What Do I Submit And How?

The easiest and quickest way to contribute to Australian Scout is by email.
Delivery by mail takes an extra week or so, depending when the PO box is cleared.

Text

  • Send the article and/or captions as a Word document.
    Any fancy formatting or images have to be deleted so please don’t bother with these. The typography and layout are done in a desktop publishing program, so the Word file should be simple text only.  Please don’t waste time on fonts, display, etc  It all gets cut out.

Photos

  • Send photos as separate attachments (eg in jpg format) -- do not send them embedded within a Word document
  • Do not downsize them to save email size – it is better to send a single good quality photo than 6 low-resolution photos that can’t be used
  • Send a few photos if you wish – but we won’t print 20 so please make your selection before sending

Captions

  • Generally a photo should identify who, what, when and where, eg 1st Windy Valley Cubs cook pancakes on Pack Holiday at Lake Miasma, May 24 2012.
  • If a photo contains only one or a few people, we need their names.
  • Names must be accurate.  It is extraordinary how many times we double check names on the Extranet and find that the Leader submitting the item has spelled the youth members’ names incorrectly.  Please check.

How many words?

  • As few as possible.
  • Don’t write “at the present time” if you mean “now”.
  • Trim all unnecessary words.
  • Generally, don’t use adjectives.  If the facts are strong, the story sells itself.
  • Don’t add a thank you list – send your thank yous to those who helped.  There isn’t space in the magazine.
  • No preaching or moralising -- your article should illustrate this without needing to
  • Avoid clichés like “A good time was had by all.”  These are usually cut.

 

A caption story for Looking Locally

Remember to cover the key points – Who, What, Where, When, How – in as few words as possible.

For example:
1st Windy Valley Scouts have ended term 2 with a red carpet premiere of Patrol movies made over three nights during the term. With the help of industry professionals, they planned their own scripts, shot their movies, and edited them with Windows Movie Maker or iMovie.  It was a formal dress-up night with yummy food and mocktails for the movies’ premiere at the District’s campsite at Lake Miasma.

This paragraph says it all in 68 words -- which is actually long for caption.
We don’t need 200 words or 400 words or more!

A feature story

  • Remember to check first with the Editor.
  • Remember to cover the key points – Who, What, Where, When, How – in as few words as possible.
  • A trick to working out how to start a major article is to practise telling the story orally, as if telling a friend. Generally you would start off with the key points.

For example:
Weeks of emergency training paid off for 1st Windy Valley Venturers when they came across a car accident on their recent hike in the Wobbly Ranges.
The Unit recently upgraded their first aid qualifications in preparation for the hike.
While three Venturers hiked out of the gorge to get a phone signal and call for help, the others comforted the driver and stemmed his bleeding,
A police spokesperson praised the Venturers for their calm approach.

By now, the rest of the story should write itself.

How long? Stop when you finish.  Don’t feel the need to write any more than it needs.
Save the lengthy descriptions, judgements on the youth, personal comments, praise and thanks.
Just the story!