Editorial Guidelines for, The Proposal, our newsletter advocating for boys and men
What is the Philosophy of The Proposal?
The Proposal is a newsletter that focuses on the human rights of boys and men as a way to serve the common good. We accept original articles and the most contemporary research from organizations around the world. We are the official newsletter for the Proposal for a White House Council for Boys and Men. (Authors are expected to read through our guidelines and adhere to its principles.)
I. Writing Guidelines
Our newsletter educates and informs public and private citizens about the Boy Crisis, solutons, and need for political reforms that help children and families exercise their human rights. All articles are disseminated through a variety of mediums. Proposal, the newsletter, and the Proposal for a White House Council on Boys and Men have the authority to disseminate content as part of a larger editorial prac:ce to inform and engage public and private citizens in a manner that contributes to the common good.
Articles must focus on one of the five core elements of the Boy Crisis (Education, Fatherhood, Careers for Men, Physical Health, and Mental Health). Articles must be approximately 500 to 600 words and forwarded to email@example.com in an email. Include a bolded word count after the last sentence of the article in parentheses (588). Include an author biography and list of affiliations to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest (see Transparency). If possible, please include a picture or a few pictures that encapsulates your article. Please attach a logo, in pdf form, of your organization that may be embedded into the article.
II. Minors and Legal Consent
Images of minors and ar:cles written by minors must have the informed consent of the minor’s legal guardian.
In all instances, writers must disclose the appearance of conflict of interest. Readers learn to trust their authors when they reveal their affiliations.
IV. Opposing Viewpoints
When relevant, promoting opposing viewpoints helps inform readers. Writers must always keep an open mind when presenting an issue. Avoiding bias is central to all points of view.
If a “person” is mentioned in an article, the writer should make every effort to contact “person” and offer “person” an opportunity to respond or write a rebuttal.
V. Previously Published Research
We accept previously reported research as a way to inform and educate the general public and serve the common good. Research articles must be rewritten for the general public and not exceed the 500 to 600 word guidelines. Ar:cles are meant for the general public and must include links to the original research articles and transparency statements.
When referencing another news source, always acknowledge the original source by providing a link.
The Proposal demands the same of other outlets using The Proposal content as primary, secondary, and tertiary sources.
VII. Private Lives of Public Figures
When bringing the lives of public and private figures into ar:cles, make sure the article focuses on issues and not private lives.
Make sure the content of public and private figures is not personal but newsworthy in a way that supports the human rights perspec:ve of Proposal, the newsletter, and the Proposal for a White House Council on Boys and Men to contribute to the common good.
VIII. Personal Interest Stories
When submitting a personal interest story, please remember that the story is disseminated across the internet and other electronic mediums that make it accessible to millions of people. A personal story about drug addiction becomes part of a cyber domain.
Secure the latest and most credible, available statistics. Always cite the date of the research. Try to avoid outdated sources.
Plagiarism is passing off other people’s work or words as your own. Simply citing others words and sources prevents this from happening. Intellectual content belongs with the originator and deserves recognition.
XI. Fact-checking and Quotations
Credibility happens when writers fact check accurately and quote properly. Back up all facts and make sure they are accurate. When citing an individual, organiza:on, or other en:ty remember to keep the intended meaning of an en:re context. Taking snippets that misrepresent a point of view is bad journalism and unethical. Always hyperlink to primary sources when citing an individual from another source. Make certain to watch entire interviews and read entire articles when using others’ words. Always allow readers the opportunity to view your cited sources.