Contributor Guidelines

What is RGNN?

ROOSTERGNN Global News Network (RGNN.org) is a non-profit news agency promoting freedom of expression and journalism education.

ROOSTERGNN has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The Guardian, National Geographic and El País. ROOSTERGNN journalists have gone on to write for The Huffington Post and Reuters, amongst others.

Which RGNN channels (sections) can I contribute to?

All RGNN channels (sections) are open for submissions:

  • Gobernanza. Politics, Economy & Business.
  • Innovation. Science, Tech & Education.
  • Espectaculart. Art, Culture & Sports.
  • Glamour. Fashion, Lifestyle, Social Media, Celebrities.
  • GapBrave. Travel (Global).
  • MADbudget. Travel Guide to Madrid, Spain.
  • Drafts. As stated in the statement explaining our 3.0 website, a section titled “Drafts” has beencreated for articles from beginners. The qualification or not of beginner will be according to the quality and level of writing of the articles submitted by the contributor. One way of improving one’s writing skills are the Internship Seminars of ROOSTERGNN Academy.

What kinds of stories is RGNN looking for?

Feature articles

All sections are open for longer, in-depth feature articles. Feature articles discuss one single topic and should include at least two (2) interview sources, with quotes incorporated throughout the article. Please note that your friends and family cannot be considered sources. If you mention a series of places (e.g. restaurants in a travel piece) throughout your article, please include a fact box with contact information at the end.

Word count: 750-1200 words.

Example of a feature article:

“Havana’s Package Has Arrived: El Paquete Semanal”

Blog posts

All sections are open for blog posts, meaning conversational tone posts, sometimes written in the first person. You do not have to interview sources for a blog post, but facts must be accurate. If you mention a series of places (e.g. restaurants in a travel piece) throughout your article, please include a fact box with contact information at the end.

Word count: 750-1200 words.

Example of a blog post:

“Everything You Need to Know About the Japan Rail Pass”

Lists

List articles, also known as “listicles” are especially popular for the following channels:

Lists should cover between 5-25 items, each item with a heading, image and brief description. You do not have to interview sources for a blog post, but facts must be accurate.

Word count: 750-1200 words.

Examples of list articles:

“Working Abroad in Australia: 5 Simple Steps Before You Go”

“10 Celebrities Everyone Should Follow on Snapchat”

Op-ed articles

All channels are open for open for opinion articles, but the Gobernanza (Politics and Economy) channel lends itself naturally to op-eds. Op-ed pieces should be related to a current news event (but should not be a breaking news article in themselves), and provide information as to why the author has a point of view that is relevant to the event (e.g. a student writing an opinion about recent cutbacks in student loans in his or her country). Op-eds should include one feature image and several photos throughout. Interviewing sources is optional, but recommended. Incorporating statistics and other external research is also highly recommended. For a complete guide on writing op-ed articles, please click here.

Word count: 750-850 words.

Examples of a op-ed articles:

“Vogue, Move Over: Influencers on the Runway”

“Yearning for the Magic Mountain”

Interviews

RGNN is looking for original interviews with experts for all channels. The interview should include a brief introduction in which the author introduces the interview subject, followed by 5-8 questions and a biography of the interview subject. The interview should include one feature image and several photos throughout.

Word count: will depend on in the interview answers, can be up to 2,500 words.

Examples of interviews:

Meet RGNN Expert and Mentor Denis Doyle

“The Fight for Human Rights in 2014”

Photo stories

The following channels are ideal for photo stories:

A photo story should include between 8-15 original photos, each with a brief caption, as well as an overarching introduction of about 150-200 words.

#RGNNadvisor content

The #RGNNadvisor section covers useful advice for journalists and media professionals, aiding them in becoming better communicators.

We are looking for the following types of stories for the #RGNNadvisor section:

  • Feature articles. In-depth how-to and tutorial articles to help future journalists and communicators to pursue their dream jobs. Example: “How to Prepare Your Application for an Internship Abroad”
  • Blog posts. Shorter posts, usually linking to external sources, to help future journalists and communicators pursue their dream jobs. Example: “How to Edit Your Instagram Photos Like a Fashion Blogger”. Blog posts can also feature specific career opportunities, e.g. a publication that is looking for pitches, and instructions on how journalists can submit stories there.
  • Lists. List articles, for example a list of scholarships available for journalists in 2018.
  • Interviews with experts. Interviews with journalists, editors, bloggers, digital influencers, communicators, social media marketers, community managers, etc., gaining insights on their career and what advice they can give to aspiring journalists and communicators. Example: “An Internship Abroad is Worth More than a 4.0 GPA”.

Do I have to provide my own images?

All stories should be accompanied by their respective visuals (photos, images, infographics, etc). As stated in the RGNN terms, it is the author’s responsibility to ensure that he or she has the rights to the images he or she submits for publication.

If you do not have your own images, please consult this link here for a guide for finding Creative Commons images.

Photos must be sized 750 x 500 px. and submitted in jpg format.

Videos can be embedded, please provide the embeddable link (e.g. from Youtube).

Instagram posts and tweets can also be embedded, please provide the embeddable links.

Can I publish previously published content?

No, all content must be original and published for the first time on RGNN.org. Your content cannot have been published previously elsewhere, including your personal blog/website/etc.

Please note that we only accept journalistic content. If you are interested in advertising your products or services on RGNN.org, please contact staff@roostergnn.org.