College Green

Exploring environmental news in Southeast Ohio

Writing for CG

1. Official membership

2. Freelance

3. Re-publishing and other submissions

 

1. Official Membership

To become an official College Green staff writer, students must attend all mandatory all-staff and section meetings and adhere to the College Green Policies and Procedures requirements and staff expectations. For more information please contact the Editor: Katherine Bercik, collegegreen.editor@gmail.com.

2. Freelance

Freelancers are always welcome to write for College Green.

Those interested in freelance work must:

  1. Contact the Editor: Katherine Bercik at collegegreen.editor@gmail.com or 614.270.9130.
  2. Submit a query letter (via Email is fine), giving a brief statement of the story idea and the desired section for the story
  3. If the story fits the College Green content profile (see below for further explanation) and is not yet being reported on by a College Green staffer, then the Editor will assign the freelancer to the designated section editor and the freelancer will work individually with that editor.

College Green Mission and Section Descriptions:

College Green is an independent, student-run online publication that covers environmental issues in southeast Ohio. Our target audience includes Ohio University students, faculty and staff and all other members of the Athens community. The purpose of College Green is to provide a positive learning opportunity for aspiring environmental journalists and also to instill a sense of pride and unity between the Athens and Ohio University community in regards to the area’s natural beauty, amenities and assets.

College Green provides readers with informative investigative reports divided into the following categories: Investigations, Politics and Economics, Lifestyles, People, Community, and Commentary.

  • “Investigations” explores the scientific and technological realm of environmental issues. This will include, but not be limited to, conservation, biology, wildlife biology, renewable energy, pollution, environmental health, natural history, land use, and environmental justice. Stories are in-depth investigations and may take a news writing or magazine feature writing approach. Story length can be anywhere between 1,000-3,000 words.
  • “News” covers the political and economic aspects of environmentalism, exploring the policies and regulations influencing businesses and their environmental impact. This section will also cover events within the OU campus and Athens community. Stories can be news brief, highlighting policy updates to in-depth analyses. Story length can be anywhere to 500-3,000 words.
  • “Lifestyles and People” takes an anthropological look at human behavior and cultural trends, examining the mores, ethics, and literacy behind the environmental movement. This section will also cover socio-ecological systems and provide personality profiles highlighting prominent environmental actors and other players involved in environmental decision making. Stories are in-depth investigations and may take a news writing or magazine feature writing approach. Story length can be anywhere between 1,000-3,000 words.
  • “Commentary” includes staff blogs, first-person narratives, and guest columns. Stories may take a personal narrative approach and vary in length. College Green will not publish anything vulgar, obscene, or potentially libelous. Guest columnists must follow the submission steps described above.

When submitting work, writers must disclose the following information:

-Name

-Year and major

-Other organization involvement (so that we may unveil any possible conflicts of interest)

-Email (for readers to submit questions)

-Date story was last updated

3. Re-publishing and other submissions

Writers who wish to reprint work already published in another magazine or newspaper are responsible for knowing and following the policies of that previous publication. Students who wish to republish a story in College Green must follow the steps described above. In addition, upon initial acceptance stories must be submitted directly to the Editor.

When submitting work, writers must disclose the following information:

-Name

-Year and major

-Other organization involvement (so that we may unveil any possible conflicts of interest)

-Email (for readers to submit questions)

-Date and location of previous publication

Please refer to the policy summary listed in the Freelance section of this page (above)

 
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