Independent Australia is one of Australia's most popular news websites, with thousands of people reading IA stories every day.
Contributing is easy. Read the guidelines below and simply email your article to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IA is also a member of the Australian Press Council, which enforces ethics and standards in Australia's print media.
Independent Australia has a rigorous feedback and complaints policy so please ensure all submissions are factually accurate and checked thoroughly.
Please also ensure you inform IA editorial staff if you have a conflict of interest pertaining to any article you submit.
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.
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.
Submissions should be sent in Word or Word-compatible file format. Please do not use a PDF file due to formatting problems.
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.
IA’s 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).
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.
Always provide links and references (preferably to primary sources or credible institutions) to back up any claims, as well as quotes. We also appreciate it if you could link any names not easily recognised by our readers.
IA is proud of the fact that our readers can check all claims and quotes, and satisfy themselves that our sources are credible.
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 only, and will likely not be used if the piece is published.)
Please provide a list of keywords, terms, phrases, real names, places and so on. Known as "search engine optimisation" (SEO), this helps direct traffic to your article from search engines like Google.
Please make sure you let us know if your piece has been previously published elsewhere. We preference previously unpublished work but if we choose to republish your submission, the original source must be credited.
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.
All the best!
Michelle Pini | Executive Editor
Updated 31 March 2020