Set Up & Guidelines for Neighborhood Voices
- Register for a Hollywood Gazette account here: http://www.hollywoodgazette.com/wp/wp-login.php
- Once you have registered, shoot us an email (email@example.com) to make sure we know you’ve registered. We will set your account privilege to “contributor” which will allow you to post content and images.
- Select the Neighborhood you represent in the category on the left column of the site.
- To save your work, click on the “Save as Pending” on the top right of the sidebar.
- Select posts will be published at our discretion in print issue of Hollywood Gazette.
TIP: If you’re not a member of the NextDoor.com community, we highly recommend it. You will have your finger on the pulse of what your neighborhood is concerned about every day as a member.
We’re going to be picky about what we publish
We won’t accept posts with spelling or grammar errors. If a post has those, it means the author didn’t spend too much time on it.
Make sure you believe in the post because if you don’t, our readers won’t.
The content must be about an issue that relates to or impacts your neighborhood.
You can promote a business or event in your neighborhood if you feel compelled, however any content that borders on self-promotion will not be included.
Your content should detailed and unique
Posts should be between 300-1000 words (max) with no fluff. Try to pick topics that have not been extensively covered elsewhere.
Consider your post tone to be like an informal op-ed piece
Your posts can be in your own voice, in a casual, informal tone. Think of the reader as a friend sitting at your kitchen table. If you cite facts and quotes to support your opinion, provide the source. For example “According to…” or “‘Blah blah blah,’ said the commissioner at the meeting.”
Strictly no gossip
We encourage you to praise and celebrate the good people in your neighborhood, however gossip will not be published. Gossip is considered to be anything that would diminish the opinion one would have of the person you are writing about.
As a Neighborhood Voices contributor, you are considered to be a leader in your community. If you have a problem with a specific person in the neighborhood, you should take it up directly with them and be an example of effective communication and diplomacy.
Watch your outgoing links
Contributors can link out as many times as they want to as long as those links are benefiting readers. The moment those links don’t benefit readers, we will remove them.
It doesn’t matter if those links go to the author’s site or even a competitor’s’ site. As long as the links help educate the readers, people will want to read Neighborhood Voices content.
Here’s a general guideline to follow:
Your bio should only contain 1 or 2 links – either to your website, social media handle, or blog.
Your post should contain a minimum of 3 links – We don’t have a maximum number of links that should be in a post, but a minimum of 3 is suggested . People have written blog posts on almost every topic out there, so instead of regurgitating the same old information, link out to the sites that have already covered it.
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