OSV Newsweekly/OSVNews.com at a
- Only weekly national Catholic
newspaper in the United States; available in print, a new digital edition and
online at OSVNews.com
- News and analysis through a Catholic
- Relevant and inspirational faith and
- Faithful to the Magisterium of the
- Founded in 1912
Although the majority of our content
is generated on assignment by our core contributors, we welcome and consider
all freelance contributions, whether offered by query or unsolicited
Here’s a quick summary of what we
are looking for:
analysis on breaking news,
reported through a Catholic lens. This content is different from the
reporting found in secular media and provides an immediate, yet thorough
and accurate, Catholic perspective for Web reporting. Word count:
analysis — not merely news reporting —
pertaining to the Catholic Church in the United States and throughout the
world. Word count: Generally 950-1,100 (including sidebars), but
occasionally run as short as 500 words or as long as 2,000 words.
- In Focus four-page pull-out section, which is at the heart of OSV.
Planned many weeks in advance, the In Focus section takes a particular topic of
contemporary interest and examines it thoroughly within a package of articles.
In Focus sections comprise a package of articles totaling 3,000-4,000 words
written by one or more authors. Please first send a query.
- Features linked to the current events and trends of the day. Can
range from weighty issues of belief to methods of enhancing one’s prayer
life to a discussion of parish “best practices” in a given area of
ministry. Also can include topics on family, media and Church history.
Word count: 1,350.
- Essays on relevant issues of the day. Must have a point to make
and succeed at making it succinctly, keeping the facts firmly in mind and
avoiding a shrill, ranting or uncharitable tone. Word count: 500 to 750 words.
- Profiles of a particular
person, place or organization that serves as an example of Catholic faith in
action. Word count: 500 to 750.
- Conversation: Question-and-answer-format interviews with selected
relevant personalities. Our interviews require an introductory paragraph or two
that sets the background and the speaker’s credentials for the discussion that
follows. Word count: 1,200.
articles that take advantage of the
“catechetical moments” derived from the daily headlines and the liturgical
All OSV entries should be:
- Tightly written
- Cleanly written
what we generally are not looking
- Articles written in the first person.
- Long, academic or preachy commentaries.
- Features with no real link to Catholic faith or
- Straight news reporting, especially on strictly local
- Articles designed to publicize a future event.
- Short stories, whether fiction or non-fiction.
we’d rather not spell out….
Because not all of our would-be
freelance writers are trained journalists, we must state the following criteria
- Don’t plagiarize.
All articles must be original work of the author. Its content must not
have been previously published, in whole or in part, whether in print,
broadcast, online, even by the author himself. If a piece has been so
published and there is a compelling reason to offer it to OSV, or if what
is being offered is a version of a previously published article, this
information must be divulged at the outset.
- Familiarize yourself with OSV first. Every publication has its own unique “flavor” and
style. Even the best writers’ guidelines can’t fully express the kind of
voice, flow and format the editors are seeking. Read OSV in print, on your
tablet or smartphone, or via OSVNews.com for several weeks to get a better
feel for what we are trying to do.
- Follow the submission guidelines closely.
- We generally try to respond within 4 to 6 weeks.
- We pay writers within 4 weeks of acceptance.
- We generally follow the Catholic News Service Stylebook
(available through www.cns.com) and the current Associated Press Stylebook. For
scriptural citations, we generally use the New American Bible.
- We comply with the Fair Publishing Practices Code of
the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. We expect
freelance writers to do the same. For a complete copy of this code, visit www.catholicpress.org.