These expectations are subject to change. The following are valid as of 8/29/2017
What we expect
- Format. Please submit your article to [email protected] in a common, editable format (plain text, e-mail text, .doc, .docx, Google Docs, or HTML). In particular, do not submit articles in .pdf or image formats.
- Categories. Your article should fit into one of three categories: News, Opinion, or Politics (non-opinion). We’ll make the decision what category to assign, based on the content.
- In News stories and non-opinion Politics pieces, the author should strictly avoid including his/her own opinions or speculations. Opinions of others should be clearly attributed.
- In Politics (other than opinion pieces) examples from both sides of an issue should be provided. Even in opinion pieces, presenting the other side (if only to refute it) usually strengthens your argument.
- Attribution. We do not have strict rules about how you format citations, but please do cite a source for any factual information provided.
- For data-oriented information, a link to the original source is preferred.
- When you refer in passing to another news story, you can optionally link to it; or we might add a link during editing. Our preferred style for links is to select one or more words organically within the sentence, and create a hyperlink using them. We don’t normally display the URL.
- Quoted text or speech should be precisely faithful to the original. Any editions should be made according to the rules set forth in the AP Style Guide.
- Length. There is no strict maximum number of words that we might accept, but please do not submit anything shorter than 300 words.
- Originality. All work that is not specifically cited must be your own. Plagiarism in any form will not be tolerated, and may result in permanent internal blacklisting. “Rewrites” are only valuable inasmuch as they include new work– new connections made, new trains of thought, etc. In such cases, care should be taken to reformulate the original content differently. Simply replacing some words with synonyms while retaining the overall sentence structure is unacceptable. A good rule of thumb: if a rewrite takes little or no effort, then it’s probably not acceptable. In order for something to be “your work,” there has to actually be work involved.
- Visual aids. Images should include a source. Paid-use images are not currently accepted. Videos, tweets, and any manner of external content can be embedded, subject to editorial review. If you do not provide a “featured image” (the main image displayed at the top of the article), we will provide one.
What you should expect
- Prompt attention. We’ll try to let you know within 24 hours whether we can use your piece. We’ll usually send an e-mail to the address you provide.
- Changes. At our discretion, we may ask you to make certain changes and resubmit the article. Such requests might include (but are not limited to):
- expanding on a topic or concept,
- clarifying a point,
- attributing something to a source, or
- adjusting the article to meet any of the above expectations (“What we expect”).
- Editing. We will edit your article for clarity; accessibility to our target demographic (high school educated and above); grammar, spelling and punctuation; adherence to the AP Style Guide; and conciseness.
- Approval. You will have an opportunity to accept any changes before we publish your article. Please make sure that you are attentive to incoming e-mail from [email protected], so that you can respond and we can publish in a timely manner.
- Use. We may use or link to your work, in whole or in part, on the website or on any of our official social media accounts, but we will always clearly attribute your work to you.