Contributors

Thank you for your interest in contributing to Southeast Asia Globe!

The below contributor guidelines are valid for the following publications by Southeastern Globe Communications Co. Ltd.:

  • Southeast Asia Globe
  • Focus Asean
  • Discover – The Essence of Cambodia
  • Stuff Cambodia

Details for submitting stories
Southeast Asia Globe seeks reputable international, regional and local journalists to research and write stories from across the region. Southeast Asia Globe authors have considerable editorial freedom to cover stories from an independent and analytical point of view. The priorities are that the article is unpublished, original, accurate, interesting and provides positive insight to a readership accustomed to quality content.

Responsibilities
It cannot be stressed strongly enough that style, accurate use of English as well as accurate use of facts, quotations and other information are the responsibility of the author.

It is highly unprofessional for any writer to leave any aspect of his or her work to be clarified by another journalist.

Before submitting copy, writers should utilise spelling and grammar checking programmes (such as that found in MS Word) and read through their own work to ensure that errors of form and fact are expunged. Failure to do so could result in rejection of copy.

No writer should rely on line editors to spot mistakes or correct them. While line editors will correct any errors that are spotted, the responsibility for any that get into the magazine lies solely with the author. By the same token, line editors will not change facts in the copy without checking with the writer. For this reason, after submission, authors should be available for follow-up discussions, clarification etc with the commissioning editor.

Prospective contributors doing preliminary research for a story must avoid giving the impression they represent Southeast Asia Globe. They may use the name of the magazine only if they have a definite assignment. We expect writers to be objective, to present arguments supported by fact and quoted statements and to adhere to journalistic codes of ethic. Authors will be held accountable for inaccurate or misleading information. Southeast Asia Globe authors must obey copyright laws.

 

Stories
Southeast Asia Globe stories are not news stories: our readers read the news in daily newspapers. We encourage analytical and balanced stories that not only describe a situation or problem, but also offer solutions being undertaken or an outlook for future scenarios and solutions. We like a descriptive, engaging writing style focused on the human aspect of a story. We do not like pieces heavily narrated in the first-person.

Philosophical arguments, if cogent, are appreciated and so are historical and cultural references or quotes.

Think of a story more as an essay or short story rather than a news piece. Always take into mind that the publication seeks to offer the opinions of those it interviews, so as to leave the reader with fresh and enlightened information to base their decision making upon.

Southeast Asia Globe authors must communicate effectively, must be understood without difficulty, and must provide readers with an intelligent use of language.

Stories must be organised and have clear line of thought with a beginning, middle and end. They should be within 50-100 words of the agreed word limit. Article length and compensation vary depending on the type of feature. Most range from 500-1500 words, subject depending. Payment is by the edited word. Contact the editorial staff for current rates of pay. Deadlines, which will be set when the piece is commissioned, must be met. Failure to do so may result in the non-publication of the article and payment being forfeited outright. The decision is subject to the editor’s sole discretion.

Articles must have a headline, stand first and strong lead.

Make sure quotations and opinions presented as reported speech are clearly indicated by quotation marks and attributed. If you are not sure about the accuracy of a quotation, check with the speaker afterwards.

Pay particular attention to the correct and consistent spelling of names of people and places.

All submissions must include contact numbers for individuals interviewed or used by the writer so that facts and statements can be confirmed by editorial staff if need be.

Don’t forget the basic rules of reporting: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?

Be clear and concise. Avoid long sentences with multiple subordinate clauses. Do not take the reader’s understanding of a subject for granted. At the same time, don’t patronise the reader. Ask yourself what a reader new to the subject might need to know.

If submitted copy, commissioned or not, requires extensive editing or rewriting, it may be returned to the author or improvement or it may be rejected out of hand.

 

Rights
Southeast Asia Globe and its sister publications Discover, Focus Asean and Stuff Cambodia reserve exclusive rights for a piece of work for a period of 1 month following publication. Writers and photographers cannot sell the work elsewhere until the end of that period unless agreed otherwise.

The text and the photographs supplied may be published in print in any of the publications by Southeastern Globe Communications Co. Ltd. for which they were assigned, and may be reproduced once in our eMagazine (emag.sea-globe.com), in our magazine applications, on the Southeast Asia Globe and Focus Asean websites and a link posted on both Facebook pages and Twitter accounts in order to promote the article further.

Please see our current freelancer contract for further details.

How to pitch to Southeast Asia Globe
If you are interested in writing for Southeast Asia Globe, please send ideas, outlines or completed features via email. We do commission writers we have not used before, but only those whose published clips demonstrate a high proficiency in magazine writing. If you have not worked with us before, please include examples of published work.

We do no accept pitches that aim to promote specific products or businesses. There must be a story. Pitches should be thought out and focused. Please do not send through lists of short, incomplete ideas. Like a completed story, the pitch should have a headline, standfirst and strong lead. A well-crafted pitch will usually run a paragraph or two in length, in which the writer should explain how they envision the completed story and why they think it works for Southeast Asia Globe. Please have a look at our website for previously published articles.

Submissions to be sent to: editor@sea-globe.com

 

Some key elements of Southeast Asia Globe’s house style
• Use British English spelling, not American.
• Spell out numbers below ten and use numerals for 10 and up. Exceptions: in ages standing alone after a name (Melanie, 2, has two brothers); in monetary units preceded by a symbol ($5, not $5.00). Always spell out numbers at the start of a sentence and try to avoid using a year to start a sentence.
• Use the percent symbol (10%, not 10 per cent).
• Convert all measurements and currency to metric and US dollars.
• Use ‘$’, not USD$10.
• Always spell out billion but use ‘million’ when quantifying humans and ‘m’ for inanimate (Last year, five million people lived on $1m a day.).
• Use metric, not imperial (hectares, not acres; metres, not feet; kilometres, not miles).
• Spell out metres, square metres, but use km/h for kilometres per hour.
• The general rule is to dignify with capital letters organisation and institutions, but not people’s positions.
• For Westerners, use people’s last name once they have been identified. For Asians, use the name deemed most polite by the person.
• Use single spaces between spaces, not double.
• Full stops are used sparingly (Dr Jones, Mr Smith etc).
• Use the em dash with a space before and after (To make a radio station work — even to start one — experience is needed.).
• Do not use accents on words accepted as English (chateau, cafe), use accents when they make a crucial difference to pronunciation (exposé).
• Use italics for main event (album name, not song titles).
• Acronyms and abbreviations – unless an abbreviation or acronym is so familiar that is used more often than the full form (BBC) – write the words in full on first appearance. After the first mention, try not to repeat the abbreviation too often. If an acronym can be pronounced, it should be spelt out in upper and lower case (Unicef, Nepad, Asean).
• If you are tempted to use a superlative, think about it. Is it really the first, the worst, the heaviest? Do not try to add impact to your stories by using superlatives you cannot justify.
• Use the active voice wherever possible.
• Subject-verb-object structure is the basis of the English language.
• Use simple, concise language.
• Check the meanings of words you are not sure of, many words are frequently confused.
• Avoid jargon and explain specialist terms and ideas in terms the reader will comfortably understand.

Here are two websites that provide comprehensive style guides endorsed by Southeast Asia Globe:
http://www.economist.com/research/styleguide
http://www.bbctraining.com/pdfs/newsstyleguide.pdf