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Truthout welcomes submissions from both well-known and emerging writers, video and audio reporters, photographers and artists. We regret that we are only able to publish a small portion of these submissions and, in general, only respond to those we plan to use. Any submission that does not conform to the formatting and substantive guidelines below will be rejected.
Truthout is a small nonprofit organization and unless otherwise stated, it will be assumed that submissions are offered gratis.
Please familiarize yourself with Truthout’s content before sending us your work. We look for original news stories and news analysis pieces with broad national appeal. We’re especially interested in coverage of issues that slip under the radar of the mainstream media.
NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS
Please DO NOT submit to Truthout simultaneously with a number of outlets: We want either original and exclusive submissions or reprints. Articles posted to any other site — including your own personal site — must be submitted as reprints. Articles submitted to Truthout should be wholly unique. It is fine to quote and cite your previously published material, but please do not incorporate material you have published elsewhere into your piece without proper attribution.
Human sources must be named (by first and last name) and contextualized. If a source does not agree to be named in print, their name must be provided to the editor, and the article must provide a compelling explanation for the source’s anonymity.
Citations (see below) must be from reliable sources. When citing lengthy source material, please provide page numbers specifying where supporting documentation is located to expedite our fact-checking process.
We strongly encourage including external links to substantiate assertions.
We expect secondary sources to be cited via the seamless embedding of hyperlinks within the body text wherever possible. If that is not possible, please work a casual reference to the source into the body text rather than using footnotes or more formal parenthetical citations. For example, for a non-digitized source, you may need to say, “As evidenced by a diary written by Jane Doe in 1920 that is accessible within such-and-such archive at such-and-such archive …” Or if you are referencing a book, you could simply say, “As [author’s name] shows in [Title] …” (and hyperlink the title of the page to the publisher’s page for it, if you want).
It is important that material intended for block quoting be clearly designated. For example, type BLOCKQUOTE in BOLD CAPS above and below the relevant text.
Please do not use HTML coding in your submission.
SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION
Submissions devoted primarily to unsubstantiated opinion are strongly discouraged.
Open letters, signed public statements, press releases and rebuttals of original Truthout articles will not be published.
Truthout eschews submissions that employ ableist language. Please see this glossary of ableist terms compiled by author Lydia Brown.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS
Please send your clean final submission to editor[at]truthout[dot]org in a .doc file — as well as copied into the body of your email. Include your name; contact information; your submission’s word count; and a brief (one to two-line) biography, with embedded hyperlinks to your website, Twitter account, etc., if you would like them included; and a JPEG of a headshot photo, if you would like that included.
The subject line of your email should begin with “SUBMISSION:” followed by your last name and the article title.
All submissions are subject to an editorial review process, proofing and possible headline change. Final headlines are chosen by the editors. Writers will be consulted if major editing is required. The review and publication process may take as long as three weeks, or exceptionally, even longer if the topic is not time sensitive. If there is a stale-by date or other critical time element to your submission, please indicate that prominently in your submission email.
Keep It Short
For writers not previously published by Truthout, we suggest opinion submissions be limited to 750 words, news analysis to 1,200 words and straight news stories to 2,000 words. Please send final drafts only. Our staff is small and revisions are time-consuming. If intervening events between submission and publication necessitate revisions, please resubmit your original text with revisions highlighted or in bold text.
See an example of a correctly formatted original submission.
(Your submission should be submitted as a Word .doc file.)
Please note that any work published by Truthout will be copyright Truthout and no other site may reprint without Truthout’s explicit and specific permission. Such requests should be directed to editor[at]truthout[dot]org. You will be able to repost the article to your personal site after it appears on Truthout. Trusted noncommercial outlets will also be given permission to reprint your article at no charge. All reprints must indicate “Copyright, Truthout. Reprinted with permission.” Our choice to copyright our original material this way reflects our desire to spread reliable information, critical thought and progressive ideas in cooperation with others who share our goals.
It has come to our attention that many articles that appeared originally on Truthout are being poached, i.e. republished without permission and/or credit to Truthout, which violates our copyright. As Truthout has internal editorial review and copy-editing processes that assure your work is presented professionally, we require that parties interested in reprinting content from Truthout first receive permission (inquire at editor[at]truthout[dot]org). When a Truthout article is reprinted anywhere, including on a personal blog, it must include the notation, “Copyright, Truthout. Reprinted with permission.” with a hyperlink back to the original story on Truthout’s site.
Truthout is on the lookout for online video content, photographs and images that highlight news topics with national appeal.
We are open to republishing work that has appeared elsewhere, as long as you currently hold the rights to reprint your work.
When sending your multimedia content, do not include any attachments. Send us a link — private or password protected if necessary — to your content. For example, Flickr offers privacy settings, and Blip.tv allows videos to be password protected.
If we determine that we wish to use your content, we will email you with more information on how to send it to us.
Please use this format to submit content:
Send your submissions to the multimedia editors via editor[at]truthout[dot]org with the link and password information to your work. Please include your name, contact information, a brief bio, and proper credits and captions for photos.
Place “Multimedia Submission:” in the subject line of your email, followed by the title of your work. You must be the sole copyright holder of your submissions, including any images that appear in your videos.
We are occasionally open to republishing work that has appeared elsewhere, as long as you currently hold the rights to reprint your work and have permission from the outlet where it has first appeared. If you are submitting an article for republication, please follow the formatting suggestions below for reprints.
See an example of a correctly formatted reprint submission.
(Your submission should be copied and pasted in the body of an email.)
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