These Editorial Guidelines should be used as a point for any writer before they submit content for publication.
ALL articles must be proofread, fact-checked by the writer and will then be assessed for suitability by an Editor prior to publication. As a minimum we expect you to run a spell check, double check all facts and re-read articles before submitting them.
Articles must conform at all times to high standards of spelling, grammar, punctuation and prose.
ALL articles must be longer than two hundred (200) words, excluding quotes.
Provide context with other articles and past news linked to your article (reference with links).
Try to avoid use of third person in your articles.
Use full names and proper nouns for first instance and shortened thereafter (e.g. "Manchester City" in the first instance and "Man City" thereafter).
No foul or offensive language.
In general, readers don't like being hit with a huge block of text. Using paragraphs allows for small breaks making it easier for information to be absorbed.
ALL quotes must be attributed to credible English language or foreign language sources, for example: newswires, regional and national press, broadcasters, official press releases, press conferences and officially authorised media.
ALL claims must be substantiated with reference to credible sources (1), which must be recent.
With regard to both (1) and (2), sources referenced in articles that are publicly available online must be linked to. Linked sources must be suitably close to the claim/quote used and not cited out of context. Sources that are not publicly available online must be referenced with sufficient information to allow readers to verify the claim or quote.
Each claim and or quote must be attributed and not presented as your own.
The first time a source is attributed, it must be linked to. Further uses of the same source must be unambiguously identifiable as a continuation of that. If you use more than one article from the same source, each must be linked to.
Links should point to the exact page, whether in English or in another language, where the claim or quote can be seen (i.e. the original article). It is not sufficient to link to the sources homepage.
Transfer valuations may only be used when the valuation quoted derives from a recently completed transfer deal or else is substantiated with reference to a credible source, as stated above (3).
When producing transfer round-ups you must reference each source with a link.
Rumours, speculation and supposition must not be presented as statements of fact.
We expect writers to exercise good judgement when deciding whether or not a source is deemed credible. As such, we do not provide a list of credible sources. If in doubt, ask.
An opinion cannot be wrong, how you structure your work can be. There's no wrong piece of work as long as it follows these guidelines.
Your content must have a strong flow. It must be easy to read. Re-read your work after you have finished, is it something you enjoyed reading back to yourself?
Feature writers have far more freedom with their work in comparison to news articles. It is the breeding ground of conversation and debate, which is what we want
Aim for 600-1000 words. Any longer and you will lose the interest of your reader and you might divert away from the original purpose of article
We want a feature to be opinionated, well-written and well argued. All of your points must be given context and based on facts
We want you to think of unique and original feature ideas. Try and think of content ideas which have never been covered before or are extremely relevant so they are very fresh
Blogs are designed to create conversation and debate
Choose topical questions which will be very relevant at the time, try not to be generic.