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Introducing "The Soapbox" - Write Articles for the Main Page

Postby JaoSming on Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:03 pm

You may have noticed that the main NLSC site has had a lot more initial renovations done to it than the Forum. These changes have allowed us to link the main page and the Forum with the same log-ins and utilize a more in-depth news posting and content management system.

With these changes already in place, we are looking for NLSC Forum members who want to get their voice heard by writing articles for the front page. Possible topics include NBA 2K12 demo impressions, retrospectives on NBA Live games, articles on patching, the community, lockout ideas, NBA team analysis and much more. Essentially anything related to basketball video games or basketball itself is fair game.

While we still want to encourage debate in the Forum, this is another way you can get your thoughts heard by others. Articles from the NLSC main page get distributed to the NLSC Twitter and Facebook which is followed by people who don't necessarily participate in the Forum, including 2K Sports. Please note that you will not receive any monetary payment for contributing articles to the NLSC but we can plug a YouTube channel or website for you, so long as it does not contain adult or illegal content. Frequent contributors may be offered a more permanent spot on the site staff (again, an unpaid gig) if there is mutual interest.

To be considered, you must have:
  • A strong command of English including punctuation and grammar
  • Good writing skills
  • The ability to express yourself in a professional, mature and thoughtful manner
  • Something interesting to say!

Any articles we publish must not be profane, threatening, defamatory or otherwise inappropriate. We will discuss any major issues or edits with you before we run the article.

So, if you're interested, PM Andrew or myself for more information.
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Re: Introducing "The Soapbox" - Write Articles for the Main

Postby Brawn Shadley on Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:40 pm

JaoSming wrote:
  • A strong command of English including punctuation and grammar
  • Good writing skills
  • The ability to express yourself in a professional, mature and thoughtful manner
  • Something interesting to say!

So that already eliminates 90% of the posters here for consideration. :mrgreen:
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Re: Introducing "The Soapbox" - Write Articles for the Main

Postby JaoSming on Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:38 pm

I believe those who donate to the secret section will get a free editing service to make it coherent. :wink:
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Re: Introducing "The Soapbox" - Write Articles for the Main

Postby Andrew on Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:17 pm

shadowgrin wrote:So that already eliminates 90% of the posters here for consideration. :mrgreen:


No problem, if there's only 10% qualified/participating then that's consistent with Sturgeon's Law and 1% rule. ;)
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Re: Introducing "The Soapbox" - Write Articles for the Main

Postby DVocShoeBox on Sat Sep 24, 2011 12:04 am

hmmmmmmm..... interesting. What's the length? About 2 or 3 paragraphs? I ask because I know how you and Jao like to write "extremely" long write ups. However, I'm still one of those who read them from top to bottom. :lol:
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Re: Introducing "The Soapbox" - Write Articles for the Main

Postby JaoSming on Sat Sep 24, 2011 12:08 am

It doesn't need to be as long as ours, lol, not at all. Just something with good content worth posting.
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Re: Introducing "The Soapbox" - Write Articles for the Main

Postby Andrew on Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:03 am

It doesn't need to be, but it can be if you feel like it. :) I'd say some of the blog entries on Inside EA Sports are a decent guide for a suitable length:
http://insideblog.easports.com
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Postby Dc311 on Sat Sep 24, 2011 3:05 am

Can we contribute articles from actual journalist(newspaper,magazines)or would that have to be in the NBA/Basketball Talk area?
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Re: Introducing "The Soapbox" - Write Articles for the Main

Postby JaoSming on Sat Sep 24, 2011 3:11 am

that stuff would still go in the NBA/Basketball forum. We're looking for opinions or original stuff.

you could comment on an article, or give your opinion in parallel to the article, but we arent looking for the copy paste stuff we do when we post articles in the forums.
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Re: Introducing "The Soapbox" - Write Articles for the Main

Postby Andrew on Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:36 am

Besides, that would be plagiarism.
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Re: Introducing "The Soapbox" - Write Articles for the Main

Postby Andrew on Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:44 am

The first article is now up! Check it out here:
http://www.nba-live.com/?p=1455

Thanks to fjccommish for being our first contributor. :)
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Re: Introducing "The Soapbox" - Write Articles for the Main

Postby Sit on Fri Oct 07, 2011 8:41 am

I would like to register my interest.
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Re: Introducing "The Soapbox" - Write Articles for the Main

Postby JaoSming on Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:14 am

just shoot me or Andrew a PM with your article
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Re: Introducing "The Soapbox" - Write Articles for the Main

Postby Sit on Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:32 am

JaoSming wrote:just shoot me or Andrew a PM with your article


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Re: Introducing "The Soapbox" - Write Articles for the Main

Postby benji on Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:40 am

Hey, can I be part of this and how do I submit something?
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Re: Introducing "The Soapbox" - Write Articles for the Main

Postby fjccommish on Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:14 am

Here's a soapbox about the soapbox. Most submitted article ideas are returned as appropriate for a forum post but not for the soapbox. So why try?
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Re: Introducing "The Soapbox" - Write Articles for the Main

Postby JaoSming on Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:41 pm

have you submitted anything recently? I know I said that about a few submissions that were only a couple paragraphs long and were open ended in nature towards discussion and not making a direct point....
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Re: Introducing "The Soapbox" - Write Articles for the Main Page

Postby HoopsGaming23 on Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:16 pm

Submitted an article yesterday, waiting for a response. :D
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Re: Introducing "The Soapbox" - Write Articles for the Main Page

Postby Andrew on Thu Apr 03, 2014 12:00 pm

Received, hopefully up on the main very soon. :)
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Postby Andrew on Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:22 am

Check out HoopsGaming23's take on the 2014 NBA MVP race!
http://www.nba-live.com/the-soapbox-is- ... race-over/

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