Newsroom Must-Know Info

Newsroom Must-Know Info

All your need-to-knows about FYA's Newsroom, the national platform for what young Australians are thinking, feeling and talking about.

Do you have submission guidelines?

We do! Here are a few things you need to consider when contributing to FYA’s Newsroom:

We only accept original content
That means you can’t have published the content online, in print or anywhere else before we publish it on our site.

We don’t accept advertorials
That’s when content is trying to sell a product but is framed in the style of a facts-only journalistic article.

We don’t accept content that is violent, threatening or defamatory
We want to create conversation and share ideas, however, we won’t accept content that undermines the purpose of the newsroom.

We have limits on the size and length of submissions
Written content – maximum of 1500 words
Photos – maximum of 15 per story or submission
Illustrations / graphics – maximum 2GB
Videos – maximum of 5 minutes in length

Please reference your sources
You need to provide reference/s for any articles, imagery, music, facts or quotes you refer to in your content.If you’re submitting written content, use hyperlinks for your references.If you’re submitting a video, provide references in the credits.If you’re submitting photos, graphics or illustrations, provide references in a document that accompanies your visual art.

What happens once I submit my pitch?

We’ll get back to you via email within five working days to let you know if we accept your pitch. If we accept, we will send you a legal contract setting out the terms and conditions of working together. We’ll take your story through two editing rounds, and then we’ll publish it.

What is your editing process?

We see the editing process as a collaborative exercise, and a way for us to support young people to strengthen skills such as collaboration, communication, teamwork and critical thinking. Depending on the format of your content (for example, video, illustration or written content), we will go through a minimum of two rounds of edits and feedback before publishing on our site. We maintain final editorial discretion to publish or not publish content.

Where will my story be published? 

If accepted and published, your content may be published on any of FYA’s channels and publications. This includes, but is not limited to, our website, social media channels and digital communications such as e-newsletters, presentations, staff training and workshops. Our Privacy Policy explains how we collect, use, disclose and otherwise handle personal information, and explains your rights in relation to the personal information we hold about you.

What are FYA’s online community guidelines? 

Our online community guidelines exist to ensure engaging with us online is a safe and productive experience for all young people. They detail how we post, review and moderate online conversation. Read our community guidelines here.

How can I stay safe on social media? 

It’s a good idea to prepare yourself for both the good and bad of what it means to have your content shared online.
Here are some tips from us, and even more from Stay Smart Online.

Is there any legal stuff?

If we accept your pitch, we’ll send you a legal contract. It’s super easy to read and covers us to work together for 12 months. The contract sets out our publication terms and conditions and details how your content will be used by FYA. You’ll need to read, sign and return it for us to publish your content.

Just a reminder, our Privacy Policy explains how we collect, use, disclose and otherwise handle personal information, and explains your rights in relation to the personal information we hold about you.

What about payment? Show me the money! 

We pay $125 per piece unless otherwise agreed on. Our payment terms are 30 days from receipt of invoice. If you don’t have an Australian Business Number (ABN) that’s okay, we can help you out.

If you want to know more about ABNs, watch this video. Getting an ABN is free and can be done via the Australian Business Register website.

Do you have an editorial committee? 

We will be developing an editorial committee in 2020. It will be a rotating group of 6-8 young people who are representative of 12-29 year-olds across Australia. The committee informs and guides content topics and styles. Editorial committee members change annually, participating as members for a maximum of 12 months.

Submit your story to the newsroom!

Tell us what you're doing, feeling or thinking—and get paid for it! We want to know what it means to be young in Australia today.

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