1. Cite Your Sources
If you refer to someone else’s work please cite their name and provide a link to the original source. This relates to ‘copyright’ and ‘fair use’ laws. Google those terms and get to understand them.
2. Ask Permission
If you plan to copy more than a few words or phrases from someone else, it’s best to err on the side of caution and ask them for permission. Asking permission also applies to the use of someone else’s images and video clips. And of course you must again provide the copyright information in your post.
3. Play Nice
Remember that Africa Geographic is a global brand and you never know who might read your post. Express your opinion by all means but don’t risk being accused of libel. Also avoid sarcasm, bullying and aggression.
4. Don’t pretend to speak for Africa Geographic
This is your post but our blog ecosystem. Take ownership and responsibility for your own words and don’t pass them off as our words or viewpoint. Your material copyright is protected under our disclaimer, but this does not mean that Africa Geographic endorses or is responsible for your words.
- – Swear or use obscenities/vulgarities
- – Discriminate or generalise based on race, gender, religion or culture
- – Write about politics, sex or religion
- – Insult any person, organisation or group
- – Encourage the breaking of any law or custom.
6. Content Review
Africa Geographic takes pride in our publishing standards and so all content submissions are subject to quality review and possible edit. We also reserve the right to publish content in the standard format that applies to all our blog posts. We do request that content is uniquely put together for Africa Geographic and is unpublished elsewhere.
7. Africa Geographic Blog Standard Format
- – All words in the heading must be in the lowercase except for proper nouns.
- – Animal names are to be written in lowercase except when the name includes a place, country or person’s name. For example: buffalo, elephant and wild dog are all lowercase but Knysna woodpecker, Cape buffalo, and African wild dog would begin with a capitals.
- – Numbers below ten must be written out in full. Numbers over 10 must be expressed in digits.
- – Landscape photographs must be resized to a minimum width of 700 pixels and portrait photographs to a minimum width of 450 pixels. Due to the quantity of pictures we receive photographs that exceed 3000 pixels in width will not be accepted as they slow our programs down.
- – Do not use ‘&’ in replacement of ‘and’ or any ‘text message English’. Symbols can be used when it comes to currency: $, R etc… Please specify which dollar you are referring to e.g. US$100.
- – Pictures must be named with relative keywords. This process is important for google searches.