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Blog Post Processes and Editorial Standards

This document explains editorial processes and standards for blog posts. By submitting a piece for consideration, the author accepts the process explained below.

You need not be a member of the Sierra Club to submit a blog post.

We are all volunteers and to make best use of your and our time, you will give us the opportunity to review your piece without submitting it elsewhere while we are reviewing it.

  1. You will have the right to cross-post your blog piece once it has been published on the NYC Group blog. If you cross-post it, please show that it is cross-posted from the Sierra Club NYC Group Blog and show the permanent link (permalink) for the post on the NYC Group site with the cross-posted post. We will provide the permalink.
  2. Your blog post is an opportunity to express your views on issues of importance to those readers, primarily in New York City, interested in environmental issues. Normally, your post should have relevance to New York City and/or be of interest to our constituency.
  3. Keep in mind that a blog post is an opinion piece, like an op-ed or column, rather than an article. Posts should be limited to a maximum of 750 words, but fewer are welcome.
    1. If your subject cannot be covered within this limitation, consider writing the post in two parts, published as Part 1 and Part 2. Keep in mind that while the two parts can and should refer to each other, each part must work as a complete, standalone whole.
  4. Blog posts are normally put online Monday mornings at 6:00 AM. Publication is scheduled in advance and the posts appear automatically. We reserve the right to change the date and/or time when a post appears online.
  5. All accepted blog submissions are edited for presentation and grammar. Please follow the normal rules of spelling and grammar. We do not have a style guide, but, in general, the kind of conventions used in The New York Times will make an article acceptable with respect to style. If you need help, we suggest picking up a copy of The Elements of Style. In addition, the following apply.
      1. All posts are subject to fact-checking when an editor sees a potential problem. You will be notified of this and given an explanation of the problem. This does not mean what you have written is wrong. Authors are encouraged to respond to fact-check issues raised by an editor and to provide back-up for their views and/or supporting data, or to provide corrections if needed. The editor will try to resolve the problem in a manner satisfactory to the author.

    6. Posts may not appear to promote a particular product, brand or private business, e.g., like an infomercial. Authors are welcome to write about businesses as examples of activities of which they approve (or disapprove), so long as the business is not promoted and the reporting is within the context of the facts of the story. Where the editor sees a problem of this nature, the editor will work with the author to remedy the problem.

     Authors have the opportunity to review edited posts and request reasonable changes in the edited version, but final decisions are those of the editor. If an author feels unfairly treated, appeal is available to a committee appointed by the NYC Group ExCom, whose judgment will be final.