Hi, it’s Bill Palmer. I’ve opened up a “Community” section on Palmer Report where some of you have begun publishing your own political analysis. It’s become a success, and I want to open it up for even more of you to contribute. If you’re interested in writing for the Community section, read all of the details below to make sure this is the right fit for you, and then contact me at the email address below.
– We’re looking for your analysis of the day’s major political news. We don’t do news aggregation. Don’t just regurgitate what’s being reported. Give us your take on it, or else you’re not giving the audience anything.
– If you’re building your analysis around a development that’s being reported by a specific news outlet, cite your source and include a link. If you’re building your analysis around something that’s being reported on cable news, cite the name of the person who said it, and the show they said it on.
– Palmer Report focuses on major timely political topics. Your community articles should retain that focus. This isn’t the place for your personal stories, your own history, or what’s going on in a local race for city council. That may be important, but there are other sites out there that are a better fit for that kind of thing.
– We don’t do conspiracy theories. We don’t do unsourced rumors. We’re not interested in what inside sources you may claim to have. We have no interest in what some random anonymous Twitter account might be claiming.
– Make sure your article is between 200 and 300 words, or we won’t run it. Use a word counter. You’re providing your take on a single topic, so you can easily make your point within these word count restrictions.
– Do your own proofreading and spell checking, or have someone else proofread it, before you submit it. Once we reach the second typo in an article, we stop reading it and reject it. There are going to be too many of you submitting articles for us to be able to take the time to clean up a typo-riddled mess or grammatical nightmare. Don’t send us your article, then decide you need to proofread it again, and then send a fixed version. Make your article perfect before you send it.
– Yes, you can send us things that you’ve already posted as a Facebook post or a Twitter thread. No, you can’t send us things that you’re also submitting to other news sites for publication.
– We would prefer to publish your article under your real name if at all possible. If that’s not possible due to work / privacy reasons, you can publish under a pen name, but only if necessary.
– This is an experiment, and not something I can pay you for participating in. If you become one of our top writers, there may be an opportunity for a paid gig later down the road, but I can’t promise that. It’ll all depend on what direction this experiment goes in.
– Finally, we don’t do doomsday hysteria. Far too many media outlets try to rack up page views and ratings by scaring the audience into believing that they’re going to lose everything and all hope is lost. There are serious threats to our democracy, but the point of constructive political analysis is to lay out the problem and then explain how we can win or fix it – not to spread toxic defeatism.
– If you’re not sure whether what you’re writing fits the Palmer Report editorial parameters, go look at my recent articles, along with recent articles from other top Palmer Report contributors, and see if your articles fit within that same vibe. Don’t try to mimic my writing style or anything like that. But ask yourself if what you’re writing is compatible with the kind of analysis that Palmer Report readers are looking for.
If you’re still interested, go ahead and write one to three articles and email them to me at [email protected] – also include the name I should publish them under, any links to your social media pages that you want publicly visible, and optionally a profile picture or image. Let’s do this!
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report