Familyfed Editors’ Guidelines

Welcome, Familyfed editors! Please refer to FFWPU Grammar Practices guidelines when you are editing for Familyfed.org, in addition to the Familyfed-specific guidelines below.

Channels

Identify the story’s channel and make sure it has the necessary components, listed below.

Happenings Near & Far

  • Title – preferably straightforward event name or event outcome
  • What: who, what, when, where, why
  • So what: What greater idea does this story imply? Why should the world care?
  • Now what: Action step – sign up, register, learn more, donate, etc.
  • Sufficient photos to match the amount of text

Exception: Latest Weekly Update from Korea

  • Title: Latest Weekly Update from Korea
  • Featured video (vimeo link)
  • Static intro: Every week, iPeace TV features news from Unificationist communities around the world. This weekly update features:
  • Bullet point list of topics covered, usually provided by iPeace TV on the vimeo page
  • Static outro: To sign up for the weekly update video, visit en.ipeacetv.com and look for the “register” tab at the top-right and follow instructions. You can regularly drop by the vimeo account where videos are uploaded on Saturdays (Korea time).

Upcoming Event

  • Title – event name
  • What & So what (Why should people attend this event? What is the gain?)
  • Where (City & Venue), When
  • Price
  • Contact information
  • Registration link or form

Featured Message

  • Speech title – if not provided, give it one!
  • Introduction: speaker’s name, date, location (city and venue), occasion of speech, brief overview of topic
  • Full or edited transcribed speech, separated into sub-sections with subheadings
  • At least 1 good image of speaker, preferably images of audience as well

This Week in History

  • Title – theme based on historical items
  • Introduction: This week in history, [Month] [Day]-[Day]:
  • Bullet point list of historical items and their dates, in parentheses
  • Bullet point list and all item headings in present tense
  • Items separated by two spaces
  • Heading and description for each item
  • Edited photos with captions
  • Static outro: This Week in History briefly lists significant events in the history of the Unification Church, the lives of the Founders, and world events that are momentous to Unificationists. Most items are marked according to the solar calendar. Items marked “H.C.” correspond to the Cheon-gi or Heavenly Calendar, which is based on the lunar calendar. This installment covers the week of [Date] – [Date].
  • Excerpt: This week in history, [list of all items in present tense without dates]

Weekly Update

  • Title: Your Weekly Update – [Date (Month, Day)]
  • Featured Video (Vimeo Link)
  • Static intro: Every week the National Ministry Team compiles stories and important upcoming events in a quick weekly update video. Here is what we cover this week:
  • Topics separated by two spaces – topic heading, blurb, link to read more/register, if available
  • Excerpt: This week, your weekly update covers [list of all topics covered]

True Peace Magazine

  • Static text: 

IPeace TV released its [Month] issue of True Peace magazine, a monthly electronic publication that highlights True Parents’ words—past and present—and news from around the world. 

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this month’s issue and to making True Peace Magazine a source of inspiration and a venue for sharing good news, novel ideas and success stories.

The [Month] issue of True Peace magazine is now available for download. The True Peace magazine editorial team is preparing for the next issue and beyond. Be sure to read the great stories and look out for next month’s issue coming soon.

  • PDF link
  • Photo of current issue

 

Social Media

Facebook: 
Along with featuring a post on familyfed.org, editorial will select at least one post from familyfed.org (in addition to mandatory posting of Weekly Update video) once a week that can be posted on Facebook. Editor will share post on various groups.

Posting Schedule:

  • for Facebook album: as instructed following the schedule of major events
  • for familyfed.org feature post: as needed

Guidelines to Responding to Comments: Editorial will read pending comments on familyfed.org every morning and evening and approve or trash accordingly, and respond accordingly.  Some comments require a private response, in which case, editor will not approve the comment, will sign into info@unification.org email account and send a reply via email.

Comments Guidelines: *This is what appears on familyfed.org Comments Guidelines.

All views, respectfully presented, are welcome on familyfed.org. By joining the conversation you agree to keep comments courteous and constructive. We will suspend users and/or remove comments that, in our judgment, comply with any of the following conditions:

  • Personal attacks, abuse or harassment of other community members.
  • Obscenities, vulgarities or any variation of such that suggests, connotes or contains indecent or offensive speech.
  • Spam or off-topic content.

* Comments or questions intended for the editorial team at familyfed.org should be submitted on our Contact Us page.

Components for posts on social media:

Facebook Post:

  • Image and link to article
  • Blurb consists of brief, ALL CAPS heading, then skip two lines and a short, straightforward and catchy action step. For example:

LATEST WEEKLY UPDATE FROM KOREA

Watch a historical featurette about True Parents’ Day and catch up with news from Unificationists around the world.

Facebook Video:

  • Uploaded video (raw file, no vimeo/youtube links!), with appropriate, public title
  • Blurb, see above
  • Link to Learn More or Sign Up

 

Legal

Submit articles with the following sensitivities to the legal department for checking before you post:

  • Articles dealing with properties, estates, dwelling places, especially relating with True Parents or church-owned properties
  • Articles dealing with appointments and new positions, especially happening in Korea or outside of country

*Please also be sensitive when dealing with potential posts about ongoing political campaigns or current public figures. In one 2016 case, a candidate’s affiliation with the Unification movement was used unfairly by the media as a basis to attack that candidate.

For the time being–especially at the height of a presidential election season–it is recommended to refrain from publicly disclosing political affiliations without due consideration by and reflection with an editorial or institutional supervisor first.

 

Line Editing

All articles must undergo the following editing checklist:

  • Is there a clear “what”, “so what” and “now what”?
  • Are all people mentioned given full name and title upon first mention?
  • Is the location in which the story takes place clearly stated?
  • Are all terms defined with public language? See Vocabulary.
  • Are all acronyms spelled out fully upon first mention?
  • Is there a positive, constructive spin on the topic?
  • Is the flow of the story clear and organized, with adequate transitions between thoughts/paragraphs?
  • Are quotes phrased in proper English?
  • Linking and hyperlinking: Editorial will create hyperlinks during review of a post connecting older posts to the current post, hyperlinks directing readers to other HQ and affiliate websites, or to third-party websites accordingly.
  • Do a final grammar and punctuation check

 

Speech Editing

All speeches must undergo the following editing checklist:

  • Is the speech public-friendly?
  • Are sensitive, internal topics removed or rephrased?
  • Is it edited to sound less like spoken word and more like written word?
  • Do ideas flow logically? If not, reorganize the speech.
  • Does the speech have a title? If not, give it one.
  • Is the speech broken up into subsections with subheadings?
  • If by True Mother, was edited speech first approved by Korea?