Guidelines for Multinational Monitor Writers
Multinational Monitor is a monthly magazine devoted primarily to examining
the activities of multinational companies. The magazine also covers issues involving
labor, the environment, corporate crime, multilateral banks and development.
Each issue contains: several short news items; approximately two feature articles;
and an interview with a government official, corporate executive, union leader,
environmentalist, academic, consumer activist, or other expert on a topic of
interest to the magazine. We also usually run an article on a labor issue; an
article analyzing an economic issue; and/or a book review.
The Monitor runs news analysis pieces; it does not run opinion pieces
or essays. Articles should be written in an accessible manner that is intelligible
to a lay reader; the magazine is not an academic or technical journal. Articles
run between 1000 and 2500 words; the Monitor pays writers 10 cents per
published word. Articles must be submitted in English.
Every article should have a clear topic and focused discussion of the issues
raised. For example, a story on Polands acceptance of loans from the World
Bank should not discuss the World Banks activities in Indonesia. The story
should not even cover the World Banks role in buttressing the world capitalist
Articles should also be related to a recent event or development. A piece on
environmental degradation in Czechoslovakia might begin by discussing a recent
discovery of a toxic dump, for example.
Articles written for Multinational Monitor must include a number of
original quotations. On average, an original quotation should appear in every
third paragraph of a story. Writers should include the perspectives of people
on different sides of an issue. E.g. an article about Monsanto should have original
quotes from a Monsanto official, not just the companys critics.
Writers should submit query letters before sending completed articles.
Writers who wish to familiarize themselves with our style can find back issues
The Monitor runs photographs and charts to accompany stories. Writers
are encouraged to send photos and charts along with their articles.