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Write for the UK Column

Our primary goal is to provide our readers with high quality, well researched news and current affairs coverage. We would be delighted to help you share your investigations with our audience.

What kind of articles do we publish?

We publish articles written by people with a deep interest in current affairs, politics and news. Most of our written content is long form and well referenced. 

What do we need?

The first step is to send us a brief outline of what you want to write about. When we give you the go-ahead to write your article, we ask that:

  • The article is an original piece of work for the UK Column, and not something you have published elsewhere.
  • The article is your own work 
  • You link back to primary sources wherever possible
  • You provide a main image for the article which either you hold the copyright for, or is available under a suitable Creative Commons license.
  • You will work with our editorial team and be willing to accept constructive criticism.
  • You will promote your article on social media
  • If possible, you will take part in our members’ discussion of your article on our community website.

What do we offer?

Creating great articles is a two way process:

  • Our editorial team will help you create a hard hitting article.
  • We will help you source a suitable main image if you are not able to provide one yourself.
  • You will have a byline with your photograph and biography.
  • We will promote your article to our members via our daily news programme, email newsletters, and on social media.

Submitting an outline

We suggest you submit an outline/pitch for your article idea before you spend a lot of time writing, so that we can make sure your idea is a good fit for the UK Column. Your pitch should be as concise as possible while giving enough detail for us to understand the subject and your take on it. Don’t worry about a headline at this stage.

Please use the form at the bottom of this page to submit your idea.

Submitting your draft

Once you get the go-ahead to write your article, our editorial team with be there to help you every step of the way. We will agree a deadline and you will receive an email which will contain a link to an empty document on Zoho Docs, where you can write as you would in any word processor. All changes to your article are saved automatically.

You will be given full training in the use of Zoho Docs and how to submit your draft to our editorial team. Once submitted, any suggestions for changes will be managed through the Zoho Docs comments system. We will normally make smaller changes without consultation to deal with spelling or other typographical errors. All changes are tracked to you can always see exactly the changes we have made. 

Use of images

We cannot accept any images for publication which are subject to third party copyright. You are of course welcome to use your own photographs in your articles, and copyright information will be clearly displayed. If you need help producing graphics or data visualisations, we are happy to help.

Publication

Once the editing process is complete and between us we have agreed your article is ready for publication, we will confirm the date of publication with you. We would encourage you to join us in sharing your article as widely as possible on social media, and to discuss it with UK Column members on our members forums. 

We look forward to hearing from you!