Writer Guidelines

Films For Action welcomes original article contributions from both experienced and new writers. If you're new, here are some tips for adding your article:


First, create a member account on the site.

Click the Add+ button at the top and click "Add Article."

Fill in all the required fields, make sure your article is proof-read, and then hit Submit.

You can edit your article at any time by clicking the "Edit" button to the right of the article.

We recommend sharing your article on social media like Facebook and Reddit after you submit. If it gets enough views, your piece will naturally show up in our trending section at the top of the homepage and at the bottom of content pages. Our staff also reviews member submissions, and if it meets our content guidelines, we'll rate it up and share it on our networks.

We'll give extra consideration to your submission if Films For Action is the first website your article is appearing (you can note this in the article submission form).


Submissions should:

  • Be concise. 1000 words or less is ideal but longer articles are ok.
  • Offer a unique progressive perspective not covered by the corporate media
  • Have a long shelf-life. Op-eds about current events are ok but we prefer 'evergreen' content as we consider ourselves more a library of knowledge than a breaking news site.
  • Provide sources (embedded links) when it would be useful for the reader
  • Be a good fit for this site. Please familiarize yourself with what we like to publish by spending time on the site before submitting.


When you publish...

  • Only post once per day.
  • Be selective. If you have 10 great 'evergreen' articles from your 'back catalog,' make the tough call and only publish the very best of them, a few days apart.
     

New writers:

  • Play editor and ask yourself if the article is ready to be published, or if it needs a little more polish. Could you see the article being published by your favorite independent news publication? We're obviously not all professional writers, and we certainly don't expect everyone who publishes on our site to be one. On the contrary, we encourage new writers to publish their works and to make this a place where everyone can "become the media." That said, could you imagine your article being able to hold its own and fit in with the other content on the site?

 

Want more tips on the range of content we're looking for?

  • Check out our adding content guide. It's also worth browsing our library via most viewed or top rated to get a general feel for the spectrum of perspectives that we like to cover (take note of the titles you read that interest you versus the titles you skipped past and let that give you ideas for your own article titles).

    We've chosen to focus on 41 subjects that cover a wide range of activist issues. 

Activism - Animal Rights - Big Ideas - Cities - Climate Change - Community - Consumerism - Corporations - Culture - Drug Prohibition - Economics - Education - Elections & Democracy - Empire - Energy - Environment - Food - Globalization - Government - Health - Human Rights - Indigenous Issues - Indy Media - Mass Media - Media Literacy - Net Neutrality - Peak Oil - Permaculture - Philosophy - Police State - Politics - Social Issues - Solutions - Sustainability - Technology & Design - Terrorism? - The Big Picture - Transition - Vision - War & Peace - Women