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First Time Writers’ Steps
Sources and Hyperlinks
Choosing a Title
Terms and Conditions for Writing
We welcome you to United 4 Social Change! We really believe that getting our voices heard is one of the best ways to spur any change. The issues we write about are actual people and issues that we are providing voices for. When you agree to write for U4SC, it is so much more than just a resume builder or college application detail (Not to say that it isn't those things). Journalism and writing have driven every major change throughout history, and our goal is to be the leaders of a new wave of change. Work published on our site is currently read by thousands of people (and soon more) and you should feel proud to participate in a social movement!
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Submit the article based on the information you sent us in the form! We like to know how often you will write, so we can plan articles and editorial positions. Let us know if that information changes. Your outlines are due by Friday evening, so that we can provide you feedback before you write your article. You can submit outlines earlier, and we will send you feedback earlier. All articles are due 48 hours after you get feedback!
You can pitch your own topic, but you must have it approved by one of the editors! We reserve the right to not publish something that we think would be in the publication’s, writers’, or readers’ best interest not to. The topic should be a recent (less than one week) event or ongoing (with a recent development) issue that you discuss (not just provide the facts for).
You should make sure you are taking into account opposing viewpoints, and backing your writing with sources and facts. We will also provide some topics for you to choose from, which will be visible from the Writer Central.
We ask that you submit an outline any day during the week with the following: a statement of the argument/stance you are going to write about, a bulleted list of the paragraph breakdown, and key sources you plan on citing. You should not write an article until you have gotten this approved by us. You should submit this online through the Writer Central. Sample Outline -- Click Here
Make sure anything you submit is your best work. Your writing will be published on the Internet forever, and your name associated with it. You want to be proud of it when colleges, future employers, and friends/family find it!
There is an official minimum word count of 300 words. Your writing will probably be longer because most topics take more than 300 words to convey properly (around 500). You should never feel that the article is too long, unless you think it could be split into different articles.
There should be a hook at the beginning, similar to what you would have in any other essay. You should then separate parts of your article into small paragraphs. You do not need follow common conventions of essays for paragraphing, but should have a small paragraph for every main idea. The paragraphs should then be grouped into creative or standard headings to help the reader understand your transition. (i.e. hook/introduction with no header, Background, Problem, Solution, Conclusion or hook/introduction with no header, Background, Controversy, Moving Forward)
You should not add any colors, font changes, or heading formats. Don’t bold headings.
If using Word or Google Docs: Select “Heading 2” in the dropdown menu to set headings. Do not use “Heading 1” and you should only use lower headings if you use “Heading 2” as well. You are free to use bold/italics/colors within the actual paragraphs for emphasis/style.
This is very important. Use at least 5 sources and hyperlink them (How to Hyperlink). All facts and statistics must have a source. Hyperlinking doesn't mean you can copy entire sentences, it is just an indication of where you got certain information from. You should not just hyperlink pronouns like “United Nations” to their homepage, but actually hyperlink to the direct source of information for the fact/event/information/statistics you are discussing. These sources should be credible and unbiased, so that you are using good evidence to make your points. You should only hyperlink parts of sentences, and not entire sentences. You also should not hyperlink keywords, but phrases. So in this sentence, you might only hyperlink the first part, even if the whole thing has to do with the source. If you are quoting anything, you should hyperlink the part where you introduce the author or context of the quote, and not the quote itself. (President Obama said in his State of the Union, “I love America.”)
There are two factors which make a good title. It should have a descriptive part and a creative part. The descriptive part should make it clear what the article is about. The creative part should add your voice and can be a joke, pun, or even a strong phrase (Taiwanese Sunflower Movement: Critical Turning Point for Democracy or From Gold to Green: Tirupati Mandir Becoming Environmentally Friendly). You should capitalize all words that are more than 3 characters.
Share what you write with others! Our readership will substantially consist of our peers for now. You should share your article on Twitter, Reddit (this is best!), Facebook, and whatever other social media influence you have! Be proud of what you wrote! You should also be sharing a few favorite articles written by other writers for U4SC as well, so that we can build up an audience. Only a small percentage of our friends will be interested in these issues, so we all need to collectively use our social media influence to drive traffic.
If you made a mistake that has to do with writing style (including grammar, spelling, etc.), you should send us a message and we will fix it. If it was a factual error, you should prepare a statement explaining the error and the update (and it’s effect on any conclusion you drew), which will be added to the top of your article, as is customary for journalistic pieces.
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