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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A beginner’s guide to submitting articles to The Archway

Before we start explaining how to submit an article, lets clarify some frequently asked questions.

Who can submit articles to The Archway?

Any Bryant University student, professor, faculty or alumni can submit articles to the newspaper. If you do not fall under these categories, email us at archway@bryant.edu.

What are the requirements for my article?

  1. Minimum of 500 total words
  2. Includes at least one high quality picture that is relevant to the article
  3. Provides some content value to the Bryant community
  4. Cannot talk down the university or its faculty, staff and students

When will my article be published?

Online: Your article will be immediately published after it has been reviewed by our staff.

Print: As for our print newspaper, there is limited space in each section and it is up to our section editors to select the most timely articles for each edition.

How do I submit my article to The Archway?

You can go through the below steps to submit online. Anyone who would like to be seen as a published author, we suggest creating an account and filling out your profile (Instructions Below).

Part 1: Creating an account

Sign up for an account

To sign up for an account, click the Sign in/Join button on the top of the page. Next, enter in your Bryant email address if you have one, and type in your first and last name as your username, ex: John Smith.

Verify your email and set a password

Once signing up, you will need to check your email and click on the verification link. Once clicking on the link, you will be prompted to select a password before continuing to login to your account.

Complete your profile

If you have gotten this far, you will notice that when viewing the site you have a second black bar across the top of the page. On the right side, hover over your name and click Edit My Profile. Here’s a few suggestions to editing your profile:

  • Add your social media accounts
  • Add a profile picture
  • Write a short bio
  • Link to your personal website or blog

Part 2: Adding a new post

Awesome! You have created an account and filled out your profile. The next few steps will guide you in adding a new post and submitting it for review.

Visit the post editor

To get to the post editor when viewing the site, hover your mouse over the black bar on the top of the page that says +New, and then click Post. Here is what it should look like.

Post Editor

Writing your article

The first step is to enter the title of your article in the top box that says Enter title here. Next, in the box below start typing the body of your article or copy and paste from a separate document you have created. Be careful that the formatting of the way the article is written is consistent throughout.

Set a “featured image”

Once writing your article, you are going to want to set a featured image which is the thumbnail picture that shows up on the homepage and as the background of the article. To upload this picture, scroll down on the right side of the page and click on set featured image. Note: All images need to be greater than 150X150 pixels. Set featured image

Select a category for your article

On the right side of the post editor there is a box for categories. Check one category that best suites the contents for your article. This determines where your article is shown on our website and helps section editors put your article in the paper. If you are writing for Mass Comm, please select the Mass Communications category underneath columns in addition to your primary category.

Preview your post

You are now done with your article and it’s time to see what it looks like. Click the Preview button in the Publish box and your article will load in a new tab. If you would like to make changes, go back to your other tab and resume editing.

Submit for review

When you are ready to submit your article, click the blue Submit for Review button in the Publish box.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email our Web Editor, Nyatasha Jackowicz (njackowicz@bryant.edu).