The primary audiences are activists, organizers, and scholars worldwide. The policy community, members of INGOs and journalists are also important audiences.
Blog posts should be no more than 700 to 800 words. This is to optimize reader experience. Content should be focused on people's capacity for nonviolently organizing and holding power accountable. Because blog posts are short, they should focus on, for example, one experience and lessons learned from participation in a movement, as opposed say, an exhaustive recounting of a conflict or issue. Content should be instructive and have direct relevance for one or more of the target audiences described above.
When focusing on a particular movement or case study, blog posts should focus on facts, analysis, and/or lessons learned. We do not publish pieces that are driven mostly by advocacy and political opinions. There are lots of places online that publish advocacy and opinions—what distinguishes us is our first-rate analysis and strategic examination of civil resistance.
Also, please remember that it is not necessary to give full historic background of the conflict you’re writing about (if applicable). Instead, your blog post should focus on an experience, a moment or an idea. What makes the blog post unique content is its focus on nonviolent action and nonviolent movements, so those are the elements that we want to emphasize.
Anchor linking phrases is widely accepted as an effective practice for online media. The purpose of linking is to provide further reading; to bring the reader to a primary source of a quote or other information; to link up with other sources and ongoing news or events; to lighten up a post by allowing the author to avoid going into detail; to help substantiate a claim; and many other purposes. We would encourage bloggers to consider the following points:
In terms of substance, blog posts should aim to:
In terms of writing style, blog posts should:
In terms of format, blog posts should:
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