Vocal Europe Blog

Vocal Europe is always seeking new contributions for its main blog.  If you are knowledgeable on a topic or event related to key debates in Europe and its neighbourhood, and wish to write about it, the Vocal Europe Blog would love to host your article.  We are looking for submissions that are informative, brief, vivid, and inviting. If you are interested in submitting a post, please read over our submission, image, and writing guidelines.

Submissions

  1. Send us a short biography, your social media address, and a profile photo to be used for your blog.
  2. Blog article submissions must be emailed to blog@vocaleurope.eu with the phrase “VE Blog Submission-Your Name” in the message title.
  3. Submissions should be sent as an MS Word attachment, should include an appropriate title and your name, and should contain one or more relevant HD images to accompany the blog.
  4. Articles should not be more than 800 words.  Remember to be concise with your article.
  5. Images should be submitted as attachments, and not embedded in the Word document.
  6. If you would like to indicate how the images should be laid out, do so with notes in the Word document.
  7. Bloggers must credit images appropriately, providing the internet address and copyright information. This includes creator name, title, date and internet address for the image.
  8. All submissions will be evaluated and either posted to the blog, or returned with feedback designed to help make them more publishable.

Choosing Images

Images found via Google Image search may be in violation of copyright, so the best way to choose images is to search for those that are in the public domain or protected under the fair use clause.  This means that the image may be used for educational purposes, as long as attribution is given. The following sites may serve as resources for finding these kinds of images:

  1. Flickr Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/. This site includes mostly images that you are free to use as long as you give attribution. You can search for images in the top-left corner.
  2. Wikimedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page. Same as Flickr Creative Commons has a majority of images that are okay to use, and for many you don’t need to give attribution. You can also search for by type of  images (such as maps) and also high-quality images.
  3. Google Images with Advanced Search: You can actually specify what kind of copyright you want your images to have in Google Image’s advanced search. To do so, first, type in your search term. On the image results page, click the “options” icon on the right (the wheel icon), and select “Advanced Search”.  Scroll to the bottom of the Advanced Search page and select from the “usage rights” drop-down menu. You’ll want to select “free to use or share”. Click the advanced search button, and the new results will appear.

Writing the Blog

  1. Blog articles should be creative, thoughtful, and well-informed.
  2. While writing the article, consider if the content and style of writing will appeal to other readers and would grab their attention sufficiently to finish reading the post and to encourage their comments or feedback.
  3. Have fun while composing the blog
  4. Excessive spelling and grammatical errors, failure to adhere to these guidelines, or failure to appropriately cite other sources and images can result in rejection of submissions by Vocal Europe Blog editors.
  5. If you would like an idea of what a typical blog post looks like, please browse our archives located to the right of the main page