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Readers are encouraged to contribute material to Tasmanian Times (TT). It could be a news article, an opinion column, a portfolio of photos, a cartoon, links to videos or anything else you think would appeal to TT’s audience. TT also publishes media releases from a wide range of groups to help record debates about important topics.

Most material published by TT has a primary focus on Tasmania or, if not specifically Tasmanian-related, at least with strong relevance to our readers. Our priority is on providing space for voices and topics otherwise under-represented in the main Tasmanian media outlets. (You can read a little more about TT here.)

While TT often republishes material, our emphasis is on material which hasn’t already been published in mainstream Tasmanian media.

As TT editors have only so much time available to run the site, we would encourage you to make it as easy as possible to publish your contribution.

Making it easy for TT

• The TT Code of Conduct: Please familiarise yourself with the TT Code of Conduct and particularly the key provisions relating to tone and legal issues. See here http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php/pages/legalbits. The standards which apply to comments on articles apply to articles too.

• If in doubt about an idea for an article, please consult: If you are at all uncertain about whether an article would be appropriate for TT, especially if you haven’t contributed to the site before, please consult the editor. So if in doubt, send a one paragraph outline of the story to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) before you launch into it. TT publishes most material it receives but not all of it.

• Word limits: While there is no technical limit on the number of words for an article, please remember that the longer an article is, the harder it is to read online.

If your article is longer than 450 words, please insert some suggested sub-headlines where you think they would be appropriate. Sub-headlines help break up big blocks of text and make it easier on the eye for readers.

• Suggest a headline: Please suggest a headline which you think captures the essence of your article in a pithy way. We don’t promise to use it, but if we think it works, we will.

• Links: If there are Internet links to existing articles which you want to include within the text just include the link in full. For example: “The TT Code of Conduct is set out in the page titled The Legal Bits http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php/pages/legalbits ...”

The way the TT software works, each link has to be manually added by TT editors to associate the hyperlink with a word.

• Add a brief bio note: At the end of your article, please append a one or two sentence biographical note. Don’t assume readers know who you are or what your expertise is. Your bio note could outline where you live, what your work role is, whether you have written a book on the topic or a link to your website or blog. 

• Photos: TT uses at least one photo with each article. Finding photos for an article can be a time-consuming task and often the most time-intensive part of publishing an article.

So, if you have a photo of your own which goes well with your article, please submit it. Or if there is a copyright-free photo, or an illustration which can be used with attribution, then please send it along. If you are really stuck, you may be able to capture a screenshot from a website or the cover of a report etc.  If the picture or the like isn’t yours, please provide details of its origin so that TT can avoid any potential copyright problems.

If you are familiar with photo-editing software, please resize your image to 710 pixels wide. The preferred file format is as a jpg. If you don’t know how to resize a photo, don’t worry, we can do it. But if you can, it would be greatly appreciated as it will save TT editors a lot of time.

• Supporting documents: If there is a supporting document which is not already available online via a link, which you would like to be uploaded with your story, please send it through. For example, if you have a document obtained as a result of a Right to Information request, it can be uploaded with your story. The preferred file format is as an Adobe Acrobat file.

• HTML coding: If you feel confident or are game, you can add HTML coding to your article but please don’t overdo it. If you have never used HTML coding before it is important to understand that coding operates in instructions contained within pairs of angle brackets. For example

<b>text goes here</b>

The / (forward slash) in the second or closing pair of brackets is the command to turn a format off. If you forget the forward slash terrible things can happen!

An example of HTML coding is

<b>this text after the opening angle brackets will be bolded and this next pair of angle brackets turns the code command off </b>

The HTML code instructions most commonly used on TT are:

<itext to italicise goes here </i
<btext to boldsuch as in sub-headlinesgoes here </b
<blockquote>If you are quoting a slab of text say from Hansard or a report and want it indented on both 
sides you 
use this command</blockquote
<a href="URL">Creates a hyperlinkso you need the full url and the word you want to display</aso for 
the scientific journal Nature Climate change the link would be
<a href="http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate2106.html">Nature Climate Change</a

If there is anything you think we should have included above, please submit a comment and we will consider including it in our guide.

With thanks, from the TT Editors.