I’m pleased to share that I’m a contributing writer for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle‘s “Women to Watch.” The column runs on Tuesdays, and since I share duties with another writer, my interviews with Rochester women appear about every other week at herRochester.com and in the print edition of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Living section.
The Rochester women you read about make a significant contribution in their workplace, volunteer with community service organizations to make a difference in the lives of others, and have an interesting story to share. Often these women have overcome an important challenge in their lives that other women can relate to or learn from.
Nominate a Woman to Watch:
+ Women chosen as a “Woman to Watch” by community content editor Cynthia Benjamin have been nominated by a colleague or peer.
+ A “Woman to Watch” is one who is making significant contributions in her job and in the community. Most of the women profiled are in leadership roles at their workplace and invest time in community/nonprofit organizational boards and committees, or participate in other community activities.
+ To nominate a woman, contact community content editor Cynthia Benjamin with the Democrat and Chronicle Leadership Team, stating who you’d like to nominate, what her job is, where she works, where she volunteers, why she’d be an excellent subject, and how to get a hold of her (email and phone number).
+ It’s helpful (to me) when the nominator also highlights one or two unique characteristics about the nominee in the email note.
+ We also ask the woman to provide a photo, preferably a close-up head shot (not part of a group). The photo should be as large a size as possible and one that you’re happy (smile!) to share in print and digital formats. So it’s important to begin with a high-quality image which means the highest resolution and image dimensions you can get with your digital camera.
My writing process:
+ Once the nomination has been accepted by the editor and assigned to me (the writer), I usually reach out via email to let the woman know she’s been nominated and send her a questionnaire to complete as soon as possible. The answers to the questions give me some background on the woman and help shape my phone interview so that I can clarify and explore the woman’s story more deeply as I write her profile.
+ I prefer phone interviews and record them with AudioNote on my iPad. The profiles I write are about 700 words, including the questionnaire, which I edit for publication. So it’s important for the nominee to spend some contemplative time filling out the questionnaire. And it’s always good to have a trusted friend proofread the form.
+ It’s always a good idea to read any publication you want to submit to. Follow the link to the Women to Watch page and click on a few women to read their profiles and get a sense of why they were featured.
This post is part of the #YourTurnChallenge. Today is #day2. And it is my best work today.