Writing for Minding the Campus

You don’t have to be Shakespeare or Woodward and Bernstein to write for MTC. But we do have clear expectations of what makes a good, compelling article – and so do our readers.

The basics:

  • All pieces, including columns, need to be reported and verified with links, quotes, or research that supports your ideas.
  • We’d like to see links to clips (not academic papers), and brief story pitches.
  • If your idea has been written about before (most have), try to find a new angle and a compelling lead.
  • Because 60 percent of all internet readers are on phones, shorter is better. A 700 to 900-word piece with a chart might get more attention than a 1,500-word article if it’s sharply honed.
  • As always, the words must be yours, excepting people and other publications you quote and source.

Types of Stories

To date, we have published short pieces and essays from a variety of professors, academics, and journalists. We also invite students who can report and verify first-hand experiences regarding curriculum, protests, free speech, and other controversies.

Finally, thank you for considering writing for MTC. We welcome your ideas and look forward to working with you. Submit your ideas, commentary, and essays to gould@nas.org.