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Media Partner

Newspapers, advertorials, journalists, photographers, columnists, bloggers, writers can join the Oudtshoorn Community Network as a Media Partner and publish unlimited content (articles, news, projects or photo galleries) in the network (pending approval of the community site owner).

Guidelines to Media Partners:

General Guidelines

What you MUST DO...

  1. Submit original content. We love content that you create especially for us. We also allow you to submit content you have already published elsewhere, as long as the byline matches your name and you own the copyright. 
  2. Be yourself: authentic and unique. It should always be clear that your content comes from YOU, and that no one else in the world could have created it. Find your voice. Submit content on topics that you’re passionate, knowledgeable, and insightful about. 
  3. Be relevant, informative, useful, and engaging.
  4. Be succinct. Online attention spans are short. For most topics, the ideal article length is 350 to 500 words. Construct your articles by beginning with a few key points and expanding upon them, using only as many words as are necessary to convey essential information.
  5. Proofread. Proofread. Proofread. 
  6. Write strong, descriptive headlines. A strong headline summarizes your content succinctly, and leads with the critically important information that a reader will use either to find your content through search engines or to choose to click your piece from among a list of stories on a landing page. Tell readers why they should view your story, and do so in your first 65 characters (only 65 characters of your headline will appear on most search engine results pages). Avoid clever headlines that hint at a topic without explaining it—humor can be a great asset, but it belongs in the body of the article.
  7. Be accurate, and cite your sources. 
  8. Provide full disclosure. When you submit a review or commentary, you must disclose any special relationship or material connection to your subject.

What you MUST NOT DO...

  1. Don’t rehash. You must provide a fresh and unique angle on every story. Do not reword or rehash information from other sources and call it your own. 
  2. Don't stuff your content with keywords. We encourage you to optimize your content for search-engine discovery, but not at the expense of readability. Keyword phrases must be used naturally.
  3. Don’t generalize excessively. People search the Web for specific information.
  4. Don't go "there." Examples of content we won't publish or link to: Anything pornographic, threatening, obscene, defamatory, or abusive; hate speech; anything that encourages illegal or discriminatory conduct; anything containing potentially offensive generalizations about a group of people; anything that promotes online gambling sites; anything that infringes on the rights of a third party; anything that constitutes or encourages cyber-bullying. This list is not exhaustive. (We recognize that many of these descriptors are necessarily subjective, but in order to maintain a library of great content that’s safe for all Web readers, we will apply these standards at our sole discretion, as necessary.)
  5. Don’t rant. We welcome your authentic personal perspective, but we ask you to avoid using an extremely negative tone. Criticism should be thoughtful and measured, should make clear distinctions between opinion and fact, and should cite sources when appropriate. If you just need to vent, your personal blog is a more suitable venue.
  6. Don't over-link. We encourage relevant links that make your content more valuable and informative. Avoid excessive hyperlinking that compromises readability. Links to external sites must be relevant to the content and must not lead readers to any content forbidden by these guidelines.

What you WILL GET...

  1. FREE publishing of content that follow our Guidelines for Media Partners
  2. Web Partner listing (including link to your website) valued at R50pm.
  3. Link to your profile page included with every article submitted under the heading
  4. Link to document on media partner website (if available).

Please contact me for more detail.