Information for new and prospective contributors

Are you thinking of becoming a contributor for This is Flight? Fantastic! We can’t wait for you to join us. However, before you do, it’s very important that you read the following page and agree to our Contributors’ Guidelines.

On this page, you will find:

  • What we’re looking for
  • The benefits of working with us
  • Style guide for written submissions
  • Contributors’ Guidelines Part 1: Our expectations of contributors
  • Contributors’ Guidelines Part 2: Our promise to you
  • Get in touch

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

We try never to publish anything unless we feel it’s a complete package that aligns with our existing formats, to which we are proud to attach our name. Work submitted by contributors is expected to fall into one of three main categories:

  • AIRSHOW REVIEWS: A critical analysis of public airshows, including detailed descriptions of the air displays and insightful, perceptive feedback on the event as a whole (such as the showground layout, crowd and traffic management, and value for money). These are typically between 1,000 and 2,500 words, and must be accompanied by at least 20 images, featuring most of the aircraft that took part in the flying displays.
    EXAMPLE 1 | EXAMPLE 2 | EXAMPLE 3
  • FEATURE ARTICLES: Lengthy, magazine-style articles which should tell an original story, usually through first-hand reporting and interviews. These are usually between 2,000 and 3,000 words. Ideally, the reporter should be able to provide at least 10 images, but depending on subject matter, file images may be used instead; thus, feature articles should always be cleared with the editor.
    EXAMPLE 1 | EXAMPLE 2
  • AIRSHOW DISPATCH EPISODES: Raw video footage for our popular Airshow Dispatches series. Footage should be sufficient to produce at a documentary of at least 20 minutes in our usual format, featuring most of the flying display aircraft at any given event. This programme will be edited centrally.
    EXAMPLE 1 | EXAMPLE 2

As is probably obvious from the above list, we’re very unlikely to accept applications from writers who are not also photographers, and vice-versa. It goes without saying that the quality of your writing, photography and videos must be excellent (we would not accept images showing frozen propellers, for example), and a detailed knowledge of the global airshow industry is essential. When you apply, don’t forget to specify which formats you would like to produce and provide examples of your writing, airshow photography and/or aviation filming, as appropriate.


THE BENEFITS

We don’t pay for contributions, as our website is entirely non-commercial, and all our contributors work for us for the sheer joy of spreading their passion for aviation. However, there can be some distinct advantages to writing or filming for a recognised and respected airshow website. For example, several of our contributors have been invited for media rides and air-to-air photoshoots, such as with the Golden Knights, the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team and the FireFlies. Reporters often enjoy privilaged access to events, such as priority entry or privilaged viewing positions. Two of our reporters have gone on to work for a major aerobatic display team as a direct result of their work for This is Flight.


STYLE GUIDE FOR WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS

This is a non-exhaustive style guide, intended to give a brief overview of the format and tone we prefer for written submissions.

  • Contributors should use US English for reports from North America and British/International English in all other cases.
  • 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”).
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dates should generally be written in long hand in the format day-date-month-year or date-month-year with no superscript (exceptions apply).
  • The reporter should avoid political, cultural or other sensitive statements, which should not generally be necessary in this field.
  • Use an appropriate tone – usually past tense and reasonably formal, with complex, active sentences. Avoid using exclamation marks; the reader doesn’t need to be told when something is funny.
  • The reporter must allow for some reasonable changes to be made by the editor.

CONTRIBUTORS’ GUIDELINES PART 1: OUR EXPECTATIONS

  1. Contributors will not be paid. Our website does not make money and we will not pay for work.
  2. This is Flight usually expects airshow reviews to be submitted within ten days of an event having taken place. However, there is no obligation to provide material unless the contributor used a media pass supported by, or provided by, this website.
  3. When a contributor is conducting activity for This is Flight (including if you are using a media pass made in our name), we accept no responsibility for any loss or damage caused as a result of your attendence or activity. Contributors work entirely at their own risk at all times.
  4. Photographs sent to This is Flight must not be watermarked. However, they remain the photographer’s own property and the photographer may use them elsewhere as they wish.
  5. 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.
  6. To avoid reputational damage, reporters must avoid cancelling their participation in events or opportunities where their attendence is expected by the hosts/organisers, and has been arranged or supported by This is Flight. The editor must be notified immediately if a cancellation is necessary.
  7. We would expect to retain all material submitted to This is Flight in our archives, for future use on our website, YouTube channel and/or social media pages*.
  8. Contributors are not employed by This is Flight, and cannot claim to represent it unless permission has explicitly been given by the editor.

* 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.

You MUST explicitly state that you agree to the Contributors’ Guidelines, as written here, before your first work is published on This is Flight. If you are not satisfied by the terms as written, you should email a modified version to the editor instead, which he will decide whether to accept.


CONTRIBUTORS’ GUIDELINES PART 2: OUR PROMISE

  1. This is Flight does not own any work you contribute. Articles and full-size images will be credited as far as reasonably possible.
  2. All work submitted remains the property of the creator 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. Individual work will be removed from our website, usually within 48 hours, upon request from the contributor, should they decide to cease contributing to This is Flight**.

* We cannot guarantee accreditation. The event organiser’s decision is final.
** Work produced in collaboration with other reporters will not generally be removed. Social media posts and YouTube videos will also not generally be removed.


GET IN TOUCH

If you’d like to contribute, please email our team at enquiries@thisisflight.net, remembering to give examples of your work. It’s also helpful to know a little more about you, such as where you are based, roughly how many airshows you attend each year, and how far you travel to do so.