Contribution guidelines to ease Flayrah's editing bottleneck
Stories go through several editing steps before publication on Flayrah. Image thumbnailing, layout, copyediting, linking, fact-checking, tagging – these take over half an hour for all but the most trivial stories, and that's assuming no substantive editing is required.
Flayrah's editors have limited time, and few are both qualified and willing to become one. Stories have often languished in the queue because we don't want to risk work which may not yet meet our standards. But not publishing work in a timely fashion is a problem, too.
As such, we're releasing contribution guidelines for Flayrah, in an attempt to decrease the work required by editors prior to publication.
These guidelines provide largely technical advice, specific to our house style. There are many guides on writing great news, features or reviews; on using data, and on style in general. Contributors are encouraged to seek them out, and to consult examples of good journalism elsewhere.
Our guide is also a work in progress, subject to changes and clarifications, so check the link to it on the submission page occasionally. For contributors, following the guidelines is optional; but doing so will facilitate the timely publication of your work, and that of others.