Get Involved with Flip the Media
Join our team!
Flip the Media is always open for new talent. In addition to working with a cadre of high-quality writers, Flip welcomes students who have skills in community management, communications strategy, web design and administration, marketing and branding, networking, journalism, analytics, media production, and of course, editing. Working with Flip is a great way to build valuable experience and portfolio work in a recognized media outlet that loves experimentation. Flip the Media has been regularly granted press passes and funding for students to attend sensational events such as the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, the Seattle Interactive conference and Emerald City Comicon. Don’t miss your opportunity!
Want to get involved on a more regular basis and dive more deeply into editing, publishing, branding, reporting, analyzing, managing, and building community? Sign up for the independent study and be a part of defining Flip the Media from the inside out. Students can work with Flip for 1 or 2 credits depending on their availability. To apply for independent study, contact Alex Stonehill, the faculty adviser, at firstname.lastname@example.org . Include your resume and a short description of how and why you’d like to be involved.
Submit a story
Want to show off your keen insight in the realm of digital media? Writing for Flip the Media is a great way to build yourself a portfolio of material that demonstrates your analytical and communication expertise. We never delete posts so you will be able to show off your live material for years. Repurposed course work is a great way to build up content and many MCDM professors offer extra credit for Flip pieces.
To submit a story, send your draft, outline, pitch or combination thereof to email@example.com.
Make sure to include your name, contact info, relationship to the Communication Leadership program (if any), why the topic is timely, and idea for media to accompany the story (feature photo, outside links, etc). An editor will reach out to you within a week to coordinate the editing process and associated deadlines.
Don’t know what you want to write about? Don’t worry! Send our editors an email at firstname.lastname@example.org detailing your interests and areas of expertise, and they can help you find a topic. Or you can stop by our weekly meetings and collaborate with current writers and editors.
What are we looking for?
- Posts should be 600 to 900 words long.
- Paragraphs should be short and to the point.
- Posts should have an engaging lead—perhaps a newsy hook—to draw in readers.
- Posts should be written for a general audience interested in digital media.
- Posts should contain relevant hyperlinks and media, where appropriate.
- Titles should be catchy and descriptive, allowing readers to quickly grasp what the topic is about.
- A great post has original content, or offers original analysis of an issue based on the writer’s knowledge and experience. It provides more value than re-re-reporting news found elsewhere on the web.
- A great post is narrowly focused. It takes a sliver of a topic and makes about three or four insightful points.
- All posts should have a “key digital takeaway.” We’re not just looking for the news that something happened in the world of digital media; we want to tell our readers why it matters.
- Posts should include at least two images that meet the following criteria:
- At least one image should be in landscape format, so that it can be re-sized to 640 pixels wide by 430 pixels high, which is required by our WordPress template.
- If you did not create the images yourself, please make sure that the images can be reused. For example, images that are licensed under an appropriate Creative Commons license may be good candidates for your post.
- Each image should have a caption. The caption should include a credit that indicates the source of the image.