Blog Guidelines

We appreciate your interest in contributing to the NCARB Blog. In our Guidelines, you will find details on the types of posts we believe will be interesting to our community as well as our expectations for those who participate in the NCARB Blog. Any content you provide will be governed by these Blog Guidelines and our Terms of Use.

[Mission] [Audience] [Why Blog for Us?] [Submission Criteria] [How to Submit Your Post] [Image Requirements] [Video Requirements] [Promotion and Social Media] [Republishing] [Commenting Policy]


Mission

Through our blog, we hope to:

  • Explore blue-sky and innovative ideas related to the future of licensure
  • Become a destination for news and conversation about the profession 
  • Cultivate a welcoming space where users can share their ideas


Audience

Our blog audience includes architecture students and emerging professionals, educators, practitioners, professional organizations, registration boards, and others interested in the architecture profession.


Why Blog for Us?

NCARB members are the architectural registration boards of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). The Council is recognized internationally for the important role it plays in the architectural profession, and our parent website, ncarb.org, receives more than 50,000 unique visitors a month, ensuring that your post reaches a wide scope of readers. Blogging is a great way to engage with leaders and influencers across the profession.


Submission Criteria

We have a limited number of editorial slots available to guest contributors, so we are seeking stories that satisfy the following criteria:

  • Guest posts must be original content and cannot have been published elsewhere. However, contributors may repurpose relevant content from their personal blogs.
  • Posts must be specific to the architecture profession.
  • Quotes and data from other publications must be attributed.
To increase the likelihood that your post will be accepted, consider these suggestions:
  • Whenever possible, include real-life examples or case studies to support key concepts
  • Use of videos, photos, charts, and other visual content is recommended, but such content must be your original content, or if it is not your original content, it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary rights to post such content (see our Terms of Use)
  • We encourage writers to use subheadings and bulleted lists to highlight main takeaways
Areas of particular interest to our readers include but are not limited to:
  • Becoming an architect/path to licensure
  • Bridging the gap between education and practice
  • Best practices for emerging professionals, such as:
    • Preparing for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®)
    • Navigating the Intern Development Program (IDP)
  • Diversity in the profession
  • Cutting-edge technology/trends
  • Supporting emerging professionals, such as:
    • Tips for mentoring Interns
    • Best practices for IDP Coordinators
  • Gaining reciprocal licensure
  • The future of architecture


How to Submit Your Blog Post for Consideration
  • If you would like to submit an idea for a post or have any questions, please contact us at blog@ncarb.org. New contributors may also wish to submit a brief abstract or outline of their ideas before submitting a completed post to aid in our decision-making process.
  • Please send all blog posts to NCARB Communications at blog@ncarb.org.  
  • We ask that new contributors submit a short bio (no more than 100 words) that includes your Twitter handle, blog URL, or any other relevant links.
  • New contributors should also submit a headshot, which will be associated with your author profile. The image must be at least 6” x 6” with a resolution of at least 72 dpi.


Image Requirements

  • Blog posts that include a thematically related cover image are more likely to grab reader attention, so please submit a “cover” image with your post (this can be a photo, chart, screenshot, or a piece of theme art that represents the topic in a compelling way).
  • Images must be a minimum of 700 x 315 pixels, with a resolution of at least 72 dpi.


Video Requirements

  • Any video submitted with your post must be in one of the following formats: .3GP, .AVI, .DV, h.264, .MPEG2, .MPEG4, QuickTime, .WMV.
  • The maximum upload size is 100 MB, which is approximately 3 to 4 minutes in length.
There are several ways to send videos to NCARB:


Youtube

  1. Go to YouTube.com and click the “sign in” button. If you have a Google account (i.e., Gmail), sign in with your Google credentials. If you don’t have a free Google account, you will need to create one, using your email address.
  2. Upon signing in for the first time, you may be prompted to “start a channel,” which is the place where all your Youtube uploads will live. 
  3. Click the “upload” button.
  4. Browse for your video and select the one you want to upload. Once published, copy the video link and send to blog@ncarb.org
  5. For uploading tips and other support questions, click here.


Google Drive:

  1. Create a new folder on your Google Drive and upload your video file.
  2. Share the folder with blog@ncarb.org.


Dropbox:

  1. Create a new folder on your Dropbox account and upload your video file.
  2. Share the folder with blog@ncarb.org.


Vimeo:

  1. Upload your video to Vimeo, and share the link with blog@ncarb.org.

If these uploading options do not work for you, please contact us at blog@ncarb.org.

If these uploading options do not work for you, please contact us at blog@ncarb.org.
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Promotion and Social Media Distribution

NCARB will promote all posts via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other relevant social platforms. We encourage contributors to do the same! By contributing to the blog, you grant us the right to use your name in promotions and other publications.


Republishing and Repurposing Your Posts


While we can only consider original, unpublished materials for our blog, contributors may repurpose their posts elsewhere, with the following stipulations:
  • There must be a two-week window between the time your article goes live on the NCARB blog and the time it is published on another site
  • All subsequent publication of your article must cite NCARB as the original source and provide a link to the original post.

Commenting and Moderation Policy


In a continued effort to engage the architecture community, NCARB encourages readers to comment on blog posts and news stories. We are dedicated to this community and strive to maintain a respectful, engaging, and informative conversation. If you wish to participate in the community, we ask that you follow the guidelines below:
  1. Be polite and courteous, even if you disagree. Excessive name calling, profanity, fighting words, discriminatory epithets, sexual harassment, bullying, gruesome language or the like, will not be tolerated.
  2. Stay on topic. Keep the conversation relevant to the community and contribute to the dialogue. While we do not have the obligation to monitor each post before it is made, we reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to remove off-topic, out of context, spam, or promotional postings, or any other content that we deem objectionable or to be a violation of any law.
  3. All comments must come from a real person. Postings from fake profiles will be deleted.