We’re looking for external contributors who are interested in submitting policy papers, reports, commentaries, and analyses for Vocal Europe!
As an external contributor, you’ll benefit from Vocal Europe‘s outreach in Brussels and make sure that your contribution will have its impact within the circles of EU decision-making.
Issues we’re seeking external contributors for include:
- European Union
- Western Balkans
How To Apply
Along with a brief summary of your analysis, please send us your short resume together with links to your active social media accounts (specifically your Twitter and Facebook). We’r looking forward to you telling us about the issues that you are interested to cover. Send us an e-mail and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!
Before submitting a pitch or article, please see to our Social Feed so you are up to date on Vocal Europe coverage and have an understanding of Vocal Europe’s style. This will improve the chances that your pitch or article will be accepted.
*Contibutions should be submitted here: firstname.lastname@example.org
To improve your contribution’s chances of being published, follow these submission rules.
Newsworthy: There must be a relevancy hook to your contibution, and a clearly stated reason that your topic is likely to attract readers by an informed audience that follow Europe and its neighborhood.
Original work: The contribution must be original work and exclusive to Vocal Europe, and cannot be derived from previous articles or secondary sources. Exclusive to Vocal Europe means your piece cannot be published on any other website, including personal blogs.
Length: Your contribution should be less than 2,000 words.
Unique angle: Stick to a specific angle and avoid cluttering the article with multiple themes. Go in-depth with coverage and analysis not found in mainstream media outlets.
Local context: Seek out local perspectives and sources not well represented in the research circles. However, your contribution must not be simply a collection of quotes; it must include your own contextualization and analysis.
Sources and facts: Analyses and reports must be based on facts and quotes from sources, and all referenced information must be cited and linked. Even analytical or opinion pieces should be fact-driven. Every quote or fact should be linked back to the original, primary source. If it is an EU report, link to the report on the EU website. If it is a quote by the German Ministry foreign affairs, link to the official text at auswaertiges-amt.de. Only reference articles and newspapers if they have exclusive reporting, such as interviews or leaked documents. Otherwise, link primary source. No Wikipedia links. Vocal Europe puts greater value on sources who are decision-makers and insiders who are in the region.
Clear writing: Avoid jargon, metaphors and clichés. If you have heard a phrase a hundred times, don’t use that phrase. Employ active voice – for example, “the government botched Operation X,” not “mistakes were made” – and clear, concise, direct sentences and paragraphs.
Self-edit: Thoroughly proof your work before submitting, removing grammatical errors and typos, and checking facts. Submit the contibution “ready to go” and do not expect editors to do your work. Unedited submissions will not be considered.
Appropriate language: Submissions to Vocal Europe must use appropriate language and cannot include name-calling, ad hominem attacks, or unsubstantiated allegations or rumors.