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We encourage public relations students, educators and practitioners to become part of the Platform team! The process of contributing to Platform Magazine is simple. (Note that Platform only publishes content not published elsewhere.)

Begin by pitching your article idea to the student editorial team for consideration. Topics should encourage the ethical practice and enhancement of leadership in the field of public relations. We’ll review your story pitch within a week of receiving it. If your article idea is approved, you’ll have two weeks to submit the completed article.

Contributing writers can also pitch an original idea for the Platform blog, which typically addresses current issues and trends in the PR industry in a less formal, more opinionated approach than Platform articles.

In addition, videographers, photographers and graphic designers are all welcome to contribute their creative works for use by Platform Magazine. If you’d like to form a creative partnership with us, just send us an email.

Please review our guidelines for contributions. And thank you for your help in making Platform a quality publication.


Article guidelines: The preferred article word count is 750–1,000 words. Longer articles should include sub-headlines to help make the text easier to navigate. We recommend articles use both primary and secondary sources. We also will accept a question-and-answer format if the topic is suitable.

Blog guidelines: The preferred blog word count is 300–500 words. For opinion blogs, we encourage you to incorporate secondary sources for support. Primary sources are not required.

Creative work guidelines: Videos, photographs and graphics must be original works and meet the high-quality standards of the magazine, as determined by the publication’s design team.

For University of Alabama A+PR Majors/Minors: Application to APR 415 Online Magazine Writing and Editing

If you are a UA public relations or advertising major or minor, you may apply to and interview for the APR 415 Online Magazine Writing and Editing course, as long as you will have completed APR 332 PR Writing, APR 422 Channel Planning, APR 423 Art Direction Seminar or APR 322 Copywriting Seminar  prior to the semester of enrollment in the APR 415 course. The Spring 2020 application is currently available via the C&IS Engagement Portal.

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