likeagirl.io Editor’s Guide
Editors serve multiple purposes at likeagirl.io. First and foremost, they moderate the content that gets published to the site. Writers cannot publish directly to the site, they can only submit their posts for our editors to review and publish. Of course, editors also edit content to help writers get their points across clearly. Editors can also contribute their own content to the publication. If you want to join our editing team, please contact us.
We publish content from writers that submit directly on the site and on our Medium publication. There are separate processes for editing content depending on where it was originally posted. Regardless of where it came from, every post for likeagirl.io must include:
- Body content
- Categories (1 minimum)
- Tags (2 minimum)
- Featured photo
When editing posts, the most important thing an editor should focus on is maintaining author intent. Adding punctuation or splitting up a sentence shouldn’t change the meaning of a statement. Changes you make should only ever affect the clarity of the author’s words; never make any changes that alter the meaning of the author’s statements. If you’re not sure what the author means, ask. Contact authors via email. Member email addresses are available in the Users section.
Titles should be descriptive and keyword heavy. For instance “A Beginner’s Guide to the Arduino Robot” is better than “How I Built My First Robot.” Capitalize the first letter of every word in a title except unimportant words.
While reviewing posts, make small changes for grammar and spelling mistakes and clarity. Format the headings or add them if needed – Heading 3 is good for higher level headers and Heading 4 is good for the child headers. Do not use Heading 5 or 6. Use the blockquote tool for large quotes.
If you need to make larger changes, reach out to the author via email. Click the Users tab to view a list of members, and search for the author. Use the email listed in the table to contact them with specific edits. Review the entire post, and include all the suggestions or edits you have in the email so the author can make all the changes needed at one time. Here’s an example email:
“Hi! I’m ____ from Like A Girl. Thanks for submitting your post! I reviewed and edited your post, and I have some suggestions for it before we publish. Please fix these and let me know when you’ve made the changes.
Feel free to ask me any questions you have!
Images and Video
Images included in posts should be formatted as large and centered. Videos should be embedded in HTML format, not uploaded to the Media Library.
Categories and Tags
likeagirl.io uses categories to organize relevant content. Our main branches are split up by our categories – Biz (for business), Build (for engineers), Code, Crunch (for math), Invest, Lead, Game, and Lab (for science and research). Select a minimum of 1 category per post. Do not add anything to the Featured Stories category.
Tags are used to label posts with topics. Readers can use tags to find similar content between categories. Use a minimum of 2 tags per post. Common tags are “women in tech,” “stem,” and “technology.”
Posts on likeagirl.io
Posts submitted on likeagirl.io will appear in the Posts section. As a writer, you could only view and edit your own posts. As an editor, you can view and edit others’ posts as well. In the Posts section, under each title, editors can click “Preview” to preview the article on likeagirl.io or click “Edit” or the post title to edit that post directly. Review articles for small errors or clarity and edit them using the General Guidelines. Select or confirm the category (or categories), add or confirm the tags, and add or confirm a featured image. When the post is ready to publish, click the “Publish” button. If you want to save changes without publishing, click the “Save as Pending” button.
Posts on Medium
Since we got our start on Medium, a lot of our writers still post there. If you’ve been given editorial access on Medium, you can view the submissions on the Drafts and Submissions page. Claim the story on Medium by leaving a private note introducing yourself and explaining the editing process. Do not edit something that another editor has claimed unless you have permission from the first editor. Larger changes can also be requested using Medium’s private note feature instead of email. For example:
“Hi! I’m ___ from likeagirl.io. I’m reviewing your post for publishing. I may make some small changes or suggestions via private note.”
Guidelines regarding content are the same as posts on likeagirl.io. Edit the story, then add tags: “codelikeagirl” and 4 others. If you don’t use the “codelikeagirl” tag on Medium, the post won’t appear on the homepage. Confirm your edits and then publish the story on Medium.
After the post has been published on Medium, leave a private note asking the author to either make an account or submit their post on the likeagirl.io site.
“Hi! Thanks for publishing your article on Code Like A Girl! Would you be willing to publish this on our website? You can make an account, or if you already have an account, you can submit your post at https://likeagirl.io.”
From there, keep an eye out on the posts to see if they cross-post their article!
At the end of the day, an editor has the chance to amplify others’ voices by helping them communicate clearly and effectively. Thank you for contributing your time and skills to likeagirl.io!