Writer’s Guidelines

Any student at d.tech can write for The Dragon. As long as you heed the following:

All stories must be at least 300 words (photo essays and infographics not included.) All stories must be edited by another person (not yourself). The final product should be copyedited and fact-checked. Please be sure to verify all names and places before submitting. You are responsible for writing a retraction if your piece is incorrect in some way. Make sure you are able to provided source contact info, upon request, to fact checkers/editors. Your work is subject to editorial review. There must be transparency between advisors and editors of the paper.

Work should be geared towards the d.tech audience: please think of angles that will be relevant and interesting to your fellow students. Do not rehash other peoples’ news. Always look at how YOU can move the story forward in your unique way.

Our focus is on creating unique, original content. No fake news! Any story with made up information, including quotes, will be killed immediately. Also, please consider originality when sourcing/creating artwork to accompany stories. An original photo is much preferred over one from Creative Commons. 

No plagiarism, including photos. If you are found guilty of plagiarizing, your work will be removed immediately.

Be aware of libel laws: you should not purposefully write with intent to harm. Be kind to your fellow students and staffers. Strive towards producing impactful stories that are true, fair, and balanced.

Types of stories we will publish:

News story – ideally written in an “inverted pyramid” structure, with at least three primary sources.

Feature – human interest piece that may be less newsworthy, and more narrative in structure, with at least three primary sources.

Types of features to consider: Profile (a story about somebody), trend story (a story about a trend)

Open letter or Op Ed – personal opinion piece

Criticism – reviews of media and/or performances

Q&A – interview with somebody of interest

Event coverage – live reporting from everything from prom to the baseball game, to off- campus experiences.

Photos/photo essays – individual or series of photos that address a newsworthy topic

Infographic – story about data told through a graphic

Service journalism – tells somebody how to do something (ie: how to ripen a green banana!)