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Write for Us
If we have open, paid staff or freelance positions, we will post them on the website. You are welcome to submit stories, articles, photos, videos, etc. for publication as a guest contributor (no monetary compensation) to us. We encourage new and young writers to submit work for consideration. After reading the editorial guidelines, you are free to contact us or submit an article to [email protected].
Our primary body of work is that which shows the positive side of Africa. You can discuss challenges, obstacles, and issues. However, we want or audience to see something “good” in the content. Some examples are people who are solving problems, people who have overcome trials, things that work amidst turmoil, etc. You can find many samples on the site.
We have three content categories for Africa the Good News- features, non-features, and blog. Features are original content produced by us and guest contributors. Your pieces would need to be chosen for the features section. And, the content could not have appeared anywhere else.
Non-features is a combination of original content by us and guest contributors that doesn’t make it into the Features section, as well as content sourced (already published) from others. This would include video, audio, photo, and graphic content highlighted as individual pieces.
We also accept content for our blogs – currently we have four blogs – Op-Ed, Young Leaders on Africa, Visual Africa (photo blog), and Featured Videos. We also accept press release posting and media partnership requests, but they require approval.
Our primary content categories are Business & Economics; Technology, Science & Innovation; Arts & Culture; Governance & Development; Faith, Family & Society; Sports, Entertainment & Lifestyle; and Facts (country profiles, etc.).
Typically, we only use one featured image per written piece. However, if you have high impact and high-resolution photos, we can possibly do photo news piece. Just send a few samples.
Any content posted to Africa Good News websites must pass editorial rev:ew. Here are our key editorial guidelines;
- Articles, posts, audio, images, videos, etc. that you submit to our community or main websites must be your own original work and/or for which you hold all rights. Upon submission, you give Africa the Good News full rights to use in any format, any time, and any place as long as you are cited as the source without your prior consent. You do this freely with no expectation of remuneration unless you are specifically commissioned to do work and the agreement states what your remuneration is in writing.
- Content must be free of uncivil, libelous, slanderous, scandalous, unethical, pornographic, non-business like language and images. We reserve the right to determine what is unacceptable.
- Written content must be a minimum of 500 words.
- Use credible, reliable, and up-to-date information, data, and sources. We understand that data changes and data on Africa and emerging markets can be sketchy at times, so some facts and figures you may choose not to use because you have a sense that there is not enough behind it in terms of quality, timeliness, etc.
- Verify facts, figures, and information given to you. Provide full citations, including URL if available.
- Since we are not just reporting facts but drawing on our own insights and that of others, it is understood that you will not have to justify every statement made but you will have to be able to argue it sufficiently if asked why you think that way. (DOES NOT APPLY TO NEWS STORIES)
- Writing style should be straight-forward and clean, using American English. Stay away from flowery and verbose writing.
- Submissions should be edited for grammar and writing style before submitting to us.
- Absolutely stay away from any confidentiality issues, breaches of contract or trust, or conflicts of interest. Clear things with those involved. Be open with people you are interacting with about how you are going to use the information. Then, they can decide for themselves whether to share. We need to strive for integrity as much as possible. And, if you still have a question as to whether you should carry through with it, check with us.
Please feel free to contact us to discuss ideas for content. We are always looking for opportunities to spread word about the “good” in Africa.