From Green Needham
From Kathryn Eident of boston.com
- Deciding to Write
- How often can you contribute? -Weekly? Semi-monthly? Monthly?
- Pick the column’s focus
- Will you be writing from an institutional/organizational perspective?
- Will you be writing about a specific issue?
- Will you be writing from a personal perspective?
- Remember: Keep it Local. How is it relevant to the residents in your town?
- Pick a format
- The column format can be very open ended. Some like to write as if it is a personal blog. Others like to write in a ‘letter to the editor’ format.
- If you want to write a post in bullet form, that’s ok, too.
- If you’re crunched for time and can only write a blurb or submit photos with captions, that’s ok, too.
- Don’t hesitate to contact me with column ideas or questions; I’m happy to brainstorm!
- FYI: For a variety of reasons we won’t be editing your pieces—when you submit them, we will take them as is. I am happy to give you suggestions or let you know if there are major grammar issues, but it will be up to you to decide to make changes to your piece.
- Column Format
- Suggested title
- By: Name of writer
- Guest Columnist
- Recommended length: 250-600 words
- 1-2 sentence writer bio at bottom of column
- Attach column as a Microsoft Word document and email to: email@example.com
- Attach pictures or graphics as a .jpg
This is a great visibility opportunity if we can do it. Some questions:
- How often would we commit to doing the column?
- How many people would be interested in writing?
- Who would coordinate and follow-up with the authors?
- If we were to consider implementing a blog, how would that fit with committing to this regular column?