We want you to write for us! Send your original content to Genevieve Demos Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we like it, we’ll publish it on this blog.
Your story may fall into one or more of the following categories:
- Opinions. (Go here, here, and here for examples.) Opinion pieces must take a respectful and reasonable tone and must be grounded in documented evidence. Constructive criticism of ideas, policies, and practices is welcome; character attacks are not.
- Personal narratives. (Go here, here, and here for examples.) We want to read about your experiences — good and bad — with Prince George’s County Public Schools. Stories should not focus on one particular school, unless the narrative is instructive for the larger PGCPS community. Some pieces are a mix of story telling and opinion (like this one, for example). That’s fine.
- News, information, and analysis. (Go here, here, and here for examples.) Almost any topic is fair game, as long as it is directly tied to PGCPS and follows the guidelines below.
- Positive pieces. (See here, here, and here for examples.) We love publishing stories that put our schools in a positive light. Keep the good news coming.
Some points to keep in mind:
- Stories should be about our local school system, not education writ large. We publish stories on a wide range of topics, but those stories must be directly linked to county or statewide education issues. For example, we are interested in health and nutrition, but we would not be interested in publishing a story about American cafeteria food or the need for kids to eat less sugar. We would, however, be interested in publishing a story about school food in PGCPS or Maryland, and we would be interested in a story about the sugar content of the meals served in our local schools.
- We do not publish opinion pieces endorsing political candidates or parties.
- You do not have to be a PGCPS parent to write a post for us. We have heard from teachers, parents of young children not yet in the school system, and county residents who have no children. We have even published two pieces written by elementary and middle school students (here and here).
- We may decide to reject any piece for publication, and we maintain the right to edit submissions for clarity, grammar, style, or length. As the author, you may be as involved in the editing process as you would like to be.
If you are interested in editing, blog design, and/or taking photographs, and you would like to become more involved with PGCABS, you might consider becoming part of our blog team. Contact Genevieve Demos Kelley at email@example.com to learn more.