Thanks for writing for the Tribe Attaché. Here’s a checklist on how to write articles:
- Use the Google Sheet HERE to choose a topic.
- Try to pick a topic that is not TOO mainstream. Good websites to use for reference are VICE, the Economist, or War on the Rocks. Chances are if it made the front page of the New York Times or was featured prominently on CNN, it’s not a good topic.
- Start writing on your topic! Use the style guide found HERE for reference on how to format your article.
- Remember to use embedded links to sources (this is a deviation from Chicago Style)
- Always cite your sources the first time you use them
- Your article should be at least 600 words
- You’ll receive emails reminding you of your deadline.
- Share your Google Doc or email your Word document with/to email@example.com.
- If we have any questions, we’ll contact you.
How to use your writing experience to your advantage:
Internships and employers LOVE writing experience, especially news publications. They recognize that a) writing is an integral part of all high-paying and high-importance positions, and b) writing is a skill which is applicable to many parts of job descriptions. From performance reviews to newsletters, marketing to communications, writing is always in high demand. We STRONGLY recommend you write the Tribe Attaché on your resumés and use the editor-in-chief as a reference. Here’s how to structure a resumé entry for a writing position. For additional tips, see the career center.
- Start with a generic bit about the publication you wrote for and what the publication focused on (i.e. “Authored pieces for the Tribe Attaché, William & Mary’s international relations-focused newsblog”)
- Talk about how often you wrote, and a bit or two about what you researched (i.e. “Wrote articles on a semi-semesterly basis, including pieces on the Guilder-Florin War and the economic meltdown of Patusan”)
- Mention some skills used in the process (i.e. “Worked with editors and staff to refine articles for clarity, concision, and relevance”)
- Include any other relevant information (i.e. independent research, administrative positions, etc.)