Would you consider yourself an occasional contributor to Decoded, or a dedicated columnist?
Now’s your chance to make a choice! Decoded is opening up a new position: Columnist – this position comes with a higher per-article pay scale, as well as increased editorial attention and faster approval for articles.
Contributors vs. Columnists
Starting December 1, 2014, everyone who’s ever written for Decoded will automatically fall into the ‘Contributor’ group.
As a Contributor, you’ve applied to write for Decoded, and been accepted based on your expertise.
Once you’ve been approved as a Decoded writer for any site, you’re then eligible to apply as a ‘Columnist.’
Due to time constraints, we’re limiting applications – requesting that you only apply once per month, so make sure you carefully review your application article before submitting – and feel free to send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org if you aren’t sure about any of the guidelines.
- Contributors will continue to receive a share of revenue, but will receive no up-front pay for articles submitted after December 1.
- Columnists will receive a share of revenue, base pay of 10$ per article (with an additional .25 for each 25 articles published on the network) for articles published with and after acceptance, and expedited responses from the editorial staff.
Apply as a Columnist
Ready to apply?
Submit a pitched and approved article that conforms to all Decoded Everything writing guidelines, from formatting to image links, etc. and put ‘This is my application as a columnist‘ in the ‘Notes’ field with your pitch and expert insight information.
If your article passes our review process, we’ll immediately upgrade you to ‘Columnist’ for all future articles, including your application article.
If your article does not pass, we’ll let you know what went wrong, and give pointers for your next application if you choose to apply again the next month.
How Will We Choose?
Each article application will be reviewed independently by 3 members of the Decoded team:
1 member of the editorial staff, 1 formatter, and the Editor in Chief.
Each review will receive equal weight on a points-based system that will measure:
1. Editorial changes necessary: Typos, readability issues, missing information, opinion cited as fact, un-cited formulas and data, and so on. (33.3 points)
2. Formatting changes necessary: Missing image links, images that aren’t large enough, images that are copyrighted but used without permission, missing resources information, and so on. (33.3 points)
3. Final editorial review: Amount of research, original information, expert explanation and insight in the article. (33.3 points)
In order to achieve ‘Columnist’ status, your article must receive a total of at least 90 points.
We’ll get back to you via email within 48 hours with the results of your application, most likely sooner. If you’ve applied and haven’t heard back, please email email@example.com with the title of your article, and we’ll check on it.
Getting Ready to Apply
The best way to prepare is to read the Writing guidelines, and to ask questions if you’re not sure of anything. You’re welcome to submit an early application this month, but remember – we can only evaluate one article application per writer, per month.
After You’re Approved
Once you’re approved for Columnist status, your articles will automatically be expedited through the editorial process. If the editorial team notices a change in the amount to which your articles conform to standards, we’ll be in touch to work with you on any adjustments that need to be made.
2 articles in a month requiring significant editorial changes are grounds for re-evaluation. Editorial staff will be in touch before taking any action. If your status is reverted to ‘Contributor,’ we ask that you wait until the following month to re-apply as a ‘Columnist.’
Improved Rates for Dedicated Writers
Decoded is thrilled to be able to offer higher per-article revenue to our most dedicated writers. As a federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, we’re not here to make a profit, but to provide the best information to our readers. This is a big step in that direction.