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Editorial Policy

Welcome to The Crime Wire, a community of authors, readers, and fans who want to educate, learn, share, and debate crime in all its forms! We publish content that covers a wide range of topics—true crime is our focus, but we dig deep to find crime stories from all levels of society and all over the world. 

On The Crime Wire, you will find unique perspectives from writers, podcasters, researchers, academics, documentarians, investigators, attorneys, law enforcement, amateur sleuths, and inquiring minds of every stripe—all looking to share their knowledge, research, findings, theories, and experiences. Do you have a story to tell about the world of crime?

The Crime Wire is interested in articles from the past, the present, and maybe even the future! (Pre-crime anyone?) In addition to true crime, we suggest interested authors browse through some of our subcategories—you may see a category that you hadn’t thought about: Politics? Sports? Government? Some other crime story that inspires you or you want to bring attention to? We offer articles that cover a broad range of crime topics, so take a deep dive and get inspired by familiarizing yourself with our many diverse crime subjects.

If you are intrigued by our community and would like to write for us, we’d love to have you! We seek authors who are knowledgeable and experienced in these areas. If you aren’t a professional, that’s OK! As long as you have performed research and your writing showcases a genuine interest in your topic, you are welcome to submit your material.

To write for The Crime Wire, authors must comply with both the HubPages editorial policy and the site's own editorial policy, which is as follows.

Articles on The Crime Wire are held to a very high standard due to the sensitive nature of this type of content. For this reason, it is critical that our authors demonstrate due diligence and present credible facts and sources. (It is OK to express your opinion in an article, but you must state clearly that it is your own opinion and, ideally, base any speculative assertion on material evidence, corroborated information, and/or logical analysis.)

Here are some hints that will help anyone interested in writing for The Crime Wire.

How Do I Demonstrate Credibility?

When evaluating your article, we are looking for you to demonstrate credibility in several ways:

  • Professional experience: Do you have investigative experience? Law enforcement? Deep research experience? Educate us about some aspect of your practice or professional experience.
  • Personal experience: Do you have personal experience with a crime or something you feel needs to be exposed? We would love to hear your unique story. If your story explores how you dealt with a particular problem or experience other people might also have, then it will likely be helpful to others.
  • Citing your sources: Citing your sources will significantly boost your article's credibility. It will also give readers a great place to start if they’re interested in learning more. Finally, it allows Crime Wire editors and staffers to feel more confident in your material.

How to Cite Your Sources

Create a “sources” section at the end of your article and list the websites, books, documentaries, podcasts, and other sources you consulted.

You can also highlight certain words or phrases and hyperlink to the relevant, high-quality source you’re discussing.

How Do I Build Reader Trust?

It is important to establish trust right from the start. Here are three easy features that appear at the very beginning of your article that will immediately boost reader trust:

  • Author bio: Nothing builds trust like an author bio. Say something about who you are, what you do—and most importantly—whether you have any personal or professional experience with your topic. (Note: The “About the Author” bio can be article-specific and is different from the author profile you might already have created on HubPages.)
  • Author photo: Readers like to know that you’re a real person, and a photo helps to establish that. Your reader is more likely to trust your content when you’ve included a real photo of yourself.
  • Use your real name: Using your real name (or a real-sounding pen name) rather than a cute or clever screen name can also help build reader trust. An author named “crimestopper99” doesn’t sound quite as credible as an author with a name that sounds real. Again, it’s OK to use a pen name—just make it feel authentic.

More Tips for Crafting High-Quality Articles

  • Include original photos: Do you have personal photographic documentation to share? Including original photos in your article can be a great way to engage your reader and enhance your credibility. Make sure that you know the proper sizing and the photos are clear and easy to understand.
  • Use infographics: Original diagrams, charts, and other visuals depicting crime scenes, maps, statistics, and other relevant information are a great way to reinforce and illustrate your content. Please make sure your infographics are clear and easy to read. Blurry or otherwise low-quality infographics will be frustrating to your reader and make your article seem less professional. Crime Wire staff may be able to assist you with your infographics depending on the article and the visual content being generated.
  • Make a clear distinction between opinion and fact: Articles should clearly state whether an approach to a topic is the author’s opinion or theory or if author is citing credible sources and research so that readers understand the intention and purpose of the piece. Expressions of opinions on topical subjects are best when they are informative, thoroughly explained, and applicable to the topic in some manner.
  • Insert high-quality links: Not a mindhunter working for the FBI with a PhD in forensic psychology? No problem! We just ask that you “show your work” by citing primary sources for your research that are objective, trustworthy, timely, and unbiased. Use links to credible sources—such as news websites, academic or scientific journals, etc.—throughout your article to bolster your argument or explain a topic. Such sources will establish your credibility as an author to your readers.
  • Keep content up-to-date: If the story or subject you’re covering is a current event, legal case, investigation, etc., we ask that you regularly update your article as new developments happen: a court decision, new evidence, arrests, a death that is relevant to the story, etc.
  • Write from personal or expert experience: It is best when articles can showcase the author’s expertise or extensive research in the topic being discussed. It’s easy to find articles on true crime, serial killers, disappearances, etc., that feel like regurgitated material with the same facts and opinions, so put your expertise and experience on display!
  • Introduce new and unique perspectives: Some of the topics on our site have been covered extensively across the internet. Therefore, it is extremely valuable when an author can offer something completely new or approach a topic from a unique perspective.
  • Establish your expertise: Are you an investigator? Mental health professional? Law enforcement officer? Do you possess some other form of expertise? We encourage you to include this information in your author bio. Nothing builds trust faster than laying out your credentials for your readers to see.
  • Include supplemental media: Readers benefit from the inclusion of visual aids such as maps, videos, and captioned, legally sourced, high-quality images that add value to your written content.

  • Follow the “inverted pyramid”: Articles are most successful when the content is original and clearly supports its title and/or subtitles. It is best to answer the reader’s query near the beginning of the article. Long-winded introductions and personal anecdotes unrelated to the article’s content are discouraged.

  • Focus on originality: Considering the nature of the site, references are to be expected. However, it is your original reporting, analysis, experience, and expertise that make the content you write unlike any other article found online. In a world full of copycats, be original! Just remember to maintain a serious, respectful, and impartial tone. Not only will we notice how awesome you are—your readers will, too.

What to Avoid

  • Following your gut instead of your head: An uninformed perspective that is based on unsourced evidence, your “feelings” or “gut instinct,” hearsay information like “my friend told me…,” etc. Learn the basics of journalistic standards and try to apply them to your writing when you can.
  • Being disrespectful: When possible, be discreet about victims’ friends, family, and co-worker names and locations (including names of companies if not essential to the story). Some personal facts are clearly relevant, but if we can respect people’s privacy while still telling a compelling story, we should err on the side of discretion.
  • Misleading intentions: Avoid posting opinions as facts by clearly articulating the difference between your opinions and objective, proven facts.
  • Purely personal content: Articles that are of a purely personal nature and don’t supply readers with useful or interesting information are not likely to do well on the site. Personal anecdotes are a better fit for other platforms (e.g., a blog).
  • Bland regurgitations: Articles that simply summarize well-known information from Wikipedia or other popular sources do not make for valuable content given the massive amount of online information already available to the reader.
  • Unsourced claims: The information you share in your articles should be true, so if you're making a claim about something that isn't widely known, make sure to back up your info by explaining where it comes from or including a link to a reputable source.

Showcase Articles

Here are some examples of articles on The Crime Wire that we would like to showcase. These articles exhibit the type of high-quality work featured on the site.

The Crime Wire welcomes feedback if there is any piece of content that requires correction. We are committed to the accuracy of our articles, and we’ll strive to make any corrections in a timely manner. To submit corrections, please send an email to editors@hubpages.com.