Reader tips are the essence of this blog. Thank you faithful readers and tipsters across the state.
The Montana Cowgirl Blog is your source for breaking news, rumors, and inside scoops–often well before they are reported in Montana news outlets–along with serious matters of politics and policy.
While liberal in outlook, the site will be critical of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike–and will be accountable only to you, the readers and commenters. The Cowgirl Blog receives no money from anyone. I’m a volunteer blogger with no ties save those of sympathy.
I welcome you to email your facts, opinion, rumors, whistle-blowing, tips, and gossip without fear of retribution or reprisal. As a source, your identity will be protected if you desire.
Guest Post Submission Guidelines
These are exciting times for the Cowgirl Blog, for it has grown into a destination for the writings and comments of some of the state’s top figures, newsmakers, experts and also young and up-and-coming journalists.
I encourage submissions and will print as many as possible but cannot guarantee publication. If you don’t hear back from me about your submission (or tip), don’t assume I didn’t like it –I might have just missed it. So please email me again to remind me or send it again.
Here are some general suggestions for (not rules) that make a post submission more likely to get published. Consider a few helpful guidelines, which are universal for submissions to all periodicals but work for blogging too. I find that the posts that readers like most:
- Get to the main point quickly, within the first 100 words or sooner. Anecdotes work well for this.
- Write about something current, something that’s in the news.
- “Leave out the boring parts, the parts that people tend to skip over” — Leonard Elmore
- Try to keep it well under 700 words if possible. Shorter is better, and less is more. There is always fat to trim, and web readers nowadays are busy people.
- Be respectful of all whom you criticize, and use facts (and links to them) to make claims.
- Write news. Give readers a scoop. Find a story. Give us your best Woodward and Bernstein. Be a journalist. I love tips, but I especially love when people actually do the research, gather the story, and write it up.
- Beware the “knowledge curse.” Don’t let your own expertise cause you to forget that many of your readers might not know very much about the topic you are writing about – help as all with a sentence or too of background so we can follow what you are discussion.
- Don’t refer to a “congressional omnibus budget reconciliation Act” or whatever, without explaining what that is. (I would recommend politicians follow this tip, too.)
You can send your posts and tips to the tipline at firstname.lastname@example.org