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Newsflash

Every month, CLARIN publishes a newsflash with an overview of what has been happening at CLARIN ERIC, the national consortia, etc. Subscribing to it is the ideal way of staying informed.


Submissions

You are welcome to submit a news item with CLARIN-related news to us. To make sure our newsflash remains interesting for the subscribers of the CLARIN Newsflash we have some tips and guidelines, which will help you to provide your input in such a form that the content is clear, interesting and useful, and that it matches the overall style adopted for the newsflash.

Please thoroughly read and follow the ‘CLARIN Newsflash Content and Submission guidelines’ before submitting a news item. Items must follow these guidelines to be considered for publication.

News items can be sent to newsflash@clarin.eu.


CLARIN Newsflash content guidelines

Make sure the news item you submit is:

  • Relevant – it relates directly to the reader’s research field and topics they care about.
  • Interesting – it entertains, educates or delights the reader.
  • Valuable – it teaches the reader or provides them with something they find useful.

Relevant news items can include:

  • Information about services, tools and/or resources. Use the newsletter to advertise any new services, tools and or resources. Don't just announce them,  but present them carefully, and explain what is new, unique, helpful about them
  • Reports on your activities and successes. Include human interest stories to show how you're making a difference. Make your articles encouraging and inspirational, if the story is linked to a particular project, event or publications,  add a URL to relevant pages. 
  • Notices of upcoming events.

Tips:

  • Readers seek content that is useful, important and relevant. Does the article offer value in the form of information, best practices, tips, advice, analysis or resources that is relevant for the CLARIN community? 
  • First impressions count. People decide within seconds whether to continue reading something. Not sure how to start your article? Try beginning it with an interesting anecdote, statistic or problem statement. 
  • Write for your audience. You are an expert in your field, the readers might not be. This means that you must explain everything in layman's terms and explain any industry terms, abbreviations and acronyms. We all get used to our industry terms and we often forget that others don't automatically understand them too. So be careful and proofread your newsitems looking for any assumed understanding and explain it better.
  • Keep it short and simple. People are busy. So make sure that people can get all the relevant information they need from your news item quickly and easily. 
  • Try to be clear and concise in your writing and use bullets, lists and short sentences and paragraphs where appropriate. Be sure to answer the five W’s and H (who, what, where, when, why and how) in the opening paragraphs of your article.
  • Avoid the use of first person pronouns because in the context of the newsflash author names are not explicit, and such pronouns are ambiguous.
  • Include any figures/pictures/images that will enhance your article. 
  • Don’t forget to include a conclusion. Wrap up your thoughts, or reiterate the lessons you learned or the next steps.
  • If the topic is complex, you might want to suggest additional resources or offer a URL for further reading at the end.
  • Cite sources and provide references to quotations and facts when used.

Submission guidelines

  • News items should be approximately 100 words
  • Include a title for your item.
  • Provide a link to a full news item (if any) or relevant web page. 
  • News items should be sent as an attachment, in a Word document (.doc or .docx). Please do not send in .pdf format.
  • Related pictures are highly encouraged to be submitted along with your item. Images must fall into one of these categories: 
  1. your own work—i.e. you took the photograph; 
  2. freely licensed; 
  3. public domain; 
  4. fair use.  
  • Attach images to the same email as your news item submission, but make sure to send it in a separate file in jpg or png format.

 

News items are edited for clarity and sometimes trimmed to fit the space available in the newsflash. We confer with writers about editing to the extent that the deadlines allow.

We consider only completed news items and cannot commit to, or provide guidance on, news item proposals. If you have any questions, please contact us at newsflash@clarin.eu 


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This newsflash is the successor of the monthly emails to the all list and the CLARIN newsletters from the preparatory phase.