Report Focus Editorial Policies

Submissions

Report Focus reserves the right to exercise its editorial judgment and reject any article at any time for any reason.

Editorial decisions to publish or not to publish an article are made at the discretion of Report Focus and are based on factors including but not limited to: relevance to the industry, interest to readers, timeliness and caliber of writing.

Submit only complete news articles, rather than outlines or pitches. Report Focus will not consider partially completed articles.

Submit only exclusive content that has not been published elsewhere (e.g., on websites or in blogs, newsletters, magazines, books, etc.). Report Focus requires first right of refusal and will copyright all works selected for publication. There are no exceptions.

All submissions will be edited for accuracy, clarity, quality and length. Report Focus does not guarantee that contributors/ freelance journalist will review their work prior to publication due to time constraints inherent in the production process.

Include any applicable charts, graphs and images with your submission, but know that we typically cannot run every chart, graph or image due to space constraints. Please provide applicable labeling and caption information with these submissions. It is the author’s responsibility to secure the publishing rights to any charts, graphs or images submitted. Submitted charts, graphs and images should not be embedded in Word documents but saved separately as a TIFF, EPS, or JPEG file at 300 dpi resolution. Photos should be largest, high-resolution file size possible.

Report Focus will remunerate the author/ freelance journalist using revenue that the published story will generate (so, the more traffic revenue your story/article generates to more value or money you get per story). The author/ freelance journalist will get 70% of the revenue generated by their story at the end of each 30 cycle for work that is selected for publication.

Submitted content should not be promotional in any way. Offer the reader clear takeaways/next steps to maximize the full impact of your contribution. Consider including multiple points of entry (e.g., subheadings, sidebars, stat boxes, key facts/data points).

The views expressed in all of Report Focus’ publications are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the official positions or policies of Report Focus.

None of the original editorial content that Report Focus publishes on our website is influenced by advertisers, politicians, private or industry sponsors, members, donors, partners or collaborators.

All Report Focus publications staff members abide by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics, and all authors interested in writing for Report Focus are urged to review and follow these guidelines for ethical and responsible editorial behavior.

Please submit article via e-mail. Include your name, title and e-mail address. Feature articles are roughly 1,300. News articles are 800 words maximum.

Bios: At the end of our articles, the author biography should consist of name, position, affiliation and an e-mail address where the author can be reached for more information.

Report Focus supports freedom of expression and balance in reporting news. We also encourage the meaningful exchange of information to help create an environment that fosters the continuation of knowledge. We thusly, require all contributors/freelance journalist to fact check all news stories and articles they submit to see that they meet journalistic integrity and standards.

Copyright

Report Focus copyrights all original editorial content that is published on our website. There are no exceptions.

All writers whose original submissions are accepted must sign Report Focus copyright forms. By doing so, the writer is are saying that he or she is the sole owner of the material and that it is original, and he/she grants Report Focus rights regarding his/her material, including rights to edit, retitle and reprint it, and to grant permission to others to reprint it. Articles are edited by the Report team of professional editors, who generally rewrite all titles, subtitles, and subheads to conform to Report Focus style and standards .

Censorship

As defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, to censor is “to examine in order to suppress or delete anything considered objectionable.” Report Focus neither condones censorship, nor knowingly engages in it. Report Focus reserves the right to exercise its editorial judgment. Editorial decisions to publish or not to publish a submitted article are made at the discretion of Report Focus and are based on factors including but not limited to: relevance to the audience, interest to readers, timeliness and caliber of writing, as well as news worthiness of the story.

Plagiarism

As defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, to plagiarize is “to steal and pass off the ideas or words of another as one’s own,” “use another’s production without crediting the source,” or “present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.” Report Focus strongly discourages all forms of plagiarism.

After Publication

All authors are encouraged to promote their Report Focus contributions once they are published by the Report Focus via personal social media outlets, e-mails to colleagues and peers, etc.