There is a power in telling a story, and it’s important to understand and be aware of this when you give a voice to a story and let it be heard. It matters what kind of stories we give a voice to, especially when this story might go unnoticed and unheard otherwise. So, that’s one part of what fascinates me about writing for Words in the Bucket. On the other hand, we are constantly being overflooded with information these days, and I feel it’s extremely valuable to reflect on all the processes and tendencies we witness. Reflection on ‘world thinking’ is also the main goal of WIB, which I find particularly interesting and am grateful to be part of.
WIB has been an incredible professional journey which has opened many doors for me as well as improving my project management, writing and editing skills. I become more proud of it every day.
Diego da Silva Rodrigues
Personally, for the first time I feel my academic work is actually reaching people.
I love the fact that contributors are free to write about many issues, that we have a true voice, and can put forth our personal ideas and opinions about the issues.
Agodo Shabella Patience
Being able to break down a topic that bothers me and sharing my found knowledge is very fulfilling for me. What is knowledge anyway if you keep it all to yourself? WiB gives me a platform for this.
There is so much power in unity, its the ultimate reflection of global citizenship
I like writing for WIB because I feel it is different, not only because if the way it is designed but for its honesty and openness to discuss a wide range of human rights issues. And it is such an amazing and supportive community of contributors.
What I like about WIB is that everyday is a learning experience, it is a dynamic workspace, an intercultural community. Thanks to our work with experts and researchers, it has enriched my knowledge of issues I care about and allowed me to explore new ones. That is WIB's strength.
I love working with WiB's diverse global team, sharing, discussing, and implementing new ideas in an environment that is always innovating, engaging, and welcoming.
Words in the Bucket is a diverse hub for analysis and opinion on international issues. Together it's contributors help to uncover an alternative narrative to mainstream media.
I like the value WiB gives to my ideas and their willingness to support them. I like that WiB colleagues are constantly concerned about bringing diverse voices and give voice to young people willing to put their ideas in the world.
There is power in writings and the writings give people power; that’s what exactly I am doing with WIB.
I love the fact that the editors and contributors come from all over the world, which makes the website really unique.
Lorenza La Bella
"I like writing on Wib's Film column because I can review films that fascinated me and I have the chance to share my thoughts on pressing social issues through a cinematic perspective"
I enjoy the opportunity to gather, synthesize, and share information from a unique yet objective perspective with the aim of informing and inspiring readers.
I love having the opportunity to share my ideas, knowledge, and passion. It’s especially inspiring to be writing as part of the WIB team, whereby each writer is creating space and awareness for a diverse array of social justice issues. Additionally, I can’t say enough about how great it is to have the guidance and support of the WIB editors.
I enjoy the diversity of people and cultures through writing for WIB. The team of editors come from different countries, as well as the contributors, so naturally this is a big bonus for me.
I like writing for WIB because it is a publication concerned about the human side of conflict and current affairs. It also gives me the opportunity to work with a truly international network of people
Working with WiB has allowed me to see things from different perspectives. At WiB, you are part of a Team of highly skilled professionals who, by fomenting discussions through information sharing, bring about possibilities for multicultural understanding and social change.
I see WiB growing day by day, and this makes me proud. I feel honored to have the chance to work in this great multicultural team. This wonderful project is contributing to enhancing my personal and professional skills.
“Well-presented reliable information can become knowledge, knowledge can become action, and action can become change.”
Words in the Bucket’s philosophy is that giving a voice to the unheard and raising awareness form the fundamental basis for change. We would love to have you be part of this change!
What you get
As a WIB contributor, you are part of a dynamic team of individuals from around the world who strive to provide reliable information about important global issues. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from other contributors. You will also receive great writing and editing advice from the team of editors who thoroughly read and edit each article while always respecting the contributor’s original idea and voice.
The voice of each contributor is heard, and opinions are respected. The WIB team, especially the editors, only ask for mutual respect and effort in return so that together, we can produce the best quality work.
Our contributors cover issues and stories from every part of the world. We do not discriminate based on race, ethnic group, religion, political ideology, disability or sexual orientation. Our space is one in which everyone is free to express themselves without discrimination or fear.
What we expect from you
- Your commitment, interest, and collaboration;
- Use of accurate and reliable sources;
- Adherence to our main topics (gender, development, human rights and environment) and our columns (stories, films, and sounds); and
- Articles must be in line with our ethical principles.
We are always open to suggestions, so do not hesitate to bring up different topics because we will listen!
We prefer to work with contributors who can write on a regular basis, but you may also join as a guest writer.
Ways to contribute
WIB has 2 types of contributors: regular and guest contributors. Regular contributors typically write for the same topic category and contribute 1 article per month. Some individuals contribute 1 article every 2 months, depending on specific circumstances that must be communicated to the editors. Guest contributors write sporadically and have less direct interaction with the team.
If you are interested in becoming a regular contributor, please send an email to [email protected] with information about your background and your topics of interest. You will hear back from us soon with more information.
If you only want to write sporadically, please send your article to [email protected] with the subject line “Guest post: Title of your article”. An editor will review your article and respond to you.
What WIB needs from you
- Email clearly stating who you are, where you are from, what your interests are, and how they are relevant to our platform;
- Article no longer than 1,000 words; and
- Article that falls into one of our topic categories (human rights, development, gender, environment), please specify which category in your email.
Editors will not accept
- An article that is beyond 1,000 words (more than 10% over the word limit is fine, but not more than that!);
- A blog post. We are looking for objective pieces that talk about a particular issue or happening, not a personal experience. The piece should be relevant for the reader as much as it is for you. Always ask yourself before writing: why would/should a reader care?
- Article detailing the work of a particular NGO or organization (we prefer to focus on the issue/s the organization addresses).
- Article that promotes or condemns any religion or political party.
IMPORTANT: We are a platform for experts, activists, students, researchers, concerned citizens and aspiring writers who share ideas and discuss a variety of topics. As of September 2016, we have decided to do not accept work from professional journalists as we are currently unable to pay for articles.
We wish to state this clearly because although WIB is not yet in a position to pay for professional journalists’ work, we are against media platforms offering low rates or unpaid work to professionals who spend time researching and writing.
Where our contributors write from?