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Opinion/op-ed pieces

  1. We don’t accept unsolicited op-eds. We prefer you submit a story pitch to us; if we like it, we will give the go-ahead. We’re a small team and are unable to work through all the unsolicited stories we receive.
  2. We only publish commissioned, exclusive content.
  3. Our readers know the basics; we need something that is either new or tells the story in a new and interesting way.
  4. We don’t allow copy to reference the agency brand or clients.

All ad-hoc writers are published as guest columns. There is a limited number of permanent columnist slots available in the publishing schedule, which is filled as writers rotate out; these are based on subject matter and consistent quality insights presented by individual writers. We do not offer columns to agencies but to individuals. If an individual drops out, we do not replace them with another columnist from their agency by default. We are open to pitches from new faces throughout the year.

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Content structure

  1. MarkLives:
    1. Breaking/hard news/features
    2. #OnTheRadar — news in brief (2–3 paragraphs) including:
      • Account wins
      • Promotions/appointments
      • Agency and production news
      • Retail and brand news — product, packaging, design, CI, food, décor etc
      • Association/industry news
      • Latest campaigns
      • Awards news
    3. Interviews
      • General features
      • #AdOfTheMonth: If you’re involved in making advertising that’s smart, funny and/or engaging, submit your work for our next feature.
      • #InsideScene: Carey Finn goes behind the camera with some of South Africa’s best directors to discover more about their TVC work, processes and production.
      • #TheMarketer: We are open to pitches for  interviews with marketing directors and marketing managers
    4. Columnists:
    5. Extracts — excerpts from books and research
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MarkLives, advertising & editorial policy believes in independent reportage that lifts coverage of the advertising sector specifically, but also the broader marketing and communication fields, to the level of professionalism deserved by its discerning readers and where it adds value to the industry as a whole. covers industry players and personalities without expecting compensation in the form of advertising for doing so. You are not our wallet. You are our passion.

That does not mean the industry in general or any sponsor in particular can expect uncritical or superficial reporting. covers the marketing, media and advertising field fearlessly, without compromise, truthfully and even-handedly. Sometimes you won’t like what we write. But when we offer praise it will mean something, it will be real, and everybody will know that. Like your clients.

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