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HOW TO CONTRIBUTE ARTICLES - A Brief Guide + A Note About Internet Browsers
south west | media and culture | announcement Sunday November 04, 2007 19:03 by Bristol Indymedia Editorial Group
A brief guide that helps you to use this site to publish your news, stories, events, images, videos and more!
This is a guide to help you publish articles on Bristol Indymedia. Before you start, here is a few things you may be interested to know about publishing on this site:
Once you are ready to publish an article or event;
STEP 0 : OPEN THE FORM
Click on the 'Submit An Article' button in the top right hand corner. To view the article submission form while reading this guide, open this link in a new window: publish your news.
STEP 1 : STORY CONTENT
You must give your article a title and contents and an author name (or fake name). The main content of the box hasa tool bar where you can use it to add blod text, links and the like.
Note You must give a name for your article. This can be anything you like. You don't have to use your real name, though using a consistent alias may help in discussions and establish trust in your stories. It is up to you how much you want to tell people. If you are running a charity, then giving your name is pretty helpful, but if your story is exposing your employer's dodgy practices, then you might want to use a fake name.
STEP 2 : MEDIA UPLOADS
You can add film or image content in the section 'Media Uploads' which a picture of a camera/video camera. Click on the image of the camera or video camera and it will open two boxes, one for the image caption and one for selecting the file. If you have more than one image/video to add, you can keep clicking the image to open new boxes.
STEP 3 : CATEGORISE YOUR STORY
These boxes must be completed so as to categorise your story for future reference. Click on the arrows in the Story Type, Story Region, Story Topic and Story Language boxes and click on the option which most suits your article.
Note: If you wish to post an event, this is done in the same way as a story, but change the 'Story Type' to 'Event' - this automatically opens some date boxes below the type for you to give the date. This will mean the story is automatically posted on the left 'Calendar' when the date for your event comes around and straight away will be posted on the 'New Events' list. For events, make sure you have posted in the content of the story all the information people need to know; date, time, cost (if any) location (including full address) and information on how to get there, disabled access etc.
STEP 4 : TERMS AND CONDITIONS
There are a number of terms and conditions for publishing on the site related to open content and copyleft; making sure that what is published on the site is open for all to read and re-use in a non-commercial way. You need to read these and tick the 'Accept Terms And Conditions' box to be able to publish on the site.
Also for Anti-Spam you need to enter the digits shown, for example: 'one six eight' as numbers in the box to the right, so for example here it would be: '168'.
STEP 5 : PREVIEW BEFORE PUBLISHING
Once you have completed the above steps, click the 'Preview Before Publishing' button at the bottom of the article submission form. This will take you to a page where you see how your article will look; from here you can either edit your article again in case you have made any mistakes (Click on the 'Edit Again' link), or approve it for publication (click on the 'Confirm and Publish' button.)
THE 'EDIT AGAIN' OR 'CONFIRM AND PUBLISH!' BUTTONS ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FINAL PAGE!
Note: If you do not click the final 'Publish!' button, after clicking the 'Preview Before Publishing' button your article will not be submitted. If you have done everything correctly your article will immediately appear on the right hand newswire on our home page. If your article does not immediately appear on the newswire it will most likely be because you did not click the final 'Publish!' button. Thanks