Write For Us

Thank you for your interest in answering our call for contributing writers. While most of our news is auto-posted or auto-queued, we’d like to have a fair balance of contributing writers. 

News departments

We are a 24/7 online news website seeking article contributors in any of our site categories:

  • Local news involves stories in three regions: central and southern Illinois and the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.
  • Illinois news involves stories happening throughout the entire state.
  • National news involves stories happening throughout the entire U.S.
  • World news involves stories happening worldwide.
  • Politics/political news involves stories taking place at the local, county, state, Federal and international levels.
  • Business & Lifestyle is a general category, which is broken down into several subcategories: Automotive, Business, Financial, Life & Style, Technology, Travel and Your Health.
  • Sports news mostly involves collegiate and professional sports. Treat this category as if it was Bleacher Report, for example. As long as it’s in the U.S., we will also accept prep/high school sports story submissions.
  • Entertainment News is also a general category, broken down into four subcategories: Entertainment, Films, Gaming and TV/Radio News.
  • The Opinion section is split between Letters To The Editor (which you don’t have to contribute to) and Commentary (which you can contribute to).

Other categories can be added upon the author’s request.

Contributor guidelines

  • Prior writing experience is encouraged, but not required.
  • You will need to register for an account. Upon confirmation, please set a profile picture through Gravatar and post a brief author bio.
  • Article submissions should have at least 300 words. (In rare cases, we will allow news items that have less than this minimum threshold.)
  • Appropriate photo credits and reference sources must be properly credited, with the exception of royalty-free content.
  • All submissions must reflect green for SEO and the same for readability. This ensures our articles rank higher and are easier to read.

Editorial disclaimer

All submitted content is subject to editing and final approval. This is to ensure there is proper use of grammar, punctuation, syntax and sentence structure prior to publication.

Heartland Newsfeed and Heartland Internet Media Networks reserve the right to deny or refuse any article deemed unfit for publication. The editorial team reserves the right to edit content promoting advertising or solicitations to reach third-party individuals and organizations.

Statistics: Launch – April 22, 2020

  • 2.57 unique visitors
  • 11.45 million site views
  • Peak readership: 1,275 readers
  • Alexa (World – April 22, 2020): 526,084
  • Alexa (U.S. – April 22, 2020): 155,997

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