Contribute to The Brief

The Brief is dedicated to sharing all things related to the college experience; from career advice, study tips, or just the #RealLife confessions of college escapades, you can find it on The Brief.

The Brief’s writing team is comprised of student writers who are passionate about sharing advice, news, and fun from their communities. We rely on our writers to keep us informed about what’s happening on college campuses everywhere. Whether you’re a writing student in need of clips for your resume or a student organization hoping to get some coverage, we accept contributions from a multitude of sources in order to keep our content fresh, relevant, and unique!

Learn more about becoming a member of The Brief’s writing team:

What kind of stories are you looking for?
What do you want to read about? That’s the kind of stories we want on The Brief. We want you to be just as passionate about what writing about as those you’re covering, so be sure that you’re pitching – and writing – stories that you’d read yourself.

What should I keep in mind when pitching a story?
We prefer original content that includes direct quotes, so get in touch with your sources and let them know you want to feature them!  Keep in mind that a distinct voice makes for the best story –  this is just as much an opportunity for you to get published as it is for us to have unique content. We do reserve the right to edit every story prior to publication.

How long should my story be?
We love stories of all lengths but like to ballpark 750-1000 words with at least one photo per 200 words.

Do you need pictures?
Absolutely! If you’re interested in writing a story, we ask that you contribute your own photos as well – whether by pulling them from the source (and attributing properly, of course) or by taking your own.

Does my post need to be original and only for The Brief, or can I repost on my blog or another website?
While we love original content, we understand the need for work to be published in multiple places! Cross featured content is acceptable, as long at it links back to the original post on The Brief.

What else do I need to know about The Brief’s writing team?
Most of our contributors write on a monthly basis. We work remotely, so a high level of email communication is key to our success. The Brief is built on the WordPress blog framework, so we all have a level of technical understanding that could be considered higher than the average Joe. Depending on how often you elect to contribute, you’ll be responsible for staying in fairly consistent communication with your editor and creating and formatting your stories in WordPress.

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