Want to write a guest blog, info is below. If you have an idea but aren't sure or want to do something completely different, let us know. We're pretty open to anything.
email: mark.williams-2 [at] manchester.ac.uk
What we wantAuthor: Generally we want students but we're pretty open. You can be pro or anti-nuclear but your points must be backed by credible sources. If you wish, you can be anonymous.
Topic: We want opinion pieces and/or scientific explanations of things that anyone can understand (please don't re-write news articles). We're also want book reviews, critique of a news/blog article, your work, an interesting paper you read (seriously, anything will do). Just make sure it's understandable to the general public... So no big words (without explanations) or shortened terms like IAEA, SNF, ILW etc.
Length: We have 3 options, we want lots of short <500 word articles, A few ~800 words ones and the occasional >800 for good explanations of a part of the science (we will rarely allow a >800 word article ask us if you're planning one). But in general the shorter the better as people are more likely to read these (we know, google analytic tells us how long people stay on an article before leaving).
(Very rough)This is to help us put up articles without spending hours going through them. Rules aren't rigid, it's just for suggestions on how to make a search engine friendly article that people will be able to find without a direct link. If you need help, feel free to ask. For this we're using the example of the first article: http://nuclearhitchhiker.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/nuclear-accidents-in-context.html
Don'ts: Don’t directly refer to your department, members of staff, your work etc unless you have permission. Don't say anything offensive. Don't be over critical of companies, groups, or certain subjects (unless you are directly using facts).
Suggestions: Use friendly units, replace distanes with things people know the size of, (football pitches, pin head etc), quote radiation in terms of doses bepole can relate to (number of CT scans, bannanas). Use metaphores to help explain things. Relate to real life and important issues.
Title: Needs to be search engine friendly. Short, snappy titles like “Context” sound good, but no one will ever find it on a search engine. Use the keywords in the title, eg if the article is about nuclear accidents, “nuclear accidents in context”. Please don't use generic words like article, blog etc.
Keywords: We need a list of a few keywords. Included key words and phrases in our example are: “Accidents, Chernobyl, Coal, Environment, Fatalities, Fukushima, Nuclear, Nuclear Power, Radiation,Renewables”
This is to help us get it onto the blog faster without getting confused or spending hours finding links:
Linking information: Please provide links to inforamtion and evidence, it isn't like referencing a paper, just google a relevant news article or wiki page and give the link. Also stick it in brackets next to the word or phrase you want hyper-linked.
References: You can use a referencing system and include more detail about the reference at the bottom, describing the particular issue (this will not be included in the word count, and will be put at the bottom in small type).
Pictures: they look nice and break up the text, even if they aren't hugely relevant. If you think this is appropriate do it. Just leave the picture link in between paragraphs where you want it to be. Also, any original pictures email to us.
Other than that, ask us for help, or look at the current articles for examples!
contact: mark.williams-2 [at] manchester.ac.uk