We welcome and encourage your editorial submissions to Bhizimusi.com. We are a Zimbabwean platform that offers insightful and useful Business, Tech, Environmental and People-oriented content focused on Zimbabwe and we welcome you into our community. We rely on contributors to keep us on the cutting-edge of Zimbabwean business Dialogue and News. Please read the following submission guidelines.
Who reads BHIZIMUSI?
Our readers vary from decision makers at executive levels, to everyday informal Zimbabwean business people in need of easy to digest/apply information in a very dynamic economy. With the turn of Government, we’ve had more and more investors use our platforms as a means to stay abreast of the local mechanics of doing business in Zimbabwe. Aged from 25 -34 as well as 35 – 44 years of age. We have a diverse and eager audience who read us nearly a thousand times daily.
Who can write for BHIZIMUSI?
Someone with Business, Technological, Sporting or Environmental know how: You don’t need a Doctorates in something Business-related but you must have a firm interest, a knowledgeability in the subject matter you decide to tackle, be it in the form of News, Commentary or Opinion. We focus strongly on Journalistic principals and our contributors are encouraged to learn and apply these quite keenly. Although the internet comes across as a free-for-all space for unpopular opinions, we encourage the later with the proof to justify said unpopular opinions, commentaries or news. In short, if you want to write about it, you should know very well about it.
What do we write about on BHIZIMUSI?
BHIZIMUSI covers content in the following categories/subjects as News, Commentary, Feature or Opinion:
- Business & Finance/Investment,
- Technology & Innovation,
- Sporting & Recreation/Travel
- Environmental Issues & Personal Development/ Motivation
Editorial Submissions Guidelines:
- For completed articles, email the article and artwork to editor [at] bhizimusi [dot] com. Include full contact information. Include a short bio for the author and an image of the author. We encourage submissions of video editorial (email a YouTube/Drive/Vimeo link).
- For article concepts/ideas, email the concept, using a bulleted format.
- Help us to market you! If we do publish your editorial, please promote it through your social platforms. Your digital network as a contributor is a key factor in selecting you for future publishing considerations.
- Word Counts and Article Length (approximate): preferably at 700 words maximum and at least 300 words. Keep videos to less than 5 minutes.
- Features: Send us your business success story. BHIZIMUSI devotes significant content each issue to success stories and profiles of women in business. These receive high readership from our audience.
- Editing: BHIZIMUSI requires industry-standard flexibility to delete or add content to make articles fit space requirements as needed. The editorial staff reserves the right to edit submissions for publication due to space constraints, grammatical inaccuracies, poor writing quality, lack of clarity, etc.
- When a submission is made, please apply (in the least) basic Spell Check and use British English writing when incorporating Grammar and Spellings
- Plagiarism is not tolerated, any editorial content submitted must incorporate Journalist principles of correct quoting and referencing
- If there are links of reference please include them under the completed content or make keywords hyperlinks
- All content must come with an appropriate title less than 10 words, a high-resolution attributes image, as well as a minimum of 5-word tags
- Indicate any publishing requirements, fees, or restrictions for your editorial queries. The omission of such will indicate you have no parameters, and we will treat your submissions and queries as such.
Features: BHIZIMUSI publishes Feature stories which are designed to focus on a wide and diverse range of people who have found success operating businesses in Zimbabwe and the African continent. The best stories are informative, provide specific details, and are inspirational. A key point is that a success story cannot be an advertisement for a business or company (no advertorial content). To be seriously considered by BHIZIMUSI, it must be of value to a reader, whether they have an interest in your product/service or not. Provide the following with a success story submission:
- Graphics/Images: Send at least one high-resolution graphic image (PDF, tiff, Jpeg format). Avoid “portrait-type” photos. Provide “action” photos that show the individual engaged in work or that somehow illustrates the business.
- 400-Word Success Stories: Paste this into an email and send to email@example.com. Cover these points (third-person format) to the best of your ability:
- What inspired you to start your business?
- What did you do prior to starting the business?
- Briefly describe your business.
- How did you start up and finance your business?
- How do you market your business?
- Who are your customers?
- What do you consider your best business achievement?
- What are the primary advantages of doing business in Zimbabwe?
- Where do you see yourself with your business in 3 years?
Writing Style Recommendations: the following are notes on the writing style of articles BHIZIMUSI:
- Provide good, quality, “how-to” content.
- Try to keep paragraphs short, with headings for multiple paragraphs (s).
- Use headlines that catch readers’ eyes as they skim the editorial.
- Bullets: “Bulletized” content is perfectly acceptable
- Good grammar is a must! Have someone proof your work before submitting.
- Use smooth-flowing syntax, parallel structure, and good sentence structure.
- Minimize promotions of products, services or other people/figures in the industry. This degrades the perceived value of an editorial piece. Quotes from industry experts on the subject of an article are acceptable. Save any promotions for the resource box inserted at the end of the article.
- Recommend key phrases/sentences to put in pull-quote boxes within the article.
- Be prepared for a potential need to cut content or to add content. Fast turn-around is needed for final editing. BHIZIMUSI usually handles, however, any last-minute editing in-house.
- If desired, provide recommendations for a graphical concept for the article. We can then research our stock photo libraries to see if something similar is available.
- Please provide one high-resolution photo 300 x 300 dpi jpg file (8” x 10” minimum size) of the author, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
BHIZIMUSI assumes that it has full permission from writers of editorial content to also make this editorial available through various online mediums that are part of the magazine’s internet presence. We assume that we have this permission from our writers unless immediately informed otherwise. Online mediums may include the magazine’s website, licensing agreements with third-party content providers, digital versions of the magazine, and other online mediums. These online publishing usages will also provide greater exposure for our editorial writers. The publishing world for magazines continues to evolve and change with the internet, and BHIZIMUSI is working hard to keep up with these.
Compensation: BHIZIMUSI generally monetarily compensates for editorial assignments it specifically assigns to writers. All other submissions selected for publication in BHIZIMUSI online are usually compensated in the medium of the writers being given a short resource box at end of the article, to provide contact information and promote their products and services to our readers and website visitors of the site.
Enthuse Afrika requires and assumes that all writers of the editorial published in BHIZIMUSI have read these Writers’ Guidelines and agree to the terms and conditions contained herein.