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Communal News accepts submissions from serious authors and reviews them for clarity, consistency, and news value. Among other principles, our editors follow the following criteria in deciding whether or not to publish an article:
News Value: Does this news have a wide audience? Is it topical? Does it provide valuable information to readers? Write about an industry, or retail news in sports, business, stocks, politics, or more. Submissions making claims must be professionally-sourced with links and factually backed-up. Well-Written and Clear: In order to best use our editorial resources, we may reject articles that require extensive copy-editing, are poorly written, or are unusually long. Sourced: As a general rule, we’d like to see three links within each report, to sources, additional information, or websites of people, places or organizations mentioned. Balanced: We require our paid contributors covering topics of public interest to be fair to all sides, neutral in tone, and balanced in coverage. Fundamental analysis: However, articles clearly intended to convey a strong viewpoint are welcome. Just let the reader know. Address a competitive environment, management, products, corporate strategy, or future outcomes. We look for well-presented and informed opinions based on rigorous analysis with links. Pure opinion will be published in the blog section. Accurate: Authors should deliver accurate, supportable facts to our readers. Blog: Articles that don’t meet our standards are still eligible for publication on the blog side of our site. No payment will be made for a blog posting.
Editorial feedback on articles is intended to support the author in delivering accurate, supportable facts to our readers. Authors are required to disclose any personal connections to people or policies they write about (It’s OK, just disclose it). You can post headlines and excerpts of up to 250 words (but no more than 1/3 of the total article) to your blog or website, with a link back to the full article on Communal News.
NEWS CONTRIBUTOR PAYMENT TERMS
Last Updated: April 1, 2019
Communal News reserves the right to change these Contributor Payment Terms (including, but not limited to, any of the fee rates set out below) at any time by updating this page. Your continued participation in the Contributor Beta Program constitutes your agreement to such changes. In such cases, we will also update the Last Updated date above. Please check this page regularly for any changes.
Only pre-approved writers are eligible for the beta program at the current time. Exclusive Articles by our pre-approved writers accrue $12.25 per 1,000 pageviews or $12.25, whichever is greater.
Communal News may, at its discretion, withhold and/or offset any and all payments for Exclusive Articles under any of the following circumstances: (i) we believe inappropriate methods have been employed to increase traffic; (ii)
your Exclusive Article is published (with or without your permission) in breach of the exclusivity undertaking set forth in the Contributor Terms; (iii) your Exclusive Article is removed by Communal News for any reason.
Communal News or its payment processing provider may send you notification emails updating you as to the status of your article(s) and any payments (for Exclusive Articles), and related to your registration, banking and tax details.
You are responsible for ensuring that the banking details and/or other payment information you provide to Communal News are current at all times. Communal News will not be responsible for paying any banking fees, other charges, or interest, including without limitation fees or charges resulting from your failure to comply with these terms, such as those incurred for not being able to pay you, or restoring payments to you that were paid into the wrong account if your payment information is not up to date.
If you are a U.S. person (as defined under U.S. tax law), you agree to provide us with your U.S. tax identification number and a fully-completed Form W-9. We may require submission of other forms for individuals outside the U.S. You are responsible for maintaining the accuracy of these forms and for paying all taxes on the amounts we pay you. Both parties agree that you are an independent contractor for Communal News, and not an employee.
Any payments that accrue to you but that cannot be paid out due to lack of accurate payment or tax information, or if you request that Communal News hold your payments,
or due to your not having reached the minimum payout threshold, will revert to Communal News after a period of 12 months. In addition, if we are unable to make payment to you, amounts owed may be subject to state escheat or unclaimed property laws.
We reserve the right to charge you, or offset against future payments, if you provide incorrect account information, for charges imposed on us by the payment services you choose, or for amounts paid for articles submitted by you that we later learn are not owned by you.
When submitting an article for consideration, you may select any of the payment options that appear in the Payment Method section of the Registration Form. Please note that payments can only be made into an account in your name or bearing an email address identical to that which we have on record. Payments will not be made to third parties.
Payments will be made monthly according to the payment details you provide to Communal News.
Payments will be made within 30 days from the end of each month.
Please notify as soon as possible if a payment appears to have been missed or is incorrect.
Payments will only be made if there is a minimum of $50 due on your account. Accrued earnings of less than $50 will be rolled over to the next payment period and held for no more than 12 months.
The Beta Program Rate is subject to change and is quoted in $U.S. per 1,000 page views. Your monthly payment will be based on the total accrued pageviews of all your Exclusive Articles minus all previous payments.
CONTRIBUTOR BETA PROGRAM T&C
Last Updated: April 1, 2019
Your participation in the Contributor Beta Program constitutes your agreement to adhere to the terms and conditions (the “Contributor Terms”) set forth here. Communal News reserves the right to change these Contributor Terms at any time by posting the change here. Your continued participation in the Contributor Beta Program after such date shall constitute your agreement to such changes. In such cases, we will also update the “Last Updated” date set forth above. Please check this regularly for any changes.
General terms regarding Article submissions:
For the avoidance of doubt, an article you submit (an “Article”) is a User Submission and becomes the property of Communal News. Communal News takes reasonable commercial measures to prevent Articles from being republished by other websites or via other technologies. However, Communal News is not responsible or liable for any actions of third parties, including the publication of Exclusive Articles without Communal News’s consent.
Communal News takes certain steps to check whether Articles are free from plagiarism. Proper attribution of content taken verbatim from other sources requires the use of quotation marks and attribution links or footnotes. This includes, but is not limited to, passages taken verbatim from press releases, and other company documents and sources. Plagiarism can also include the submission or posting of content that is repurposed from other sources and presented without reference to the content’s creator. This includes, but is not limited to, content that is paraphrased from another source or could otherwise be deemed by a reasonable person to be a derivative work. Communal News reserves the right to determine if Articles contain plagiarism and may, at its discretion, remove plagiarized content and withhold and/or offset all payment for Articles deemed by us to contain plagiarized elements.
Communal News’s aggregate liability to you under the Contributor Beta Program for all claims of any sort will be as follows: (i) for claims relating to a specific Article, the amount that Communal News has paid you (if any) for that Article; and (ii) for all other claims, the amount that it has paid you (if any) for Articles under this Contributor Beta Program during the six (6) month period prior to your bringing your claim.
We may terminate, suspend or modify the Contributor Beta Program at any time and without notice or obligation to you. You may terminate your participation in the Contributor Beta Program by not submitting any additional Articles. Termination of the Contributor Beta Program, or of your participation in the Contributor Beta Program, shall not terminate any license rights granted to Communal News for Articles submitted prior to such termination.
By posting an article on Communal News (herein referred to as “Exclusive Article”) as a pre-approved Beta Program contributor, you agree that Communal News will be your exclusive publisher for that Exclusive Article, for both online (such as the Site, but also select partner platforms) and offline media (herein referred to as “The License”). Accordingly:
You represent and warrant that: (i) you have not published (or otherwise made available) the Exclusive Article, and will not publish it (or otherwise make it available) on any online or offline media, and (ii) you have not granted, and will not grant, any right or license to any third party that conflicts or is inconsistent with The License you grant Communal News media.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, you may publish a headline and/or brief summary/snippet of the Exclusive Article (up to 250 words but no more than 1/3 of the total Exclusive Article) on any online media, and link to the full Exclusive Article on the online media on which it appears.
The brief summary or snippet may not include images.
References in these Contributor Terms to an “Exclusive Article” shall also be deemed to include and apply to any article (or similar Content) that is substantially similar to the Exclusive Article, or that is a derivative work of the Exclusive Article. For example, you may not publish a translated version of an Exclusive Article on any online or offline media.
Overview of Posting Content; Monitoring Content
The Site permits the submission of Content by users of the Site, including without limitation comments, articles, links, including from those who give permission to Communal News to post their Content (“User Submissions”) and the hosting, sharing and publishing of such User Submissions on the Site. Communal News has the right in its sole discretion and without further notice to you, to monitor, censor, edit, move, delete, and/or remove any and all Content posted on its Site or from your Communal News user account at any time and for any reason. Without limiting the foregoing, Communal News has the right to delete any comment or Content that it believes, in its sole discretion, does or may violate our standards.
On user-generated Comments, Communal News reserves the right to remove content that violates one of the following principles, as determined by Communal News, at our discretion:
No pornography or pedophilia No direct or veiled threats against any person or group of people. No copyright infringement No plagiarism. This includes posting content verbatim from other sources without proper attribution and/or repurposing content from other sources and presenting it without reference to the content’s creator. No publishing of other people’s private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, Social Security Numbers, and driver’s and other license numbers. No impersonation of others in a manner that is intended to or does mislead or confuse others. No use for unlawful purposes or for promotion of dangerous and illegal activities. Your account may be terminated and you may be reported to the appropriate authorities. No spamming, link-spamming or transmitting malware and viruses. No personal attacks. No abusive profanity or vulgarity. No business solicitations or advertising. No inappropriate, unethical or misleading behavior.
Important note: Communal News encourages civil, thought-provoking debate. In order to maintain a level of discourse appropriate to our user base, we are strongly opposed to trolling, uncivilized discussion, mudslinging, inappropriate language, and blanket dismissal of others’ ideas. At our discretion, we may delete comments and block/delete accounts of users we believe lower the level of discourse and courtesy we strive to engender.
Moderating decisions are subjective, and we strive to make them carefully and consistently. Our blogs and Content are intended to serve as a discussion center for thoughtful users.
Without derogating from the above, Communal News editors, at their discretion, may refrain from posting or remove User Submissions that violate these standards or which are otherwise inappropriate. These standards are designed to ensure that the dialogue on the Site is credible, responsible, intelligent and informative. We cannot guarantee that users will tell the truth. However, by setting out the above guidelines, we hope to raise the credibility of the discussion and foster a spirit of open, honest dialogue.
If an author has a business or personal relationship with a person, company or organization named in an article that he or she has authored, that relationship must be fully and accurately disclosed.
If you have any comments on our policies, or complaints or concerns of any kind about any posts, please contact us at Help@CommunalNews.com. We will review all of the information that you communicate to us, but we may not be able to take action or respond directly to each email.
User Submissions; Online Rules of Conduct
When you post any User Submission on the Site or give Communal News permission to post your Content, you agree to:
Post comments in both tone and content that are constructive and high quality. Automatically grant Communal News a royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully transferable and sublicensable right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display any User Submission (in whole or in part) and/or to incorporate any of your User Submission in other works now or in the future and in any media formats and through any media channels, and you confirm and warrant to Communal News that you own the copyright in each of your User Submissions and have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the above license and rights.
Communal News will use commercially reasonable efforts to attribute material User Submissions to the author.
If you provide any feedback or suggestions to Communal News regarding the Site or Communal News’s services, including without limitation in response to a survey or in connection with a particular User Submission (collectively, “Feedback”), Communal News may use such Feedback for any purpose. In order that we may incorporate such Feedback into Communal News’s Site and/or services, Communal News alone will own all right, title and interest, including all related intellectual property rights, in and to all such Feedback and you hereby assign such Feedback to Communal News free of charge.
When you post any User Submission on the Site, you also agree to abide by the following disclosure rules:
If you choose an alias, be responsible for all statements made and acts or omissions that occur by use of your alias. Waive any and all rights against Communal News and hold Communal News harmless in connection with any claims relating to any action taken by Communal News as part of its investigation of a suspected violation or result of its conclusion that a violation of these T&C has occurred, including but not limited to the removal of User Submission from the Site or a suspension or termination of your access to the Site. Maintain and promptly update your registration data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete.
You agree not to:
Choose an alias that is threatening, abusive, offensive, harassing, derisive, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, hatefully, racially, ethnically or otherwise or objectionable. Post or transmit any Content that you either know or should know is false, deceptive or misleading, or misrepresent or deceive others as to the source, accuracy, integrity or completeness of any comment you post. Post or transmit any Content that is unlawful, harmful or injurious to others, contains software viruses, or other harmful computer code, files or programs, threatening, abusive, offensive, harassing, derisive, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, hatefully, or otherwise tortious or objectionable. Post or transmit any Content that does or may invade the privacy or violate or infringe on any rights of others, including, without limitation, copyrights and other intellectual property rights. By use of your alias or in any comment, impersonate any person or entity, falsely or deceptively state, infer or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with or connection to any person or entity. Post or transmit any Content which, either the act of posting or the comment itself, you do not have a right to do under any law, regulation or order of any court, or as a result of an employment, contractual, fiduciary or other legal obligation or relationship. Post or transmit any advertising, promotional materials, so called “chain letters,” “pyramid” or other schemes or invitations to participate in these or any other form of solicitation or promotion. Post or transmit any non-public or otherwise restricted, confidential or proprietary information without authorization. Violate any local, state, national or international law, regulation or order of any court. Responsibility for User Submission
Each individual who submits a User Submission, whether published on the Site or not, is solely responsible for her or his own acts, including the content, context or information in the User Submission he or she submits. This means that each individual, and not Communal News, is entirely responsible for anything and everything she or he posts on the Site including in the Comments Section.
Communal News does not, and does not intend to, pre-screen any comments posted on its Site, and Communal News cannot and does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of anything that may appear on its Site.