Something worth sharing on Newspoint?
Take a look at these guidelines first
Want to promote...
- Who is this event aimed at?
- What is the general theme of this event?
- Is there an event programme?
- Who are the speakers?
- Is there a call for papers associated with this event?
- Is this the first edition of this event?
- Is this event available to the public, or by invitation only?
Before sending an email to Newspoint, make sure the following details are clearly stated:
- Official event title
- Any contact info (such as email, website, phone number, etc...)
If one or more of the above have not been confirmed yet, please list as TBA (to be announced).
Kindly note that any event organised by UM entities has to be approved by the Conferences & Events Unit, which can be contacted via email.
The UM calendar of events is strictly for events that are somehow associated with the University of Malta. Any other events will be uploaded but excluded from the UM calendar.
Articles look much better overall if the text is accompanied by high-quality photos. Hence, we encourage you to send in any photographic material you deem describes best your event. Typically, we would need a minimum of 2 photos: in landscape and portrait orientation.
If you are already promoting the event, or inviting guests via social media, please send us the URL of the Facebook Event page (or other social media), in order to add a hyperlink to it on Newspoint.
Keep the news between 250 to 500 words. The more concise, the better.
Headlines should also be as concise as possible, while being representative of the text. We reserve the right to tweak them, whilst always retaining the gist of your headline.
The text you send us should, at the very least, answer the following questions
- Who - Who is involved? If UM staff, a link to their profile is best. If not, please specify the Faculty, Institute, Centre, School or Department concerned.
- What - What happened or is about to happen? What's newsworthy about it?
- When - When did this take place? / When will it happen? According to brand guidelines, dates should be in the following format:
day - month - year, e.g. 20 November 2020.
- Where - Specify the place where the news took place or will take place, to give more context to the item.
- Why - Why is this news topical? Try to link it to some more wide-reaching studies, or to past related events.
Please specify whether you'd like this news to be disseminated to local media. For research articles, you may also request us to share this via Eurekalert, which will maximise the chances of this research being picked up by international media.
Remember, a minimum of two (2) photos (landscape and portrait), describing the general theme behind your article would be needed, in order to make the content more appealing. In addition, if you possess any video material pertaining to the news item, append it to your submission request.
When preparing your text, remember to:
- Stick to a consistent tense (past, present, future and the related sub-categories)
- Stick to a consistent voice (we prefer the active voice if possible)
- Stick to a consistent point of view (use first, second or third-person perspective).
Avoid the use of generic titles - though they should be short and to the point, they should also be descriptive of the item concerned. Abbreviations should not be part of any title.
Images should be sent to us in the highest resolution possible, as these are best to resize for the portal. You must send in not less than two (2) images (in landscape and portrait orientation). We reserve the right to choose the bst one to upload, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
We do not upload posters to Newspoint. Images sent in for Newspoint should ideally be without text, unless forming part of the branding.
Before you send in any images featuring individuals, please make sure you have their consent. Please refer to this document.
If you have a video to promote, we will embed it inside the article. However, videos will only be embedded within their respective Newspoint article if they are first uploaded to the official UM YouTube channel.
Please note that we do not upload full brochures and / or programmes in PDF / JPEG formats. We will, however, link to these if they are already available online in conjunction with any further information, better describing the nature behind the submission.
We prefer the use of British English rather than American English, e.g. organise is used instead of organize. Slang words are heavily discouraged (unless forming part of the branding) and will be replaced with the closest official dictionary equivalent.
Words / terms in other languages should be italicised.
Links / URLs, should make part of the text via the use of hyperlinks, and not as standalone text, as the latter makes the article look unpolished, e.g. 'Applications for event are now open' instead of 'Applications are now open at https://example.com'. It is worth mentioning that use of terms such as 'click here', 'found here', 'tap here', are heavily discouraged. We reserve the right to reword in order to avoid such practice.
Correct date format to be used, is as follows: Weekday - Day - Month - Year, e.g. Friday 28 August 2020. In most cases, and depending on the discretion of the Content & Media Relations Officer, dates may be shortened to the following format: Day - Month - Year, e.g. 28 August 2020.
We do realise that some jargon is unavoidable in some instances, especially when writing about a specific piece of research, however, whenever possible, please translate this into reader-friendly language.
We reserve the right to reword any content which is highly technical to comprehend. Your cooperation in seeking alternative terms would be greatly appreciated.
Failure to comply with any of the above guidelines, may render your submission null.
The Newspoint team, which is part of the Marketing, Communications & Alumni Office, is available to help, in case of any difficulty, or require further assistance with the above guidelines.
Kindly contact Mr Jan Cauchi, Ms Stephanie Buttigieg or Ms Angela Xuereb, via email, for further assistance with your submissions.