The Newsvine Entertainment Gateway is a group that serves the purpose of being the gateway to the msnbc.com Entertainment editorial team. Not all content posted to Newsvine is written with the purpose/intent of eventually reaching the readers of msnbc.com, but in the event that you would like your articles to be considered, please follow these basic rules when publishing to the group:
- Articles Only; No Seeds or Clippings. All articles should be clearly about entertainment (TV, Movies, Music, etc.), not only peripherally related to entertainment.
- Language - keep your language suitable for the audience of msnbc.com, this means no profanity and/or other unpleasantries that may make your article unusable by the editorial team. Keep in mind, provocative is okay, controversial is okay, edgy is okay - and most of these are encouraged to some extent, we just can't have an article riddled with profanity or crass language.
- Be Original. My best advice to those of you seeking exposure offered by being linked to on msnbc.com is to frequent *their* entertainment section. You'll see that there is already a plethora of movie reviews, so they probably won't need to pick up yet another article consisting of "I saw this movie, here's the plot, I liked or did not like it b/c....". Go for an angle that isn't already represented, for instance, if there's a highly anticipated movie coming out next summer and you think the casting is horrible or terrific, tell us why. Is an artist committing career suicide by taking that role, is this a departure from the typical types of movies that director does? These are all questions/topics that add diversity to the existing offerings on msnbc.com.
- Quality, Quality, Quality - As this group serves as a portal for msnbc editors to find great original content written by Newsviners, if one person continually submits content to this group that isn't suitable for publishing on msnbc.com, the member may be removed from the group. Of course, membership doesn't imply frequency, but everything you submit should be top notch and abuse of one's membership will not be tolerated.
- Have fun. Tell us all about what you think about upcoming TV shows, writers' strikes affecting your favorite series, bands you think need more exposure, albums that didn't fare too well, actors who sold out.... the sky's the limit - the secret to getting wider exposure is to be yourself. Msnbc.com is linking to Newsvine because they want offer articles written by people just like their own readers, in addition to the excellent material produced by staff writers and professional journalists.
A note of caution - we're not looking for gossip, or anything else that involves unsubstantiated rumors, such as "I just saw [insert celeb] scarfing down a hamburger a week after saying they were vegan!", we're primarily looking for insightful opinion pieces from "the peoples' perspective".
Many groups, such as ListenIn , already have a great stream of articles being produced, many of which are already suitable for simultaneous posting to this group. The reason I'm starting this group is to simplify the process for msnbc editors, so that they can easily find the best entertainment content produced by Newsviners for use on msnbc.com.
Oh yeah, and to help all of you out. I will be publishing several questions/topics posed to the Newsvine community by the entertainment editor, once or twice a week, to this group. This will be great, as it will give all of you some direction and will hopefully educate all of us as to how Newsvine and msnbc.com can best work together.
More details will come as things unfold. Other top level categories will receive opportunities like this in due time.