GUIDELINES FOR CONTRIBUTION TO TNT- THE NORTHEAST TODAY
Thank you for your interest in contributing to TNT- The Northeast Today.
WHO WE ARE?
TNT- The Northeast Today is an independent news organization that is dedicated to covering the current affairs, news, culture and events in the Northeast India. We want to help you to see news events as starting points for constructive conversations.
WHAT KIND OF SUBMISSIONS ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
News (Current Affairs & Political Activities)
Features: Got an idea for a feature/story?
Exclusive Interviews (Interviews of persons who you think are making an impact in society and whose contributions are worth being known)
Pictures or Videos (On any social cause/personality who are making an impact)
You can get in touch with our Senior Reporters or the organization directly in case of any queries or clarifications:
email@example.com (Managing editor)
firstname.lastname@example.org (News Editor)
email@example.com (Operations Head)
For submissions, you may use the above mail ids as well as firstname.lastname@example.org
As a rough guideline, and depending on how many pictures are included, a one page feature is 700 words, 2 page is 1,200 words and 3 page is 1,800 words. Bear in mind that feature material is normally scheduled several months in advance.
Rates are typically between Rs 500 to Rs 1500 per feature depending on the experience of the writer, the word count, number of images sent and whether the feature includes interviews.
GUIDELINES FOR LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
We publish letters to the editor in our Readers Write column, which appears in each monthly magazine issue (print edition) and online in our “Letters to the Editor” section at thenortheasttoday.com.
For submissions pertaining to ‘Letters to the Editor’, mail your content to:
Letters to the Editor is a forum for readers to comment on news articles, features, and commentary that appeared in a recent TNT magazine. We welcome letters from a wide variety of perspectives, especially those that make a sincere, constructive contribution to the discussion raised by TNT articles.
To be considered for publication, your letter must:
*Refer to a specific article that appeared in a monthly magazine issue of the Monitor within the past two months
*Not exceed 200 words in length
*Be your original work, AND not submitted elsewhere (no form letters)
*Include your full, real name and the city, state, and country where you reside. A daytime phone number is also required. (That number won’t be published, but we may need to be able to reach you during the editing process.)
Unfortunately, we cannot print every letter, but we value your feedback and appreciate your insights. If your comment is accepted for publication, we will contact you to notify you when the letter will appear.(IF NOT IN PRINT, WE SHALL TRY TO INCORPORATE YOUR SUBMISSIONS ON OUR WEB PAGE)
Gift Card is offered for the ‘Letter of the Month’.
TNT reserves the right to edit and to decide which letters to publish.
GUIDELINES FOR REVIEWS
Those interested in reviewing for TNT should contact Honorary Reviews Editors: Shweta Raj Kanwar- email@example.com and Ibankyntiew Mawrie- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reviews can be for books/movies/restaurants/travel destinations, etc. Please note that TNT does not accept unsolicited reviews.
Reviews should be a paragraph or two at most and always come as e-mail.
The payment for Reviews is Rs 250
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION ON PROFILES OF PERSONALITIES
We’re interested in stories about personalities in the NorthEast who are entrepreneurs making a positive difference. We want to highlight the contributions of ordinary people who do extraordinary things.
These profiles, approximately 1,200 words in length, should include an in-depth interview with the subject as well as quotes from at least two “endorsers” who can vouch for how the person is “making a difference.” We’ll also want to learn why the individual is so passionate about his or her work.
Pitch your story proposals to the e-mail addresses above. Keep them brief (no more than a paragraph or two) and focus on telling us why your story will interest readers in the Northeast
Payment will be Rs1000 per article with the possibility of also reimbursing some modest travel expenses. Any travel or other expenses should be agreed upon ahead of time.
All pieces must be original for TNT. We cannot accept stories that have been published elsewhere.
READERS’ FORUM (Poetry/Short Stories/Cartoons/Photos):
The Readers Forum is looking for upbeat, personal essays/stories from 500 to 1000 words. These are first-person, non-fiction explorations of how you responded to a place, a person, a situation, an event, or happenings in everyday life. Tell a story; share a funny true tale. The humor should be gentle. We accept essays on a wide variety of subjects, and encourage timely, newsy. All material must be original and previously unpublished. We are always looking for essays on travel, parenting (your experiences with children as opposed to advice for someone else), home, family, gardening, neighborhood, and community.
We also welcome short poems. We are particularly interested in poetry that has an international flavor or that offers some global or cultural insights. Short poems are more likely to be accepted (because of space constraints) than poems that are more than 18 lines long.
Photos: We welcome high quality images to accompany your material. Please submit them as separate image files (e.g. jpg), and at a high resolution (300dpi). If you have several large image files to submit, please consider using Drop box or a big file website e.g. Wetransfer.com. Please ensure that you have permission from the rights holders for TNT to reproduce the photos.
HOW SHOULD I PROPOSE A STORY/PHOTO/VIDEO/REVIEW IDEA?
Check the TNT website to make sure we have not recently run a piece on the same topic you are proposing.
Send us a pitch—not a finished draft. Usually two or three paragraphs are enough to let us know if your idea is something we want to pursue. The best pitches are packed with specific information, represent your writing style, and indicate the sources of information you intend to use.
Include your credentials, including relevant published clips. Email your pitch to the given mail ids with the word “PITCH” in the subject line.
If you are particularly interested in writing for the print magazine, you’ll need to pitch a story that fits within the theme. Look for updates in our NOTICE BOARD posted on our website for instructions and a deadline.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
We cannot respond personally to every pitch we are sent. You will receive an email saying we have your pitch. If you don’t hear from us again within four weeks, you can assume that we have decided not to use your idea.
If your pitch gets our interest, we’ll follow up with some thoughts and suggestions. Once the assignment is settled, we’ll negotiate a deadline, a word count, and a rate. When we’re ready to make an assignment, we will send an email detailing the requirements and payment for the feature.
Should we wish to publish your work, you must know and acknowledge the following:
Most articles we publish go through multiple rounds of editing and fact-checking. Writers are expected to work with the editors on revisions, for as many rounds as the editors see fit.
TNT assumes no legal liability whatsoever for the works of its contributors. Writers are wholly responsible for all statements in their works, including any opinions, facts, errors. TNT does not support or endorse any statements expressed by its contributors.
All works submitted to TNT must be the sole, original property of the contributor(s), and cannot interfere with any other publication or company’s publishing rights.
Copyright information and terms of acceptance
When you file a story with us, it is assumed that the piece is original and will be exclusive to us for 90 days worldwide in all media from the date of publication. This includes the right to distribute the story via aggregation and syndication and to post it on TNT’s Web site and social media platforms.
Once you have been given the go-ahead to write, your editor will send you an email agreement. We cannot publish your work without the agreement. Except in unusual circumstances, we accept a new writer’s work “on spec” only. That means you give us the opportunity to read your story before we decide whether to accept it; and our agreeing to look at something on spec implies no financial or other obligation on our part.
If we commission you to write stories, there is a financial obligation on our part. If you file a commissioned story that fulfills what you pitched to us, we will pay you our basic rate for the story whether we run it or not. If the commissioned story you deliver is unsatisfactory, we will ask you to rework it or we will pay a kill fee, usually half the basic rate. We may not pay a fee, however, if the story arrives too late for avoidable reasons.
Please note that all submissions should be an original piece of work and should not be copying another person’s work and submitting it as your own, word-for-word/ Copying another person’s work and changing some words or phrases/ Copying any part of another person’s work, whether changing words or not/“Spinning” another person’s work/Using another person’s idea as your own, including the progression, flow, and main points of a post, examples, images, etc./Copying content from any website, whether an author is given or not.
PS: Freelance Writers as well as Guest Contributors will need to sign an agreement with TNT-The Northeast Today before entering into any agreement/contract pertaining to the Pitched idea and once a heads-up for the same is given. The format for the same is given below (for your reference) and will be mailed across once confirmed.
GUEST CONTRIBUTOR AGREEMENT
As a Guest contributor (“You”) agree to allow TNT Magazine (“TNT Magazine”) to publish original articles written by You (the “Posts”) on TNT Magazine’s website (“thenortheasttoday.com”). You grant TNT Magazine the non-exclusive, worldwide right to publish on thenortheasttoday.com, syndicate, and distribute all or a portion of the Posts in any language, worldwide.
You grant TNT Magazine the right to use Your name, likeness, information about You, and the logo of Your web site, if applicable, in connection with the Posts.
Except for the rights granted TNT Magazine in this agreement, You retain all rights, including copyright, in the Posts.
You represent and warrant that You have the right to grant these rights; that the Posts are original; that they do not knowingly contain any untrue statements, invade any right of privacy, or infringe upon any statutory or common law copyright or otherwise violate the rights of any third party; and that all statements in the Posts that are asserted as facts are true and/or based upon reasonable research for accuracy.
You agree to cooperate in the defense of any legal action brought against TNT Magazine from the publication of the Posts. You agree to reveal to TNT Magazine any actual or potential conflict of interest, including but not limited to any financial interest in any product, firm, or commercial venture relating to the subject of the Posts. TNT Magazine may illustrate the Posts. You grant TNT Magazine the right to edit the Posts for publication.
By submitting posts to TNT Magazine, You indicate acceptance of these terms.
FREELANCE WRITER AGREEMENT
This agreement (the “Agreement”) is entered into by ___________________ (“Writer”), and TNT – The Northeast Today (“Magazine”).
In consideration of the mutual covenants made herein, the parties agree as follows:
Parties. Writer is engaged in the business of writing articles and other materials on a freelance basis. Magazine is engaged in the business of online and print publication.
Relationship. The parties expressly agree and acknowledge that the relationship created by this Agreement is one of Independent Contractor. Magazine is not the employer of Writer, and Writer is not, and will not be treated as, an employee of Magazine for tax purposes, or any other purposes.
Contract Period. This agreement will begin on the date set forth below and shall continue until terminated as provided by either party. If either party violates a term of this Agreement, then the other party (the “Non-breaching Party”) may terminate this Agreement, effective immediately upon delivery of written notice of termination by the Non-breaching Party. Not withstanding the foregoing, either party may terminate this Agreement at any time for any or no reason, effective upon thirty (30) days written notice.
Services to be Provided by Writer. Writer agrees to submit, on his or her sole initiative, written articles to the Magazine on the following subjects, _____________________ (the “Articles”). The manner and method of producing these Articles is solely at the discretion of Writer; Newspaper has no right of control over Writer’s manner or method of performance under this Agreement. Writer will submit Articles in accordance with the schedule of copy deadlines being used by the Magazine.
Representations and Warranties of Writer. By submitting an Article to Magazine, Writer represents and warrants that the Article is Writer’s original work, that the Article is not owned by any third party, that the Article is accurate, that the Article has not been obtained by unlawful means, that the Article has not been previously published in any manner or medium, specifically including, but not limited to, print or electronic means, and that publication of the article by Magazine will not violate any copyright or other intellectual property right of any third party.
Compensation. Magazine agrees to pay Writer Rs________ per Article published by Magazine. Under no circumstances will Writer be paid on an hourly, daily or other basis that is a function of time. Writer acknowledges and agrees that Magazine will only pay writer for Articles that are published and Newspaper has the sole and exclusive authority to determine whether or not to publish any and all Articles submitted by Writer. Magazine agrees to pay Writer Rs_______ per photograph published in conjunction with an Article; however, Writer understands and agrees that Magazine may publish, at its sole discretion, any number of photographs less than or equal to those submitted by Writer with the Article.
Taxes. As an Independent Contractor, Writer shall be responsible for the reporting, deposit and payment of any and all central, state, and local taxes, including but not limited to income taxes and GST incidental to the performance of, or payment under this Agreement.
Assignment and Ownership of Intellectual Property. Writer hereby understands and agrees that all Articles submitted to, and published by, Magazine under this Agreement shall be considered works for hire, and further, to the extend any intellectual property right does not pass pursuant to a work for hire, Writer hereby assigns to Magazine all rights to publish the Article, and all previously submitted articles of Writer, in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which it can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device, including without limitation the rights to archive, republish, edit, repackage or revise any Article in any manner as Magazine sees fit. The rights conferred upon Magazine by this agreement shall be exclusive to Magazine for a period of _______ after the first date Newspaper initially publishes the Article.
This Agreement is entered into on this _____ day of __________, 200___.
Writer: Name_________________________________________________________________ Signature______________________________________________________________
Magazine: Name/Title_____________________________________________________________ Signature______________________________________________________________