Writing and blogging

We are seeking to recruit writers. Writers are not required to have prior writing experience, but intellectual honesty and rigor are prerequisite. Here are some kinds of content we aim to focus on:

Investigative writing. Reality is complicated. When writers fail to acknowledge this in their work, it is not only intellectually dishonest, but does damage to the wider public discourse by simultaneously taking up space and denying alternative views. Investigative writers research, read, and present detailed studies of topics that interest them, clearly stating the limitations of their perspective. Articles will be subject to editorial review before publication; see the paragraph below for more details.

Essays. We are seeking writers challenging ideas, vocabulary, and assumptions through rigorous analysis and critical inquiry, while keeping human elements clearly in focus. Our essay writers reject the presumptuousness of opinion-making, and instead act as author-provocateurs, presenting challenging questions and concepts to the community, sparking and engaging in discussions. Essayists arm the community with critical skills, vocabulary, and intellectual tools that are so desperately needed to face our collective challenges.

Blogs. We would like to create a community of bloggers to share their experiences and skills with the community. We are interested in having bloggers who present and organize information on:

  • Regional public interest issues (especially in Africa, Latin America, and Asia).
  • Testimonials from the frontlines of protest and solidarity movements.
  • Background and context to ongoing regional conflicts.
  • Law and international trade agreements.
  • Web scraping tools and methods, citizen journalism techniques.
  • Whistle-blower issues and case law.
  • Mass communications surveillance.
  • Digital security and rights.
  • Liberation technologies.
  • Film, book, and essay reviews.

The role of blogs on our website is to give concise, clear presentations of a specific subject to the community. The goal is to engage with the community, raise questions, and perform a useful service. We encourage bloggers to find creative ways to provoke follow-up discussion or collaborative work.

If you are interested in writing or blogging for us, send an email with a brief letter of motivation and background to editorial
@
wikileaks-press.org
.

Submission and review

Submission Articles may be submitted directly to us by email at editorial
@
wikileaks-press.org
. Please specify whether you would prefer to publish the article anonymously or with your real name. Please submit your articles as plain text (.txt file type), indicating sources as cited endnotes within your text.

Editorial review process. Upon receipt of an investigative or article submission, it will be reviewed by at least two editors. If your piece can be considered for publication, you will receive notification along with the two referee’s comments and questions, along with conditions for publication. Once revisions are finished, pieces may be re-submitted for final review and publication.

Curation

Today’s mainstream information culture is based on a short-term memory model, where facts are revised and (de)emphasized on a weekly news-cycle basis.

News aggregation. Context is essential for understanding our common challenges, and for developing strategies for resistance. We believe that community-driven news aggregation is an essential part of maintaining a collective knowledge base that can be efficiently queried. We are currently developing tools to curate an archive of news articles and scholarly works, together with human-generated metadata for efficient searching and sorting.

Information études – studies in information flows. In order to develop new tools for information-based advocacy, we aim to study fundamental properties of how information is shared, sought, and contextualized in various formats. This study may relate to the economy of information, archives, trends, cultural wisdom, effective communication, language barriers, perception, clichés, story sharing, search engines, and community curation. In the short term, follow @InfoEtudes on twitter as the project develops.