Writing articles for the media

How to write and get your comments published in the media

Here are some general ideas on how to increase the chances of your article being published:

  • Conform to the guidelines of the particular publication or website (e.g. length, format, author details)
  • If you are responding to an article or event, do it quickly; while it is still topical and in the public eye
  • Don’t make personal criticisms; challenge the facts and their interpretation, but not the writer
  • Don’t take other people’s comments personally, concentrate on defending your argument, not yourself
  • And, of course, be clear and concise and don’t try to cover too much ground in your article.

As an example, here are some guidelines from the Mail & Guardian

(And here is a humourous take on how not to get your feedback published)

Please feel free to comment on your experiences using the section below.

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