Writers Guidelines

  1. A story starts with an introductory narrative that captivates the reader’s attention. Preferably, your story’s lead character should be part of this introduction.
  2. An article can’t be general; it has to focus on one story at time.
  3. Suggest a title that illustrates well the content of your article even if the editorial team might change it.
  4. Use a conversational and descriptive language. Write your African story as if you are talking to your readers in a quiet cosy restaurant as you have a drink. When you read your story after completing it, ask yourself if you would use those words in a conversation with a close friend.
  5. Whenever possible, do a research of the most recent facts and statistics, to include in your narration; this gives depth to your story and helps in making sound arguments of whatever message you are trying pass across. If however your story is a personal reflection or narration of a given experience, you don’t have to include statistics.
  6. Articles should be between 1000-2000 words unless you feel strongly that a shorter or longer article fits your message better Paragraphs should not be more than 150 words
  7. When acronyms are used for the first time in an article, they should be accompanied by the full name. Thereafter, acronyms can be used without the full name. For example : the United Nations ( UN)
  8. The article’s conclusion should be a fitting and powerful climax that drives homes the essence/key message of your article.
  9. If you are able to, share or suggest a picture that matches with your story. Do not embed the photo/s into your Word article but send it to the editorial team in a separate file.
  10. Finally, don’t be afraid: JUST WRITE. Write from your heart and polish it with your mind. Write with your very own voice because it is uniquely yours.

 

Thanks,

 

The editorial Team, Environmental Africa.

 

sustainability@environmentalafrica.com

 

 

Les 10  directives pour écrire un article pour Environmental Africa Français

  1. Une histoire commence par une narration introductrice pour captiver l’attention du lecteur. De préférence le personnage principal  devrait faire partie de cette introduction tout le long de l’histoire.
  2. Un article ne peut être général, il faut qu’il raconte une seule histoire à la fois.
  3. Proposez un titre qui illustre le contenu de votre article même si l’équipe éditoriale peut le modifier.
  4. Utilisez un langage conversationnel et descriptif. Ecrivez votre histoire africaine comme si vous étiez en train de parler à vos lecteurs. Quand vous lisez votre histoire après l’avoir écrite, demandez-vous si vous utiliseriez ces mots en ayant une conversation avec quelqu’un.
  5. Là où possible, faites une recherche  de faits et statistiques, à inclure dans votre narration ; ceci donnera une idée plus approfondie à votre histoire ainsi que des arguments qui résonnent bien avec le message que vous essayez de faire passer.
  6. Les articles doivent comprendre entre 1500-2500 mots à moins que vous soyez convaincu qu’un article plus court ou plus long reflète mieux votre message. Les paragraphes ne devraient pas avoir plus de 150 mots.
  7. Si les abréviations sont utilisées pour la première fois dans un article, elles devraient être accompagnées par le nom complet. Ensuite, ces mêmes acronymes peuvent être utilisés sans leurs appellations complètes. Par exemple : Organisation des Nations Unies (ONU).
  8. La conclusion de l’article doit être un climax approprié et puissant qui  souligne le message important de votre article.
  9. Si possible, Proposez une photo qui va avec votre sujet ; ne l’insérez pas dans votre document word mais plutôt envoyez- la à l’équipe éditoriale séparément.
  10. La dernière mais plus importante : N’ayez pas peur ; ÉCRIVEZ. Écrivez depuis votre cœur et raffinez l’histoire avec votre esprit. Écrives avec votre propre voix car elle est uniquement vôtre.

 

Merci,

 

L’équipe éditoriale, Environmental Africa Français

 

caroline@environmentalafrica.com

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