Submission guidelines 

Contribute to Independent Australia

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Would you like to contribute to Independent Australia and get paid for it? 

Independent Australia is one of Australia's most popular news websites, with thousands of people reading IA stories every day.

Our stories come from our talented editorial team, as well as from a host of high and low profile contributors from around the world.

Contributing is easy. Read the guidelines below and simply email your article to editor@independentaustralia.net.

Submissions should be sent in Word or Word-compatible file format. Please do not use a PDF file due to formatting problems. 

Citizen journalism

New technology and online media mean more people are getting involved in journalism – in more ways – than ever before. 

Independent Australia is one of the few online magazines to support a range of voices through citizen journalism. If you have an important story to tell, our trained staff can help you bring your article up to a publishable standard. 

'If it is possible to cut a word out, always do.' 

Tips for writing for digital media

Unlike print media, writing for online media requires a different approach. Readers tend to "scan" rather than read every word, so keep these basic tips in mind:

  • Make the start of your story an attention grabber outlining your case in the first couple of sentences. Then unpack your argument from there. Readers tend to click off if you don’t hook them from the start.
  • Use active rather than passive tense.
  • Use powerful verbs rather than depending on adjectives and adverbs. For example, He cannoned down the street, rather than, He shot down the street like a cannonball.
  • Mix longer sentences with shorter, snappier ones. 
  • Think about signing up for Twitter. With a 280 character limit, you’ll quickly learn to write bite-sized, information-packed morsels.  
  • Proofread like George Orwell! Orwell spent hours going over every sentence extracting all superfluous words. His basic rules: 
    • If it is possible to cut a word out, always do.
    • Never use a long word when a short one will do.
  • For further tips on writing for the digital media, check out these sites:
  • Please note

Articles accepted for publication may be edited at our discretion to comply with IA's requirements.

Style Guide

Your pieces will be looked on much more favourably if they conform to IA's style.

You can find the latest version of the Independent Australia style guide HERE.

Title and summary

Important not just for you, the writer, to stay focused but the provision of a title and a summary is the best way to pitch your story to us. (Note: titles and summaries supplied by you are working titles and summaries only, and will usually not be used if the piece, if published.)


We publish on every topic and all our stories have an underlying thread — a desire to right wrongs and injustices, and to make the world a better place.

Our main editorial focus is on federal politics, democracy, the environment, human rights, Australian identity, Indigenous issues, economics, finance, health, law and the justice system.

  • Please note

We do not accept unpaid native advertising dressed up as news. 


IAs preferred article length is between 700 and 1,200 words — with 700 being more preferred than 1,200. The minimum length we will accept is 350 words.

In very exceptional circumstances, we will consider longer articles but this is rare and usually relates to investigative pieces.

Try to keep your sentences short and choose shorter words. If you’re unsure, run your article through a readability index tool (like this one).

  • Please note: 

If articles over 1,200 words are accepted for publication, they may be edited at our discretion to comply with IA's requirements.


Pique our interest with original content or a fresh slant on a current issue. Look for issues the mainstream media isn’t reporting, or take a different angle than the mainstream media. We are looking for new ideas, not the same old spin.


We receive a large number of submissions, so contributors who provide clean copy will not only save us time but will receive priority for publication. 

Image via Pixabay.

Grammar and punctuation

Where not covered in the IA style guide, we recommend The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation.


Always provide links and references (preferably to primary sources or credible institutes) to back up any claims as well as quotes. We'd also appreciate it if you could link any names not easily recognised by our readers. 

In this new era of so-called "fake news" and "post-truth", IA is proud of the fact that our readers can check all claims and quotes, and satisfy themselves that our sources are credible. 

  • To add a hyperlink: 

Select the text you want to link to. If it is a quote, don't highlight the whole quote, just the vehicle for the quote, such as "report", "he/she said", "article" and so on. Copy the URL link then click "Insert", select "Hyperlink". In the "Link to" box, paste in the URL link, then click "OK".

Graphics, photos, images

Try to include as many images, graphics and video content with your story as possible and provide the URL link. Be careful about using images and graphs from other news sites as this may violate the MEAA Code of Ethics. Tweets also welcomed! 

As an online magazine, we publish fewer articles than many comparable online publications but focus on making the articles we do use more comprehensive and colourful. Please also attribute the sources of your multimedia and licence details.

'Never use a long word when a short one will do.'

Keywords or tags

Please provide a list of keywords, terms, phrases, real names, places, and so on. These will help "tune" your article for search engines' algorithms — known as "search engine optimisation" (SEO). This helps direct traffic to your article from search engines like Google. The more "unique" page visits, the more dollars for you! (See 'Payment' below).

Code of Ethics

Independent Australia complies with the MEAA’s Code of Ethics. We recommend you familiarise yourself with it before submitting your piece.

IA is also a member of the Australian Press Council, which enforces ethics and standards in Australia's print media.

Has your piece been published elsewhere?

Please make sure you let us know if your piece has been published previously elsewhere. We preference previously unpublished work. 


If you are a new contributor, you will also need to contribute a short bio, written in the third person, and a profile picture.

For a list of IA contributors and their bios, click HERE.


If your article receives 5,000 unique page views (that is, views from different IP addresses) as determined by Google Analytics, we will pay you $150 for that contribution. Each subsequent 5,000 “uniques” the article receives, will earn a further $150 for every 5,000 unique views up to 20,000 uniques.* 

A report is produced on a quarterly basis and contributors informed accordingly. 

  • Please note:

We do not provide statistics for articles that do not meet this minimum threshold or outside this timeframe.

Submission checklist

  • Is your topic suited to IA?
  • Is your submission in word, or word-compatible format?
  • Remember to check spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Remember to include hyperlinks to all claims and names.
  • Is the word count between 700-1200 words?
  • Does your article comply with the MEAA Code of Ethics?
  • Have you attributed sources for any images?
  • Add a title, summary and keywords.
  • Don't forget to include a short bio and photo of yourself.

All the best!


David Donovan | Managing Editor

Maximum earnings per article: $600. Earnings cease accruing one year after publication in IA. We do not make payments for articles promoting particular causes or republished pieces.