Writers should, at a minimum, have a point of view and weigh in on what’s right and wrong or strange and confusing about how Haiti develops. Solution-oriented pieces are especially welcome. Of course links are a must as are pics, video, graphs, etc–anything to show your reader a good time online.
Don’t worry about the quality of your writing. I’ll coach and edit you (painlessly). Don’t worry if you have a half-baked idea. I’ll talk you through it. Until DH can transition to a news site, I want to run well-informed pieces and Q&A’s (both 200-600 words) that showcase strong perspectives and authoritative voices. Update: This isn’t a call for regular contributors; feel free to be a one-hit wonder.
A word of advice about what DH is not. Please don’t be offended. There’re so many other places on the Web for these perspectives; it just ain’t here. DH will not publish writing that’s primarily:
- promoting Haitian music, poetry, or the arts unless there is a community profit or development angle.
- celebrating your generosity towards Haitians
- idolizing Haiti’s forefathers
- lamenting the continued rape/colonization/underdevelopment of Haiti by the U.S. or European power
- unleashing a generation’s worth of anger towards all of Haiti’s leaders since Papa Doc Duvalier
- ripping into the UN and NGO sector in a general way. Specifics, however, are very welcome.
- blaming Haiti’s current state on the vindictiveness of foreign powers
- starring an American or Haitian-American savior
- reproducing these what-not-to-do guidelines
- [feel free to add your own oft-overheard thread from the “Haiti development” conversation]
Some or all of the above may have merit; it’s not my intention to say they do not. But very little of the above hasn’t already been said or is forward-thinking.
Still interested? Contact: carla(dot)m(dot)murphy(at)gmail(dot)com.