Zone Leaders are the cream of the crop of DZone's contributors. These dedicated individuals work closely with the DZone team to shape the editorial character of our Zones. In return for facilitating content creation and syndication, Zone Leaders receive many benefits, including monthly compensation and increased visibility on DZone and elsewhere.
A Zone Leader is:
An enthusiastic tech industry practitioner who has been in the trenches of software development
An excellent communicator with highly developed writing skills
An active community member passionate about sharing their knowledge with the DZone audience
An intuitive editor and recruiter with an eye for quality content and talented bloggers
A life-long learner
Each Zone Leader is responsible for growing and improving two to four Zones. This involves certain core duties all Zone Leaders must fulfill, including writing original content, syndicating content, curating newsletters, and commenting on articles. Below is a list of Zone Leader requirements, along with some exciting bonus opportunities!
We designed the new and improved Zone Leader program to be as flexible and customizable as possible. Want to focus on article syndication and spend less time on original articles? That's totally cool. Love recruiting new MVBs but don't enjoy editing Guide articles? No problem! As a Zone Leader, you have multiple bonus opportunities so that you can focus on the parts of the job you enjoy most. For example, you might write only two articles per week but syndicate more than 25. In that case, you'd receive the Syndication Bonus.
Zone Leaders also receive "first crack" at paid writing and technical review/editing opportunities. These activities are not mandatory, but are great for building thought leadership within the DZone audience.
In addition, we sometimes assign "as needed" tasks to our Zone Leaders. For example, we might give them press passes for an event in exchange for coverage on our site. Occasionally, we may provide them with something to review, such as software, books, or gadgets.
Zone Leaders get more than just financial compensation for their efforts! They also receive the following perks and benefits:
Exposure to a global audience of software developers
Daily interaction with and support from the DZone editorial team
Press passes to cover content at events and meetups
Recognition as a thought leader in the tech community
Promotion in DZone's newsletters, portals, and social feeds