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Guidelines to Contributing on Benzinga

Who Can Contribute?

The first qualification for contributing to Benzinga is good writing skills. Editors vet articles for quality, and only stories with proper grammar, style, and spelling will be published. If you write well, and you answer yes to any of the questions below, then you are a great candidate to contribute.

  • Market Experts
    Do you have a knack for picking trades that deliver superior returns?
    Are you an expert on a particular asset class or sector?
    Does your idea of fun involve stock screens and annual reports?
  • Personal Finance Specialists
    Are you an authority on personal investment strategies, retirement, saving, and budgeting?
  • Economics Whizzes
    Do you have unique insights into the economy?
    Can you explain economic events and principles in way that’s fun to read and easy to understand?

Benzinga will reject any article that:

  • Plagiarizes
  • Makes factually incorrect or questionable statements
  • Promotes a product
  • Pumps a trade or investment
  • Submits stories that seem computer generated
  • Has repeated writing or grammatical errors
  • Are not relevant or insightful enough for Benzinga's core audience
How To Contribute

If you are not yet an approved contributor, please apply here. For current contributors, enjoy these step-by-step instructions to submitting an article.

To contribute:

  1. Enter Headline
    Capitalize the first letter of every noun, pronoun, adjective, verb, adverb, and subordinating conjunction (if, because, as, that, etc).
  2. Enter Story
    When any publicly traded company is first mentioned in an article, follow it with a parenthetical exchange and ticker notation like so: "Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is merging with McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD)." If you are pasting your story from Word, please remove any auto-spacing:
    i. Right click in the document and click paragraph.
    ii. Set the spacing to 0. No other setting (including blank) will work.
    iii. Once you are at 0, hit enter twice to create a space in between each paragraph.
  3. Inserting Images & Charts
    When inserting an image or chart, please preview the article to make sure that the dimensions are not distorted. If you’d like to change an image or chart’s dimensions, you can do so in the rich text editor, either by using the resize tool in the image’s corner or by double clicking the image and manually entering the required size.
  4. Tag Channels and Tickers
    Tag all relevant channels in the checklist on the right. You must tag at least one channel. Type all relevant tickers in the ticker-input field
  5. Click Preview
    Carefully proofread your story for writing and factual errors. Articles with errors will not be published.
  6. Submit
Contributor Guidelines

Please abide by the following guidelines to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship with Benzinga:

Headline

Your headline should be compelling, sensational, and concisely pinpoint your key ideas. Headlines should not overpromise – make sure that the article contains the content that the headline implies it will. Capitalize the first letter of every noun, pronoun, adjective, verb, adverb, and subordinating conjunction (if, because, as, that, etc)

Examples of good headlines:

"Five Stocks for the Impending Election"
"Will Smart Televisions Flop Like 3D TVs?"
"Zynga Doesn’t ’Like’ Facebook’s Big Gaming News"

Examples of bad headlines:

"Five Stocks That Will Triple After Election Day"
"Will smart TVs flop like 3D TVs?"
"Facebook Amended Its Agreement With Zynga To Allow the Social Network To Develop Its Own Games, Potentially Locking Out the Game Maker"

Story

Benzinga accepts stories that are relevant to traders and investors. These include trading ideas, news analysis, market commentary, personal finance advice, and inspiring “success stories”.

Articles should be interesting, colorful, and reader-friendly.

The first sentence is the second most important part of the article (after the headline). Make sure that it "hooks" the audience’s attention and entices the reader to keep reading.

Submission Restrictions

No profanity.

Editors will only publish stories that are free of spelling, grammatical, and stylistic errors. Please refer to the AP Style Guide to reference Benzinga’s preferred style choices.

Benzinga will not publish stories that promote a product, pump a stock, or serve primarily to redirect readers to another site.

Benzinga will not publish a trading idea article that takes an entirely one-sided view on a particular investment—always present both a bull and bear case.

Articles that are—or seem—computer generated will not be published.

Images and Charts

Benzinga will never publish images and charts that are the intellectual property of another person or entity

Have Questions?

Have a question about the process? Email us at contributors@benzinga.com