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Contributing To ESC Insight

As well as the editors and staffers you can read on the site and hear on our podcast and radio shows, ESC Insight has published guest posts from many contributing writers. Some of those writers have become regular contributors, some have stayed as single articles, others have joined the team to become more involved. New contributors are invited to write about a specific topic, sometimes we spot ideas on social networks and ask if the idea could be expanded, others have pitched ideas to the team.

Let’s talk about that latter… how to contribute to ESC Insight.

What We’re Looking For

We think our mission statement is clear and gives you a great idea at the level you should look to achieve:

ESC Insight brings you in-depth editorial, discussion and commentary around the Eurovision Song Contest.

Beyond that, what excites you, what angers you, what brings out your emotions? Write about that!

Jon Jacob At The Proms (image: Jon Jacob)

A few of ESC Insight’s contributors and some friends (image: Jon Jacob).

Some Helpful Advice

Guest articles are usually between 600 and 1000 words – although we don’t really have an upper word limit look for a balance between giving your article as much story and content as possible without overwhelming the idea or padding out the word count.

Although ESC Insight has addressed some rather big issues in our time, we find that the best guest articles will concentrate on a narrow topic – a specific rule, a single country, one new idea, or one question.

Ask yourself what your unique viewpoint is on the issue. There’s nothing to stop you looking at a popular Eurovision topic but you should try to add something of substance to the debate.

Once you know what topic you want to write about, make sure that you are answering the question you set. If you’re going to highlight a problem you should always propose a solution, even if all you want to do is open up a debate.

Suggested Reading

One of the quickest ways to get an idea of what could work on ESC insight is to read guest articles on the site. Just remember that ESC Insight is a team effort, everyone has their own unique style and we’ll help you develop that. You could hit the archives, but here are some of the guest articles that have worked really well.

The Hipster’s Guide To The Eurovision Song Contest, by Ellie Chalkley.

Can the Eurovision Song Contest tap into what’s hot, what’s cool, and what’s trending? Can the modern-day Hipster enjoy (or even perform) at the Contest? Ellie Chalkley looked at the links between our digital culture and the Song Contest.

What’s Another Year? Ten Years On From Riga, by Paul Jordan.

Ten years after Riga hosted the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest, Paul Jordan took a trip down memory lane to reflect on Riga’s hosting, the quality of the songs, and the final year before the introduction of the Semi Final.

Bitter-Swede Symphony: Why We Love and Hate Sweden At Eurovision, by Jasmin Bear.

Sweden occupies a curious place in the heart of the Eurovision Song Contest, in parts loved by fans as a unifying force of love, in other parts cast down as the ultimate agent of selfish chaos and change. Jasmin Bear looked at the relationship between country and Contest.

Internal selection turns Eurovision Blue for the United Kingdom, by John Kennedy O’Connor.

Back in 2011 the BBC announced its first 100 percent internal selection with Blue’s ‘I Can’. Eurovision author John Kennedy O’Connor took the opportunity to look back at how the UK had selected its ‘Song for Europe’ spotted the historical precedents for such a decision, and wondered if this might be for the best.

What Happens Next

Send us your ideas in a email ([email protected] and [email protected]). Sum up the story idea in a single sentence, then give us a broader idea of the article in a single paragraph. We’ll look over the pitch and get feedback to you as quickly as we can.

What About The Podcast?

We are also expanding our audio coverage in the podcast, and we’re always open to your ideas for audio contributions. As for the oft-asked question of “can I appear on ‘Juke Box Jury’?” our Judges are generally chosen from the Insight team and frequent guest writers after we have met in real life.

And Now, Over To You

ESC Insight has evolved over the years it has covered the Eurovision Song Contest, so we’re open to any of your ideas if you want to contribute to the site. The team look forward to hearing from you.

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