(Cartoon by Nina Paley via commons.wikimedia.org.)
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.
Submissions should be sent in Word format Word-compatible file. Please do not use a PDF file due to formatting problems.
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 want to help you bring your article up to a publishable standard.
'If it is possible to cut a word out, always do'
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:
Your pieces will be looked on much more favourably if they conform to IA style.
You can find the latest version of the Independent Australia style guide HERE.
Important not just for you, the writer, to stay focused but the provision of these is the best way to pitch your story to us. (Note: titles supplied by you are working titles and will usually not be used as the title of the piece if published.)
We publish on every topic and all our stories have an underlying thread — a desire to right wrongs and right injustices, and to make the world a better place.
Our main editorial focus is on Federal politics, democracy, the environment, Australian identity, Indigenous issues, economics, finance, health, law and the justice system.
Please note that we do not accept unpaid native advertising dressed up as news.
IA’s preferred article length is between 700 and 1,200 words — with 700 being more preferred than 1,200.
In very exceptional circumstances, we will consider longer pieces if the topic has strong public appeal and is capable of retaining the reader's attention.
The minimum length we will accept is 350 words.
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.
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:
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 those 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'
Please provide a list of key words, terms, phrases, real names, places, etc. These will help "tune" your article for search engines' algorithms — known as Search Engine Optimisation. This helps direct traffic to your article from search engines like Google. The more "unique" page visits, the more $ for you! (See 'Payment' below).
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.
Please make sure you let us know if your piece has been published previously elsewhere as 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 $125 for every 5,000 unique views up to 20,000 uniques.*
All the best!
David Donovan | Managing Editor
* Maximum earnings per article are $525. Earnings cease accruing one year after publication in IA. We do not make payments for articles promoting particular causes.