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The European Journalism Observatory welcomes contributions from academics and journalists who want to disseminate their work internationally.

  • We will consider articles from any country in any of our participating languages.
  • We welcome pitches and full articles.
  • Articles should deal with research, developments and trends in the media and journalism and be of interest to practising journalists and academics.

Please submit no more than 800 words per article. The EJO is an academic publication and is not in a position to pay honoraria. A submission form can be found at the end of this page.

Style Guide

Please follow our style guide when writing an article.

  • The word maximum is 800 words.
  • If you are a new author, please send us a portrait and a short biography for your author page
  • Please use links (to sources or interesting information) and, if available, photos (make sure you have to right to use the photos!)
  • Please use UK spellings (Not emphasize, organize, BUT emphasise, organise, US not U.S.)
  • Media titles/outlet names should be in italics. Do not include The Guardian, The NYT, etc. It is just the Guardian, NYT, etc.
  • Numbers are one to nine, then 10, 11, 12 etc.
  • Per cent or % – you can use either as long as you keep it consistent through the article.
  • Try to omit all jargon words such as “grow” as in “to grow the market” and “utilising” (substitute with “using”).
  • Titles are all uppercase (“The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog”).
  • Please explain things that require context to international audiences (links often help, but do not substitute for basics – i.e. what is “NoBillag”? Everyone in Switzerland knows, but other readers do not usually.)
  • Examples of good articles:
  1. https://en.ejo.ch/media-economics/business-models/a-brief-guide-to-newsroom-innovation-for-journalists
  2. https://en.ejo.ch/digital-news/bigger-is-not-always-better-data-journalism-for-small-newsrooms
  3. https://en.ejo.ch/latest-stories/when-news-stories-are-too-big-and-too-important-to-investigate-alone
  4. https://en.ejo.ch/digital-news/journalism-needs-scientists-now

On structuring a story…

  • Please remember, we are trying to share information with readers who are NOT familiar with the story. Articles must be as accessible as possible.
  • Each article should tell the story from the beginning, as in a newspaper story would, and explain history & terms.
  • This means a newsy intro, which tries to be as accessible and general as possible (ideally trying to find a universal theme that readers might relate to – and care about and want to share), then context quite quickly that tells readers the basic facts so they can follow the story’s meaning.
  • Please make use of headlines throughout the article. They should be informative, ideally summarising the following paragraph (e.g. “Buzzwords Like “Blockchain” Are The Latest Trend At Journalism Conferences“, NOT “Bullshit-Bingo With Blockchain”) They help our readers to make sense of a story.

Submissions can be sent via this form:

European Journalism Observatory

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Department of Politics and International Relations
University of Oxford
13 Norham Gardens
Oxford
OX2 6PS
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 1865 611080

 

Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)
Via Giuseppe Buffi 13
CH – 6904 Lugano
Switzerland

Telephone: +41 58 666 4126

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