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#KhabarLive News Group – Submissions Guidelines

Submissions #KhabarLive News Group publishes essays and reported articles on a wide range of subjects focused on, but by no means limited to Hyderabad, Vijayawada or any other places in Telugu States. We cover politics, culture, Travel and controversies in the any part of India or elsewhere. We also conduct deep-dive investigative journalism based on open-source or leaked data.

In short, #KhabarLive Hyderabad will consider submissions on virtually anything provided the story is compelling, well written and factually accurate.

Our publications (www.hydnews.netwww.livehyd.com and www.hydtravel.com) formats include the following:

  • Reportage: Original reporting from an area or country of interest, which could be anywhere.
  • Investigations: Long-form exposés of timely and newsworthy subjects, from cases of financial or political corruption to intelligence operations, war and cultural scandals.
  • Arguments: Provocative opinion pieces putting forth a policy proposal, undercutting the conventional wisdom or otherwise saying something no one else has said better than anyone else could say it.
  • Anchored in History: Narrative essays anchored in historic events that continue to shape societies today.
  • First Person: Essays of a highly personal nature that tell a story bigger than the writer alone.
  • Review: Thoughtful review-essays on Travel, places, restaurants, food, books, films, television series, music or works of art, either newly released or timelessly important.

Pitches and submissions should be sent electronically to: hydnews@gmail.com

If you plan on submitting a pitch to #KhabarLive Hyderabad, Live Hyderabad or Hyderabad Travel, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • – Make sure it lays out the central theme of the piece in clear and concise language.
  • – Avoid jargon, academic or otherwise.
  • – Indicate a prospective submission date.

We do not use hyperlinks or academic citations. In general, essays should be between 500 to 1500 words, but can be longer for exceptional submissions.

Standard copyright terms apply for freelance contributions. Once a submission is accepted, it will undergo the standard editing process to ensure clarity, accuracy and fairness.

The guidelines pertain to fully written articles. 

1. The average sentence length should ideally be 20 words/sentence or less.

2. Try and ensure your submission is no longer than 1,000 words. The hard upper word limit is 1,500 words. Please discuss any exceptions with the editor beforehand.

3. Please submit the article as a doc or docx file. If you are afraid the placement of tables and graphs in the doc/docx file will go astray.

4. Cite all sources, and do so as hyperlinks and not footnotes. This includes statements made available in the public domain. For journal articles, provide the link to the paper on the publisher’s website. If there is a legally unpaywalled version available, go for that. You can reference a book via a link to its Google Books version, especially if the quoted lines show up in search. Otherwise, a link to the publisher’s site will do.

5. If you do not know how to add hyperlinks in MS Word, insert all sources as URLs inline, next to the words you would like linked.

6. If your submission has charts, please share the data in a separate spreadsheet and clearly mention the source.

7. Don’t cite papers published in journals with questionable practices or in unreliable preprint repositories.

8. Always quote a primary or firsthand source over a secondary or secondhand one. If a primary or firsthand source isn’t available, make sure there is more than one secondary or secondhand source and that they are all reliable. If you are discussing the results of a preprint paper, please say so.

9. To the extent possible, quote sources working outside and independent experts, unless you have specific reasons to quote a particular source. Avoid speaking to the same set of people over and over again.

10. Our preferred gender pronoun for generic references is the female: “she”, “her”, etc.

11. Stuff said on Facebook is in the public domain if the author has set the visibility of the post to ‘public’. Stuff said via a public Twitter account is also in the public domain and may be quoted, but please check with the author before you embed their tweets in the article.

12. Be as descriptive as you can. Avoid statements like “In the following article, we are going to show…,” etc.

13. Write in the active voice to the extent possible.

14. If you can, please include some suggested high resolution images in jpeg format only.

15. Disclose any conflicts of interest there may be between you as the author and any reports, papers or activities cited in your pitch/article.

16. After you have submitted your article, please give the editor at least 12 hours to respond (24 hours on weekends). If you think your submission needs to be considered on priority, please make sure it really is urgent before you attempt to draw the editor’s attention.

17. If you plagiarise, you will be warned the first time and banned the second. If you plagiarise from your own pieces – i.e. the unattributed use of your own previously published passages – you will be given more than one warning but we will avoid working with you.

18. We don’t pay per word. We pay per piece, with each piece valued according to usefulness, length, amount of work required to produce it, newsiness and quality of writing.

Discuss story ideas on a case by case basis, and if you’d like to pitch one, please write to (editor@hydnews.net).