 2021, joined Day by day Kos in 2017

After working with SquireForYou underneath the “chase” mannequin I described above, I discovered myself drawn to his grueling dispatches from his work as an ER nurse amid a pandemic, so I used to be thrilled when he agreed to hitch the CC Crew in our second 12 months and to proceed sharing his perspectives. Squire, who’s additionally very lively in Virginia politics, simply joined the crew final week, and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

Darrell Lucus (previously Christian Dem in NC)

Neighborhood Contributor since 2021, joined Day by day Kos in 2004

A much-needed voice of religion and meticulous polling watcher, writing from North Carolina, Darrell landed on my radar again after I was curating Picks of the Week! I chased him all the way to Twitter as soon as, to promote him to the Front Page, and I sit up for collaborating with him on this second 12 months of this system, significantly difficult each the non secular proper, and the parable {that a} Christian Left doesn’t exist. Like Squire, Darrell simply joined the crew final week, and we’re already collaborating on his first story.

Aldous J. Pennyfarthing

Neighborhood Fellow since 2021 (Contributor in 2020), joined Day by day Kos in 2017

I used to be so excited when Aldous, our resident rapid-fire humorist, agreed to hitch the CC Crew in 2020. I’d been laughing at his acerbic spin on breaking information since I began right here, and was excited to problem him to work on longer-form pieces with a longer shelf life. In 2021, with his Trump omnibus complete, Aldous grew to become a Fellow, which supplies him freedom to do what he does so properly, and likewise discover some initiatives he’s lengthy wished to work on, together with a vital sequence I simply can’t watch for him to jot down. Even Bette Midler loves AJP!


Neighborhood Fellow since 2020, joined Day by day Kos in 2006

Dart is likely one of the few CCT members whom I’ve met offline, when he was additionally a part of the Featured Writers program and in New Orleans for Netroots 2018. We even shared a beer and talked about writing and politics. Dart is likely one of the most prolific writers on the location, writing dozens of considerate items monthly (and an occasional rant) that connect deeply with each the Day by day Kos Neighborhood and readers outdoors of it, sparking much engagement. I used to be thrilled when Dart agreed to hitch the CCT, and might’t wait to see what he does in 2021.

Denise Oliver Velez

Neighborhood Fellow since 2020, joined Day by day Kos in 2008

What can I say concerning the inimitable Denise? She’s a deeply cherished member of the Neighborhood, who I first seen by her Sunday essays written by the Contributing Editors program, however she’s additionally a living legend with a life story like no different. I additionally met Dee at Netroots in 2018, when she declared herself a member of my auntie legion. I used to be thrilled when she agreed to hitch the CCT, and it has been an absolute honor to collaborate with this lifelong activist and professor on her long-running column, which has been singularly devoted to Black music history since Dee determined all of us wanted a reprieve from the pandemic practically a 12 months in the past. I’m so grateful for her laser focus on Puerto Rico, her contributions to Black Kos, APR, and the KHive, in addition to these days she simply places her auntie cap on and jogs my memory to eat one thing. Denise has some thrilling concepts percolating for tales in 2021. 

So now you understand everybody on the CC Crew! Yay! However I wager you have got one query: How do I get on the CC Crew? How do I change into a author you chase, Jessica?

There actually, actually is only one easy reply: Preserve writing. You by no means know, I’d simply slide into your KMs to ask if we are able to work collectively. 

On behalf of the CC Crew, and the whole Day by day Kos Content material Division, please settle for my gratitude for studying this! I hope you’ll follow the Community Contributors Team so you may get their nice content material contemporary off the presses, and be a part of me on this belated celebration of this superb, hardworking crew of writers.

And if there’s a author you assume I ought to be following, make sure you let me know within the feedback. 

Go crew!

h/t to Neighborhood member siab for writing this and lighting the hearth for me to publish this story!