Dear urban sketchers,
You are invited to apply to become a correspondent for the 8th International Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago, USA, July 26-29, 2017. Responsibilities of the correspondents include the following:
- Sketch the activities of the symposium daily during all four days, July 26-29. These activities could include pre-symposium set-up, workshops, demos, lectures, sketchwalks and informal meals with other sketchers. The ability to quickly capture people and their activities is essential. (Participation in workshops and demos yourself would not be possible.)
- Post sketches and a brief written article each day on the global USk blog. A reportage-style of sketching and writing is encouraged. Correspondents are also encouraged to share on social media (giving priority to the blog) using the symposium hashtag: #USkChicago2017
- Have the technical ability and equipment to support the above task, such as a camera and laptop or other means to upload images and text.
- Able to write comfortably in English.
- Work with the other symposium correspondents and symposium committee as a team.
Please see examples of blog posts contributed by sketch correspondents at previous symposiums:
Kumi Matsukawa :: Javier de Blas :: Liz Ackerley :: Tina Koyama :: Suhita Shirodkar :: Murray Dewhurst :: Maria Regina Tuazon :: Gabi Campanario
The Chicago USk team conducted an open process earlier this year to select one local correspondent. In addition to having the above responsibilities, this individual will serve as a guide to the rest of the team by being familiar with downtown Chicago’s streets. Veteran urban sketcher, local blog correspondent and Chicago area resident Wes Douglas was selected for the role.
We are now recruiting for two international correspondents to also serve on the symposium correspondent team. These two correspondents will receive five nights’ lodging and airfare. All three correspondents will receive an Open Pass, which allows access to all events, including workshops and demos, as spectators. (Registration and participation in specific workshops and demos would not be possible.)
To apply, please submit the following information by Thursday, April 6, 5 p.m. PDT to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Symposium Correspondent” in the subject line:
1. In a few paragraphs (no more than 500 words), please tell us why you are interested in becoming a symposium correspondent and why you would be the best candidate for this volunteer job.
2. Describe one or two innovative ideas you have for covering the event. (For example: interviewing a few instructors or demonstrators to get their perspective of the symposium; interviewing the symposium participant who has traveled the most miles.)
3. Include links to your personal blog, regional USk blog or other platform showing examples of your sketches and writing.
The Editorial Team and Executive Board will evaluate applications based on how well candidates meet the stated requirements. Because Urban Sketchers is a worldwide organization, global diversity of the correspondents will also be considered. Selected candidates will be announced by the end of April.
Thank you for your interest!
-- USk Editorial Team and Executive Board
|Sketch by Tina Koyama of the Manchester symposium opening reception,|
including correspondent Kumi Matsukawa (wearing blue) documenting the event.