Writing and Publishing Instructions

This is the official guide to writing and publishing with Arbitror. This guide will be continuously updated, so be sure to check back from time to time.

  1. Prior to writing your piece, be sure to approve your topic with one of the editors. They currently are Julian, Drake, Hannah, and Sophia. Be sure to check the Contributor Biographies page for an updated list of editors. This helps us to coordinate who is writing about what and to increase viewership.
  2. After writing your article and having it edited, paste it into the body of a new blog post (assuming you wrote in on Word or another application). Be sure to add a title and photo to your article. You can do this through the "Settings" or "Options" button in the same new blog post window. The button should be on the upper right hand corner or at the top. Add tags and a maximum of one category to your article as well. If your article encompasses two categories (i.e. politics and economics), pick one and include the other as a tag. Use as many tags as you desire :)

    On that same "Settings" page, shorten your URL to something more concise. Try to only use 3-5 key words for your URL. For example, this article is titled "Why I Stopped Feeling the Bern: The Myth of the Lesser of Two Evils," but has a URL of: http://www.arbitror.org/home/why-i-stopped-feeling-the-bern
  3. If you cite anything, please use ONLY hyperlinks to source your online material. If your sources are in print format, use MLA format--unfortunately, Squarespace doesn't have foot or end notes. Here's an example that uses both hyperlinks and print sources. Pro tip: use citations sparingly. Only include a citation if you use an explicit statistic, date, or quote from another piece.
  4. Be sure to include a Creative Commons (CC) license and attribution if you use CC content. Look at the bottom of this article for an example. You can also use your own photography if it is high in both digital quality and aesthetic appeal. Here's a guide on how to use CC. If you're confused on how to use CC or attribute CC photography, talk to Drake. He's our Creative Director and responsible for all things artsy on Arbitror.
  5. Add a disclaimer at the bottom of your article. The official article disclaimer is "The views reflected in this piece do not reflect the views of other Arbitror contributors or of Arbitror itself."
  6. Tell your editor that you've made all the final touches and they will publish it for you. Do NOT hit the publish button yourself--only ever save it as a draft. Your editor will handle all this for you. We publish things strategically and often in coordination with other pieces and social media, so this is very important.
  7. Once it is published, Don't forget to share it on your own social media. Your friends are much more likely to view it than the average person following Arbitror, as your friends personally know who wrote the piece!