Guidelines for Contributors

Want to contribute an article to The New Londoners digital magazine or the media4us blog?

Have a look at our aims:

  • Giving greater exposure to migrant journalists across Europe
  • Bringing migrant stories and perspectives to a wider audience
  • Increasing the visibility of migrants’ participation in and contributions to society
  • Reporting accurately on topics relating to migrants and immigration

If you also support these goals, we’d love to hear from you! Read our editorial guidelines below and mail your contributions to empowerment @ migrants.org.uk


Editorial guidelines

Content must be newsworthy, timely and relevant to migrants and migrant issues in London. Articles submitted to the media4us blog must be relevant to the UK.

Articles must be in English and a maximum of 500 words. Written articles must be accompanied by a photograph to illustrate the story and which will be published alongside the article.

Content should either be created by migrant journalists or include the views of migrants through interviews and / or case studies

A wide range of topics are acceptable. When submitting content you will be asked to choose the most suitable category or categories based on the website’s key themes: News, Economy, Arts & Entertainment, Science & Technology, Education, Sport, Lifestyle, Comment. The media4us Editorial Team has the right to allocate your article to a different category.

Other formats accepted include photographsvideosblogs and podcasts. Media content must include a short descriptive summary or caption.

All written articles should capture within the opening lines the essence or main idea as these will appear as introductory text linking to the full article.

All contributors must follow the following ethical guidelines:

  • Be honest.
  • Be balanced, objective and fair, not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations or prejudices.
  • Always check your facts. Be accurate.
  • Be transparent about who you are, your role in the story, your methodology, and any conflicts of interest.
  • Differentiate between facts and opinion.
  • Include information about any funding.
  • Be careful about posting developments that have not been confirmed or that you have not witnessed yourself.
  • Do not distribute copyrighted material or plagiarize (copying someone else’s work). Provide links to original sources.
  • Be careful about posting information that could risk the safety of your sources, do not post anything that will endanger someone’s life.
  • Do not risk your safety in order to get a ‘great‘ story or picture.
  • Do not fabricate stories, or digitally alter pictures or video.
  • Include a disclaimer with any especially disturbing content.
  • Avoid profanity.
  • Do not be anonymous. You should be willing and proud to put your name to the material you publish.

Contributors are responsible for adhering to certain laws relevant to journalists. Protect yourself by following the advice in newsnet’s guide to law, ethics and funding.

All news content submitted to the website and/or Metro insert will be reviewed by the media4us Editorial Team.


Need help getting started?

Ask yourself, why would members of the public want to know about this story? What is the angle or purpose of the story?

Provide details in the article in order to answer questions about the event or subject (who? what? where? when? why? and how?). Include people’s full names and gender and also any children’s ages (Always get permission from a parent or guardian before interviewing, photographing or including personal information about children.)

Think about the purpose of each sentence and keep them short, concise and using easy-to-understand vocabulary.

Get multiple viewpoints, interview several different people.

Newsnet’s how to guides are a big help if you’re new to journalism. Start with their storytelling guide, then move onto other topics depending on your interests and strengths.

The-Latest.Com can also help with guides on how to blog and how to get stories.

Journalists and citizen journalists alike should always follow the National Union of Journalists (NUJ)’s Code of Conduct


Where else can I get my news content published?

The New Londoners and media4us is about migrant journalists getting more exposure and migrants and migrant issues getting more positive attention in the media. We encourage our contributors to get their work published via other platforms, including:

newsnet provides citizen journalists, community reporters and local storytellers the opportunity to connect, share and learn to tell local stories.

The-Latest.Com is a dedicated citizen journalism news portal offering opportunities to blog and publish news stories and images and be involved in video streaming and podcasts.

 

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