Guidelines: "Why Should I Care?" PDF Print E-mail
Staff Articles - Guidelines
Written by Kurt Hoffman   
Wednesday, 03 September 2008 23:39

We are interested in submission of articles that promote critical thinking and critical examination of an issue that may be of local, national, or global importance. We are interested in topics that you are passionate about, topics that you feel a need to speak out about, and topics the public needs to know more about. In short, "why should I care" addresses issues that humanity needs to confront to make the world a better place. Therefore, pieces that are derogatory, that denigrate, or that promote mistreatment of others will not be published.


"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - M.K. Gandhi


In presenting the subject, you should pay attention to educating your readers. Remember, before they “should care” about a topic they need to know what it is, why it’s important, and how it impacts their life. In addition to describing the issue of your article, you should briefly provide important contextual information such as historical details, mention cultural values that may contribute to the issue, and whatever other background information that is relevant to clarifying your subject to the readers. A critical examination of any topic includes as many perspectives of that topic as possible, within reason and as newspaper space allows (approximately 1200 word limit as per the General Submission Guidelines).

For example, if you are submitting “Why Should I Care--about AIDS in Africa” you will need more than just providing statistics about the current crisis; you will also need to mention contributory factors such as how the history of civil wars and government corruption, Western culture’s indifference to their plight, and how a culture of denial concerning the symptoms of AIDS have exacerbated this epidemic.

Finally, in presenting your topic do not forget to address how this impacts life here in the Tri-state area, how this impacts the lives of your readers. The impact may be in an obvious and directly personal manner, or in an indirect and less apparent way. Either way, you will need to elucidate the reasons why it should matter to people and how it relates to their lives. Additionally, you should provide resources that will allow people to participate in being a solution to the issue. Even though the problems of the world are great, and our tendency can be to shut down in defense, we can also choose to be a part of the solution.


“The world is full of suffering; it is also full of overcoming it.” - Helen Keller


The “Why Should I Care”? byline is a pretty wide-open area. Please feel free to think in the widest possible ways when considering submitting an article for this section.

Please adhere to the General Submission Guidelines when submitting an article. Submissions that do not follow those guidelines cannot be considered for publication.

For questions or submissions email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 February 2009 21:18
Please register or login to add your comments to this article.

What's Happening?