The Troy Press© is willing to take on new Progressive Voices. This article is NOT about content, but rather the mechanics of the article submission process.
As indicated elsewhere, virtually all of the actions related to contributing to The Troy Press are done via email with different email addresses used for the various purposes. This includes submissions to the Daily News Summary. Your first step is to apply to become a contributor. Your editor will give you the various posting addresses for the various functions you will be interacting with - we don't want to publish them publicly for various reasons, including to limit the spam load.
Your email submission will be processed by an automated system. While it is a reasonably sophisticated bit of code whose job is to save humans time and improve consistency, it, of course, is not a human; it only works when your submission actually follows these guidelines. And, it will reject all inbound materials that do not match the expected pattern.
News Summaries and Articles share a common set of code which handles the creation of links and the display of images. And it has its own "directives" that are unique to the News. So, please see The Directions for Article Submission for that information. Here we only cover the part unique to News Summaries.
...Of course, we presume you are already familiar with what News Summaries look like! If not, please use the pull-down menu at the top of this page to view a few!
Here are the basic rules:
There May Be NO Blank Lines Between Directives! This is because a blank line tells the automation software that's the end of any directives. There is an exception to this, described below, but we discourage its use...
The directives are all case-insensitive, but the data conveyed MAY be case-sensitive! So, it doesn't matter if you enter "source=", "SOURCE=", "Source=" or any other combination, the software will find it just fine. However, the content of URLs - everything to the right of the domain name, anyway, is absolutely case-sensitive! And so are contributor names...
NO SPACES go between the equals sign and the directive name or the equals sign and the data being conveyed. You may get away with it - we've tried to make the software flexible - but, then, you may not!
As alluded to above, we've had some contributors have a real challenge at keeping blank lines at bay, so, we added a stop/start mechanism! If, during valid directive processing (that is, before any blank lines!) it finds a "start" (again, case insensitive), then it will continue searching for further directives and ignore any blank lines that usually signal the end of directives! However, there MUST be a matching "stop" directive or the entire rest of the submission will be ignored! If using the start/stop mechanism, it's recommended to make "start" the very first line of the email, and "stop" then ends the directives. If using a start directive, do not forget the stop directive!
The body of the submission, below the directives, becomes the main body of the News Summary, and it uses the same basic rules as for articles, as cited previously. DO NOTE: Two blank lines are needed to indicate paragraphs! One blank line is not enough - your input will result in a large paragraph!
Here's a text-based email program about to send a News Summary Update:
To : ttpdaily
Subject : Politicians, NATO Officials Furious As Spain Plans To Refuel Russian
----- Message Text -----
Spain is facing international criticism as it reportedly prepares to
refuel a flotilla of Russian warships en route to bolstering the bombing
campaign against the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo. El País reported that
the Spanish ministry of foreign affairs was reviewing the permit issued to
the Russian flotilla to stop at Ceuta. Politicians and military figures
condemned the support from a NATO member as 'scandalous,' and 'wholly
inappropriate,' while the head of the alliance indicated Madrid should
rethink the pit stop.
Some things to note here:
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