Cleveland Documenters trains and pays residents to document local government meetings. Cleveland Documenters is powered by Signal Cleveland in partnership with City Bureau.

Get involved today!

The process

  1. Create an account at Creating an account requires only your name and an email address.
  1. Once you are signed up, you’ll need to fill out the application linked on your profile page.
    • To find the page, click the yellow circle with your initials in the upper right corner of the home page at 
    • In the drop-down menu, click “Profile
    • Click the square pencil button in the upper right hand corner of the page.
    • Scroll down to “Sign-up form” and click the “Edit” button.
    • Fill out the sign up form.
  1. The last step to becoming eligible for a paid assignment is attending a Cleveland Documenters one-hour orientation. After that, you’ll be able to apply for paid Cleveland Documenter assignments. Check the “Workshops” tab at to see when the next Cleveland Documenters orientation is scheduled.

Important meetings

Cleveland Documenters Community of Practice (DCoP), our monthly gathering and learning exchange, is another great place to meet and learn about the Cleveland Documenters community. We hold these sessions via Zoom on the last Thursday of every month. Once a quarter we hold it in-person. Find and register for the next DCoP in the “Workshops” tab at

Of course, feel free to reach out with any questions, concerns, thoughts or ideas you may have: or ‪(216) 202-4383‬.


Lawrence Caswell
Managing Editor, Community