Editorial Guidelines

Who We Are

Earth.Org is a global not-for-profit environmental organisation headquartered in Hong Kong. It raises awareness about the loss of biodiversity and the deteriorating conditions of natural ecosystems worldwide.

Earth.Org advocates for better stewardship of natural resources and campaigns for countries to adopt principles of natural capital accountancy into their economic policy making decisions.

Leveraging the power of facts, Earth.Org enhances scientific dissemination by breaking down the complex advancements in environmental sciences into accurate, synthesised and engaging content for educational, advocacy and policy purposes.

Initiatives undertaken by Earth.Org are informed by scientific data drawn from the most credible sources, including universities and accredited research institutions.

Share A Story Worth Telling

Contributors retain broad discretion over the topic selection, as long as there is alignment with Earth.Org’s mission to inform the public on the perils of climate change, environmental degradation, biodiversity loss, use of tech for eco-monitoring, illegal wildlife trade, etc… [scroll down for list of suggested topics]

Consult the articles already published on the website to avoid overlap with existing content. The same topics can be covered again, but a novel and fresh perspective are essential.

Ask the Editor for guidance.

Audience

Style & Tone

Format

You can choose between 3 formats:

1. NEWS

A reader’s digest of important reports (IPCC, WWF-calibre etc…) or scientific discoveries published in leading environmental academic papers and think-tanks (Nature, specialised websites). Generally shorter (min 400 words, but no limits imposed), these are easier to write up.

Highlight one particular aspect of the report. Or provide a brief of the main take-aways. Either way, be succinct and to the point.

They can be short features about community work; profiles of researchers out to prove a particular theory; or a university lab that achieved a meaningful result.

Your findings don’t have to be earth-shattering: quirky and fascinating facts can shed light and ignite readers’ interest.

2. ANALYSIS

Challenge yourself into delivering a mature, and well-thought-out research piece. Length: 800+ words. Multiple sources are a must.

Your bravura resides in reducing complexity into an engaging and approachable piece. No topic is off-limits. Dive into the subject! You might want to:

a. Unpack the terminology & frame a contentious issue
b. Explore different ways experts / governments are dealing (or not) with it
c. Walk the reader through any policy implications
d. Societal impacts
e. What can we expect to happen next?
f. All of the above

3. INTERVIEWS

Do you have a sibling who is completing his PhD in environmental science? Is your neighbour a Nobel laureate eager to share his knowledge? Then go right ahead with this option. This format is more time-consuming and therefore optional. You can interview remotely via email.

Obviously, no transactions of any kind are allowed other than the exchange of publicly available information and the interviewee’s personal opinions on the subject matter.

Any Good Article Has…

TITLE & HEADING

Sharp & factual. Include at least one keyword such as name, country, or subject matter. This increases SEO visibility.

OPENING PARAGRAPH

Open powerfully! Stamp your feet. Provide a gripping anecdote to lure in the reader. Summarise the story in the first paragraph. Make your thesis stand out.
Build your article around one single idea or issue. Before unleashing your inner poet, be sure to have a clear idea of what the story is about. Always drum home the reason as to why anyone should care about what you are saying.
If it’s an interview, don’t forget to introduce your interviewee by subtly emphasising why they are worth listening to.

BODY

Allow each paragraph to strengthen your thesis, not distract from it. Every paragraph should have a clear purpose and strengthen your thesis. No beating around the bush please! Use subheadings if they help you weave the narrative better.
Embolden the reader to deepen his/her understanding of the subject by embedding links to relevant external websites (YouTube, TED Talks, newspaper articles… you name it).

CONCLUSION

Finish the article with a powerful sentence (what journalists call a kicker) and a logical conclusion. Leave readers in want of similar content. It’s good practice not to introduce new information in this section.
Don’t draw the reader into doomsday cul de sacs (“there is no hope!”). Adopt an uplifting tone where possible, or at least a factual one.
Careful with recommendations! Everyone wants to learn; nobody likes to be lectured.

Recommended Topics

Use Hyperlinks

Sharing Format

Please type the article into a GoogleDoc and share the editing permissions
Alternatively, you can email the content in a Microsoft WordDoc format
Please use the “track changed” tool during the editing process

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When in doubt, follow the Guardian & Observer Style Guide

Images (Mandatory)

We love images on Earth.Org. We use them to break up text and to support data.

Don’t Forget To FACT-CHECK

Misinformation can kill our credibility and reputation. Double check everything is correctly spelt and factually accurate throughout your article. Tedious work, but it must be done!

Examples of things to fact-check:

Editing

Our experienced Editors will provide you with constructive feedback. This is a terrific learning opportunity to improve your writing skills.
Probation will last until your 3rd article, after which the Editorial Team will formally welcome you as a full-time contributor (or not).
We will upload the final version of your articles onto our website and disseminate them via our multiple social media channels.

Deadlines

Let us know if you cannot meet the deadline! We’ll always try to accommodate you, so long as you give us enough of a heads up!

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GOOD LUCK and WELCOME TO EARTH.ORG!