Join Us!

Want to contribute to The Ruined Report? All FJVs and current JVs are welcome to submit guest posts and to join the team as contributors, editors, artists/photographers, and social media teammates.

We explicitly and especially want to encourage FJVs (and JVs) with under-represented and/or marginalized identities to consider contributing to the blog, even if just by writing occasional guest posts. Representation, diversity, and inclusion are super important, and we want this blog to feature your voices, so please consider contributing if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a person with disabilities, if you are someone who comes from a non-Catholic faith tradition, or if you have another marginalized and/or under-represented identity.

We are still building up our blog team and we would love to have you join us! If you’re interested in contributing or if you have any questions, please email Cam at <admin@theruinedreport.com>. For more information, please read the role descriptions below as well as our policies and our guidelines for contributors.

Role Descriptions

Guest Contributors — Guest contributors are free to submit one-off posts without making any ongoing commitments to write for the blog. They are free to write about whatever they like within the (admittedly broad) scope of the blog. Guest contributors are welcome and encouraged to submit images to be featured alongside their posts. They will not be officially added to WordPress. If you’re a guest contributor, we’ll still credit you and we’ll flag your post as a guest post, but WordPress will mark our managing editor as the “official” author of your post.

Irregular Contributors — Irregular contributors make no ongoing commitments to write for the blog, but they are welcome to contribute as often as they wish. For example, irregular contributors may contribute two or three posts per year. They are free to write about whatever they like within the (admittedly broad) scope of the blog. Irregular contributors are welcome and encouraged to submit images to be featured alongside their posts. They will be added to WordPress as Contributors so that they can upload, format, and submit their posts for review. When irregular contributors want to contribute to the blog, they should first submit their post via WordPress. Then, they should inform the managing editor via email that they have submitted a new post.

Regular Contributors — Regular contributors commit to writing on a regular basis. Most regular contributors write one blog post per month, but you can also write two posts per month or one post every other month or even contribute quarterly. Regular Contributors are free to write about whatever they like within the (admittedly broad) scope of the blog. Regular contributors are welcome and encouraged to submit images to be featured alongside their posts. They will be added to WordPress as Contributors so that they can upload, format, and submit their posts for review. Each post will be due one week before its slotted publish date.

Editors — Editors commit to editing one, two, three, or four blog posts per month. Editors who commit to editing three or four posts will be given priority if we have more editors than we need. Editors will be added to WordPress as Editors (go figure). They will correct minor mistakes, accept posts (or offer feedback and ask contributors to revise), format and tag posts appropriately for WordPress, and finally schedule each post to go live on its slotted publish date. Editors will also be responsible for selecting a post’s featured image. Editors will have one week to edit, accept, format, and schedule each post before its slotted publish date.

Artists/Photographers — Artists and photographers are invited to create images for the blog. In particular, we would love drawings or photographs which can symbolize the four pillars (such as the cross, house, dove, and bread). Additionally, while we think Jesuit Cat is cute, we’re not sure he’s the most perfect logo for our blog, so we are also looking for an artist who can create a more perfect/permanent logo. Lastly, for each post, if the contributor does not submit an image and if the editor cannot find a suitable featured image, the editor will reach out to our artists and photographers and see if anyone can come up with a suitable image within the week.

Social Media Teammates — Social Media Teammates are responsible for managing the blog’s social media presence on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Teammates may use Hootsuite to schedule social media posts and edit posts that others have written. Teammates can also engage with the community and respond to comments.