There are moments in life when upon hearing
truth, you know it; because a certain quality of
information will resonate deep within one’s
rational inner being, overcoming all reasonable
and unreasonable doubt. For me, that moment
arrived when I first listened to the Mandela
audio witness we now possess.
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he Las Vegas Guardian
Express is ushering in a
new era in journalism.
In fact, we’re redefining
what a newspaper is
and embracing today’s technology
to benefit the public. The days of
advertiser-dictated news delivery
are over and the internet has made
this possible. Through the unique
power of citizen journalism, we’ve
escaped the muzzle of corporate
America. You see, huge news-
paper brands strive to bring you
balanced coverage of newsworthy
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have an Achilles Heel, and that
heel is pierced not by the arrow of
a fictional deity but by advertising
dollars, corporate interests and
The Las Vegas Guardian
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ered to any corporate or governmental
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you because we’re powered exclusively
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other countries that contribute to our
publication. Our journalists are just
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ent for writing and research. They come
to us from all walks of life. Our writers’
opinions run the gamut from one end
of the political spectrum to the other
and everywhere in between. There is no
overseeing entity telling us what we can
and cannot say.
In a regular newsroom, much attention
is given to the concerns of advertisers.
In fact, one of our journalists was told,
in her previous position, that a restau-
rant review she wrote was “too nega-
tive.” Why? Because that restaurant was
an advertiser with the paper, and that
fact wasn’t hidden from the
reporter; rather, it was freely dis-
closed to her as a matter of status
quo. Now take that one example
and apply it to the major networks.
By doing this, a clear picture of ex-
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Censorship from corporate spon-
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We represent all angles, all view-
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When you dive into our paper you
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But it’s not simply opinions that
we deliver, although we certainly
publish plenty of op-eds. We de-
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research: peer reviewed studies,
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Our key concern is quality. We don’t
accept just any writer; we demand
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While we are citizen journalists, we are
also gifted wordsmiths. Our elite team
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The Las Vegas Guardian Express is
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The influence of the mainstream media
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We pledge to bring you the facts, as well
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Our readers will find breaking
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and comment, so long as it obeys
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course. We will never censor or re-
fuse a comment unless it is obscene
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hatred or violence.
Technology has given us the power
to make our voices heard, but as the
old saying goes, “with great power
comes great responsibility.” It is
our pledge to you, our readers, that
we will honor that responsibility
to bring you objective, fact-based
news as well as editorials that span
a wide spectrum of viewpoints.
We welcome everyone into the
dialogue, from all points on the
spectrum – the left, the right, the
moderate, the religious, the non-re-
ligious, the liberal, the conservative,
and everyone in between. The U.S.
was founded on a similar platform.
While America’s forefathers may
have engaged in passionate shout-
ing at each other when trying to
give birth to the United States, one
thing they all agreed upon was that
everyone had the right to speak.
This is an exciting time for us. We
have come a long way in a short
period of time and we are about to
challenge the ‘establishment’ pub-
lications for a place at the apex of
news and opinion journalism. We
sincerely hope that you will join
us on this journey. You will not
be disappointed. The truth about
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be available in one place: Las Vegas
This website was first conceived as a
print newspaper to be distributed in
and around the Las Vegas, Nevada
area. While originally founded by Di-
Markco Chandler, the company began
to emerge as a real media player when
Bonito Sahagun decided to provide
his professional expertise to complete
the partnership now known as Frackle
The Las Vegas Guardian Express news-
paper, led by Frackle Media, moved
away from printing newspapers after
22 consecutive publication weeks and
began to focus their efforts online.
Since its February 2012 launch, the
Guardian Express has turned the cor-
ner from start-up to a legitimate online
Guardian Express’ publisher has been
quoted as saying:
I spent 10 years working on a BA, MA
and PhD before I saw any real fruit
from my labor, but during that period
I gained knowledge and experience.
Thus, what we offer is a real opportu-
nity for writers and reporters to grow
their talent and skills in a profession-
al journalistic environment. No
time clocks, no pressure, just peer
accountability. Your work will be
subjected to 2,500,000 verifiable
readers per month. Do you have
that many verifiable viewers on
your blog? If you do, you definitely
don’t need us.
That said, The Guardian Express is
a Las Vegas based newspaper with a
broad scope that includes national
and world news. They offer their
readers relevant news, commen-
taries and amusement to inform,
inspire and enhance the quality of
life for members of a culturally di-
verse world community. Their news
stories aim to expose injustice and
corruption, which can undermine
the liberties and freedoms cher-
ished by all. Ultimately, The Guard-
ian Express seeks to provide a safe
platform from which to sound the
diverse voices of the wonderful
world community, encouraged
always by today’s successes and
Articles vary in number and in-
clude such category topics as
science, business, health, religion,
politics, entertainment, technology,
The Guardian Express strives to
be original and to provide fresh
breaking news stories and opinions
around the clock, 7 days a week.
nclusivity is perhaps the single most
important human need to facilitate and
demonstrate fairness for all members in
an open and free society. When this princi-
ple need is compromised by appearances of
unscrupulous self-interested privileged elites
to perpetuate a systemic widening disparity
between social-economic classes favoring
exclusivity, it is eminently imperative to
galvanize public opposition to mitigate
this threat. A society that is governed by its
collective citizenry should never be margin-
alized by its institutions or the people that
run them. No institution should be more
esteemed than its human beings. Thus, this
analysis seeks to provide a historic back-
drop to help trigger a new wave of global
interaction and imagination. We must make
an effort to level the playing field so that
all voices are invited to participate in our
global conversation. I for my part offer this
short analytical portrait into “The Historical
Model” as a starting point towards gaining
greater understanding and inspiration to
further our global debate.
Editor’s Notes-Editorial Privilege
When you receive corrections from an
editor, the proper response is “thank
you, I will make the corrections right
away.” If an editor is taking the time out
to correct your article, they are
doing it for your benefit, not their
own. It is not acceptable to argue
back, explain why you can’t make
the corrections or make excuses.
Check your ego at the front page,
If posting an article, particularly in
the science or health section, you
must use sources and those sources
should be reputable. We should not
be making claims based on nothing
with no sources to back up what
we are saying. Please make sure all
news articles contain at least three
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“A poor original is better than a good imitation.”
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The basis of this quote is to always apply your best into every article as true writers
want nothing less. True journalism fundamentals cannot be taught in
a classroom. They come with characteristics that include:
-Sacrificing sleep for a good story
-Researching and locating strong references
-Providing more than one reliable source and protecting sources as requested.
-Delivering a spin that is unique or varying that demands a reader to click.
-Writing is a desire, a need to be fueled, an anticipation to share with the public.
In doing so a writer will deliver nothing less than original and intriguing work.
Guardian Express provides exceptional tools not found commonly in the trade.
Use them as a foundation for originality. While the topic may not be original - the
spin of the article should always be original. When an article performs well by
attracting a sizable audience, it is inspirational.
On the other hand, copying another author’s work and passing it off as one’s
own can anger the author of the original piece. Artist are sensitive people,
invested in the work they produce. When someone comes along and
steals their ideas it is necessary for someone to take mitigating ac-
tion. This offence is made worse when the thief is a colleague of the
The community of writers at the Guardian Express have outlawed
this practice in its entirety. While there is nothing wrong with
several authors writing on the same keyword topic, it is impera-
tive that each writer fashion their own original thesis, clear and
distinct from one another.
The Guardian Express, boldly inclusive; not bold and in- trusive.
Where journalistic integrity is priority number one
Senior Managing Editor
Deputy Mangaing Editor
Deputy Mangaing Editor
Deputy Mangaing Editor
World News & Politics
Deputy Mangaing Editor
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Senior Review Editor
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Junior Entertainment Editor
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Janet Grace Ortigas
Managing Editor MarsScocial
Senior Graphic Director
Senior Copy Editor / Chief
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As a writer for the Guardian Express, there are many
key elements to keep in mind. Before even composing
the body of the article, the writer must be familiar with
and know how to use several important tools.
The following websites should be added as favorites on
your computer to allow for easy access:
www.titlecase.com does exactly what it says. It checks
your title for accurate Upper and lower case words.
Usually prepositions less than five letters are not capital-
ized, however www.titlecase.com will verify that for you.
Some small words are important and may need capital-
ization in the title.
This is a most exciting site for the writer who is looking
to break into headline news! This site accepts specific
details about your keyword and zooms in to help find a
new angle to the story. There are many options to use
with your search and it gives the writer a bird’s eye view
of what the world is talking and reading about.
www.googlenews.com (Google News Nomenclature)
You have to start with Google News! This is where to find
the keyword your article will be about. Topics are cho-
sen from the first layer of news which is easy to remem-
ber by using: WUBTESSH.
This stands for World, U.S., Business, Technology, En-
tertainment, Sports, Science, and Health. Each of the
eight categories have sub-topics you can find by clicking
the main keyword. For example: If you click on En-
tertainment, eight more topics come up such as Miley
Cyrus, Breaking Bad, Michael Douglas, etc.... In total,
there are 80 topics to choose from when looking for a
keyword for your article.
This is the most important tool in the writing industry,
It will help you avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism is the direct
reproduction of another writer’s work. It can result in
fines, loss of business, sales. and reputation. It is taken
very seriously at The Guardian Express. After complet-
ing and editing your article, copy and paste it into www.
copyscape.com for results.
The article is written around the chosen keyword
topic. By reading a few of the already published stories
in the news, you can get an idea of the proper direction
to go. The keyword must be the first word or phrase of
your title. The title needs to be used as a seamless sen-
tence in the first paragraph, the middle of the story and
in the last paragraph. The article must contain at least
500 words. More is even better, but you do not have to
write a book! Proper spelling, grammar and punctu-
ation is expected, so don’t rush to submit your article
with out checking everything!
A picture is worth 1,000 words, so select an image
with care and one that reflects the theme of the article.
Google Images contains a huge variety to choose from!
Watch for watermarks and words on the image as those
pictures can not be used. Also images from AP, Reuters
and Getty can not be used. Adding the image and sizing
details will be taught in boot camp. At the bottom of
your draft page, you must set the featured image. Vid-
eos can be added with the guidelines explained in class.
Give your self credit and add your byline. Also add
your name to categories, along with checking the correct
category your keyword is from. Make sure you uncheck
Headlines!Sources must be listed and linked. This will be
taught in class. Wikipedia can be helpful, but is not to be
listed as a source.
Saving each edit and addition to your story is import-
ant to avoid sending the wrong draft for review. Reread
your article at least two times and check that everything
is accurate and included.
Roanne H. FitzGibbon
As a writer for the
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Active Minimum: 2 article per month:
Writers are deemed active and
receive a 10% commission on article
Contributor: 8 articles per month:
Produce 2 articles of choice and 6
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All writers that remain under membership contracts for at least 7 months
will be giving an opportunity to earn equity shares of the Guardian Ex-
press from our employee equity pool. As company income increased
stipend minimums will also increase.
Monthly Compensation StructureEnterprise: Member: 112 articles per month:
Produce 108 articles of choice and 4 assigned
by Publisher – 50% commission (Stipends
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penses paid, Equity Ownership Guaranteed
upon 7 months of satisfactory conduct and
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What Is Associated Press Style?
One of the first things a student in a beginning journal-
ism course learns about is Associated Press style, or AP
style for short. AP style is simply a standardized way of
writing everything from dates to street addresses to job
titles. AP style was developed and is maintained by The
Associated Press, the world’s oldest news service.
Why Do I Have To Learn AP Style?
Learning AP style is certainly not the most exciting or
glamorous aspect of a career in journalism, but getting
a handle on it is absolutely necessary. Why? Because AP
style is the gold standard for print journalism. It’s used
by the vast majority of newspapers in the U.S. A reporter
who never bothers to learn even the basics of AP style,
who gets into the habit of submitting stories filled with
AP style errors, is likely to find himself covering the sew-
age treatment board beat for a long, long time.
How Do I Learn AP Style?
To learn AP style you must get your hands on an AP
Stylebook. It can be purchased at most bookstores or on-
line. The stylebook is a comprehensive catalog of proper
style usage and has literally thousands of entries. As such,
it can be intimidating to the first-time user.
But the AP Stylebook is designed to be used by reporters
and editors working on tight deadlines, so generally it’s
pretty easy to use.
There’s no point in trying to memorize the AP Stylebook.
The important thing is to get into the habit of using it
whenever you write a news story to make sure your arti-
cle follows proper AP style. The more you use the book,
the more you’ll start to memorize certain points of AP
style. Eventually you won’t have to refer to the stylebook
nearly as much.
On the other hand, don’t get cocky and toss out your AP
Stylebook once you’ve memorized the basics. Master-
ing AP style is a lifelong, or at least career-long, pursuit,
and even expert copy editors with decades of experience
find they must refer to it regularly. Indeed, walk into any
newsroom, anywhere in the country and you’re likely to
find an AP Stylebook on every desk. It’s the Bible of print
The AP Stylebook is also an excellent reference work. It
includes in-depth sections on libel law, business writing,
sports, crime and firearms – all topics that any good re-
porter should have a grasp of.
For instance, what’s the difference between a burglary
and a robbery? There’s a big difference, and a novice
police reporter who makes the mistake of thinking they
are one and the same thing is likely to get hammered by a
So before you write that the mugger burgled the little old
lady’s purse, check your stylebook.
Here are some of the most basic and commonly used AP
style points. But remember, these represent only a tiny
fraction of what’s in the AP Stylebook, so don’t use this
page as a substitute for getting your own stylebook.
One through nine are generally spelled out, while 10 and
above are generally written as numerals.
Example: He carried five books for 12 blocks.
Percentages are always expressed as numerals, followed
by the word “percent.”
Example: The price of gas rose 5 percent.
Ages are always expressed as numerals.
Example: He is 5 years old.
Dollar amounts are always expressed as numerals, and
the “$” sign is used.
Example: $5, $15, $150, $150,000, $15 million, $15 bil-
lion, $15.5 billion
Numerals are used for numbered addresses. Street, Av-
enue and Boulevard are abbreviated when used with a
numbered address, but otherwise are spelled out. Route
and Road are never abbreviated.
Example: He lives at 123 Main St. His house is on Main
Street. Her house in on 234 Elm Road.
Dates are expressed as numerals. The months August
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through February are abbreviated when used with num-
bered dates. March through July are never abbreviated.
Months without dates are not abbreviated. “Th” is not
Example: The meeting is on Oct. 15. She was born on July
12. I love the weather in November.
Job titles are generally capitalized when they appear be-
fore a person’s name, but lowercase after the name.
Example: President George Bush. George Bush is the
Film, Book & Song Titles
Generally these are capitalized and placed in quotation
marks. Do not use quote marks with reference books or
the names of newspapers or magazines.
Example: He rented “Star Wars” on DVD. She read “War
Journalism isn’t fiction writing - you can’t create stories
from your imagination. You have to find newsworthy
topics worth writing about. You can get started by check-
ing out the places where news often happens - your local
city hall, police precinct or courthouse. Attend a city
council or school board meeting. Want to cover sports?
High school football and basketball games can be very
exciting and provide great experience for the aspiring
sportswriter. Or interview local merchants for their take
on the state of the economy.
The Police Precinct
If you want to cover the local crime beat, visit your local
police precinct or station house (it’s good to call ahead
first.) If you’re in a small town, get to know the police
chief, detective and beat cops if you can. Ask them about
any interesting cases or crimes they’ve handled recent-
ly, or ask to see the arrest log for a day-by-day listing of
The local courthouse can be a treasure trove of stories.
Your local district court will typically be where less-seri-
ous cases are dealt with – everything from traffic tickets
to misdemeanor offenses – while a superior courthouse
will be where felony trials are held. Check with the court
clerk’s office to see what cases are due to be heard on any
The city council, county commission, town board or
village committee – whatever you call it, local govern-
ment can be a rich source of stories for any reporter. Start
by finding the website for your local town government.
It will probably list times and even agendas for upcoming
meetings. See what issues are being discussed, do some
background research, then head to the meeting, pen and
notebook in hand.
The School Board
School board meetings can also produce great stories.
Again, school districts typically have websites that list
school board meeting times and agendas. Such sites will
probably list the members of the school board along
with contact information, which can be useful for doing
pre-meeting research or for doing interviews after the
High School Sports Events
Aspiring sportswriters need look no further than their lo-
cal high schools for games to cover. Many top sportswrit-
ers – those who cover the NFL, NBA and MKB – got their
start covering high school football, basketball and baseball
games, among other sports. Check your high school’s web-
site for schedules.
Community Centers, Local Libraries
Places like these often have bulletin boards listing up-
coming events in your area. Such facilities also often host
events like lectures from visiting speakers or authors, or
Art Galleries, Performing Arts Venues
Is there a new exhibit by an up-and-coming artist at your
local gallery? Review the exhibit or interview the artist.
Is a community theater group performing a new play?
Again, write a review or interview the actors or director.
Colleges and universities typically host to a wide range of
lectures, concerts and forums that are often free and open
to the public. Check the college’s website for listings of
Want to become a business writer? Interview local mer-
chants for their thoughts on the state of the economy.
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Style and Submission
GuidelinesReputation is everything.
We stand or fall on our reputation; our reputation as a media organization, as well as our individual reputa-
tions. In order to bolster both of these, it is absolutely vital that we create total consistency in style and for-
matting, throughout the site; this tells the reader that we are professionals and it speaks to the integrity of the
articles they find on the Guardian Express website.
Although different websites - and print publications - develop their own guidelines for style and formatting,
they all base these guidelines upon the AP Stylebook. It is strongly recommended that every one of our writ-
ers obtain a copy of this book, or take out an online subscription. Be warned, however; the AP Stylebook is
very extensive and extremely daunting! Do not expect that you will be able to study and memorize it. If you
can, I want to become your publicist, because, together, we will make a huge amount of money!
The following rules lay the groundwork for the Guardian Express style guide. Over time, we will add to - and
expand upon - these guidelines. They must be followed by every Guardian Express writer. Certainly, everyone
should have this file open, or readily available for reference, when writing an article. After a time, the style
guidelines will become second nature. We shall begin with some basics.
If you do not have the AP Stylebook and you have a specific question on formatting, you may email me at
email@example.com and, although I do not guarantee you an instant reply, I will get back to you with the
answer to your question, as soon as I am able.
Plagiarism, basically, means copying someone else’s work
(or even their ideas). A famous person once said “there
is nothing new under the sun,” meaning that nothing
is completely original; anything and everything that is
created today was influenced - to a greater or lesser extent
- by something that has gone before. Regardless of legal
definitions, it is difficult to precisely define plagiarism.
The Guardian Express has a very simple rule, regard-
ing plagiarism: ALL ARTICLES MUST BE ORIGINAL
WORK! There are no exceptions, unless we were in a
situation where - for whatever reason - we had been given
permission to reproduce someone else’s work.
What plagiarism means for us:
If you copy someone else’s writings and try to pass it off
as your own, you will destroy your own reputation - not
to mention possibly finding yourself in legal trouble.
Other than never again writing for the Guardian Express,
which is a certainty, you will probably never again be
employed, as a writer, by anyone.
By publishing an article that is not original work, the
Guardian Express risks - other than a potential lawsuit
- being completely ostracized by Google; which could de-
stroy the business overnight. If that were not bad enough,
our reputation would be shredded.
Many journalists write articles based on other articles;
unless a publication is breaking a story from its own
sources, everybody is reporting the same news. Howev-
er; it is not acceptable to copy someone else’s article and
neither is it acceptable to re-word someone else’s article.
When researching a story idea, a writer should be read-
ing at least three different sources; either news articles or
other sources of related information. Having done this,
the writer can recount the event in their own words, us-
ing the information they have gathered. Ideally, the writer
should be tracing the story back to the original source: If
you want to write an article about the George Zimmer-
man trial, for example, you can find video coverage of
the trial itself, the transcripts of telephone calls, previous
interviews with defense or prosecution attorneys, etc.
Having studied these, it is then possible for you to create
an original article.
The Final word on this is that any writer found plagia-
rizing someone else’s work will be permanently banned
from writing for the Guardian Express and will, in addi-
tion, forfeit all rights to royalties from their articles.
The first letter of all words in headlines must be capital-
ized, other than certain conjunctives, such as “and”, “the”,
“to”, “at”, etc. The Easiest Way to Ensure Correct Capital-
ization is to Use the Conversion Tool at www.titlecase.
com. Simply paste your title into the left-hand box and
hit the ‘convert’ button; your correctly capitalized title
will appear in the right-hand box, for you to copy and
Try - as much as possible - to keep your title as short as
you can. Make one point with your title; do not ramble
or try to make multiple statements, so that the reader
knows, at a glance, what the focus of the article is.
Use as little punctuation in article titles as you can. Craft
your titles to make sense without punctuation, if you can.
If your title requires punctuation, however, then use it!
Nothing looks worse than a title that is grammatically
Acceptable: Justin Bieber’s Monkey Seeks Asylum
Not acceptable: Justin Biebers Monkey Seeks Asylum
You’ll find plenty of articles that are ranked highly on
Google News that contain question marks, colons,
semi-colons, apostrophes and commas. Use when neces-
sary, but try to avoid using punctuation in article titles if
Justin Bieber Surprised as Monkey Seeks Asylum
When writing numbers, spell out one through nine.
Numbers greater than nine should be represented by
numerals; You may be able to come up with nine reasons
why you think Justin Bieber is fabulous, but I can give
you 10 reasons why I do not agree.
When referring to positions or ranks (mainly for sports
writers), use No. 1, No. 2, No. 50, etc. Do not write
Number 1, or #1.
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Monetary figures should be represented as numbers,
preceded by the symbol that represents the currency: $10,
$100, $500, $10,000. An amount of $1 million or above
should be written as shown: $5 million, $787 Billion, etc.
Do not write “$500 million dollars”; this is redundant, as
you have used the dollar symbol and there is no need to
include the word “dollars.”
When writing a date that includes the day, month and
year, abbreviate the month, write the day as a number
and separate the year with a comma. Always capitalize
The Declaration of Independence was signed on Jul. 4,
Correct abbreviations for months: Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr.
May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
If writing only the month and year, spell out the month,
with no comma before the year: July 1776, September
Centuries should be represented as follows: 20th century,
18th century, 21st century. As with regular numbers, any-
thing less than 10 should be written; first century, ninth
Names and Titles
Obviously, names of people and places are capitalized.
Official titles are also capitalized, as in President Barack
Obama. Less formal titles are not capitalized. Sports writ-
ers, in particular, should keep that in mind; Tony Dungy,
former coach of the Indianapolis Colts; Hernandez, a
former tight end with the New England Patriots.
All country and city names should be capitalized: Bo-
tswana, Los Angeles, Syria, Edinburgh.
When writing the titles of books, articles, movies, tele-
vision programs or songs, do not use quotation marks;
simply italicize the quoted title. Recording artists and
bands, however, are not emphasized:
Acceptable: Watching the movie Blazing Saddles, whilst
trying to read John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and
listening to the Misfits - all at the same time - is extreme-
Not acceptable: Although Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” is one
of their most well known works, The Final Cut is, argu-
ably, a more creative album..
When emphasizing a word or phrase in an article, you
should italicize. Do not use bold type or UPPERCASE
letters to emphasize; this is neither professional, nor
.Avoid abbreviating altogether; it is simply not accepted
as a formal, professional way of writing.
Acceptable: She is scheduled to appear on The View next
week; They are calling for Justin Bieber’s monkey to be
Not acceptable: He’s anti-gun, but he has armed body-
guards; It’s going to be a great contest.
On occasion, it is acceptable to write in the first or second
person; if reporting an incident in which you, the writer,
were directly involved, for instance. Normally, however,
all news articles, op-eds and analysis pieces are written in
the third person.
First Person: Me, I, my, mine.
Second Person: You, your, yours.
Third Person: He, she, they, their
Professional news articles do not contain lists. Do not
use bullet-point or numbered lists in your articles. If you
wish to make a number of separate points, simply list
them as separate paragraphs. Sub-headings should be
avoided, but if you really feel that your article needs to
be divided into sections, then separate the sections with
a double space and then put your sub-heading for that
section in bold - in the same way that the sections of this
guide are formatted.
Embedded, or In-text, Links
Do not embed links to other sites within your article.
This may encourage the reader to navigate away from
our site, in order to read the information to which you
have linked. The only links you should be placing within
the body of your text - if at all - should be links to related
articles on the Guardian Express website. Links to Wiki-
pedia articles are not acceptable; whilst Wikipedia is an
acceptable source of basic, background information on
a specific person or event, it should not be considered a
definitive source of accurate information. Certainly, the
Guardian Express should not be publicizing the fact that
Wikipedia has been used in the research of any article.
The Guardian Express occupies a unique position in the
media world. Our willingness to publish opinion that
spans the entire political spectrum sets us apart from all
others: The mainstream, Liberal media refuses to provide
a Right-wing viewpoint; The Conservative media (mainly
online) does not put forward the Liberal perspective. In
boldly choosing to publish both, we assume an enormous
moral, ethical and professional responsibility; to educate,
inform and then allow the reader to choose, analyze and
decide where they stand, on a given issue.
In the interests of preserving this unparalleled position,
we do not wish to impose too many restrictions on what
we are - and are not - prepared to publish. However; we
should always keep in mind that each of us has a duty to
present our respective argument in an informed, logical
and civil fashion.
There already exist countless political blogs, both Right-
and Left-wing, that express hate, intolerance, bigotry
and extremism, with little or no credible source for their
views. We shall leave the ranting and raving to them.
Our political articles will meet the following standards:
1. They will contain substance. The most respected
and widely-read political analysts and pundits on the
internet, be they Liberal or Conservative, cite quotes,
polls, statistics, studies and accounts of actual events, in
order to justify their views, analysis and predictions. It is
not acceptable to write an article title that expresses an
opinion and then provide - within the article - no cred-
ible information that substantiates that opinion. If the
article merely opines, but does not inform and educate, it
does not belong on our site.
2. They will not contain extreme statements. One
could argue that the definition of ‘extreme’ is subjective,
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depending on one’s beliefs. Therefore, we are obliged to
define the word for our purposes. Extremist language will
be deemed to include the following:
a. Personal insults. Whilst we may express the
opinion that a certain individual is clueless, ill-informed,
uneducated, ignorant (and point out why they are so),
we shall not insult a person’s physique, family, gender,
skin-color, sexual preference, race or religion.
b. Incitement of hatred or violence. We may de-
scribe an individual as deserving of arrest, impeachment,
imprisonment, investigation, termination from whatever
position or occupation they hold, etc., but we will not
wish physical harm or death upon them, merely because
we do not agree with their politics.
c. The word “hate” should be avoided: It is impossi-
ble to prove that any individual or group “hates” another
unless you can cite an actual quote or speech in which
the word, or some derivative of it, is used. To say that
one person, one political party or one ethnic or religious
group hates another is almost always purely subjective. As
an example: One could say that Republicans “hate” wom-
en, because they are opposed to abortion, but one could
also argue that Democrats “hate” children, since they
so enthusiastically promote abortion; both statements
are merely extreme assertions and entirely un-provable.
Writers would be well-advised to avoid using the word;
it is, simply, unprofessional to make such an accusation
unless you can provide unquestionable evidence to cor-
3. They will contain honest information. It is unac-
ceptable to make statements that can be proven false, to
recount an incident that did not happen or to accredit a
statement to someone who did not make it.
4. Health and Science articles should be corroborat-
ed by legitimate, peer-reviewed research and/or studies.
Any article that promotes a theory, speculative conclu-
sions, or metaphysical beliefs and practices must always
be clearly labelled as such and should be written in a
manner that states, honestly, that the subject-matter is
not verified by conclusive scientific or medical research.
Science-related articles should be labelled as ‘metaphysi-
cal’. This is a category under science, in the list of catego-
ries. Health-related articles should be labelled ‘alternative’,
which is under the ‘health’ category.
The Guardian Express, truly, has the potential to become
the most read and cited political opinion site on the in-
ternet. We should all aspire to the very highest standards
of integrity, respectability, professionalism and insight,
whilst promoting our respective views with passion and
Graham J Noble
1. Title case – Prepositions less than five letters,
definite, and indefinite articles should not be capitalized,
unless it is the first word of a title.
a) Heat Wave in July
b) For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
c) Hiking Through the Rockies
2. Subject and verb agreement – Make sure a single
subject has a single verb, and a plural subject has a plural
a) A common problem in many hospitals is…
“Problem” is singular and the subject. The verb referring
to it should also be singular – “is.”
b) According to the ambassador, the issues are
worldwide. “Issues” is the plural subject and “are” is the
3. Punctuation and quotes – Periods, commas, etc.,
go before the closing quote, not after.
a) “Look at that,” she said.
b) This was the professor’s “undoing.”
4. Spelling – When two or more words are pro-
nounced the same but have different spellings, make sure
you select the correct spelling for the sentence context.
a) I want to give you a present.
b) I have a present for you, too.
c) There are two books on the table.
d) This is their favorite restaurant.
Listing sources is covered on the next page.
5. Listing sources – If the source is from another
website, do not list the url. You can type in the name of
the article from that website and link it, or, you can list
“source” and link it that way. You will get a feel of when
to list “source” and when to list the actual article/website
name (not the url) on your own the more you do this.
a) Incorrect -- http://guardianlv.com/guardian-ex-
Correct -- Guardian Express Team
b) Incorrect – Source 1 (without a link)
Correct – Source 1
When referencing a specific article or page within a larger
Incorrect – Las Vegas Guardian Express
Correct – Las Vegas Guardian Express editorial – The
Also Correct – Source 1
When referencing the website of a subject of your article
Incorrect -- https://disneyland.disney.go.com/
Correct – Disneyland
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Howto linkBy: Cynthia Collins
At the end of your article, type in “Source 1”
(as an example).å
Highlight the url you want to attach
and copy it.
Highlight entire word “source” or phrase
you’ve listed in your new article.
You’ll get the insert/edit link box.
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Paste the copied url into the space that says URL.
Check the box that says open to new window/tab.
Click add link button. Screen returns to the posting
page. If done correctly, anyone who views that pub-
lished page should be able to put their cursor on the
highlighted link, hover over it, and see the name of
what you linked.
Type or paste name of speciﬁc article or name (not url) of website
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Placing your cursor
Click the Add Media button
Add or Select Your Image
In order to add an image to your page or post, you must first insert
your cursor in the place in the text where you want the image to
appear. By placing your cursor within your text, you can add images
inline with your content. You can also place your cursor on a blank
line if you want the image to appear by itself instead.
Once you’ve placed your cursor on the line where you want your
image to appear, click on the Add Media button to launch the
media uploader interface, and then select the Insert Media op-
tion from the list of actions in the left side of the media uploader
You can add or select the image you want to add to your page or post
by choosing from either of the following options in the center of the
media uploader window:
Upload Files: Upload
the image you want to
use from your computer
by dragging it into the
Media Library: Select
from any previously
uploaded images in the
media library by clicking
on the one you wish to
add to your page or post.
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Attachment Display Settings
The Attachment Details pane displays a small un-
cropped thumbnail of the image, as well as import-
ant information such as the filename, date upload-
ed, and image dimensions in pixels.
There are also action links that allow you to Edit
Image, which takes you to the Edit Image page, or
to Delete Permanently to remove the image from
In addition, you can edit the following media
Title: The title of this media.
Caption: The caption for this image. The text you
enter here will be displayed below the image.
Alternate Text: Enter the Alt text for the image,
e.g. “The Mona Lisa” to describe the media.
Description: A description for this particular me-
The Attachment Display Settings pane controls how the image is dis-
played when viewed on the site.
You have options to set how you would like the image aligned on the page
(in relation to the text and margins) and what the link behavior of the
image will be, In addition you can set what size image you would like to
display on your page.
The Alignment setting allows you to determine where you would like the image to appear in your
content area and how it interacts with any text on the page. You have the following image alignment
options to choose from:
Left: Aligns the image on the left hand margin, and any text that is on the page wraps (or flows) around
the image to the available space on the right.
Right: Aligns the image on the right hand margin, and any text that is on the page wraps (or flows)
around the image to the available space on the left.
Center: Aligns the image to the center of the page, with no text displayed around it.
None: Inserts the image in to the page with no alignment
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oogle only has a certain number of topics trending at a time. If
everyone at Guardian Express wrote about the same trends, life
would become repetitive and boring, no matter how well the
article is written.
Here are some tips I learned just by trial and error to help combine the best
of both Google trends and Bottlenose. Keep in mind that these will not always work, but will
help more often than not.
I’ll use the generic topic of “museum” as an example.
First, I’ll check Google trends to see what topics interest me.
Science has a trending subject about the precision of atomic clocks. I’m not a science person,
but this subject has lots of possibilities. This is where Bottlenose comes in.
I type in “clock museum” in the Bottlenose search bar to see if anything related comes up.
I’m in luck. Something pops up about an exhibit open-
ing in Massachusetts in October about chiming or
musical clocks from the 1700s.
I’ll write about that house museum and
the upcoming clock exhibit but,
somehow, will try to tie it in
with how clocks have evolved.
Here’s another example, this
time using a trending topic under
Business – United Parcel Service
(UPS). The lead story is
about UPS and Wells
I type in “Wells
Fargo museum” in
the Bottlenose search
bar because I think it will have more pos-
sibilities than UPS. Several results come up.
I could write about the Wells Fargo museums
and tie in their significance with present day.
You can reverse the process by starting with any subject in
Bottlenose and see if it hits on Google trends.
I hope this helps illustrate how a limited number of subjects
can become limitless.
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Unit 1.) 3 days of topics selected from Google News by
(Unit 2.) 3 to 6 days of training:
1. Company Orientation
2. Google News Layers
5. At least one of the following eight categories must
be selected. (World, U.S., Business, Technology, Enter-
tainment, Sports, Science, Health.) Now there are subcat-
egories underneath these primary categories. It does not
however suffice for one to select a subcategory and leave
one of the primary categories unchecked. An editor must
always make sure one of these 8 primary categories are
checked. Once more, they are
“WORLD, U.S., BUSINESS, TECHNOLOGY, ENTER-
TAINMENT, SPORTS, SCIENCE, AND HEALTH.
6. Titles must have searchable key words that make
up the trending element.
7. Titles should not be in the content as a title, but
must be at the very top of the editing dashboard title
location. Once a title is placed in its proper location, it
should not also be included as a title separated from the
8. Titles must however, be integrated into an article
as a sentence. It does not have to be word for word, but
the best practice is to make sure all the words of a title are
included in the article and in context as a sentence within
9. Do you have at least 500 words? Unless you are
breaking a story, in other words trying to get it out before
anyone else, an article should have at least 500, words or
close to 500 as possible.
10. With all the work it takes to write a long article, it
does not make since for an author’s piece to receive under
100 views. If you don’t care if someone reads your arti-
cle or not, then you are not only hurting yourself, you’re
hurting the team and should consider a different organi-
zation to share your talent with.
s. Finally, everyone must have or open up a twitter
account and NYTimes registration
3. Helpful links
11. Only News Stories should be placed in the large
feature area of the Guardian’s front page.
12. Did you use a spell check and did you check your
grammar. It is best that writers read their articles out loud
before submitting them to the publisher.
13. Is your image centered and have you included a
14. Have you identified your sources
15. Change all the meta data in an image
16. Remember to put your name at the bottom of
your post. Remember that post need to be at least 500
words. And remember to save as draft if the post is not
ready for publishing. If you save as pending it is telling
the publisher, you are ready for your submission to be
Continue to choose topics from Google News but can-
didates should be using Google Analytics to experiment
Candidates should begin to produce one article a day
during training using Bottlenose application
Candidates begin to receive assignment articles from the
Education covering Google’s Regular Browser Trends
ßDay of Reckoning: Candidate must produce a viral arti-
cle that hits at least the second layer of Google News. This
consist of using Google Analytics, Bottlenose, Google
News in conjunction with article submission. A candidate
must set aside at least 8 consecutive hours to complete
this task. Once this task is successfully passed a candidate
will receive a certification certificate of achievement.
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Google News has what we call 4 layers.
1) First Layer – 1 page – If your article appears on Google’s first layer news
– 5,000 to 100,000 reads the first day that google places it there. (they put your
article under the ‘first layer’ section www.new.google.com
2) Second Layer – 8 pages - If your article appears on Google’s second
layer news – 1,000 to 5,000 reads the first day that google places it there. (they
put your article in front of their audience) - WUBTESSH
3) Third Layer – 80 pages - If your article appears on Google’s third layer
news – 100 to 1000 reads the first day that google places it there. (they put your
article in front of their audience) Keyword Topic Subjects
4) Fourth Layer – Unlimited – not very profitable
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1. Title, Title, Title……..In order to deliberately fashion an
article that can attract a viral audience, it is extremely important
for a writer to construct a provocative headline title. In other
words, you need use your imagination to give your report an an-
gle that is uniquely different from similar stories that are tied to
your primary keyword. (a primary keyword can be found under-
neath a second layer category name). All titles must have in them
the primary keyword chosen from Google news.
2. There are 8 second layer categories located at https://
news.google.com. They are: World, US, Business, Technolo-
gy, Entertainment, Sports, Science, and Health. Underneath
each category, writers will find 10 primary keyword topics.
When submitting your article to the publisher for review, a writer must select at least one of the eight catego-
ry choices. Make sure the correct category is checked
3. Ideally, you want to start your title with the primary keyword topic you have chosen to write
4. Title Sentence: all writers should place a seamless sentence in the first paragraph, made
up of the primary keyword, nouns, verbs and adjectives used to create the headline title of
your article. The sentence must however be seamlessly integrated into the first paragraph.
5. Relative to Google page ranking – it is important that your submission is made
up of at least 500 or more words.
1) Keyword probability check
2) Topic Keyword – Needs to start your title
3) Title - http://titlecase.com/
4) Copyscape - http://www.copyscape.com/ username = guardian. Password: mchand2303
5) Read your article out-loud
6) Check spelling
7) Word count at least 500
8) Make sure you have the correct category selected – don’t check everything
9) Center images – Make sure the image is at least 300px tall
10) Grammar check
11) Follow number 6 from the article performance checklist
12) Search for images with your title: this will help make sure you’ve spelled your title correctly.
13) By line – your name, select your name from among the category list.
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6. In order to maximize your article’s performance, it is
important for writers to include three separate instances of
your primary keyword topic sentence.
a. One in the first paragraph
b. Place a second one somewhere around the middle of your article
c. Place a third keyword topic sentence as you close your report.
7. Try to avoid using punctuation marks in your headline title. Question
marks are fine, but commas, colons and semicolons tend to hinder perfor-
8. Never use all capital letters in a headline title 3) Title: titlecase.com/
9. Periods and commas must always be placed inside quotation marks when peri-
ods or commas are necessary (body of your text).
10. Remember, always remember to place your name at the end of your article.
11. Put embedded videos on the text side of the WordPress editor; and use 640 width.
12. Be aware that your topic of choice may have a short life in Google News, so choose your topics
wisely, and get them to the publisher so he/she may preview as soon as possible. Ignoring this advice
could cause a good article to perform poorly.
This checklist is the copyright material of CCMA and Frackle Media Group. Any disclosure or unauthorized
use by anyone other than certified members of the Guardian Express or New Yorker Times is violation of U.S.
Intensified Authorial Creative Immersion
a. Article Types from which a candidate can choose from
I. Breaking News – word count rule is relaxed for break-
ing news stories (Limit of 2). Candidate should use Bottlenose.
Anything older than an hour will not count as breaking new.
II. News – remember that when writing a news story,
stick to the facts. Hint – for those of you that find it difficult
to write 5 articles or more article in one day, remember that
Breaking News and News stories that stick to the facts are
not time consuming endeavors. Moreover, news stories and
breaking news do not necessarily have to be original; in other
words, you can paraphrase.
III. Opinion – your opinion on a primary keyword topic
IV. Other – if your idea of an article type falls outside of
this list, only your team leaders will have the authority to pro-
vide approval. Therefore, make sure you have a way to reach
them. (via phone or email)
V. Each candidate will receive one article assignment
from the publisher. Once you are in receipt of your assign-
ment, you must give it your immediate attention, and com-
plete it before continuing any other certification task.
Beginning at 12:01 AM – 11:59 PM
1. Candidates that expect to graduate and receive certification must set aside this entire day,
which begins soon after the aspirant arises from sleep (candidate are trusted to choose an appropri-
ate hour) to partake in the day’s planned activities.
2. All candidate must write at least 5 articles chosen from any one of the 8 WUBTESSH
second layer categories and one article assigned to them by the publisher. If any of these article go
viral, (at least 30 -40 online readers concurrently access your article) a candidate has successfully
completed this most important task. However, submissions that do not pass the Article Perfor-
mance Checklist will be voided and will not count as a qualifying news story. In total, 6 articles
must be submitted for publication.
3. If a candidate fails to complete their writing tasks, they can either start from scratch on Sun-
day, spend another week in Bootcamp or simply forfeit candidacy. Note: candidate can go in front of
a review board to request membership entry.
4. All candidates must create and submit to the publisher, in their own words, an article review
checklist. This requirement must be met before a certification certificate can be issued.
5. All candidate must submit to the publisher a testimony describing their Bootcamp experi-
6. Once a candidate has completed these task, a 5-10 minute oral exam will be administered
over Skype. This process is simple: Upon completion, a candidate must connect to Skype username –
t4rge1 and take their oral exam.
7. Candidates are to leave their Skype on upon completion of oral exam so that they can receive
their personal test results.
8. The final task involves image sizing (eliminated). Once the candidate passes their oral exam,
an image sizing test will be observed by the administrator. Once a candidate completes this final chal-
lenge they will be immediately certified and receive an email copy of their certification certificates
along with a company Press Pass.
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Guardian Express Writer’s Bootcamp Testimonial
The Guardian Express’s Boot Camp, hosted by DiMarkco
Chandler, is simply the best training experience that I
have been through in my career as a writer. DiMark-
co really knows his stuff and he has a way of inspiring
writers of all levels of ability to work hard and do better.
You really feel like you are a safe environment in this
class, where there are no mistakes, only lessons. I can’t
say enough about how much I have benefited from this
If DiMarkco will have me, I would thoroughly enjoy
working for this organization. My ideal outcome would
be to work at a Platinum or Enterprise level, although I
think I would be better able to deliver at the Platinum
level due to the fact that I have a small child.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the Guardian Express Boot-
camp experience and have found it to be extremely
helpful to me as a writer in polishing not only my writing
and editing skills, but in working as a team, in finding
attractive and timely articles to write and to become an
over-all better and more effective story-creator. I am very
grateful to DiMarkco Chandler who owns and heads up
this operation. His insights and techniques are very in-
sightful and effective. He has been kind, supportive and
available any time for questions, feedback and unending
information on how to perform better, write better and
feel more confident as a journalist. I highly recommend
this program and would suggest it to anyone looking to
dive into journalism and have an enjoyable, educational
and productive time - professionally and for the mere
pleasure of writing a good story. It is an honor to be asso-
ciated with such a reputable individual and organization.
I am truly blessed. ~ Stasia Bliss
Laura Oneale - Guardian Express - My testimonial
I am Laura Oneale from Johannesburg. South Africa. This is my testimonial about my experience I have received over the last
three weeks from the Guardian Express Boot camp training course.
Toward the end of last year, I joined the New Yorker Times. A social network site currently in beta stage and it is where I met
interesting people and had instant access to great articles. One of my new contacts from that site recommended I join the Guard-
ian Express Boot camp SEO Training program.
I completed the application form, and within a day, my training began. The first part of the course was relatively easy and I had
to submit four articles for review. To my delight, I advanced to the second stage of the training program.
This is where I had learnt so much about article writing, SEO importance, and much more. Every day, for three weeks, I was
guided and taught the correct way to write articles. During the course, I learned about the importance of choosing a strong title
for an article. The focus on submitting perfect images and videos for an article was intense yet invaluable.
The time difference between my country and the home of the Guardian Express became a problem and almost caused me not to
carry on with the course, but the Editor Mr. DiMarko Chandler, allowed me to continue with the course at a convenient time.
The experienced staff of the Guardian Express guided the students through this training course with expertise, patience and per-
fection. Their drive for perfection, their dedication, and pleasant manner made the course an adventure and challenge for all.
I believe the most important lesson I gained under the guidance of a talented leader, is that determination to succeed is possible
and if you fail the first time, fail better the next time.
Thank you to all the Guardian Express Editors and staff, I am forever grateful to you.
I entered into the writer’s boot camp with a sense of
dread. I usually take my time writing, and completing
six articles in a row seemed daunting. However, I am a
writer on the upswing. So I kept listening to the news
and checking what the latest was. I’m kind of a news
junkie anyway. I didn’t get to sleep until late the night
before, and woke up early the next morning. I hummed
through the first few articles. I checked Google News,
saw what was trending and what sparked my interest and
off I went. It wasn’t as hard as I thought. Before I knew it
half the day was gone and I was already through three. I
paced myself after that.
I started feeling fatigue but my lovely wife bought Indian
food. We watched an episode of Spaced and I was re-
newed. Articles four, five and six came in dips and drabs,
with long intervals between. I am not used to writing like
this but accepted the challenge and kept moving forward.
I enjoyed each topic, found great pictures, the photos
were put in easy and I was ready to go. Practice definitely
In the end, even though I dreaded it at first I really appre-
ciated this exercise. It proved to me that I’m a great writ-
er, that I can really pull it out when push comes to shove,
without sacrificing the quality of my writing.
By: Philip Perry
Bootcamp was a bit intimidating at times but reminded
me a lot of college, an environment that I have just left
and apparently already miss. It was comforting to know
that mistakes could be made and feedback given. The
writing profession sometimes feels a bit isolating when
opportunity after opportunity presents complete silence
on the other end of toil and sweat from the writer.
Each step of the way was met by me with both excitment
and trepidation. Dare I hope that something I write
could be read by more than just my closest friends? I
have had this dream to find my voice, be heard and make
a difference. There are a lot of conversations going on
in our society and I like to think that I have something
meaningful to contribute, but will this perception prove
to be vanity?
Then, a few days into training something wonderful hap-
pened. I wrote an article that thousands of people have
read. For better or worse, some have even reacted. I was
surprised to receive such validation so quickly. Over the
course of the rest of the week, I have been cited and quot-
ed in other people’s articles. My voice has been heard, my
contributions have begun and I’m still in bootcamp.
I attribute this largely to the fact that DiMarkco put so
much of himself into teaching me and my fellow boot-
campers how to get our voices out into the world. Learn-
ing new things, looking forward toward the future and
hoping for success can be overwhelming for me, but
DiMarkco’s enthusiasm was comforting. It was like a
compass in the muddy waters of uncertainty. This was a
pretty valuable part of training for me, personally, be-
cause I take my writing very seriously and things I take
seriously I tend to freeze and struggle to accomplish
Needless to say, I felt a lot of anxiety about “Hell Day.”
The sheer volume of writing required for the day was
both scary and very motivating. After the article I wrote
while in training and all the excitment I felt in that suc-
cess, I wanted this next challenge to prove to myself that
I was capable of even more. It took me over 12 hours
to finish and I got yelled at for a mistake I should have
known better than to make, but I wrote six articles that I
feel represent me rising to the challenge.
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Guardian Express Boot camp is one of the smartest most immersive training programs I have ever been through. The stacked
classes and repetition go a long way towards making sure everyone who pays attention will get all the information they need to
perform well and become a member of GLV.
Having previously written for AssociatedContent.com, now Yahoo! Voices. I am pleased to see a site that recognizes the hard
work of authors and content providers. Instead of receiving a mere pittance, we are given every opportunity to go as far as we
wish, depending on just how much we can or will do as far to contributing to the site content.
I still have about 45 articles on Yahoo!Voices, which I am not being paid for. I attempted to contact someone on the matter and
was simply told there was nothing that could be done because I had failed to log in within the time frame to maintain my active
status. That page had nearly 100k views last time I looked at it. I am so disappointed and disheartened I can no longer bear to
read my own work.
I am excited to be working at GLV, because I look forward to sharing my experiences and learning new and better ways to do this
writing thing. I have always always dreamed of writing for a living and making enough money so that writing could be my job. I
cannot thank GLV enough for allowing me to realize my life dream. Dimarcko has given me something I couldn’t find anywhere
else. I will move mountains for this company. Thank you,
Testimony To: DiMarko Chandler, Ph.D., Las Vegas
Re: Support for Writing Boot Camp
September 29, 2013
Writing Boot Camp is like nothing I have ever experi-
enced before. It has been intense, and a great learning
experience for someone like me who has loved to write
all her life.
Yes I am sure most people say that, but for me it comes
from the heart. I have kept journals of my life since I
was 8 years old because I wanted to write so much. It has
been my one true passion, and only real talent in life.
Boot camp was a place I got to be where I was able to do
it as much as I wanted.
Only other writers understand what it feels like to be able
to express yourself with the written word. We are artists
just the same as painters, musicians, singers, yet we have
only our hands to be able to express what our brains are
so desperate to say. Boot camp allowed me to be able
to use my mind in different ways I had not thought of
before, new directions in which I could let my thoughts
soar in a totally different directions. I felt as free as a bird.
The two week period is the correct time period length,
in my opinion as well, although I would not mind if the
classes lasted longer each day. The more instruction I
could have absorbed through the past two weeks the bet-
ter. I have enjoyed this learning experience. I always like
learning new things and this has expanded my horizon.
I have learned more about the online newspaper business
here in half a month than I even knew existed before. It
is rather fascinating and sounds like a company I really
want to be a part of. I was so impressed by everything I
learned in Writing Boot Camp.
If I become certified, I would like to be either a Platinum
or Enterprise member if you would so allow me. Thank
Brucella Newman’s Writer’s Boot camp Testimonial
When I first came across the Guardian Express Writer’s
Boot Camp, I thought at first that it seemed too good
to be true. I mean, free training? Anyway, I saved the
page and let the idea marinate for a while. I continued
to write creatively with my screenwriting partner and
on my own novel, but then a voice in my head made me
come back to the website and I am really glad I did.
I cannot begin to describe what an educational and
exciting journey I have just been on by taking up the
Guardian Express Writer’s Boot Camp challenge. I say
challenge, because it really is. But it was so worth it. Di-
Markco Chandler is truly a generous and patient teacher
as well as an excellent manager and publisher. It was
also great being able to connect with other like-minded
individuals and to go on the journey with my graduating
The Guardian Express Boot Camp has really helped me
hone my skills as a writer and to think about my writing
from a different perspective. I still have much to learn
– it is a huge learning curve – but one that I really enjoy
and for which I am keen to do the best that I can.
I was also encouraged to enter a writing competition for
the paper and nearly fell off my chair when DiMarkco
informed me that I had won! I’ve never won a writing
competition in my life!
I would like to thank DiMarkco from the bottom of my
heart for his generosity with his time, knowledge and
patience as well as for giving me the opportunity to work
with the Guardian Express. I really look forward to see-
ing this paper go from strength to strength.
“Members of The Guardian Express
serve mankind by contributing to
and helping create the grander
vision of collaborating with one
another and by staying focused
on the positive impact each and
every one of our published words
produce. Notably, Members of The
Guardian Express are character-
ized by excellence and distinction.
We, therefore, are neither employ-
ees nor are we mere spectators; we
neither marginalize nor do we exclude
others from the opportunity to honestly
express themselves; we seek and guard
the truth and shall encourage our fellow
Members to do the same. It is, therefore,
the belief of all Members that everyone is
entitled to their well-informed and edu-
cated opinion and it is the duty of the Members
of The Guardian Express to make their best efforts in making such
voices heard. Though we may have our own disagreements with or
disapprovals of certain opinions expressed, we nevertheless have
come to the agreement that it is our responsibility as Members to
be the guardian of mankind’s right to express it. It is with great hon-
or that I join in this covenant with my fellow Guardians.”
Guardian Express Bootcamp Testimonial
by Michael Blain
Despite having an English degree from a well-re-
spected university, I can honestly say that I learned more
about modern journalism during this writing boot camp
than I had ever thought possible. Tapping into the pulse
of current news in order to inject my writing within has
been both a humbling and exhilarating experience. The
final certification day has been by far the most intense,
even armed with tricks and proven methods to succeed
on the journalistic battlegrounds it takes a calming
routine and steady hand to navigate. No matter what
happens beyond the boot camp experience, I know for
certain that both my world view and writing abilities
have both been expanded.