5 Apr 2009

Do you have passionate views about Liverpool FC? Write for Liverpool-Kop!

Liverpool-Kop.com is looking for writers to contribute articles to the site. if you're interested, please read on.

The aim of the site is to:

1. Take a critical, analytical view of all matters relating to Liverpool FC and offer a different perspective on the club.

2. Defend 'old school' club values, the Shankly philosophy and the 'Liverpool way' of doing things.

3. Offer a range of different perspectives on the club to reflect the diversity of the worldwide fanbase.

Anyone who frequents Liverpool fan-sites can clearly see that most of them just regurgitate the same old media headlines ad infinitum, offering stale, clich├ęd homogenized views.

The most pertinent example of this is news headlines. The minute a new story about Liverpool is released (via the official site for example) thousands of sites have taken the story, altered the headline a little and just posted the same thing again.

I personally don’t see the point of this as it’s just mass plagiarism on a grand scale. And who wants to read the same story over and over again anyway?

Liverpool-Kop is different – the site only publishes original articles that take a very specific point of view. The site comes in for a lot of criticism from the blind-faith brigade and those that think that anyone with a critical approach cannot be a real fan, but this is only to be expected.

It’s important to offer people a different perspective to the same old stuff being spouted every day, which is why the site remains popular, despite the best efforts of its detractors.

With almost 200,000 unique visitors so far (averaging approx 10,000 visits a day and many times that in page views) and hundreds of RSS/newsletter subscribers, the site will only increase in popularity over time.

What the site is NOT looking for:

1. Fawning articles that drool over players/management (i.e. ‘Fernando Torres is the greatest ever…’). The web is filled with ego-massaging articles deifying players. Such articles are a waste of time.

2. Match reports (Every site has them, so what’s the point?)

3. Articles that regurgitate widely available news stories. *Articles that comment critically on news stories are welcomed.* In other words, if there's a news story about LFC and you're able to put your own individual spin on it, then that would be fine.

What the site IS looking for:

1. Critical analysis of any aspect of the club

2. Critical analysis of players/tactics/formation etc

3. Analysis of why something failed/why something was a success

4. Articles exploring/analyzing Liverpool FC’s history.

Articles do not have to be negative. Far from it! Writers can be as positive as they like *as long as there is a critical basis for the positivity*.

For example, the site is not interested in ‘Steven Gerrard is world class and amazing!’ generalizations. If you hold such a view, then it must be backed up with analysis and reasons why you believe this to be the case.

Furthermore, writers do not have to agree with me! You can openly disagree, as long as your articles adhere to the guidelines I have outlined so far.

Writer profiles

1. Writers can be from anywhere in the world. I believe that Liverpool’s worldwide fan base is the lifeblood of the club, so writers from outside the UK are welcome.

2. You may submit as many or as few articles as you wish. Quality over quantity preferred. No deadlines, no pressure. Just submit whenever you feel like it.

3. As long as it relates to Liverpool FC, you can write about anything you want.

4. Writers must have a good command of English.

5. Articles can be as long or as short as you want.

Benefits

1. Have your work read by tens of thousands of people every week

2. Have your work disseminated across the net via newsletters, press releases, RSS, newswires, twitter and news aggregators such as NewsNow, Google, LFC Live, SoccerBlogs, Footy24/7, DayLife and many others.

3. Name credit for everything you write. Writers can be credited by name or under an alias.

4. Your own personal profile and article archive on the site

5. Your own personal @liverpool-kop.com email address

The ultimate goal of the site is to build up a community of writers who each hold their own specific views about LFC - views that are based on critical analysis instead of fawning blind-faith and following the crowd.

So, if you want to be part of a niche project and feel you have what it takes, then I would love to hear from you!

All the best,

Jaimie Kanwar
editor@liverpool-kop.com
or contact me HERE

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