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Friday, February 20th 2009, 2:48pm

Become a News Reporter

You'd like to do your part for the community and become a news reporter?

Then please read the following rules:
The following guideline lists a lof of common mistakes all of us have made in the past, let's learn from these mistakes and write better news articles. If you find anything in here that you have done wrong in the past, please don't take it personally, we can all learn from it.
  • Who can submit news?
    Everyone of age 13 or older can submit news.

  • What can be a topic of these news?
    In general there is one important rule: News have to be fresh discoveries and not obvious conclusions like "Tomb Raider Anniversary can be played using a gamepad".
    Not all news deserve mention in a seperate article. (e.g. "you can visit the garden of the Croft Manor") - Yes, that's interesting, but this rather belong in WikiRaider or the Forum.
    Your opinion does not matter (might sound harsh but it's a fact). Something along the lines "I liked Legend" does not belong in a news entry. It is not very impartial and belongs in a forum or guestbook.
    Please also make sure that there isn't already an article about the topic you're covering. Someone else might have been faster!

  • Finding News and Assessing the Source
    You can find news anywhere, on the internet, on television, in printed games magazines... but it is important that you treat the source according to what it is. (e.g. if your television guide stated that a third Tomb Raider Movie is under way and they give no more details, forget about it.) Other Tomb Raider fan sites might also not serve as source. They did not make the news, they must have had other sources. We won't be quoting them, but the original sources. So go and find them. (If you are unsuccessful, ask one of your fellow news writers for help.) Once you found a source (e.g. an online games magazine, who got the information from Eidos, write your own article about it, and put the original source up as "source")

  • Choosing the Perfect Headline
    Picking a good headline is important and there are some common mistakes you might want to avoid:
    • "today" - Tomorrow "today" is no longer "today", but has become yesterday! And there are always people who will read the article tomorrow. Avoid it!
    • "Website updated" - The reader will wonder "Which website?", "The one I am currently on?" - In our case: Of course not, we have separate site news. - What is obvious for you, when writing the article - that you are talking about the official website - might not be obvious for your readers. Use: "Official Website" or "tombraider.com" instead."

  • What does not belong in the news?
    • Reports about new screenshots, videos - especially from other fan sites (an exception is the Eidos website or tombraider.com) - We are not a promotion platform for others.
    • Irrelevant details like that a third movie might be made, without giving any more details. - Most of the times these are guesses.
    • News should come from a reliable source (e.g. Eidos, official games magazines - printed or online) not other Tomb Raider sites.
    • Speculations - like the release date - should not be stated as a fact without a reliable source (in this case only Eidos), dates given by Amazon, games websites, a moderator on the Eidos Forum ... may be mentioned but should be marked accordingly.
    • News should be written objectively (from a neutral point of view) and contain facts. Phrases like "I think" should be avoided and don't belong in a good article.
    • April Fools' Day - You may not write articles that are fake just because it's April 1st. And make sure you don't spread fake articles found on other sides during the April Fools' season. By spreading false information you risk being banned.
    • The news section may not be used to promote your own site. One exception is the announcement of contests you are hosting. We'd prefer it however if you contacted another regular news reporter with the facts and let him/her write a neutral article about your contest.


If you've read and understood these rules, you may apply for a job as news reporter by simply requesting it in this thread here or by sending me a private message.

Please only apply if:
  • you are able to stick to the rules
  • your spelling and grammar is okay
  • you are able to assess if a topic is up-to-date and important enough