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Thursday, September 1, 2016

World Football Commentaries Writer's Submission Guidelines

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"Newspaper work will not harm a young writer
and could help him if he gets out of it in time."

--- Ernest Hemingway

I welcome contributions on a variety of topics about world football and appreciate your interest.

1. Target your article between 500 and 750 words. Shorter sentences, subheads and bullets work best for blog posts. Avoid use of the first person except for personal commentaries where you are an expert voice. Research is important. Strive for a unique perspective.

2. Attribute, date and source credible quoted material. Please provide me with the source link.

a) Correct: “According to Gabriele Marcotti in the Times of London on 22 July 2016...”
b) Correct: Jose Mourinho said that “Barcelona are our only real competition in La Liga” in an interview with Marca.com on 22 July 2011.

c) Incorrect: Mourinho has said that Barcelona is his only real rival in La Liga. (No reference).
d) Incorrect: Pep Guardiola said that “Mourinho is the boss in this press room.” (No date/source).

3. Please provide me with references. These, similar to sourced quotes, add more credibility to your commentary. For example, if you were writing about the Copa America and used an article for background research: “Chile Wins Copa America 2015”; Sports Illustrated; 04 July 2015; Jonathan Wilson.

4. Strive for journalistic objectivity and balance. Opinions are more effective when opposing perspectives are discussed. For example: Mario Balotelli is a petulant, self-absorbed player who frequently upstages his manager, opponents and teammates. But according to Patrick Vieira, a former teammate at Internazionale, “Mario could be great if his temper is under control.”

Source: Football Italia: “Vieira Discusses Balotelli” 22 July 2011; author if listed.

5. YouTube videos are encouraged to reinforce your commentary or to show match highlights. I prefer to select accompanying photographic images unless you have exclusive ones.

6. Please provide me with a brief biography with your links and submit the article within an email. I reserve the right to edit any submission and will contact you if a rewrite is needed.

Thank you and I look forward to promote your work to my readers.

Steve Amoia
Publisher, World Football Commentaries

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