Editorial Guidelines & Submission Process
Share your insights, opinion and how-to expertise. Write for BC Report.
Thank you for your interest in BC Report. We invite social good leaders and subject matter experts to submit content as contributing writers.
BC Report is our platform to provide the people of British Columbia and those looking in at us with information that is current and insightful with compelling thought leadership pieces and practical how-to feature articles. As a contributing writer you have the opportunity to share your know-how and thoughts with all British Columbian’s.
We want our readers to view our blog as a credible source of information; each editorial post should provide applicable advice, perspectives or opinion.
To save your time, please review the editorial guidelines below before writing and submitting your editorial. Once guidelines have been reviewed, email our editor (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following information:
- Who you are (name, title, organization)
- Topic you wish to cover and a one paragraph summary of your idea
- Type of blog post you wish to write (e.g., thought leadership, how-to, news, etc.)
- The key takeaway message (or messages) of your piece
Once your topic has been approved we will discuss publication date as it relates to our editorial calendar and take into account your schedule, timing considerations related to topic and other priorities.
Editorial drafts are to be submitted one month prior to publishing to allow for editorial review. Also with your submission, send us a short 60 word bio and a recent photo of yourself.
Articles should be written with the needs of British Columbians’ in mind.
Topics and Types of Posts
BC Report content emphasizes the following types of posts:
- Thought-leadership: opinion editorial in style
- How-to: practical pieces to guide readers through a process
- News: charitable and nonprofit sector related commentary on current events
- Different points of view: debate style dialogue about a particular issue
We encourage a broad range topics relevant to our audiences, but specifically we look for content that covers:
- Regional Arts & Entertainment
- Municipal & Community Events
- Education & Self Improvement
- Business & Financial News
- Science & Technology
- Food & Health
- Travel & World Events
Our goal is to provide content and perspectives that are applicable and relatable to the people of British Columbia.
Write headlines with a goal of drawing in traffic and generating social media sharing (short is better). Headlines that are specific about what the reader can expect in the post often supersede creative yet vague titles. We can help you with that and your headline might be reviewed/modified before posting.
Style and formatting
In order to provide compelling (and sometimes complex) content to our audiences, the structure and format of a piece can make or break the depth of understanding of a particular topic. In addition to being informative, posts should use clear and concise, this includes:
- Word count of 600 to 1,200
- Write using short sentences and brief paragraphs
- Break up large blocks of text with headings and subheadings
- Bullet your major points where possible
Linking and Source Attribution
With our blog goal of being a credible source of information, it is important to support data, research claims and other key information. This can be done with hyperlinking your content to its online source.
While we do encourage links to outside blogs and websites that supports the content or issue being discussed, we aim to keep our blog free from promotional or advertorial type content. Please keep the following in mind:
- Guest contributors from other media can link to your organization’s website in your author bio and, if relevant, in the body of the post.
- Guest contributors from businesses or elsewhere can link to your company’s website in your author bio and, if relevant, in the body of the post.
- Internal linking to other BC Report posts and website content is encouraged and appreciated.
BC Report will choose the feature image to accompany each post. You may also include other images (photos and charts) as long as you hold the copyright and/or can provide proof that the image is royalty-free. If the image requires credit, please provide the necessary sourcing information so it can be attributed properly.
Content Review Process
For quality control and consistency BC Report will review all submissions prior to publishing. If revisions are required, the draft will be returned to you with comments to be reviewed again prior to posting. In most cases it is to address the structure of the post, clarity and conciseness.
What we can’t post
While we encourage our guest contributors to share their points-of-view we will not publish anything:
- That has been published elsewhere. We will only post original content.
- That may be considered promotional or advertorial in nature that highlights the benefits of one specific product or service over others.
- Deemed to be hateful or disrespectful of organizations, causes or individuals.
Republishing your article and copyright
While we will only feature content that has not been previously published, we are happy to allow our published authors to re-purpose their posts elsewhere with the following stipulations:
- That there is a two-week window between the time your post goes live on the BC Report website and the time it is published on another site.
- All subsequent publications of your post cite BC Report as the original source and provide a link to the original article.
- BC Report does not provide monetary compensation for guest contributor articles. Authors are compensated by exposure to BC Report audiences via our web properties and social networks.