Contribute to Source

If you build news apps, crunch data, design interactive features, or otherwise do things with code in a news organization, we want to help document, support, and amplify your work. The easiest way to do that is to suggest an article or tell us about a repo.

What We’re Looking For

We publish project introductions and walkthroughs of tools developed in and for newsrooms, along with detailed case studies and examinations of specific issues in news development and data journalism.

We pay $500 on publication for longer case studies and topical primers, which usually undergo several editorial passes, and we pay $200 for some shorter pieces we solicit, including solicited event writeups and reported pieces. The majority of our project writeups are written by the people who made the projects, and for these we offer boundless gratitude and the warm feeling of having contributed to the community’s documentation resources. Whatever you’re interested in writing, let us know.

Our code index is open to all news-related projects, with special emphasis on open source work, and we always want to hear about what you’re working on, so please send in your work.

The Details

We prefer drafts in markdown or HTML, but we can happy to work with whatever format you prefer. We like to include images—screenshots, animated gifs, process snapshots, anything that helps make the subject more concrete—and prefer to receive them at at least 800px wide whenever possible.

Our internal style book is always evolving—feel free to consult it as you work, or to ignore it and let us add serial commas in the copyedit if you prefer.

We usually do one editorial pass on articles to ask additional questions and request a few expansions on ideas, and then a copyedit of the final revised version before we produce in our CMS, though longer case studies and detailed primers sometimes go through a more involved process.

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