money involved ... but we can help make you an online demi-celebrity.
And, with 250,000+ page views each week, that's not bad.
the famous story of Tom Sawyer painting his Aunt Polly's fence,
I'm willing to let all of you have the great experience of writing
news articles for Politics1 -- but only if you're up to the task.
I'll admit I'm a fairly rigid control freak with the site content
here (excluding the wide open exchanges in the blog comment threads).
Still, I'd like to find a way to add more stories to
the daily news update. That's where you come in. If you'd like
to try it (and, yes, you'll be credited by name with the articles
you write, so I will need your real first name/last name), here
are some guidelines, rules and disclaimers:
articles should be in the same general form as those we currently
publish (i.e., one paragraph optimally around 150 words in
length; but 300 words is the max length). The shorter the
article, the better your chances are for being published.
(which means Ron) reserves the right to edit all articles for
appropriateness and site style consistency (without changing
the context of your writing), and also reserves the full discretion
to reject any articles submitted for publication.
These are to be news stories, and NOT editorials, election predictions,
poll analysis, or campaign press releases/puff pieces. "State
Senator X starts 9-city bus tour in race for Governor"
is not a story we would ever publish.
are limited to those related to US elections (particularly Presidential,
US Senate, Congressional, gubernatorial and "big city"
keep the tone fairly neutral/balanced.
must be sourced (i.e., something like "..., according to
the [insert newspaper/TV station name]." must appear in
the article to show the original source if it is not original
to get "too local" or obscure in the level of the
election covered -- unless it is a particularly colorful story.
obviously be days when different people submit similar articles.
Don't get your feelings hurt is someone else's gets selected.
said, please submit articles to me at firstname.lastname@example.org,
write ARTICLE in the subject line, and email the article(s) to
me within the body of your email (please don't submit them as
attachments). I'll still only do the updates each evening -- as
I'm at my "real job" during the day -- but this should
help broaden our coverage.
is no commitment. Submit just one article ... or an article everyday
... it is entirely up to you. Besides,
wouldn't "contributing political writer" look great
on your resume!