The Observer

Write for The Observer

The Observer strives to uphold its role as the Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center in all content across all platforms. We accept submissions from all members of the Fordham community.

 

Contact and Email Lists

The Observer meets every Monday at 5:30 p.m. in 140W 325. Meetings are the best place to stay updated on Observer happenings, and attendees get first pick of the week’s story budgets.

To sign up for the general Observer email list, email [email protected].
This is the email address to contact with any general questions about the submission process.

To sign up for section-specific email lists and story budgets, refer to the masthead and reach out to section editors. Budgets are usually sent out for the next week following the Monday night meeting.
Keep in contact with section editors for story ideas, important updates on your submission and other pressing information.

 

Production Schedule

The Observer publishes weekly online and biweekly in print. It is important to stay up-to-date with the Observer production cycle. Important dates through the end of the Spring 2020 semester are as follows:

Pitches Due by 10:00 p.m.
Issue 1: 1/13
Online Issue: 1/20
Issue 2: 1/27
Online Issue: 2/3
Issue 3: 2/10
Issue 4: 3/2
Issue 5: 3/23
Online Issue: 3/30
Issue 6: 4/6
Online Issue: 4/13
Issue 7: 4/20
Online Issue: 5/4

Story drafts are due 10:00 p.m. the Friday after pitches are in. For example, Pitches for Issue 1 are due Monday, 1/13, and drafts are due Friday, 1/17.

 

Pitches

Story budgets are emailed out regularly following weekly meetings (Mondays at 5:30 p.m.). Meetings are the first chance to pitch and claim story ideas, and any unclaimed ideas are sent out after.

A complete pitch includes a working title, word count (with 50 words of flexibility) and photo idea or photo submission.

If the pitch is for future event coverage (i.e. not for the current week’s production schedule), be sure to indicate when the draft of the story will be in.

Deadlines for online-only content are determined by section editors after a pitch is received.

 

Submissions

To Whom:
All submissions should be emailed to the editors of the section to which the piece pertains. The online editor must also be copied.
If you are unsure about where a piece may best fit, it is acceptable to address a submission to multiple sections. The Observer reserves the right to determine the proper section for each submission. 

 

What:
The Observer’s editing process takes place on Google Docs. Submissions should be in the form of a Google Doc and have direct editing permissions for all enabled.

 

When:
All ideas must be claimed, stories submitted and edits addressed before the established deadlines if they are to be featured in the print issue.

 

On-Spec Submissions
The Observer does not accept submissions on-spec.