Every contributor can write news, articles, upload images, videos, comment and support or like what we’re doing. We also offer everyone the chance to work with us and report news as contributors. This information is designed to help you if you are a writer, or would like to become one of our experts.
What is SCCD and what are the benefits of joining?
SCCD, the Schumpeter Centre of Creative Destruction, dedicated to the thought of Joseph Schumpeter, is an independent research and educational institute, which popularises the most important economic subjects: demographics, innovation, labour economics, the energy market. The SCCD think tank is interested in information and news both from developing and developed countries.
When you become part of the SCCD community you gain the possibility of creating a whole new world, networking with interesting people and influencing the discussion on the subject which interests you most. Members of the SCCD community fulfil one of the following roles:
– Editors, who work on news content for the institute.
– Authors, who write articles for the institute and also may participate in other projects. In order to become an author you have to have a proven writing track record or prove yourself as en editor first.
– Experts, with whom we work on various projects and who are the public face of SCCD. In order to become an expert you have to meet certain requirements. You need to have a high level of intellectual curiosity and write a few good articles exclusively for our use. You may also become an expert by proving your level of intellectual excellence as an author.
Editors may in time become authors, and authors may become experts. We are constantly looking for new people to work with on our project. Our doors are open for both PhD students, PhDs, professors, business professionals, experts, as well as students and people who display curiosity about the world around us, who like to read and write about the causes of why things are the way they are and how they may be changed for the better – generally speaking people with intellectual curiosity who are aware of what is happening in the world in their area of expertise/interest.
Every member of SCCD can upload images, embed video, comment on and ‘like’ articles, and subscribe to news. In addition to these features, we also offer SCCD members the chance to write news articles and receive occasional financial bonuses for their work.
How is SCCD different from other sites?
The first major difference is that our content is researched and written by our staff and people from countries all around the world. Many people write articles, comment on others’ work, and rate news they consider important. The biggest benefit of having such a large body of contributors is that SCCD often posts interesting stories which would not be deemed newsworthy by large media organisations. We also take interest in issues which would never become viral news but, as we see it, these subjects are very important in the areas covered by SCCD.
If I register, will you sell my email address?
We never share your personal information with anyone. Other users can contact you through our website, but your email address is never exposed.
How much money will I make if I contribute on the site and who gets paid?
SCCD is a non-profit organization and therefore our revenue is minimal, mainly due to the support of our sponsors and occasional paid projects performed by our experts. Therefore the payment system is not designed to be a source of primary income, but an incentive system for contributing quality work in a way which interests the general public. The payments for your work are calculated based on the popularity of your content, the number of words and articles published in any given month and the quality of your writing, which is judged by our experts and/or directors. Payments are also larger for more work-intensive content, such as interviews and long-form articles.
Payments start after 6 months of regular cooperation with SCCD and are made exclusively by PayPal, however, they can be sent to nearly any major country in the world using this system. Please also note that PayPal may levy charges for such payments.
If I submit content to SCCD, who owns it?
How can I make my story stand out in the crowd?
Be original, and don’t copy and paste. Instead, quote certain paragraphs or sentences from other sources and credit them appropriately. Remember you can always ask SCCD experts for help and tutoring. We strongly encourage contributors to be proud of what they say and readers tend to like articles with original content. Publish your own opinion, be thorough and explain the news, so a reader can get all the information he needs about a story from your article.
How can I post on SCCD?
First, be an approved member. Then follow the procedure:
Log on to WordPress, locate the Posts menu in the left-hand side of the WordPress Dashboard. You can either hover over the Posts link or click to expand it to reveal the submenu. The Add New Posts page can also be found from the + New link in the WordPress Admin Bar. Click the Add New link. Now you’ll see the Add New Post page where you can create your first post.
The first box is where you’ll want to enter the title of your post.
Next is the Post formatting section or post editor. This is where you’ll actually type the content of your post.
If you look on the right side of the box, you’ll see two tabs. There are two modes of editing posts: Visual and Text.
The Visual tab will bring up the visual WYSIWYG editor. WYSIWYG just means ‘what you see is what you get.’ Here you’ll see a formatting toolbar with lots of options for formatting your posts. If you’re familiar with Microsoft Word or any other word processing software, most of these icons should look familiar.
If you click the Text tab, this will reveal a plain-text HTML version of the post editor. This version of the post editor is for editing the HTML code of your post. For most users, the Visual editor is the easiest way to write posts.
At the top of the right column on this screen you’ll see the Publish box. Here, your can save your post as a draft if you’d like to save it for later. If you click the Preview button, you can get a preview of how the post will look once it’s published.
The Status of the post will show if the post has been published, saved as a draft, if it’s pending review or if it’s been scheduled.
Remember about categories and tags assigned to your WordPress post. They are responsible for order on SCCD website. Add those that are right for your post.
And remember about images.
How do I post video?
You can post video from any site that provides an ‘embed code.’ The video embedding process is similar to inserting an image into your post content.
1. Add or edit a post.
2. Click in your content where you want the player to appear then hit Add Media above the content editor.
3. Simply provide the URL to the file in your content.
4. Add an audio or video file.
5. Make sure the file you uploaded is selected then under Attachment Display Settings set Embed or Link to ‘Embed Media Player’.
6. Click Insert into page.
WordPress will have inserted a shortcode for your audio or video that will be replaced with the player. MP3 for audio and MP4 for video are pretty standard but the MediaElement.js player supports all of these file types.
How about images? Do we need them?
Images are a must to illustrate your posts – upload your own or select one from free libraries such as Flickr or others. Remember to always select photos under a creative commons license and provide a link to the Flickr photo creator. It is also essential for the image to be high quality and not contain adult or other controversial material. Please remember, if you upload an image which violates our terms or third party rights you are liable for your actions.
What else can I do to make my stories interesting and easy to find on the site?
Keywords are also very important because this is how someone finds your work through our search box. Be specific when you use keywords or ‘tags’ in your article. Don’t use generic terms. Use specific keywords like ‘Indonesia’, ‘fertility’ or ‘climate change.’
Will my work be censored?
We don’t censor anyone’s work. We check every news post and article before we post it live to verify whether it complies with the guidelines of publishing with SCCD. We allow all members to comment and write freely, as long as they don’t break the law or personally attack other people. An SCCD contributor’s main task is publishing news on a relevant subject, however, they should avoid encyclopaedic articles (like Wikipedia). Preferably, all articles also contain analysis of the news described. Making personal attacks or using derogatory names directed at any individual member, race, ethnicity or religion (this includes both comments and collaborator contacts through the site) is strongly condemned and results in immediate expulsion. Collaborators are not permitted to personally attack others. While we encourage debate on all topics, even controversial subjects such as crime, politics, religion and science, collaborators will not be permitted to make offensive remarks, or single out an individual member, race or religion with derogatory or racist comments. Moreover, every journalist should be aware of libel, defined as the written or broadcast version of a defamatory statement (slander is the conversational form of defamation). You defame someone when you write something that lowers the person’s stature in the eyes of the community, causing damage to reputation, the ability to find another job, or raise doubts about a person’s integrity or patriotism. In order to avoid accusations of libel, an SCCD contributor should make sure that all his information and facts are correct and that these can be proved. Don’t simply publish defamatory statements even if someone else is quoted to have said them; repeating libel is still libel, and can get you in trouble.
Do you check for copy-pasting?
Yes. In the event a collaborator is found to be posting copyrighted works or copy-pasting large parts of articles from other sources, his or her articles will be deleted. We will publicly write about it as we do not support these practices. This SCCD contributor will also be eliminated from our contributor pool, meaning all article-posting privileges will be revoked. We take the issue of copyright very seriously. Furthermore, if a SCCD contributor is found to be attacking another member of our community in any way, we reserve the right to delete the offender’s comments and his or her account could be removed or suspended without warning.
Someone wants me to publish their news for them. Can I do that?
Unfortunately not. Our contributors publish their own work. We only accept news articles written by others if they collaborated on the piece together. If you have a friend, family member or co-worker who wants to publish something, tell them to apply to SCCD and publish their work. We accept new contributors from a wide range of backgrounds, as long as they have the appropriate skills to write in their respective language.
What is the featured system all about?
SCCD is a community of contributors and experts who make up a highly collaborative think tank, so on the front page we only feature news which is deemed important to our audience and which has been highly rated by the website’s users. The most popular articles and news appear on the front page, so this always reflects what users want to read. Meanwhile the Featured Articles are those which have been chosen by content curators due to their high quality and the fact that they are true to the mission in subject areas promoted by SCCD.
I forgot my password. What can I do?
No need to worry. At
(depending on the language you write in) find the option stating that you forgot your password. Then input your email address and a new temporary password will be sent to you.
I still have questions about the site. Help!
Got a question? Need advice? Still have unanswered questions or want to figure out how to do something? Write to us. In specific cases you can also contact an expert/tutor directly so that he can help you.