There is so much power in unity, its the ultimate reflection of global citizenship
Diego da Silva Rodrigues
Personally, for the first time I feel my academic work is actually reaching people.
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.
There is power in writings and the writings give people power; that’s what exactly I am doing with WIB.
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.
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.
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 the fact that the editors and contributors come from all over the world, which makes the website really unique.
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.
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.
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"
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 love working with WiB's diverse global team, sharing, discussing, and implementing new ideas in an environment that is always innovating, engaging, and welcoming.
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.
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.
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 love writing for WiB because it allows me to engage more deeply with the subjects I love and the team provides a fantastic support for those of us still practicing our journalism skills
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 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.
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 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
“Well-presented reliable information can become knowledge, knowledge can become action, and action can become change.”
Our contributors must be connected to the issues they write about. They are either based in the country or region of focus, work in an organization that is related to the topic they are writing about, are activists or academics. Their expertise and local knowledge are what makes WIB unique.
Things you need to know
The core principles that guide our work:
We invite anyone, of any culture, race, gender and sexual orientation to write for us. We are interested in the connection you have with the topic you want to write about and we want to know why it is something worth spending your time on. We value passion, commitment and dedication.
We do not accept promotional content, so please only pitch your piece if your motive is to raise awareness of an issue you care about and have expertise in.
We are transparent about our editing process, we are constantly learning and are keen to listen to any constructive criticism or feedback our readers may have. We also value transparency in our articles and include the bios of authors so that our readers can see how they are connected to the issue they are writing about.
We understand that our articles cannot reach many people because they are currently only in English, so we invite other platforms to send us an email if they would like to translate our articles for their platforms.
Our mentoring approach to editing
We believe that editing should be a constructive process where the contributor and the editor learn from each other. We provide suggestions, we don’t cut through your piece without explaining why, and we provide a one-on-one guiding process that begins at the idea phase.
Our contributors are guided from their pitch until publication. We are here to create an informed community and provide a platform which includes writers who may not be used to writing in English.
What you get
You will be part of a dynamic team of individuals from around the world who strive to create a community based on sharing ideas, expertise and learning.
You will receive writing and editing advice from the team of editors who will support you in writing for an online global audience
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, disability or sexual orientation. This is a space is one in which everyone is free to express themselves without discrimination or fear.
Who you are
You are a researcher, professional, activist or academic in a field related to human rights, gender, social issues, or the environment.
You are deeply connected to what you want to write about and interested in sharing your expertise with a global audience
You use accurate and reliable sources;
You are interested in learning how to write for a global audience
You are not looking to advertise your company/ Organisation, but rather talk about the important topics you deal with on a daily basis.
You write articles that are in line with our ethical principles.
We prefer to work with contributors who can write on a regular basis, but you may also join as a guest writer.
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 contributing your expertise and knowledge, please send an email to [email protected] with information about you, what topic you want to write about, and why you are connected to it.
If you only want to write sporadically, please send a detailed pitch, with information about you and your connection to the topic of your article, to [email protected] with the subject line “Guest post: Title of your article”. Before you send the piece, read the rules on formatting and style below.
Our editing lines
- Word limit: 1000 words (ideally 700-800)
- Do not send us a blog post. We are looking for objective pieces that talk about a particular issue or happening, not a personal emotional 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?
- The article should not be detailing the work of a particular NGO or organization (we prefer to focus on the issue/s the organization addresses).
- We won’t accept an article that promotes or condemns any religion or political party.
- Sources within articles should be inserted directly into the text as a hyperlink, use most recent and primary sources.
- DO NOT use academic references, footnotes or a bibliography.