Use this paragraph by paragraph guide to help you do great stories really fast.
- Paragraph 1 - a quick intro that includes part of the headline. If the story is called "Twelve Reasons You Should Visit Dracula's Castle" then your first paragraph should include some of those words and a catchy introduction. After reading the first paragraph, the reader should know exactly what the story is about at who/what is in it.
- Paragraph 2 - Give the most important facts. Who, what, when, where, why, how?
- Paragraph 3+ - Give any remaining facts.
- You can put some commentary as long as you have your facts straight.
- If you see titles, teasers, tags, or any pictures, then please leave them where they are. Don't change them.
- Install Grammarly App in your browser and fix spelling/grammar errors before submitting. It's free. It's like spell check on steroids and we all use it.
REMEMBER: please use original text only. We do not accept rewrites, reposts, or copies of other articles.
How long should a story be?
- 400-word minimum.
What about pictures?
- If there are pictures already included, then don't worry about this. We did it for you.
- If you need to upload a picture to the story, then please make sure it is 500 pixels wide and you have permission to use it.
- You may not ever use any picture that is copyrighted from sources such as Getty, AP, Reuters, etc.
- Get permission to use the picture or use something from royalty-free picture sites. You can also use Google Image Search and set the usage rights to "Labeled for reuse." Attribution is important to photographers, so please remember to do this. If not, we can and will violate accounts to fail to attribute correctly. (if any photographers see their work without attribution, then please report it using the DMCA link below and we will either remove or attribute appropriately. Please understand that some of our writers are new to this and still learning.)
- There's an upload field for one picture.
- If all else fails, then leave the picture section blank and an editor will do it for you.
Where do I get ideas for news/stories?
- Check other news/viral sites for ideas. Sources must be well known in their respective industry.
- Check trending topics on social media, your favorite sites, or Google news and trends.
What about the tone and language?
- Keep the language professional and clean.
- Keep the tone upbeat and positive if you can.
What to do after your article goes live?
- If you're comfortable sharing it on social media, then please share it.
- Write another article to build your portfolio.