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Editorial Guidelines

Welcome to Transcontinental Times, we are an independent & unbiased international media company based in Madrid, Spain. We offer you a platform driven by good old-fashioned reporting on global issues with an opportunity to redefine yourself, educate your readers, and provide relevant information on world and local events, people, and places.

Our contributors are expected to follow the format of Transcontinental Times. As per our guidelines, ideal article length is between 300 to 900 words. Effective subheadings, appropriate key phrases, and consistent formatting boost clarity and  provide accessible structure.

We’d love to hear from you about any of the following topics (please remember that you must have permission from the copyright holder to use any third-party text, photos, videos or other content, and it source name should be mentioned or linked in the article.):

Current Submission Categories Include:

  • Politics
  • Culture
  • Entertainment
  • Business/Tech
  • Lifestyle
  • Sports
  • Health/COVID-19
  • Travel/Education
  • Environment
  • The Arts
  • Education
  • Opinion

Special consideration will be given to articles that feature lesser known voices who are making a positive difference in their community. This will really separate us from other media sources that always turn to the known experts and often ignore the rural knowledge.

Successful Submissions Include (but are not limited to) Stories About:

  • creativity, creative endeavours, creative people
  • productivity/ work life balance
  • managing finances
  • mentoring
  • finding meaning and purpose at work
  • changing careers
  • rising above challenges
  • remarkable people doing remarkable things to improve their community
  • political events that are shaping our world from our villages to our countries
  • climate change and the environment
  • innovations and challenges in education from preschool to graduate school
  • family life, parenting, motherhood
  • women’s equality and rights
  • technology, pitfalls and tools for human advancement
  • health and wellness, including mental, spiritual, and physical
  • Religion and spirituality
  • entrepreneurship and business ownership
  • workers’ rights, fair pay
  • interpersonal relationships: romantic, co-worker, friendships, with children
  • dealing with grief
  • positive thinking, habits, mindsets, habits
  • travel that illuminates, educates, and/or serves others
  • entertainment and how it moves people emotionally and sometimes into action

Generally, we are looking for:

  • reactions, opinions, and analysis of relevant events, people, and places
  • timely pieces that are current and meaningful
  • special focus on marginalized voices from minority communities and people (LGBTQ, other-abled, religious or racial minorities, etc)
  • a reading level of “high school and above” (Word can check literacy level, we will need to check exact range and put in these guidelines)

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Opinion piece, must be based on these parameters:

  1. Current/most recent/trending topic, 2. Public interest, 3. Based on experts views or reality (not permitted any imagination).

Accordingly to this we are going  to to make a difference:

  1. Opinion by Expert: Should be written by an expert on an issue (Politician, Historian, etc.) can be written in 1st person.
  2. Opinion by Journalist: Should be written in 3rd person and very well argued with real facts and documents.

OPINION piece will be reviewed & publish within 5-7 days. In case of any queries only for Opinion section related, please reach out to : mpadin@transcontinentaltimes.com

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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 to avoid copyright issues:

  1. Please hyperlink (MANDATORY) all sources, studies, research, and health facts that you mention in your post.

Your story will be stronger if you back your points and opinions with relevant sources or examples. 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 TimesThe Wall Street JournalTIMECNN, or Scientific American. For health stories, 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. That’s how you balance your story. 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.

We prefer credible sources that are NOT other news outlets unless necessary. Otherwise, it could end up being redundant information.

  1. Transcontinental Times does not publish community pieces that are promotional in nature, endorse supplements or medications, or that offer prescriptive medical advice.

If you are looking for an ad placement or looking to promote your brand on our site then please email us at Info@TranscontinentalTimes.Com

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 our policy. Undisclosed payments for media coverage violate not only Transcontinental Times standards, but also the journalism 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. Remember, we are a journalism firm and not into Public Relations.

  1. Transcontinental Times 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 Transcontinental Times 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 (SEO)-friendly as possible.

We reserve the final right in publishing, in general, in the event we have submissions that are on relevant topics, but the writing itself is not up to par.

If during the course of an interview, the speaker uses an expletive, please treat it like this.

We welcome articles, essays, reviews, and interviews. The most frequent reason we reject material is because the length, style or subject matter is clearly inappropriate for us.

We are a completely voluntary venture and we are unable to pay our writers at this stage. (Hopefully, that will change soon)

We don’t accept previously published articles; please don’t send us something that you have already published on your personal blog.

We follow a strict policy against any kind of plagiarism and so please ensure that you don’t submit any kind that’s plagiarized (please look for details wrt the standard plagiarism guidelines)

Don’t forget, you must have permission to use any third-party text, photos, videos or other content, and all such items must be published in accordance with the Contributor Code of Ethics.

WRITING STYLE:

  • You should always mention location in your story. The place from where it’s being filed or in some cases the location of the incident. The location should be in bold

Article pitch should start like this, example: , A man was charged…

 Here is a sample:         UNITED STATES. Brooklyn, New York. A man was charged..

  • The initial alphabet of any word in the HEADLINE should be in caps.

For Example: Sanders Gets Respectful Welcome At Conservative College

  • In the first paragraph itself, mention the day/date of the incident.

For Example: The incident took place on Friday (June 5)…

If the incident happened last year, you can say,

For Example: The incident took place on June 5, 2019… OR in June 2019 (if the date is unavailable).

DO NOT use today/yesterday in the copy, instead, write DAYS (Tuesday/Monday, etc).

  • The United States, United Kingdom should be written as U.S. and U.K respectively.
  • If you are writing about a murder story, you can add similar incidents at the end (last para), if you feel the need to.
  • WRITERS, revise your copies before submission to be sure there are no typos/grammatical errors.
  • Use crisp and clear, easy-to-comprehend sentences so the readers don’t lose interest.
  • If you are writing about organizations like WHO or UN, write it like…

 

For Example: The United Nations (UN) or The World Health Organization (WHO)…

  • Your article should not ideally be written in the first person, but, in special cases like if you have interviewed someone or it is a travel story, you can write in first person. Try to write in third person.
  • You can always discuss topics you want to write on and the ways you want to attempt those pieces.

Submission Checklist 

Thank you so much for sharing your writing with us. The Editorial Board has created this checklist to help you with the submission process. Please carefully check EACH item on this list prior to submitting your article. If ANY of these items are missing from your submission, it will not be considered for publication. You may keep your submission in DRAFT mode until you feel it’s ready to be reviewed by an editor. 

  • Draft your article in Microsoft Word 
  • Grammar/Mechanics Check: Upload article here: https:/app.grammarly.com/ 
  • Plagiarism Check: Upload your article here: https//www.duplichecker.com/ 
  • Adherence to Journalism Standards: 
  • Many of you may have experience as bloggers; however, this is a news platform and thus you are writing as a journalist for this publication. 
  • All submissions must be objective, fact-based, and written in 3rd person. (I, we, me…etc should NEVER be in your piece outside of a quote). If you interview someone, you say it like this: 
  • “I should have won that election,” Mrs. Clinton told Transcontinental Times. 
  • Exception: 1st person travel pieces (Discretion of Travel Editor)  
  • Upload “clean” copy into WordPress Dashboard through your login 
  • PrioritizeIn order to get time-sensitive reporting published first, prioritize the piece as follows: (Editors ultimately determine priority. Please prioritize accurately.) 
  • REDBreaking News (Needs to be published ASAP), ExampleR Modi Tests Positive for Covid-19 
  • YELLOWTime Sensitive (For an upcoming movie release, holiday, election…), Example: Y Modi and Trump Set Date for Trade Talks 
  • GREENOn-going, not time sensitive. ExampleG The Pillars of Modi’s Nationalist Vision 
  • Headline Format: Every first letter of the word in headline should be in Capital (including articles/preposition): 
  • ExampleDonald Trump Bans Windmills For Fear Of Cancer 
  • Headlines are no more than 15 words. Keep it simple. 
  • Location. Begin article like this: UNITED STATES. Brooklyn, New York. (COUNTRY. City, State.) 
  • Subheadings for main ideas. Each article will have 3 or 4 and it should be in H4 heading format, text like this: Trump bans cell phones for fear of brain cancer
  • Scroll below the piece and complete the following fields. 
  • Subtitle: Take a main idea from your article. Copy and paste it under Subtitle field (If subtitle field is not visible to you, we recommend you to put those text under ‘Meta description’ (in SEO panel after clicking on add snippet). Reword it slightly. (To avoid redundancy).  
  • Keyphrases (There are 4. Please use every field for a keyphrase. These are “pointers” within Google that help readers find the piece.) 
  • Sources (If you used ANY outside source for your piece, add the name: BBC) 
  • This is critical. If a source is used and citation is not included, ‘Transcontinental Times’ could be subject to legal action! 
  • Source URL: Copy and Paste the link to the source here 
  • In the tool bar to the right, fill in the following: 
  • Photo Image. Every article must have a featured image(preferably an original one if possible). Upload your photo from your photo file/paint/etc files. 
  • Please adjust photo to fit pixel requirements (1200×675) 
  • Provide alt text/title/caption for the photo. 
  • Don’t forget to add TAGS (We suggest to have 5-7 tags) and Category (max 3) for the article. 
  • Preview. This is what the final piece will look like on the web. Read the piece carefully, and make any final edits before making it PENDING. 
  • Rejected articles will be found in drafts only as Uncategorized, writer has to read guidelines again and revisit the above five steps carefully.  Once the writer feels confident it is ready, they have option to re-submit ONCE againIf it’s not published after a second submission, it will be removed from the dashboard. This is the method for tracking the status of the post. 
  • Writers are given access to submit articles on a probationary basis. To maintain access to submission privileges, writers are required to submit “ready-to-publish” articles that have met ALL the guidelines. If 3 articles are rejected due to carelessness (not uploading an image, for example or not capitalizing headline properly), writers may lose submission privilegesIf content is excellent, but the Editorial Board determines a writer needs more support with journalistic standardsan editor will be assigned prior to next submission.  
  • ‘TRANSCONTINENTAL TIMES’ acknowledge that writers are offering their time and talent, and to encourage excellent journalism is implementing an OUTSTANDING JOURNALIST award each quarter. This award will be given to one writer who has consistently demonstrated excellence in both content and style. Original, cutting-edge, and thought-provoking pieces are the gold standard.  

Please do not reach out to our editorial team about a submission. Occasionally, an editor may reach out to you for clarification or feedback.  Please understand that there are more than 60 writers on our current team and only 9 editors. We are all donating our time and talents. We respect your time and efforts, and we ask for your patience. Thank you for lending your voice to the Transcontinental Times. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens after I’ve submitted my story for review?

After you submit your story, it will be added to our queue and reviewed by our editorial team.

How long will it take for my story to be published?

We try to publish stories as quickly as possible—our average turnaround is 72 hours (3 days).

You may send an email to our editorial board (Editorial@transcontinentaltimes.com) to inquire why your piece has not been published; however, the editorial team is under no obligation to provide a reason. Several factors go into this determination, and may not be a reflection of your abiities or talent. Oftentimes, it may be beacuse the content does not fit our mission or we are are looking to balance our publication’s categories at a particular time.

How long should my story be?

Stories that are between 300 and 600 words generally perform best.

Can I publish stories that I published somewhere else first?

No, articles should be original and not found elsewhere.

Why was my headline changed after I submitted?

On occasion, our editors may update your headline or featured image to make your post as social and search-friendly as possible.

What topics can I write about?

Topics to explore include (but are not limited to): Politics/Culture/Entertainment/Business/Tech/Lifestyle/Sports/COVID-19/Travel/Education/Enviornement/Health including  success and failure, productivity, creativity, gratitude, self reflection, inspiration, parenting and co-parenting, interpersonal relationships (romantic, family, friends), quieting negative self-talk, and the power of giving back.

How often can I write?

As often as you like!

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