GUIDELINES FOR CONTRIBUTION TO Shillong News
Thank you for your interest in contributing to Shillong News
WHO WE ARE?
Shillong News is a website presented to you by Northeast India’s leading news web portal, TNT- The Northeast Today. Launched in November 2017, Shillong News aims to provide you with the latest breaking news and videos straight from the source thereby making people aware of what is happening around them while giving them an opportunity to express their opinions in our website thereby making it a two way affair.
WHAT KIND OF SUBMISSIONS ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
- News (Current Affairs & Political Activities)
- Features: Got an idea for a feature/story?
- Exclusive Interviews (Interviews of persons who you think are making an impact in society and whose contributions are worth being known)
- Reviews on Travel destinations/restaurants/cafes/movies/books, etc
- Readers’ Forum – Submission of Poems/short stories/essays/ pictures/videos
- Letters to the Editor
You can get in touch with our Senior Reporters or the organization directly in case of any queries or clarifications:
firstname.lastname@example.org (Managing editor)
email@example.com (News Editor)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Operations Head)
For submissions, you may use the above mail ids as well
GUIDELINES FOR REVIEWS- Food/books/hotels/movies/gadgets…
Those interested in reviewing for Shillong News should contact
Natasha Dkhar – email@example.com
for reviews on restuarants/cafes/travel destinations
Ibankyntiew Mawrie- firstname.lastname@example.org
for reviews on books/movies/TV Shows
Reviews can be for books/movies/restaurants/travel destinations, etc. Please note that Shillong News does not accept unsolicited reviews. Reviews should be a paragraph or two at most and always come as e-mail.
All mails should also be marked to the Managing Editor at email@example.com
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION ON PROFILES OF PERSONALITIES
We’re interested in stories about personalities in the North-East who are entrepreneurs making a positive difference. We want to highlight the contributions of ordinary people who do extraordinary things.
These profiles, approximately 1,200 words in length, should include an in-depth interview with the subject as well as quotes from at least two “endorsers” who can vouch for how the person is “making a difference.” We’ll also want to learn why the individual is so passionate about his or her work.
Pitch your story proposals to the e-mail address as below:
Keep them brief (no more than a paragraph or two) and focus on telling us why your story will interest readers in the Northeast
Payment will be Rs 1000 per article. All pieces must be original for Shillong News. We cannot accept stories that have been published elsewhere.
Guidelines for READERS’ FORUM (Poetry/Short Stories/Essays/Cartoons/Photos/Videos):
Shillong News is looking for upbeat, personal essays/stories from 500 to 1000 words. These are first-person, non-fiction explorations of how you responded to a place, a person, a situation, an event, or happenings in everyday life. Tell a story; share a funny true tale. The humor should be gentle. We accept essays on a wide variety of subjects, and encourage timely, newsy. All material must be original and previously unpublished. We are always looking for essays on travel, parenting (your experiences with children as opposed to advice for someone else), home, family, gardening, neighborhood, and community.
We also welcome short poems. We are particularly interested in poetry that has an international flavor or that offers some global or cultural insights. Short poems are more likely to be accepted (because of space constraints) than poems that are more than 18 lines long.
Photos: We welcome high quality images to accompany your material. Please submit them as separate image files (e.g. jpg), and at a high resolution (300dpi). If you have several large image files to submit, please consider using Drop box or a big file website e.g. Wetransfer.com. Please ensure that you have permission from the rights holders for Shillong News to reproduce the photos.
Please send all submissions of poems/short stories/essays to firstname.lastname@example.org
while also forwarding them to email@example.com
Please send all submissions of pictures/videos/cartoons to firstname.lastname@example.org
GUIDELINES FOR STORY FEATURES
Check the Shillong News website to make sure we have not recently run a piece on the same topic you are proposing.
Send us a pitch—not a finished draft. Usually two or three paragraphs are enough to let us know if your idea is something we want to pursue. The best pitches are packed with specific information, represent your writing style, and indicate the sources of information you intend to use.
Include your credentials, including relevant published clips. Email your pitch to the given mail ids with the word “PITCH” in the subject line.
email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
We cannot respond personally to every pitch we are sent. You will receive an email saying we have your pitch. If you don’t hear from us again within four weeks, you can assume that we have decided not to use your idea.
If your pitch gets our interest, we’ll follow up with some thoughts and suggestions. Once the assignment is settled, we’ll negotiate a deadline, a word count, and a rate. When we’re ready to make an assignment, we will send an email detailing the requirements and payment for the feature.
Should we wish to publish your work, you must know and acknowledge the following:
Most articles we publish go through multiple rounds of editing and fact-checking. Writers are expected to work with the editors on revisions, for as many rounds as the editors see fit.
Shillong News assumes no legal liability whatsoever for the works of its contributors. Writers are wholly responsible for all statements in their works, including any opinions, facts, errors. Shillong News does not support or endorse any statements expressed by its contributors.
All works submitted to Shillong News must be the sole, original property of the contributor(s), and cannot interfere with any other publication or company’s publishing rights.
When you file a story with us, it is assumed that the piece is original and will be exclusive to us for 90 days worldwide in all media from the date of publication. This includes the right to distribute the story via aggregation and syndication and to post it on Shillong News’s Web site and social media platforms.
Once you have been given the go-ahead to write, your editor will send you an email agreement. We cannot publish your work without the agreement. Except in unusual circumstances, we accept a new writer’s work “on spec” only. That means you give us the opportunity to read your story before we decide whether to accept it; and our agreeing to look at something on spec implies no financial or other obligation on our part.
If we commission you to write stories, there is a financial obligation on our part. If you file a commissioned story that fulfills what you pitched to us, we will pay you our basic rate for the story whether we run it or not. If the commissioned story you deliver is unsatisfactory, we will ask you to rework it or we will pay a kill fee, usually half the basic rate. We may not pay a fee, however, if the story arrives too late for avoidable reasons.
As a rough guideline, and depending on how many pictures are included, a one page feature is 700 words, 2 page is 1,200 words and 3 page is 1,800 words. Bear in mind that feature material is normally scheduled several months in advance.
Rates are typically between Rs 500 to Rs 1500 per feature depending on the experience of the writer, the word count, number of images sent and whether the feature includes interviews.
Please note that all submissions should be an original piece of work and should not be copying another person’s work and submitting it as your own, word-for-word/ Copying another person’s work and changing some words or phrases/ Copying any part of another person’s work, whether changing words or not/“Spinning” another person’s work/Using another person’s idea as your own, including the progression, flow, and main points of a post, examples, images, etc./Copying content from any website, whether an author is given or not.
PS: Freelance Writers as well as Guest Contributors will need to sign an agreement with Shillong News before entering into any agreement/contract pertaining to the Pitched idea and once a heads-up for the same is given. The format for the same is given below (for your reference) and will be mailed across once confirmed.
GUEST CONTRIBUTOR AGREEMENT
As a Guest contributor (“You”) agree to allow Shillong News to publish original articles written by You (the “Posts”) on Shillong News’s website (“shillongnews.in”). You grant Shillong News the non-exclusive, worldwide right to publish on shillongnews.in, syndicate, and distribute all or a portion of the Posts in any language, worldwide.
You grant Shillong News the right to use Your name, likeness, information about You, and the logo of Your web site, if applicable, in connection with the Posts.
Except for the rights granted Shillong News in this agreement, You retain all rights, including copyright, in the Posts.
You represent and warrant that You have the right to grant these rights; that the Posts are original; that they do not knowingly contain any untrue statements, invade any right of privacy, or infringe upon any statutory or common law copyright or otherwise violate the rights of any third party; and that all statements in the Posts that are asserted as facts are true and/or based upon reasonable research for accuracy.
You agree to cooperate in the defense of any legal action brought against Shillong News from the publication of the Posts. You agree to reveal to Shillong News any actual or potential conflict of interest, including but not limited to any financial interest in any product, firm, or commercial venture relating to the subject of the Posts. Shillong News may illustrate the Posts. You grant Shillong News the right to edit the Posts for publication.
By submitting posts to Shillong News, You indicate acceptance of these terms.
FREELANCE WRITER AGREEMENT
This agreement (the “Agreement”) is entered into by ___________________ (“Writer”), and Shillong News.
In consideration of the mutual covenants made herein, the parties agree as follows:
. Writer is engaged in the business of writing articles and other materials on a freelance basis. Shillong News is engaged in the business of online and print publication.
. The parties expressly agree and acknowledge that the relationship created by this Agreement is one of Independent Contractor. Shillong News is not the employer of Writer, and Writer is not, and will not be treated as, an employee of Shillong News for tax purposes, or any other purposes.
. This agreement will begin on the date set forth below and shall continue until terminated as provided by either party. If either party violates a term of this Agreement, then the other party (the “Non-breaching Party”) may terminate this Agreement, effective immediately upon delivery of written notice of termination by the Non-breaching Party. Not withstanding the foregoing, either party may terminate this Agreement at any time for any or no reason, effective upon thirty (30) days written notice.
Services to be Provided by Writer.
Writer agrees to submit, on his or her sole initiative, written articles to Shillong News on the following subjects, _____________________ (the “Articles”). The manner and method of producing these Articles is solely at the discretion of Writer; Newspaper has no right of control over Writer’s manner or method of performance under this Agreement. Writer will submit Articles in accordance with the schedule of copy deadlines being used by the Magazine.
Representations and Warranties of Writer.
By submitting an Article to the website, Writer represents and warrants that the Article is Writer’s original work, that the Article is not owned by any third party, that the Article is accurate, that the Article has not been obtained by unlawful means, that the Article has not been previously published in any manner or medium, specifically including, but not limited to, print or electronic means, and that publication of the article by Shillong News will not violate any copyright or other intellectual property right of any third party.
.Shillong News agrees to pay Writer Rs________ per Article published by Shillong News . Under no circumstances will Writer be paid on an hourly, daily or other basis that is a function of time. Writer acknowledges and agrees that Shillong News will only pay writer for Articles that are published and Newspaper has the sole and exclusive authority to determine whether or not to publish any and all Articles submitted by Writer. Shillong News agrees to pay Writer Rs_______ per photograph published in conjunction with an Article; however, Writer understands and agrees that Shillong News may publish, at its sole discretion, any number of photographs less than or equal to those submitted by Writer with the Article.
. As an Independent Contractor, Writer shall be responsible for the reporting, deposit and payment of any and all central, state, and local taxes, including but not limited to income taxes and GST incidental to the performance of, or payment under this Agreement.
Assignment and Ownership of Intellectual Property
. Writer hereby understands and agrees that all Articles submitted to, and published by, Shillong News under this Agreement shall be considered works for hire, and further, to the extend any intellectual property right does not pass pursuant to a work for hire, Writer hereby assigns to Shillong News all rights to publish the Article, and all previously submitted articles of Writer, in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which it can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device, including without limitation the rights to archive, republish, edit, repackage or revise any Article in any manner as Shillong News sees fit. The rights conferred upon Magazine by this agreement shall be exclusive to Shillong News for a period of 90 days after the first date Shillong News initially publishes the Article.
This Agreement is entered into on this _____ day of __________, 200___.
Writer: Name_________________________________________________________________ Signature______________________________________________________________
Shillong News : Name/Title_____________________________________________________________ Signature______________________________________________________________