Editorial Guidelines/Submissions

In general, articles should be on topics that concern the economy and efforts by individuals or groups to make it more equal, either through organizing workers, technological change or creating new business models that empower workers. We are also interested in first-person interviews with organizers, co-op developers, people who are fighting for policy change, or businesses that are interested in creating economic equalization. We accept articles on a rolling basis–there is no deadline for publication.
We accept both written and video content, but prefer video that is interactive in nature (ie–Google Hangouts, conducted in real-time and then recorded for later viewing). For written articles, we generally prefer articles that are 2,000 words or less, though some exceptions may be made, especially for case studies of organizing campaigns.

Hack the Union does accept simultaneous submissions–please let us know if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. Only previously unpublished work will be considered for publication. 

We are especially interested in stories that serve as models and inspiration for others. Our editorial philosophy about highlighting the work of people in the economic justice movement, to the extent that one exists, is “Throw Glitter, Not Shade.” This does not suggest that we will never engage in constructive criticism–but the point of our work is to raise up voices, campaigns and individuals who are often ignored by the mainstream media–not to put them down.

We are only equipped to take electronic submissions. Please allow at least three weeks for a response before sending follow-up email.
Hack the Union is strongly committed to paying for content. Unsolicited contributions, if accepted, will be paid at a rate of $75 per piece.

2 thoughts on “Editorial Guidelines/Submissions”

  1. I just posted two columns on the contingent faculty focusing on the U. of Cali vs. lecturers contract fight and another on higher ed policy about taking contingent faculty from precarious to participatory. These are posted to Daily Kos just so our activists can access them and we can shove them in the face of the admin negotiators. They aren’t really published and I hope you consider putting them on your great site. I don’t need payment, we just need publicity! Besides, I think the analysis of the first one is very relevant to all contingent higher ed workers.
    —Chris Hables Gray, lecturer, UCSC, and VP for Organizing UC-AFT. (For identification purposes only. Not official statements of either UC or UC-AFT.)


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