Editorial Guidelines for EJToday

Guidelines for Submitting Proposed Story Links to EJToday

1. We welcome SEJ members to submit stories, especially their own, for possible inclusion in EJToday. SEJ reserves the right to decide on whether to include any submitted item in the EJToday news digest. Submitters of rejected items will not normally receive personalized rejection notes or explanations -- something a low-budget organization does not have staff or time for. There is no entitlement to inclusion, and submitters should not assume that their submissions will automatically included.

2. There is more news in any given day than there is room for in EJToday. This means that many perfectly good stories may not be included. Appropriate stories are more likely to be included than inappropriate ones. Rejection of a story does not imply that the editor thinks anything is wrong with it -- but may imply that it does not have enough of the qualities we want to get into our mix.

3. EJToday is looking for a mix of the most important, exemplary, and interesting stories that come to our attention on any given day. Newsworthiness in the traditional sense is a key to getting a story included. We seek stories in a range of environmental, energy, natural resources and related topics. We seek stories reflecting a broad geographic range across North American and the planet. While we give priority to breaking and hard news of national significance in the U.S., we are also looking for stuff that is interesting: features, consumer stories, science and health stories, and local stories that offer an example or precedent, and especially investigative stories. Stories may be selected according to whether they help achieve this mix on any given day.

4. We only publish stories that are available in full on the World Wide Web at no charge.

5. Stories can only be submitted by SEJ members or authenticated users who are registered on the site.

6. For the most part, we are only interested in news, analysis, and feature stories that are primarily factual, objective, and informative -- published by outlets that are independent of any organizational slant. These may come from a wide range of media types and platforms. For the most part, we are not interested in pieces that are primarily opinion, that advocate particular policies or actions, Stories submitted by interest groups (whether industry or environmentalist) are presumed to be inappropriate for our needs. PR professionals should not waste their time or ours.

7. Timeliness is a key to newsiness. We want stories that are fresh. Things happening tomorrow are better than things happening today or yesterday. News from three days ago is barely news -- although we will sometimes pick up an older story we missed if it is important.

8. High-volume submitters must realize that they are taxing the EJToday system in ways it was not designed for -- and may be unfair to both readers and other submitters. High-volume submitters may find that they get a smaller percentage of their submissions included as a result. We urge all high-volume submitters to choose the two or three stories a week they think are most valuable and most suitable to our editorial needs and submit those. If you are submitting a 5-part feature series, we'd appreciate your consolidating the links rather than submitting each of the 5 parts as a separate story. We would be glad to link to a series portal or add deep links to all parts on our Web edition.

9. It is EJToday's policy to run any given story only once. If we have run an item linking to a given news event or story, we will avoid repeating it. If a submitter submits a "cover" or very similar rendition of a story that has already run in EJToday, we will not publish it. The only way out of this restriction is to advance the story in some very significant way.

10. EJToday Headlines does not publish entire articles, and does not function as an original publisher. Our purpose is to capsulize and link to articles published elsewhere. Please do not post the entire text of your article when you submit -- we only want a summary. This policy applies even if you hold the copyright. We may summarize your article if we decide to run it. It is likelier to run if you summarize it yourself.

11. If your submission includes verbatim excerpts from copyright material, please enclose the material in quotation marks, even if you hold the copyright or are the author.