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.
What We’re Looking For
We publish project introductions and walkthroughs of tools developed in and for newsrooms, and project and event roundups. Via Source Learning, we also publish detailed case studies and examinations of specific issues in news development and data journalism. And our code index is open to all news-related projects, with special emphasis on open source work.
We pay $500 on publication for longer case studies and topical primers, which usually undergo several editorial passes. The authors of project writeups and shorter pieces receive our gratitude and a happy feeling of having contributed to the community’s documentation resources.
How to Contribute
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.
Send note to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you’d like to work on, and we’ll get started!