Contributors’ Guidelines

Below are our expectations of contributors:

  1. Contributors must not expect to be paid. Our website does not make money and we will not pay for work.
  2. This is Flight usually expects material to be submitted within ten days of an event having taken place. There is no obligation to provide material unless the contributor had a media pass, in which case they should commit themselves to submitting material.
  3. Contributors may be asked to undertake interviews and talk to air crew. We would prefer interviews to be recorded on video. This makes them more versatile and easy to use at a later date.
  4. This is Flight may offer press passes to contributors or assist in their attainment, but we accept no responsibility for any loss or damage caused while attending these events. Attendance is entirely at the contributor’s own risk.
  5. Photographs sent to This is Flight must not be watermarked. Photographs remain the photographer’s own property and they can use them as and when they like.
  6. Reporters must expect and allow for the editor to make reasonable changes to their work. The editor’s decision is final, and he can decline to post articles that are either substandard or do not meet TIF’s guidelines or formats.
  7. Reporters must notify the editor immediately if they cancel attendance at an event having arranged media accreditation or other media opportunities through This is Flight. This should be avoided at all costs to avoid harm to This is Flight’s reputation among airshow organisers.
  8. Contributors are not employed by This is Flight, and cannot claim to represent it unless permission has explicitly been given by the editor.

Similarly, we will operate by the following guidelines:

  1. This is Flight does not own any work you contribute and will credit it properly, as far as reasonably possible.
  2. All work submitted remains the property of the photographer and they can use their work as and when they like, including for other websites.
  3. We will never take money for contributors’ work, nor give permission for others to use it without prior expressed permission from the copyright holder. If we receive a request to use or purchase material, it will be forwarded directly to the contributor.
  4. This is Flight will assist in media accreditation for regular contributors when possible*.
  5. This is Flight may repeatedly re-use contributors’ material on its website, YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitter page unless the contributor states otherwise**.
  6. This is Flight will not re-use any contributor who causes us unreasonable or persistent inconvenience or whose work is consistently substandard.
  7. Work will be removed, within 24 hours if possible, upon request from the contributor, should they decide to cease contributing to This is Flight. This is with the exception of collaborative work including content from multiple reporters, which will not be removed unless the editor deems circumstances to be exceptional.

There is a separate Style Guide available to all contributors. Main points include:

  1. Contributors should use US English for reports from North America and British/International English in all other cases.
  2. Acronyms should be displayed in block capitals without periods (eg. “TIF”, not “T.I.F.” or “Tif”). Abbreviations should be followed by periods (eg. “Flt. Lt.”, not “Flt Lt”).
  3. Numbers which can be expressed in a single word should be written in full (eg. one, twelve, twenty). Other numbers should be written in numerals (eg. 51, 100).
  4. Altitude should be given in feet only. All other measurements should be given in their metric form in the case of reports from outside North America, and with a conversion to their metric form in brackets in the case of reports from North America.
  5. Double quotation marks for direct speech (“…”) should be used at all times, unless showing speech within headlines/titles, when single quotation marks (‘…’) should be used. Aircraft names may use single quotation marks.
  6. Dates should generally be written in long hand in the format day-date-month-year or date-month-year with no superscript (exceptions apply).
  7. The reporter should avoid political, cultural or other sensitive statements, which should not generally be necessary in this field.
  8. The reporter must allow for some reasonable changes to be made by the editor.

Regretfully, we are not able to accept further UK-based contributors at this time. Those in mainland Europe, North America and other regions are welcome to apply.

Thank you for your interest in This is Flight – please email enquiries@thisisflight.net to find out more.

* We cannot guarantee accreditation. The event organiser’s decision is final.
** This could include the use of video clips in highlights videos or documentaries and the use of photographs in website headers, Facebook posts, articles and This is Flight promotional material.