Contributor Guidelines

So you want to be a Disinformation Agent? We’re encouraging anyone who has a passionate interest in writing about the disinformation, misinformation, and missing information that has become in the norm in how mainstream media is covering current events, and the historical events influencing contemporary geopolitics. Especially if you’re an independent journalist looking for a new outlet to stretch your editorial mettle. Use our contact form to let us know about your interest, and include links to any of your prior articles online.

General Contributor Guidelines:

New articles should be at minimum 300 words and placed into one relevant category. Please use at least five existing or new tags that best describe the content you’re submitting.

All new posts must have a featured image. The ideal size for featured images is 800 x 400 pixels in order to fit into the new design. However, most landscape-oriented images that are at least 600 pixels wide will work (but they might get cropped). If you need help creating an image contact our editor (joe) and he’ll be happy to assist.

If you’re placing images within the body of your post. Make sure there are at least 50 words before your first image. Upload all images you plan to use to the disinfo server – never hot-link an image.

We encourage you to include your social media information at the bottom of all your posts. If you did not create the post in WordPress, please include that information in the copy you email us.  Check out Abby Martin’s posts which is a good example of how to promote yourself and other projects.

It is ultimately up to the Disinfo.com editorial team to choose whether something is published or not. The Disinfo.com editorial team also reserves the right to edit material as needed (formatting, fix grammar or typos) before it is published.

CONTENT:

Disinformation is the deliberate spreading of false information to mislead an enemy as to one’s position or course of action. In politics, disinformation is the deliberate attempt to deflect voter support of an opponent, disseminating false statements of innuendo based on a candidate’s vulnerabilities as revealed by opposition research.

Any story about politics or mainstream news media should highlight at least one of the 25 Ways to Suppress Truth: The Rules of Disinformation by H. Michael Sweeney.

I’m open to running all sorts of stories. Science, Religion, and Technology seem to be very popular topics with the readers. But If you need a lead to help you write a story we have a forum at AboveTopSecret.com as well as a Trello collaborative workspace. You’ll find many people will likely be eager to help with your research as well as confirm some of the research you’ve already done.

TONALITY:

We’re here to educate through entertaining and engaging content. Do not post inflammatory material.

Sometimes it might be hard not to sling harsh words at your subject, say, Bill Cosby. It’s okay to be harsh, but sparingly.

BIAS:

We’re all human, we all have biases. Ideally, everything on Disinfo.com should cover all issues with equal force, no matter the political or religous persuasion. However, if you’re a staunch conservative attacking a liberal idea, be honest and reveal your conservative nature to your reader. They may not agree with you, but at least they will appreciate your honesty.

VULGARITY:

This one is tough. There are times when a well-placed shit, fuck, or goddamit readily communicates your passion on a subject. We’re not averse to that. However, please be mindful and keep it to a minimum. Google and “Net Nanny” type filters literally keep tabs on the percentage of vulgarities on a site. A high percentage can result in lower search return scores, or outright blockage, and that’s not fair to our other contributors.

NUDITY, GORE & RISQUE IMAGES

In today’s web environment, nothing will shut-down our advertising revenue stream like gore, nudity or scantily clad people. We’re trying to grow Disinfo.com to the point where our contributors may be able to earn a percentage of the ad revenue their posts generate. If your post must show a risque or gory image, please DO NOT embed into your post. Instead create a link to the image with a NSFW warning. This way, seeing the image is optional for our readers and you’re still able to make your points.

IMAGES:


Appropriate images can really help tell your story, and we encourage that as much as possible. When using an image, PLEASE make sure it’s in the public domain (or it’s allowed to be reused). There are exceptions to this: if you are writing a review or the image is needed to clarify a point in your story.

A good source for images is Flickr’s creative commons search: FlickrCC – make sure you refine your search for images that allow commercial use.

Sometimes you may not find the exact image you need, for example, you’re writing about Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and can’t find an image that shows Hillary using email. But there are images of a close-up of a woman’s hands using a Blackberry… bingo, use that.

If you have several images, we encourage you to use our image gallery option, which makes it easier for readers to browse through those images, or not.

SOURCES:

Always cite your sources and mark quotes as such with block quotes. As a general rule of thumb, never quote more than 20% of your source in your post, and never more than five paragraphs of something that’s huge. But must important, your post should have at least as much original commentary as quoted material.

REALLY LONG POSTS:

We’re optimizing Disinfo.com to work really well on mobile devices. However, the one thing that clashes with mobile usability the most is really, really long posts of 1,200 words or more. If you’re exposé really does need to exceed that, let us know. We’ve improved the way WordPress paginates long material, and we can show you the best way to split up your content.

Be Involved

Once your article is posted, you’ll be certain to start getting comments from our passionate Disinfonauts, our readers. Don’t be shy, get involved, be part of the conversation. More often than not, you’ll get ideas for new or follow-up artciles.