Contributor Guidelines

BroadAgenda welcomes blog contributions from researchers, academics, public servants, journalists and big thinkers.

Our mission is to cast a critical gender lens over policy, politics and governance, along with issues of leadership and the gendered nature of power and authority. We want to deepen the national and global discourse around gender equality, and we’re open to a broad range of themes.

If you have a good, evidence based argument, or a powerful piece of commentary worth sharing, we’d like to hear it. We are also interested in hosting short video interviews and podcasts. Authors should always ask how your experiences, innovations, subjects, issues, or research might be of interest to an audience with a growing appetite for news and views around gender equality.

To blog with us, please submit a brief (2-4 sentence) summary statement that clearly outlines your argument, in addition to a completed draft in a Microsoft Word document. Email Megan and Pia at BroadAgenda@canberra.edu.au

Blog Length

  • 400 to 800 words (we will consider longer pieces)
  • 4-8 minute video interviews, or podcasts

Audience

  • It’s not just our Agenda that’s Broad – so too is our audience!
  • We reach out to citizens, government departments, public sector teams, government entities, universities, think-tanks, women’s organisations, mainstream media, men’s sheds, NGO’s, interest groups, political parties, staffers, policy makers, political junkies … and everyone in between.
  • We expect more women than men keep a keen eye on what we do. And given women are clearly more adversely affected by gender inequality than men, that comes as no surprise. But...
  • … we are a broad church and welcome male readers and contributors. The 50/50 by 2030 vision affects each and every Australian, regardless of gender.

Style

  • Front-load your argument – get the key points over near the start, and save elaborations and caveats for later on. Don’t bury the lead!
  • Punch lines are often wasted at the end – many readers don’t make it that far
  • Keep it crisp, clear and concise
  • Avoid jargon and technical language
  • No need to be formal. Be conversational
  • Outline your purpose early in the piece
  • Try to use a hook to get the reader involved

Subject

  • Your piece should be thought-provoking and focussed.
  • Don’t try to express everything you think (or know) about the topic – focus on one aspect and explore it.
  • Use short paragraphs, of two to five sentences, usually with one idea per paragraph.
  • Give your piece a simple and clear structure that’s easy to follow and flows logically from one paragraph to the next (again… think of it as a conversation).
  • Strictly avoid all notes and Harvard referencing. Instead include hyperlinks to any organisations, people or research that you cite, ideally using a quote of a few distinctive words so that readers can follow up inside the referenced text.
  • Please always link to open access sources wherever possible. If a hyperlink leads to a source behind a paywall, use ($-site) to warn readers.
  • When drafting your outline – or plotting your topic – begin by asking yourself:  Is this interesting? And why should anyone care?

Need some inspiration? Here are a few possible approaches to writing a good blogpost…

  • A post outlining your organization’s experience of adopting measures to enhance gender equality, explaining what worked or what did not. Please keep a factual tone and don’t ‘hype’ things up.
  • A post presenting key findings from research, perhaps based on a report or a survey commissioned by a firm or government agency, or perhaps coming from an academic article or conference paper. (See: How to write a blogpost from a journal article).
  • A response or reflection on a current issue or event that relates to gender equality.
  • A critique or response to a new government policy, proposal or report.
  • Unpack an academic theory or concept in an accessible way for a non-academic audience.
  • Develop a new idea or argument that you’re working on – test it out.

Please also send us:

  • A brief biography of between two and six lines. Include links to your social media or websites if you wish.
  • A good headshot photo
  • A possible title suggestion – ideally in a narrative heading form telling us your argument. (But we will choose the final heading).
  • A possible tagline: a sentence or two summarising your piece that will draw readers in. (But again we will choose the final tagline).

What happens next?

  • If your blog submission fits the broad BroadAgenda parameters, we will seek to publish your blogpost as soon as we can, especially if it is time-sensitive.
  • We’ll let you know the date when your blog will be published so you can look out for it
  • All blogposts published on BroadAgenda may be edited for consistency and clarity by the editing team – we will send you an edited draft of your blog to notify you of any changes
  • We will contact you once your post has been published so that you can publicise it online amongst your own networks

Need more tips? Here are some of our favourite…