Citizen Matters Freelance Authoring Guidelines

Some points to keep in mind by new freelance/professional authors. All references to 'authors' in this page must be taken as 'freelance authors'. 

When you get in touch

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. Please send us samples of your writing, preferably news reports or features. (if not already sent)

Submit a brief resume that includes all the following information:

  • Your current occupation,
  • Current employer's name and address unless self-employed or freelancing,
  • If you or your organisation are funded through grants/fellowships/donations, names of organisations providing funds this year, and
  • Your current contact information. 
  • Remember to include references, so that we can contact people who know your work.

We discourage authors from using pseudonyms.

What to write

We normally publish 3 types of stories...brief reports (700 words), longer depth or analysis stories (1200 words)  and pic features. We pay per article. All payments are done through online transfers. Please send your bank account details to us with the subject "Bank details of "

Trial Process: We work with writers on a 2 article trial. After that we agree on a frequency that works for both of us.

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"

Please try to send us high quality pictures of your mugshot/profile picture! We would like to use the pictures with your articles as well as your profile page.

Read our style guide:

Writing by professional writers should conform to this guide.  Make sure you set your word processor's dictionary to UK-style English and not US English.

Submitting your work

Unless it is absolutely unavoidable please submit your material in the broadest possible format. We recommend TEXT format for written material and JPG for images. Adhering to the recommended format will also speed up the process of evaluating your work.

Please send all stories to and pictures to images [at] citizenmatters [dot] in.

Do send atleast 2 pictures related to your submission.  For our print edition, we need atleast 1200x900 px preferably 2400x1800px. A 3.1MP camera produces 2048x1536 images. See this article.

Send the hires images to

Follow up on reader questions

We expect our authors to respond to reasonable questions from readers seeking information or clarification. This can happen by way of comments or emails.  When email is used, we ask that you so that we may follow conversations and/or provide additional input.


With every story, send contacts of all leads you spoke to, both quoted and unofficial/confidential sources, along with the story. 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. If you intend to try to publish the material elsewhere after you submit it to us, indicate that too.

Once Citizen Matters has contracted to pay for and publish an original item, the content provider (CP) must immediately embargo the 'original' publication of that item by all those publishers to whom the CP may have simultaneously submitted it. If one or more other publishers still want to publish the item, a citation for original publication must be made to the first publisher - Citizen Matters, with URL

If the other publisher goes ahead and publishes without a citation, the CP is in default. If the payment has been made, a credit of one item will be applied in favour of Citizen Matters. If not, payment for that particular item will stand cancelled.

Copyrights and Republication

We respect authors' professional and livelihood concerns, as well as their right to create and offer content profitably. Please read through these carefully.

1. Ownership: Material that is paid for, or published exclusively, by becomes the intellectual property of Citizen Matters. However, in most cases, we will allow the authors to retain joint ownership of copyright along with Citizen Matters.

2. 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.