Yes! We accept bylined articles and opinion pieces for our blog on Yosemite Area Online.
1. Contribute bylined articles for YosemiteArea.com
Bylined articles of 800-1,000 words or so of body text, written from an objective viewpoint and conveying valuable entertainment content (practical advice, actionable tips, and useful know-how) in a fresh, approachable voice are more likely to meet Yosemite Area Online’s standards—and therefore more likely to be accepted for publication.
We will inform you if your article has been accepted for publication; expect to hear from us within a week or so of our having received your email. If we choose not to accept your article, you may or may not hear from us, depending on how crowded our inbox is.
Articles accepted for publication will be edited for clarity and brevity and to conform to the Yosemite Area Online’s house style. We will likely change your title, too, so you might want to suggest some alternatives.
So, if you are interested in joining the Yosemite Area Online team of contributors —on a one-time or a regular basis—here are some guidelines:
- Articles should be original to the author and, preferably, unpublished elsewhere.
- Articles should offer readers clear advice, takeaways, and practical how-to tips about a specific local event or topic. Bullet points are good. Meandering text is not—but keep in mind that 800-word minimum.
- At the beginning of your article, list two or three bullet points summarizing its key takeaways—the lessons learned and the how-tos contained in the article. They will be published along with the article.
- Include a brief bio of 25 words, including LinkedIn and Twitter contact info, if available, and a recent headshot (make sure your entire head is in the picture).
- Include relevant links in parentheses, next to the words to be linked (i.e., do not embed the links).
- Submit articles in Word format (no PDF files, please), as email attachments.
- If you submit an article that mentions businesses or companies in which you have a vested interest, disclose as much to the audience.
- The author retains copyright, but Yosemite Area Online may reprint your piece, with full attribution, in Yosemite Area Online products, including marketing materials.
- We do not pay guest contributors for their occasional articles.
- We may consider publishing a press releases (but only if we feel the information will be valuable to our visitors and members).
2. Write an opinion piece for Yosemite Area Online
In contrast to Yosemite Area Online’s bylined articles, which focus on traveling and entertainment in Yosemite National Park, opinion pieces simply share opinions, voice an argument, or discuss Yosemite National Park news or current events—much like the op/ed pages of a newspaper.
For all intents and purposes, the administrative guidelines for byline submissions to Yosemite Area Online apply to contributed opinion pieces as well (but don’t worry about listing the two-or three key takeaways in bullet form).
Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include Yosemite Area Blog Contribution in your email subject line.