Writing for opensource.com/education

How do I become a writer for opensource.com/education?

First, create an account at opensource.com (https://opensource.com/user/register). Be sure to include your full name as your "Display Name". Also be sure to include a biography that explains your interest or expertise in education. (Note: you don't have to be an expert, but you do have to be informative and interesting.)

Second, join the mailing list (https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/osdc-edu-authors) and say "I want to be a writer for opensource.com/education". Include your OSDC username. We will enable your account for limited contribution (i.e. the ability to upload articles, but not to publish them.)

Third, write/upload your article. When your account is enabled, you will see a link on the bottom right-hand corner of the Education channel titled "Create Article". Paste your article in. You can always save it and come back to it later, if you want to edit it in place. When you feel like it's ready, send a note to the list saying "this article is ready to go".

Fourth, the editorial staff will review the article, and if it meets our editorial standards, we will slot it for a rough publication date on the calendar. Note that anything uploaded is subject to review by editors. This may be copyediting and spellchecking, or it may be a request for a wholesale rewrite.

OK, now I'm a writer.  How often do you expect content?

As frequently, or as infrequently, as you like. We're still shaping our editorial voice, but it's likely that contributions will break down into a few types of time-honored content:

* The columnist / blogger. Regular contributor of short-ish, insightful, regular posts with a clear viewpoint. Perfect fit for "in-the-trenches, this is what I do with open source in education day-to-day" kind of writing.

* The op-ed. If you think that open source in education is counterproductive, that's fantastic. We expect to see some of these opinions expressed from time to time, and will occasionally seek out people for this express purpose. It's too easy to go all fanboy about open source, and to ignore its shortcomings. Strong op-eds by knowledgeable writers are perfect for exposing issues for the community to consider.

* The big story. Sometimes there's a really big story that someone is itching to tell. Maybe a state is about to pass an open textbook bill, or someone is about to install Moodle in a gigantic school district somewhere. These kinds of stories don't happen often, but when they do, they're outstanding. If you are knowledgeable enough to tell this story, we want you to tell it.

Over time, we hope to build out our publication calendar (http://opensource.com/education/authors-schedule) and hold authors to that calendar. For now, 3-5 articles a week is our initial goal.

Do I get paid for this?

No. In very certain circumstances, maybe -- but most likely, no. :) You do, however, get publication credit as a writer for opensource.com -- which might look very attractive on the ol' CV.