Thursday, 5 January 2012
We want Firstnews.co.uk to be as interesting and as fun as possible so please read these rules below before writing an article.
Articles which will NOT be approved
1. Reviews which do not tell us about the book/film/gadget.
You need to write more than 'I really like this book - you should read it'. Please tell us WHY you liked the book and what sort of person should read it. If you are writing a book review please put the author’s name in the title. This makes it easier for readers to find book reviews that they will like.
2. NO Avatar maker articles. We can't put these up because most people do not have the copyright of the pictures they are using.
3. Articles written all in CAPITAL LETTERS.
4. Articles that have been copied and pasted from another website. Please only put up articles which you have written yourself.
5. Articles which are similar to other ones already on the website. We have had five articles called 'Do you like Justin Bieber' this week!
6. Problem or agony aunt articles. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org because we have our very own agony aunt Esther to answer these in the newspaper.
7. Articles which just ask users to comment. Eg. chatting articles.
8. Competition articles.
9. Articles where you are making a picture for other users. I think that everyone knows how to do this by now. If I keep approving these, they will take over the section.
10. Articles linking to other websites - I can't moderate the content on these websites, so we can't tell our readers to go to them.
11. Articles which give out any personal information about yourself, or include a photo of you if you do not have your parents' permission.
12. Articles which are just song lyrics
13. Articles which are just pictures.
14. Articles which are just links to previous articles.
Please only upload a picture if you have draw or taken it yourself, or it is of a book, film, or album cover. You can also use pictures of gadgets like PS3 or Wiis.
There is a thing called ‘copyright’ which means that we are not allowed to upload photos which we do not own.
You can use any of the pictures below - or any other picture from our website for your article. Just right click on it and save it to your computer.
1. Please check your spelling and make sure you are using full stops and capital letters.
2. No swearing. All your comments and articles are checked by our Web Editor Nic before they go on the website. So no swearing, being mean or saying anything that might hurt someone’s feelings. She won’t put it through.
3. Titles. Please try to make your titles a description of what is in your article. Eg. is it a book review, a joke or are you asking a question?
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