Contributing Tips

Contributing to the Vermont Sheep & Goat Newsletter can be fun, easy and educational. Here are some tips to help make your experience as beneficial as possible.

Articles: When submitting an article try your best to write from a neutral position and be critical when viewing the subject from all sides. Find at least three sources for the story and try to use a direct quote if possible. A direct quote should be concise and insightful. Length of articles can vary, though at least 500 words is preferable. The editor will cut and fact check stories as necessary. Photos or illustrations to go along with the article are encouraged.

Editorials: These are opinion pieces and should relate directly to sheep and goat producers. Written in the first person, editorials are usually shorter than an article. Also, editorial cartoons are welcome.

Reviews: In the past, members have reviewed mainly books for the newsletter, but reviews of videos, Web sites, magazines, or courses are also encouraged.

Profile: Traditionally the newsletter has had a farm or member profile not written by the one being profiled, of course. Photos are highly encouraged in member profiles.

Photos: Photos can be submitted with an article or by themselves. All photos must have captions that give the names of the people in the photo, when and where the photo was taken, and a little bit about what is going on.

Events: Calendar items are greatly appreciated. Be sure to include the who, what, when, where and why.