Editorial Guidelines

Dates - Themes - Deadlines

Jan/Feb - Education - Nov 25
Mar/Apr - Health & Summer Camps 1 - Jan 30
May/June - Family Fun & Summer Camps 2 - March 30
July/August - Back-to-School - June 25
Sept/Oct - Birthday Parties - July 30
Nov/Dec - Holiday - Sept 30

ASME Guidelines for Editors & Publishers:

Athens-Oconee Parent Magazine supports the position of The American Society of Magazine Editors which states:

For magazines to be trusted by consumers and to endure as brands, readers must be assured of their editorial integrity. With that core conviction in mind, the American Society of Magazine Editors for over two decades has issued guidelines to make sure that the difference between advertising and editorial content is transparent to readers and that there is no advertiser influence or pressure on editorial independence.

Who We Are:

Athens-Oconee Parent Magazine is a local resource for Athens area families. We feature original articles on topics of interest to parents, grandparents, educators and others interested in the well-being of children and families.

Articles We Like to Receive:

We are always looking for well-written articles on subjects such as health, teens, single parenting, dads perspective, discipline and family life.

Steps for Publication:

  • 1. Submit Idea to editor@athensparent.com
  • 2. Get Approval
  • 3. Set Deadline
  • 4. Sign Contract
  • 5. Submit final copy (via email or disk saved as a text)

Be sure to proof-read, spell check and check references. Include a small bio at the end of your story. We do not publish business phone numbers unless approved by the editor. Informational web sites are accepted.

Non-Paid editorial include:

Regular/semi-regular sections include:

  • Health
  • Education
  • A Reader Shares
  • Finances
  • Ages & Stages
  • Teen Talk
  • Grandparenting
  • Simple Living
  • Parenting 101
  • Product Reviews
  • Money
  • Community
  • Feature

Features by professionals in the community - If you are a business owner or professional with experience on a topic that relates to Athens Parent departments or themes and is a relevant to Athens-Oconee Parent readers.

Publishing Rights: Athens-Oconee Parent Magazine reserves first time rights to story. Editorial may also be published on the web site.

Writers - Will be assigned story by Publisher or Editor. Reports to editor. Contract will include due date of story, topic and points to be covered. All stories become the sole property of Athens-Oconee Parent Magazine and may not be reproduced or submitted to any other media without written permission from the publisher.

Full ASME Guidelines:

American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) Guidelines for Editors & Publishers
Thirteenth Edition

For magazines to be trusted by consumers and to endure as brands, readers must be assured of their editorial integrity. With that core conviction in mind—and the overwhelming support of its members—the American Society of Magazine Editors for over two decades has issued guidelines to make sure that the difference between advertising and editorial content is transparent to readers and that there is no advertiser influence or pressure on editorial independence. In this latest edition, we have aimed to make the guidelines easier to understand and to distill them into ten basic statements of principle and practice. ASME will continue to advise editors and publishers about how to interpret the guidelines. Repeated and willful violations will result in public sanction and disqualification from the National Magazine Awards.

DESIGN
Advertisements should look different enough from editorial pages that readers can tell the difference. To avoid confusion, any ad that looks enough like an editorial story or feature that it could be mistaken for one should be slugged "Advertisement" or "Promotion" at the top of each page in type as prominent as the magazine's normal body type.

COVERS
The front cover and spine are editorial space. Companies and products should appear on covers only in an editorial context and not in a way that suggests advertisement. (This includes use of cover "stickers.")

ADJACENCIES
Advertisements should not be placed or sold for placement immediately before or after editorial pages that discuss, show or promote the advertised products.

LOGOS
Advertiser logos should not appear on editorial pages except in a journalistic context. A magazine's logo should appear on advertising pages only in connection with advertisements for the magazine and its promotions or when an advertised product is touting editorial awards that it has won.

SPONSORSHIP
Sponsorship language (i.e., "sponsored by," "presented by," etc.) should not appear in connection with regularly occurring editorial features. Such language may be used in connection with editorial extras (special issues, inserts, onserts and contests) as long as the editorial content does not endorse the sponsor's products and any page announcing the sponsorship is clearly an ad or is labeled "Advertisement" or "Promotion" in a type size as prominent as the magazine's normal body type. Single-advertiser issues that don't include sponsorship language do not have to be labeled, but should include an editor's or publisher's note disclosing the special arrangement to readers. Advertisers may sponsor "out of book" events such as awards shows and conferences, and that sponsorship may be acknowledged without labeling on either advertising or editorial pages.

ADVERTISING SECTIONS
Editorial-looking sections or pages that are not produced by a magazine's editors are not editorial content. They should be labeled "Advertisement," "Special Advertising Section" or "Promotion" at the top of every page in type as prominent as the magazine's normal body type.

PRODUCT PLACEMENT/INTEGRATION
Advertisers should not pay to place their products in editorial pages nor should they demand placement in return for advertising. Editorial pages may display and credit products and tell readers where to buy them, as long as those pages are solely under editorial control.

EDITORIAL STAFFING AND TITLES
A magazine's editorial staff members should not be involved in producing advertising in that magazine. Advertising and marketing staff should not use titles that imply editorial involvement (e.g., merchandising editor).

EDITORIAL REVIEW
In order for a publication's chief editor to be able to monitor compliance with these guidelines, every effort must be made to show all advertising pages, sections and their placement to the editor far enough in advance to allow for necessary changes.

ADVERTISING REVIEW
While editors or publishers at their discretion may share the general topic matter of upcoming editorial content with advertisers, specific stories, layouts or tables of contents should not be submitted for advertiser review.