So, there’s a few right ways and about a thousand wrong ways to write an article on the web. We decided to share with you the way we like it done for 7mU, in hopes we can eliminate extra time spent editing for everyone, and help get your article published quickly – Because hey, trending news changes by the minute, right?
Cite Sources and Attribute Content
Your job as a writer/blogger/journalist is to provide accurate information – Which includes citations and attributions for everything you’ve used, read, or referenced when writing your post. (For example, this post is inspired by this article on Journalism 101 from the folks at VerticalResponse, which is a recommended read for anyone looking to get into online journalism at all, even if it’s only writing for 7mU…)
When you borrow or even think about something that you’ve read elsewhere while writing – be it a blog, news site, company website, article, or report – you need to cite it with a link (like I did above). Even if you’re paraphrasing.
It’s extremely easy to give source credit, so there’s no reason not to. If you’re using an exact quote, you place the exact copy in quotes and include the article or post title with the author or company’s name and a link. Seriously, go read that post. They even give you exact examples, it’s great!
FYI – This Also Goes for Photos
These rules also apply to images. Unless you took the image, or bought it on a royalty free microstock photo provider, like iStockphoto, then you must give source credit. Check out how most bigger news sites handle photo citations, but honestly – if you get a photo from say, CNN, then you have to use the citation THEY are using, with a link back to that article you pulled the image from. And, we really need you to let us know this stuff when you submit your articles, please. It’s really going to come down on us if there are any copyright infringements happening – so your help with this on a proactive level is a requirement.
“NEVER use images you find on Google or other search engine and try to cite Google as the content Author. Take the extra step and click through to the website that was crawled by the search engine and you will have the info you need to properly cite the image.” – Lawrence Stone, Superior Impact
Photo Submissions – We Want To See You, Too!
When you’re submitting your article, and uploading photos, it’s important to make sure that the article photos are large – ideally in a 16:9 size format, no smaller than 600px wide, and high quality. On top of that, we’d like you to submit a photo of yourself, to go with your byline in the article. It’s really about authenticity, more than anything, because it’s always easier to read an article when you can imagine what the person who wrote it looks like, isn’t it?
So every submission needs two image files. One that accompanies your article, and one that shows us your smile. Submissions without images may be rejected.
Did you check out that snazzy resource on the right, yet? Make sure you read the whole thing, and bookmark it for reference! It’s AWESOME!
Now, you’re ready!
Head over to this page, and submit an article! We aim to get articles posted within 24-48 hours, so please keep your eyes peeled for your submission to be published. We reserve the right to edit or choose not to publish a post at any time, so if you don’t see your piece, please consider submitting again after re-reading this page!