Toolbox for Contributors

Want to write a great headline or a lead? This page is a must-read for you.

Tips for Writing Leads

Leads should be no longer than 35 words. Peel your story down to the core, then write the lead.

Verifying Social Media Content

It is important that we confirm that the user-generated content we use is authentic, original and from a trustworthy source.

Reporting Suicide Responsibly

Some suicide deaths may be newsworthy, however, it has been acknowledged that the way media covers suicide can influence behavior negatively by contributing to contagion or positively by encouraging help-seeking. Think about reporting on suicide as a health issue, not just in response to a recent death. As a global…

What to write about

One of the most important things to keep in mind when writing a story is how it furthers Global Voices’ mission.