I am a little scared to submit an article for publication

So, as I mentions I am scared about writing an article to submit for publication. Here is the topic and information about the article. I decided on Non-traditional students and how well do they do in traditional classes compared to online classes. I have been teaching post-secondary education for 16 years in a healthcare professions setting. During that time I have had students that range from 18-50+ and it is just as many non-traditional students as traditional. I hope the article will give non-traditional students information about traditional versus online classes that will encourage them, and help them see that there are options to further their education. I know in writing this I will gain confidence in myself to write again for public consumption. I also hope to gain some perspective from the research for this article that will help me understand my non-traditional students better. There are several online resources that I have found that I can glean information from as I search further.

This is the email I received from the Arkansas Life online magazine about submission of an article.

Thanks once again for the call, Shane. Do you want to take a look through the following questions, jot down some notes and then we can go from there?

– One sentence: What’s the crux of the story?
– Five W’s: Who, what, where, when, why—and how?
– Why are we telling this story? Why does it matter?
– Timeliness: What are we saying that hasn’t already been said? Is there a time peg?
– Sources: Who you’ve spoken with? Who you’re planning to reach out to?
– What the narrative arc is going to look like? (Beginning, middle, end)

Thanks so much!


Jordan Hickey
Senior Editor
Arkansas Life Magazine
121 East Capitol Avenue
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone: (501) 244-4330

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