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, check out our advertising page to learn about sponsored posts or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the requirements for my article?
- Minimum of 400 total words or 500 if you are submitting for Mass Comm
- Includes at least one high quality picture that is relevant to the article
- Provides some content value to the Bryant community
- 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 either email your article and pictures to email@example.com or 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. This time you will select +New on the left side and then click Post. Here is what it should look like.
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. When you are done writing, it is time to add styling such as headings, hyperlinks and images. Use the buttons above the article box to style your text and click Add media to add images. Next you will be able to customize your image by hovering over your picture and clicking on the pencil.
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.
Select a category for your article
On the right side of the post editor there is a box for categories. Check at least one category for your article to reside in. 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.
Optional: Set tags for your post
Setting tags for your article will help readers on the site find your article. It works kind of like hashtags on Instagram or Twitter. You can add your tags separated by commas in the Tags box on the right side of the post editor.
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, Tim Levene (firstname.lastname@example.org).