Content Guidelines

Written Content

The key to everything featured in The New Scene is an emphasis on it being local. When narrowing down your story's focus, a good question to ask yourself would be, "Is this information beneficial for community members to know?" Stories about a lack of funding in schools, for instance, is interesting, but the key information for that story would be what is currently being done about the situation and how the reader can actively engage with possible solutions or get connected with local resources.

The newspaper would also like to emphasize some key issues including:

      1. Gun Violence
      2. Environmental Racism
      3. Food deserts

An update or response to an old article

Scans of the first and last issues of The South End Scene and a few selections are available on our Archive page. An almost complete collection of The South End Scene is also available at the Howe Branch. That collection can be reviewed on-site and will be available during the Tuesday programming. Contributors can then use the old article as a launching point for reporting on the current state of that same concern.

Example: “Human Sexuality: Loving by Lynda W Garrison of Planned Parenthood” (Volume 1, Number 1) UPDATE: “Healthy Love: Tinder Tips from Your Local Planned Parenthood”

Featuring a Local Resource

All content should try to connect readers to a local resource, but any “original” content should try to emphasize current happenings in the community. This ensures that all articles will be localized, regardless of the scale of the issue being covered.

Example: “The Difficulties of Food Access in the South End” should at the end of the feature list organizations currently working on the issue and how people can get involved, such as “The South End Scene Collaborative” grocery working group or Albany Medical College’s Food Farmacy project.

Word Count: 300-1,600

A 1,600-word article translates to a seven-minute read, which is generally a good rule of thumb to follow. However, longer submissions will be accepted and can even be featured on the printed broadsheets, however only excerpts of those stories will be provided, along with directions to the online paper, which will have the story published in its entirety.


We encourage every submission to be accompanied by an original photograph or graphic. Non-copyrighted or unlicensed graphics with changes can also be used but are not preferred. Please refer to our media release guidelines for our rules regarding photography.

Basic format

Creative Corner

You can submit any form of art for review by the editorial board. We accept any type of art and all media. However, to be featured in the print edition or prominently featured on the front page of the online edition, creative works should be inspired by some of the paper's prevailing themes or specific to the locale.

Examples: A watercolor expressing feelings towards gun violence, a photo series of condemned buildings marked with X's, poetry that speaks about local landmarks, etc.

Photography Collection

  1. Name of the collection
  2. Designated "cover" photo
  3. Order of series (between 5-20 photos in a collection)
  4. Dates for when the photos were taken
  5. Artist blurb: short description of photography experience and plugs for website or social media handles
  6. Collection Description: which can include artist intent, what your interest in these photographs were, whether the collection coveys a theme or story, why you were interested in taking them, or why you like these photos