Now that you have a sense of what topics to write about, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind when submitting your pieces. Remember, you must have permission from the copyright holder to use any third-party text, photos, videos or other content:
1. Please link to all sources, studies, research, and medical/health facts that you mention in your post.
Your story will be stronger if you reference the science informing your points and opinions. When referencing a study, please link to the study abstract or full text of the study — or an article summarizing the research from a reputable source like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, CNN, or Scientific American. For health and medical facts, please link to hospital- or university-affiliated websites, National Institutes of Health sites, and studies or study abstracts, rather than online articles or other indirect sources. Please note that it’s always good to acknowledge the other side of ideas, such as any critics’ concerns about study findings or theories. Similarly, if you choose to quote someone else, or a book or film you feel is relevant, make sure to put the quote in quotation marks, and provide the source where you found it.
2. Don’t tell other people’s stories, particularly patients’ medical stories.
Newshaly does not publish articles from medical professionals telling their patients’ stories, as we cannot verify that patients have given their permission to do so. If you are a therapist, for example, you may want to cite a brief anecdote from a time you worked with a patient to better illustrate your point. If you’d like to share such a snippet, you must make sure to change or omit any details that will make the patient identifiable to others or violate their privacy. For instance, if you write, “I once treated a pediatric nurse who lived and worked in a suburb of Denver,” that patient would be identifiable. A better description would be, “I once treated a medical professional who worked with children.” If you think your patient’s full story is a great fit for Newshaly, please also encourage them to write it themselves, as we’d love to hear it in their own words!
3. Newshaly does not publish community pieces that are promotional in nature, endorse supplements or medications, or that offer prescriptive medical advice.
Do not publish any posts that promote or link to a product, service, or media offering (such as a network, show, podcast, etc.). Do not publish any posts that a third party pays you to write, or include any links to a product in your post. Accepting products or services (e.g., meals, gifts, flights or transportation) from people or companies in exchange for being mentioned in your post is against Newshaly’s policy. Undisclosed payments for media coverage violate not only Newshaly standards, but also the Federal Trade Commission rules on deceptive advertising. If you are writing about a client or any party with whom you have a relationship, make sure to disclose that relationship.
4. Newshaly seeks to publish pieces that are relevant to our core topics (as listed above), and does not publish explicit, vulgar, or otherwise inappropriate content.
While Newshaly has a broad umbrella of topics about which we’re excited to read your submissions (see list above), your writing must be relevant to those core topics. If it is not, we reserve the right to decline the submission. Additionally, we respectfully ask that you not use inappropriate, explicit, derogatory, or otherwise offensive language. We reserve the right to censor curse words and other similar language, and to decline pieces that violate these editorial guidelines.
Please note that we may remove content that doesn’t adhere to these guidelines.
Please also note: On occasion, our editors may update your headline or featured image to make your post as social and search-friendly as possible.