FedScoop welcomes qualified guest columns, comments and news tips from executives and experts in the government, technology and contracting community.
If you're interested in contributing, please keep the following in mind:
FedScoop delivers breaking news and original analysis for and about federal IT decision-makers and influencers. Our staff reporters and editors focus primarily on how agencies are acquiring, developing and using technology to improve their internal operations and the services they deliver to the public. We also report on technology developments that are likely to have an impact on the $85 billion civilian and defense agencies spend annually on IT.
Together with our DailyScoop email newsletter, FedScoop reaches approximately 90,000 chief and senior IT, program and financial decision-makers and influencers in the federal government IT community, including executive branch departments and agencies, the White House, Congress and industry.
If you have credible and verifiable information about changes in policies, personnel, procurements, or decisions regarding the use of IT at federal agencies, please contact our Chief Editor Shaun Waterman at firstname.lastname@example.org, or one of the members of our Editorial Team. We will consider not-for-attribution and background-only information if necessary and agreed upon upfront.
We prefer guest columns from current or recent federal agency executives, technology experts or thought leaders familiar with the issues and challenges facing government IT leaders on matters of IT policy, procurement, management, workforce or innovation. We also look for articles that provide fresh insights or spark community discussion on a given topic.
Executives or technology experts wishing to contribute a commentary article for publication on FedScoop should send an email to FedScoop’s Chief Editor Shaun Waterman at email@example.com, proposing in a couple of paragraphs what they wish to write about – and why they believe their article would be of compelling interest to our readers.
The articles of guest columnists will feature the author’s byline, a thumbnail photograph and links to a brief biographic profile on FedScoop and to the writer’s social media and email contacts.
All contributed articles are subject to editing and review by FedScoop’s editorial staff and upon publication, become the copyrighted property of FedScoop, its parent, Scoop News Group and its affiliated properties.
Guest Contributor Writing Guidelines
Once we've agreed to proceed with a contributed article, here are some recommended writing guidelines to keep in mind:
- Keep it relevant to our audience. FedScoop reaches top executives and IT leaders across the federal government IT community. Keep their mission, business and management needs in mind as you write your opinion column.
- Focus on a single topic and get to the point. Readers are busy and will decide within seconds whether to keep reading. Tell readers quickly what you are writing about, why they should care and your conclusion on the matter, ideally in 500 to 750 words.
- Say something fresh or insightful. FedScoop endeavors to give our readers new and distinctive insights and perspectives they haven't already seen in other media outlets. So try to bring a fresh, even contrarian, perspective to what you write.
- Write in your voice. Contributed articles should read like an essay or opinion column, not a white paper or commercial pitch. Provide a distinct and personal point of view.
- Provide concrete, real-world examples. Illustrate your point(s) with specific examples. Avoid generalities. The more you can share examples drawn from your own or our readers' professional experiences, the more readers can relate to your message.
- Be practical. Be accurate. What actions should readers take? What are the specific lessons to be learned? Don't just theorize. Check that facts are accurate.
- Consider writing about technology challenges and mistakes, not just successes. Our readers live in the same imperfect world you do and will appreciate lessons learned from mistakes as well as successes.
- For vendors: Avoid a sales pitch. Articles may address common problems and suggest categorical solutions, but avoid statements like "…and here's how our product can help."
FedScoop’s editorial staff will review your completed article, provide feedback and recommended edits, and give contributors a chance to approve final changes prior to publication.
Readers are also encouraged to add their perspective and comments to our articles using the commenting section below each story. Readers must register initially with our third-party comments application provider but may chose whatever display name they wish. All comments are moderated by our editors.
For more information, contact our Chief Editor Shaun Waterman at firstname.lastname@example.org.