MyMidOhio.com is a new comprehensive community site providing a voice and quality information, guidance, and entertainment to the residents of Mid Ohio. We consider ourselves to fall somewhere between a community blog and a news magazine.
We are currently looking for new contributors to our growing family. If you are interested in contributing, here is what you should know about what we are looking for:
We privately classify our contributors into two categories - general content providers and regional content providers. We prefer regional content providers to live in the region we cover; which is the area between Cleveland and Columbus Ohio with our home town of Mansfield, Ohio being right in the middle. While we welcome content providers from across the country we do not look to them to provide regional content unless they live here.
As a guideline, not a rule, articles typically run between 350 and 750 words. We prefer they stay under 1000 words although this is not strictly enforced if an article is well written or comprehensive. Article series are also welcome.
Posts should be previously unpublished with a positive tone and relevant to one of the topics found in our vast topics section found here: www.mymidohio.com/topics.html
Contributors maintain the copyright to their work. We get full publication rights.
All submitted and accepted articles will be appear in our news topics section. We do not accept posts related to advertising a particular product. You may write about the benefits of something in general, but it cannot be an article focused on a specific name brand advertising that specific product. Articles that we think are on target with our mission will be featured on our home page. Articles that receive an extra ordinary number of reads or social media shares may be selected for our print publication. Volume 1 of our print publication is slated to be published in Sept/Oct but may not start until the holidays.
Content must be original. For now, because we are new, we do not desire posts that have already been published or submitted elsewhere online. Additionally we ask that you do not post your piece anywhere else for 90 days. This allows us time to select your article for the print publication. If your article is selected for print you will be compensated and we will retain exclusive rights of publication. If not - after a 90 day period you are welcome to resubmit your article where you wish.
Once a few articles have been approved to the site you may be invited to our private forum strictly for authors to discuss topics and other general site issues directly with the editors.
Unless selected for our print publication we do not compensate contributors for posts, but we do happily promote the profiles of our writers. Each article you submit is credited to your public profile on our site and contains a link that profile so readers who enjoy your work can find out more about you. Your public profile includes information fields for a summary about you, a link to your website, and links to your social networking profiles.
What we want:
*original content with useful information that engages our readership
*fresh and intelligent writing that connects with our readers
*opinion and analysis of topical news items
*how-to’s, recipes, tip and tricks in your own unique voice
*personal stories about your own struggles and victories with one of our topics
*top lists that are well researched
What we don’t want:
*previously published content
*product or business promotions not in line with our terms of service
*creative writing (fiction, poetry, or travel narratives, for example);
*stories that are only of interest to a local audience, unless that audience is Mid-Ohio
*press releases that involve companies not within the Mid-Ohio area
Proofread your articles carefully. Do not submit articles with spelling errors and grammar mistakes.
When discussing specific studies or giving statistics, it is required you cite your sources so that proper credit is given to the researchers of the original work and so that our readers can further investigate the subject matter. If your article links to any sources, please place them at the bottom of the article under a section called "Sources". Do not hyperlink keywords.
We reserve the right to choose the content that will be posted on our site. If we feel your article does not meet with our terms of service it will not be posted. We reserve the right to edit all submissions. Until you are listed as an approved writer you will be required to upload the images you want used in the article to our photo gallery and hotlink to them there or from your site. We reserve the right to use photographs that you have submitted with the article in promotional material or elsewhere on the site. We will always credit the photographer. We reserve the right to add photographs to an article that does not have any. If we do so we will credit the photographer or use public domain images. If your post is accepted we generally post it to the site within 21 days. Multiple submissions are welcome as long as they are not duplicates and are on topic. We reserve the right to identify your article with a city in our service area as the articles city of origin.
We do not accept unsolicited hardcopy or emailed submissions. To submit articles you must register an account on our site and use the submit form. We do not allow anonymous submissions. You must register.
Thank you and hope to see you there.
Topic Categories - please note these may have been further condensed since the time of this list:
Arts & Culture:
Movies & TV
Quotes and Trivia
Health & Lifestyles:
Drugs & Remedies,
Home and Garden:
Pets and Animals,
Recreation and Outdoor:
Books & Reading,
Food & Dining,
Hunting & Fishing,
Science (and Tech):
College & University,
Feel free to let me know any comments, suggestions or questions.