Write For Us

Write For Us

Our website is a hub for all things related to international development in Scotland. That means we always want to share news and views on issues that matter to our members, that promote our values and help to inform our stakeholders.

 

In the News section of our website, we try to share the stories that matter to our sector in Scotland.  We encourage both members and non-members to get in touch if there is a story that you think we should share.

If you are member, you can also write a blog for us. We have a Members Blogs area where we focus on promoting the work and views of our diverse membership. When we publish your blog, we also try to promote it across our communication channels, including on social media and in our monthly newsletter.

So give it go! Send us a short blog about your work or an opinion piece on an issue that is important to you.

What should you write about?

We look for content that is vibrant, engaging and informative. We are interested in the work that you or your partners have been doing/are about to do. We want to celebrate your successes, and understand the challenges you face . We particularly like to hear human interest stories that focus on the impact of particular projects. 

We also look for opinion pieces on particular international development themes/issues that can help the general public understand why we all do what we do. Do you have expertise in a particular area? Do you have reflections to offer that could stimulate discussion?

Are there any blogging guidelines to follow?

Yes! Blogs should be around 300-500 words. If possible, send us a decent quality  (web resolution, but professional looking!) image or two to go with it, along with a headshot of the author.

In terms of style, we like blogs that are:

  • warm and relatable
  • focused and direct - get to the point, and summarise early on
  • credible and knowledgeable
  • jargon-free (where possible!) - imagine you are explaining international development issues to someone who is interested and involved, but new to the sector and not steeped in the language and terminology
  • clear and easy to read - use simple vocabulary and sentence structure

Susan Smith, Editor at Third Force News (TFN) also produced these top tips for blogging that we think are really useful to help write in a captivating way.

How can you submit a blog?

Easy! Just email Lewis with your blog, associated image(s) and author headshot (optional). 

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