Submission guidelines

CONTRIBUTE TO INDEPENDENT AUSTRALIA

Independent Australia is one of Australia’s most popular online magazines, with thousands of people reading IA stories every day.

Our stories come from our talented editorial team, and also from a host of high and low profile contributors from right around the world.

So, would you like to contribute to Independent Australia and get paid for it?

It’s easy. Read the guidelines below and simply email your article to editor@independentaustralia.net.

Citizen journalism

New technology and online media means more people are doing journalism – in more different ways – than ever before. 

Independent Australia is one of the few online magazines to support a range of voices through citizen journalism. If you have an important story to tell, our staff, including managing editor David Donovan and deputy editor Sandi Keane (both trained journalists), are available to help bring your article up to a publishable standard. 

Header & Summary

Important not just for you, the writer, to stay focussed but provision of these is the best way to pitch your story to us.

Topics

We publish on every topic and all our stories have an underlying thread — a desire to fight wrongs and right injustice, and to make the world a better place.

Our main editorial focus is on Federal politics, democracy, the environment, Australian identity, Indigenous issues, economics, finance, law and the justice system.

Length

IA’s preferred article length is between 700 and 1,200 words.

In very exceptional circumstances, we will consider longer pieces if the topic has strong public appeal and is capable of retaining the reader's attention. 

The minimum length we will accept is 300 words.  

Try to keep your sentences short and choose shorter words. If you’re unsure, run your article through a readability index tool (like this one).

Content

Pique our interest with original content or a fresh slant on a current issue. Look for issues the mainstream media isn’t reporting, or take a different angle than the mainstream media. We are looking for new ideas, not the same old spin.

Proofreading

We receive a large number of submissions, so contributors who provide clean copy will not only save us time, but will receive priority for publication. 

Grammar & Punctuation

As a basic rule, we recommend The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation, however IA also has its own particular style and style guide, which is available upon request.

Links

Always provide links and references (preferably to primary sources or credible institutes) to back up any claims. Wikipedia is not recommended as its reliability and credibility falls short of journalist standards.

To add a hyperlink, select the text you want to link to. If it is a quote, don't highlight the whole quote, just the vehicle for the quote - i.e. "report", "he/she said", "article", etc. Copy the url link then click onto "Insert", select "Hyperlink". In the "Link to" box, paste in the url link then click OK.

Graphics, photos, images

Try to include as much image, graphic and video content with your story as possible.

As an online magazine, we publish fewer articles than comparable online publications, but focus on making those we do more comprehensive and colourful. Please also attribute the sources of your multimedia and licence details.

Key Words or Tags

Please provide a list of key words, terms, phrases, real names, places, etc. These will help "tune" your article for search engines' algorithms - known as Search Engine Optimisation. This helps direct traffic to your article from search engines like Google. The more "unique" page visits, the more $ for you! (See 'Payment' below).

Code of Ethics

Independent Australia complies with the MEAA’s Code of Ethics.  We recommend you familiarise yourself with it before submitting your piece.

Has your piece been published elsewhere?

Please make sure you let us know if your piece has been published previously elsewhere as we preference previously unpublished work.

Payment

If your article receives 5,000 unique page views (that is, views from different IP addresses) as determined by Google Analytics, we will pay you $125 for that contribution.

Each subsequent lot of 5,000 “uniques” the article receives will earn a further $125.

(The maximum payout is $1,500 for each article and earnings cease accruing one year after publication in IA.)

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Good luck!

DD

David Donovan | Managing Editor

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