Contributor Terms

Interested in contributing to Hong Kong Free Press?

HKFP Voices is our citizen contributor community:
  • Written submissions should generally be 300-1000 words in length. Usually, we will only make light edits for grammar, spelling and clarity. We aim to publish articles within 24-hours of submission, though sometimes we may hold non-time sensitive pieces for the weekend. If you have an especially long-form article or multi-post submission, please speak to your community manager about how we can best present it.
  • The simplest way to contribute content written pieces is to email the text to us. Word document attachments are also welcome. Please try to include at least one picture (to which you own the rights) along with a caption.
HKFP Lens is our full-width photography platform:
  • Photography pieces should include at least 12 high quality, non-watermarked JPG images on a single theme. Each should be landscape and 1040 pixels in width.
  • Ideally, these can be sent to us as a imgur.com album, though email attachments, Dropbox, WeTransfer.com, Google Drive and other methods are fine.
Please note:
  • HKFP has final discretion with regards to what is published on the site, as it is under our banner. Submissions must be legal and factual – pieces may also be declined if there are quality concerns. Due to our very limited resources, we may turn down pieces that would require too much time in terms of editing.
  • Please pitch your idea to us before writing. With your first submission, please include a three sentence bio written in third person.
  • When your post is published, please be sure to share it among your networks and on social media! Our full terms and conditions are below.
Please send pitches to:
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Hong Kong Free Press Contributor terms.
  • You are independent. By submitting contributions to us, you are an independent contractor, not an employee of Hong Kong Free Press Limited (HKFP). You agree that you are not entitled to, and don’t expect any wages or compensation for the content that you submit. You also agree that by submitting contributions to us you are not eligible for any employee benefit plans or programs. You must obtain and pay for your own computer, Internet access, third-party clearances and licenses and everything else you need to create and submit your contributions to us. You cannot hold yourself out as our agent or representative or attempt to bind us to any obligations.
  • What do I get out of this? HKFP provides a forum with a diverse, English-speaking audience for you to share your views and express your unique opinions and ideas. You may use this platform to build a fan base and readership within the HKFP community. You may also inform readers of your own portfolio, blog or social networking outlets, such as your Twitter or Facebook feeds.
  • Submit if and when you want; you are the boss. As an independent contractor, you are your own boss. You agree that you are not under the direction or control of HKFP and have complete control over the manner and means by which you submit contributions for HKFP. You can stop posting at any time. If you decide to post, you decide when, where and how often you write and submit it. You can write or provide content for anyone else you want at any time. You can write about anything you want. HKFP does not select or approve your topics. And please remember: As a HKFP contributor, you must not identify yourself as a representative of HKFP while attending or covering events.
  • Submit proper posts. You represent to us that any contributions, photos and any other content you submit (1) is your original content or properly licensed content that you have the express right and permission to license to us, (2) does not infringe or violate any law, rule or regulation or the rights or intellectual property rights of any person or entity (or encourage anyone else to do so), (3) is not objectionable, inaccurate or inflammatory; and (4) is not obscene, defamatory, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, (5) is not an advertisement or solicitation of business or contributions; or (6) is not otherwise against the interests of HKFP or our users as a whole; We have the right (but not the obligation) to remove any or all of your contributions that fail to comply with the foregoing, or for any other reason, without notice to you.
  • Disclosure: In an effort to be as transparent with our readers as possible, HKFP contributors should disclose any financial conflicts of interest related to the issue they are writing about. If a contributor receives payment or income from a company, organization, group, or individual with a financial stake in the issue he/she is weighing in on, that information should be disclosed at the bottom of the applicable contribution. Moreover, contributors should not submit posts that include links that are paid for in whole or in part by marketing firms. Contributions must be strictly non-commercial.
  • Correct your errors. If your post contains a factual error, you must correct or retract it within 24 hours after notice. If you make substantive changes (including error corrections) after your contribution has been published, you must note this at the bottom of your post. This includes matters of fact, but not changes to spelling, grammar or style or minor editorial corrections. However, in the interest of transparency, you should note to readers that an earlier version of the post had an error that was since corrected. Note: if a correction/retraction is due to a legal complaint of defamation, then the correction/retraction must be posted in as prominent a location as the defamatory content.
  • No guarantees. The HKFP Contributor Programme provides a forum for your ideas and expression, but is made available to you “as is” without guarantee of any results based upon the publication of your contribution, is subject to changes and could temporarily or permanently be suspended without notice to you, and without guarantee that it will operate free of errors, viruses, bugs or service breakdowns. We do not guarantee that your participation will fulfil any requirements you expect from the program. HKFP retains the right to refuse any contributions at our discretion.
  • You own your submissions, but we can still use them. You own the copyright to your submitted content and you can post it anywhere else you wish. However, by submitting any content to HKFP (including text, videos, photographs or audio materials), you grant HKFP a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual license to exercise all rights under copyright law with respect to such content, which HKFP may use, publish and distribute (along with your name and identifying features) on their websites and other properties and those of their affiliates and business partners, as well as for marketing and promotional purposes, online or offline, in any medium and mode of delivery.
  • We may be required to provide information about you. You agree that if HKFP is legally required to disclose information that we have about you (including your IP address and location, name and user name), we may do so, without notice to you.
  • Complaints and Inquiries/Choice of law. If you violate any of the Contributor terms, or we receive an inquiry or complaint about your post, you agree that you are responsible, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless HKFP for all resulting claims and liabilities. This agreement is governed by law, and if we have a dispute about it, or about any content that you submit to us, the dispute will be resolved only in the courts. We may provide you notices about the HKFP Contributor Program and these terms by e-mail. These terms make up the entire agreement between you and us and cannot be changed unless we agree to it in writing.
  • Entire Agreement. These guidelines and HKFP’s Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and HKFP regarding the subjects covered. No other agreements, understandings, promises, or representations, other than those contained here and in HKFP’s Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy, are part of the agreement between you and HKFP.

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Publicising your Posts

We encourage contributors to promote their pieces – many readers arrive at HKFP via links passed on from friends and other sites. Here are a couple ideas:

  • Email lists: Send a short note with a link to your post to any lists you’re on – whether social organisations, extra-curricular groups, or even just your typical family/friends list. Encourage them to comment! The more comments a post attracts, the better it does in generating clicks and more comments. Create a community around your post, and help it grow by starting with your own personal community. Encourage your friends to share it as well.
  • Facebook/Twitter: Share your post on social networks.
  • Respond to Comments: Responding to comments on your own post helps the community grow around it.

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Troubleshooting

I submitted my post over 24 hrs ago and it still hasn’t been published.

Sometimes the volume of posts is especially high, or at weekends, things happen more slowly. We’ll get your post published as soon as possible. When there’s a delay, we’re likely aware of it, so no need to re-post or email us.

I got a message saying my post was published, but I don’t see it anywhere. Where is it?

The easiest way to see your post is to check your author archive.

Will you post my article on HKFP’s social media pages?

Most possibly! Content is posted on our social media feeds at our discretion.

How do I know how many readers my blog got?

We’re unable to provide detailed metrics, but the number of comments/Facebook likes a post receives is one good indication of the traction a post gains. But it is not necessarily a direct indication of views.

How do I change the bio which appears beneath my posts?

Please send an email to [email protected] with your new bio or social network links.

I see a typo, error or have a correction!

Please send an email to [email protected], with the subject line, “TYPO” – include a link to the contribution in the body of the email and an explanation of the typo or problem.