You’ve got seen the byline for a yr. Meet the 2021 Group Contributors Workforce now!

But what does that even mean, Jessica?


I’ve read a lot of community writing. Not only do I look at the trend list, but I also have access to traffic monitoring, which means I know what the writing connects to the readers. When I find a story that I think has front cover potential, I try to connect with the writer so we can work on it! I will comment. I will Kosmail. I’ll slide into Twitter DMs. Most of the time I break through; The writer and I will then work together to prepare the story for the FP exam and I will submit it!


Long before I joined the company, Daily Kos has found ways to improve community writing and pay community writers. We had a couple of different programs when I entered the fight: contributing editors who usually fill the Sunday roster; Featured Writers who did analysis all week; and Daily Kos Correspondents, where professional freelance journalists covered reports.

The Community Contributors team has replaced all of these. It’s just an invitation Author development program. Community writers work with an editor – usually me – to create their stories, and they get paid to do it. We all work together in a special Slack channel. It’s a collaborative, challenging, and rewarding job for writers who are already bringing so much to the community.

Last year we published over 320 stories together!

Let’s meet with the Community Contributors team without delay!

The authors of the CC team fall into two categories: community contributors and community fellows. Contributors come up with long-form story ideas that have a longer shelf life than the average snap shot and see them through to completion. Fellows are productive community members who are rewarded for everything they do for the site every day while being challenged in new ways.


Community contributor since 2020, with Daily Kos since 2014

Besame, who is also a paramedic, landed on my radar for her work with Kosability and stories about the devastation caused by the campfire. I was drawn to her deep love for the environment and was so excited when she agreed to become a paid writer for the site. Since joining CCT, we’ve also worked together on the weekly Community Spotlight round-up!

Doctor RJ

Community contributor since 2020, with Daily Kos since 2004

Doctor RJ’s reflective Sunday essays, written as part of the Contributing Editors program, often focusing on popular culture from a political point of view, have been carefully researched and always make me think. I was so pleased when he agreed to join the program. Since coming to the CCT in a pandemic, the good doctor has shared experiences as a frontline healthcare worker in addition to his usual tact!

Ian Reifowitz

Community contributor since 2020, with Daily Kos since 2006

I also discovered Ian through his Sunday essays written on the Contributing Editors program. He always helps me to understand how often history repeats itself and how it shapes our politics today. Ian explains new concepts in such an accessible way; That’s probably because he’s an award-winning history professor. Ian has also authored three books. Since joining the CCT, Ian has produced some great original reports and processed current events through a Jewish lens.


Community contributor since 2020, with Daily Kos since 2006

SemDem, a veteran and longtime blogger, is one of the few CCT members I personally met at Netroots Nation 2018 while on the Featured Writers program. His extensive and passionate writing covers a wide range of subjects, but it’s no secret that Sem really wants to make his home state of Florida a better place to be. In his first year at the CCT, he worked hard to support progressive candidates in two states and produced extensive original reports. He never made me forget that I once called him a goddamn joy.


Community contributor since 2021, with Daily Kos since 2017

After working with SquireForYou under the “chase” model described above, I was drawn to his strenuous duties as an ambulance doctor in a pandemic. I was thrilled when he agreed to join the CC team in our second year and continue to share his perspectives. Squire, who is also very active in Virginia politics, just joined the team last week and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

Darrell Lucus (formerly Christian Dem in NC)

Community contributor since 2021, with Daily Kos since 2004

A much-needed voice of faith and a meticulous election observer writing from North Carolina, Darrell landed on my radar while curating Picks of the Week! I chased him all the way up to Twitter once to get him on the front page and I look forward to working with him in this second year of the program to challenge both the religious right and the myth that a Christian left doesn’t does. t exist. Like Squire, Darrell only joined the team last week, and we’re already working together on his first story.

Aldous J. Pennyfarthing

Community Fellow since 2021 (contributor in 2020), with Daily Kos since 2017

I was so excited when Aldous, our resident rapid-fire humorist, agreed to join the CC team in 2020. I had laughed at his bitter twist on the latest news since I started here and was excited to challenge him to work longer on molded pieces with longer shelf life. In 2021, when his Trump omnibus was ready, Aldous became a Fellow, which gives him the freedom to do what he is so good at and also to explore some projects he has long wanted to work on, including one important series that I just can’t wait to write. Even Bette Midler loves AJP!


Community Fellow since 2020, with Daily Kos since 2006

Dart is one of the few CCT members I met offline when he was also 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 one of the most prolific writers on the site, writing dozens of thoughtful pieces (and the occasional banter) monthly that are engaging and engaging with both the Daily Kos community and readers outside of the site. I loved it when Dart agreed to join the CCT and can’t wait to see what he does in 2021.

Denise Oliver Velez

Community Fellow since 2020, with Daily Kos since 2008

What can I say about the inimitable Denise? She is a very valued member of the community that I first noticed through her Sunday essays as part of the Contributing Editors program, but she is also a living legend with a life story like no other. I also met Dee at Netroots in 2018 when she declared herself a member of my aunt legion. I was thrilled when she agreed to join the CCT and it has been an absolute honor to work with this lifelong activist and professor on her long-standing column devoted entirely to the history of black music since Dee decided we should all need a respite from the pandemic almost a year ago. I’m so grateful for her laser focus on Puerto Rico, her contributions to Black Kos, APR, and the KHive, as well as those days when she just puts on her auntie hat and reminds me to eat. Denise has some exciting story ideas in 2021.

Now you know everyone on the CC team! Yay! But I bet you have a question: How do I get into the CC team? How do I become a writer that you chase Jessica?

There really is only one simple answer: keep writing. You never know I could just slip on your KMs to ask if we could work together.

On behalf of the CC team and the entire Daily Kos Content Division, please accept my thanks for reading! I hope you are following the Community Contributors team so that you can get your great content fresh from the press and join me in this belated celebration of this amazing, hardworking team of authors.

And if there is a writer I should follow, let me know in the comments.

Come on team!

h / t to the community member siab who wrote this and lit the fire so I can post this story!

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