Writing a pitch for the Fedora Magazine

What is a pitch?

A pitch is the first step to propose a new article for the Fedora Magazine. If you want to get started with the Magazine and are don’t know what a pitch is, read how to begin contributing to the Magazine.

If you’re ready to write a pitch, try to use the following format. This format can help with a speedy and easy review. Furthermore, in the event you aren’t able to write the article, it makes it easier for a writer to hit key points.

Writing a pitch

Create a new post with Pitch status in the Fedora Magazine WordPress interface. Pitch is the default status for a new post. In your newly-created post, write a brief outline of your post, what it will contain, and the target audience. The Fedora Magazine’s primary audience is Fedora users — including sysadmins and developers too. But in some cases we have content directed at both Fedora users and contributors.

Once you’re happy with your pitch, email the Fedora Magazine mailing list with a preview link to your pitch. The Magazine editors will review your idea and give you some feedback, and hopefully approve your idea for an article. We review pitches so you don’t waste time on writing a full article that turns out not to fit the Magazine in the end. Don’t write the whole article before this step. Let us help you focus it well for best results!

Example Pitch

The following article serves as an example outline for proposing a new pitch for the Fedora Magazine. This example was used for the Never leave IRC again with ZNC article.

Summary: Describe how to set up an IRC bouncer using ZNC

Description: The purpose of this article would be to describe what an IRC bouncer is and how someone can set up their own ZNC instance to connect to IRC networks and remain persistently connected to channels. The article would aim to educate the user about two things: what and how. Since IRC is a major communication platform for Fedora (and most free and open-source project communities), this article would ideally promote using IRC as well. The flow of the article would be as follows:

  • What is an IRC bouncer / proxy and how does it work?

  • Introducing ZNC

  • Download, installing, and configuring ZNC on a Fedora machine

  • Configuring IRC client to use your ZNC bouncer