Citizen Journalism Guidelines

We welcome all citizens to share their stories about this city.

What can you write about?

We look for ideas for stories that other citizens will find useful or enjoyable. Sometimes there is no point writing about the obvious. For example, enough stories have been written about the traffic situation. But if you have a particular angle about an issue that has not been covered, or a lead about somebody who is working to solve a problem, that works.

When you submit articles

Please introduce yourself and your interest in the material you are submitting. Also include some background on the material if it is not entirely self-explanatory.  Note you have to use your real name and take the Citizen Journalism pledge.

Register on Citizen Matters

Update your author byline here. See the "about yourself" field. Add a line describing yourself -- e.g. "X is a resident of JP Nagar and loves animals"

Read our style guide:

We encourage all citizen journalists to use this styleguide.  Make sure you set your word processor's dictionary to UK-style English and not US English.

Submitting your work

You can submit your articles here. You can add supporting images and documents.

Contacts

In the contacts section, mention contacts of all leads you spoke to. This will be filed internally and accessible only by editors.

Exclusive material, and republications

In submitting an article you must indicate clearly whether you wish your material to be published exclusively in Citizen Matters, or if it has already been submitted/accepted for publication elsewhere.

We normally do not republish from blogs or other sources. As a news media operation, we focus on original content.

Copyrights and Republication

Copyright for material that is published exclusively is held jointly by Citizen Matters and the authors.

Permission to republish: Authors must refer all requests for republication to Citizen Matters, and must not grant such requests without CM's informed consent. Please see our republication rules.