E-Village News is a place where people can publish anything of interest to the community.
Submit Your Article – It’s about sharing
If you have something to share, then we want to hear from you because your community wants to hear from you.
We welcome everyone to view the pages of the E-village as a way to share and connect with the broader community.
What could you share?
If you are concerned about something, you could write an opinion piece.
If you are interested in something, you could share that interest.
If you are part of a group that does things, you could write about those things.
If you are a sporting club, you could write about your fixtures and share your results and reports.
If you attended an event, you could write about the event.
It’s about quality.
We also care a lot about editorial quality. For this reason we have developed an editorial standards policy, which provides information about the responsibilities and standards applying to authors as well as some helpful tips and suggestions for getting an article published on our site.
These are listed below.
Send us Your Story
The first step is to send your piece to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your piece could be words, pictures, video or some combination of this. For photos, it will probably be best if you resize them first to not more than 600 pixels wide - let us know if you need a hand doing tha
Formatting of articles is the responsibility of Charters Towers E-Village and for this reason the article you send us should be in plain text.
You should also state your name at the beginning of each article. If accepted for publication, your name will be published with your piece.
Articles will only be accepted from real people (ie, not machine generated articles – it’s true, they exist – or companies or other legal entities), and must be accompanied by contact telephone numbers.
Our success is dependent on the quality and quantity of effort that is put forward collectively by the registered members of our site. For this reason we insist on a reasonable level of English grammar, spelling and punctuation in each article.
While we want to encourage writers to submit articles, we will not publish articles that are of a poor quality or do not meet acceptable standards of English grammar.
We are strongly committed to the ideals of a democratic and open society.
However, under NO circumstances will we publish any article that contains adult content, is abusive, harassing, defamatory, obscene, libellous, hateful, promotes religious or ethnic intolerance, is sexist, racist, or knowingly breaches the law of Australia.
Articles must be between 300 -1000 words. Articles over 1,000 words can be negotiated.
The content you post must be your own. Plagiarism is the act of copying the work of another person and claiming it as your own. If you copy in full or in part another writer’s article or an article found on the Internet word-for-word and post it again under your own name – that is plagiarism.
Duplicate content submissions
Duplicate articles are not permitted.
Each article you contribute to the site must be unique. On occasion you will encounter a similar title to one you’ve previously written. If titles are similar, writers may reuse some information, but articles must be rewritten so that the information is focused clearly on the specific title.
Voice and style
When writing an article, try to write in one of two ways:
- If it is a personal account, then make it conversational
- If it is reporting on something that has happened or an opinion piece, then try to write in a journalistic style.
Your aim should be to get to the point of your article in the first sentence. It’s easy to click away from an article that doesn’t appear to be on-topic in the first sentence or two.
We encourage people to write about what they know.
The aim should be to write articles that provide readers with original analysis on news and information. Where possible minimize the use of capitalized words and phrases. Not only does a string of words or a sentence in all caps look amateurish, but it will probably mean we won’t publish it.
For web-based articles that are read on a screen, the amount of whitespace is really important. Keep your paragraphs to 2-3 sentences. Keep your sentences short and sweet (like this one).
Quality images will make your article more appealing to the reader. The image at the top of your article will need to be landscape format, but others can be in portrait format. Images should be in .png or .jpeg format, and ideally be resized to “web-large”. If you are not sure how to do this, then send through what you have and we can do that part for you.
Do not submit images that are not your own. If you wish to use an image that is already published somewhere on the internet, send the URL for the image (right click on the image, and “copy image location” or something like that, depending on which browser you are using).
If you have an idea for a regular article or piece, then let’s discuss it. This could be a regular report on sporting or other club events. It could be a series of fiction that you are writing, short stories, opinion pieces, gardening advice, the potential is limitless.
Regular could be weekly, fortnightly, monthly or some other frequency. We can work out together what is best for you and/or your group.
Once you have established your interest, then we can show you how to self-publish direct to the site.
Solid research is the hallmark of a useful article, one that the reader will want to bookmark and share with friends. We therefore suggest you provide sources for anything you write that is not widely known or accepted or that you researched for your article. When quoting statistics or other important information try and stick to Government sites or other respected organisations. Wikipedia is a great place to start out when you’re zeroing in on a subject, but be sure to back up anything you read there with more reliable sources. Often it is also a good idea to provide a link to the exact page on which you found the information.
While it is not our intention to change your words, Charters Towers E-Village reserves the right to edit your article. The editor’s job is to make the writer look good – if we correct spelling and grammar errors, we are helping you to connect with the community. However, if we do change your article in any shape or form we will send you back for your approval before it is published.
The decision about whether an article will be published on our site is entirely at the discretion of our editor.
If you would like to submit something, or run an idea past us, then be in touch: email@example.com.