Guest Post Guidelines

PACC is looking for authors who can write engaging and accurate content.  
The PACC Issues & Insights blog is an important resource for exploring essential factors related to privacy, access to information, and data governance in Canada. We publish articles written by our members, by industry insiders, and by experts in related fields, and prefer to avoid the same old same old. If you’d like to submit a guest post for publication on the PACC Issues & Insights blog, please read this page before sending in your submission.  Content Quality RequirementsWe look for posts that are well researched with lots of practical tips, including insight, advice, and educational resources. Readers expect and deserve credible information backed up by verifiable data, research and examples. They are less interested in recitations of statistical information or annual report content that are readily available elsewhere. And they can get commonplace news and insights elsewhere.

Blog posts typically run about 1,500–1,800 words, but we are known for flexibility — so if the topic needs it, we’ll make space for longer pieces.

Most of our readers are privacy, access, and governance professionals, and members of affiliated professions such as cybersecurity and compliance. They all expect and deserve accurate, high-quality, and trustworthy content.

Ours is a bilingual profession in a bilingual country. Submissions may be in English or French — or both.

Guest Post Guidelines

Here’s some guidelines to improve the likelihood that your contribution will be more likely to catch our attention:

  • Make sure that your guest post is original content that has not been published elsewhere, especially on other websites or social networks. If it’s timely and about things in the news today that don’t, on the surface, relate to access or privacy — and you can make a clear connection — that’s even better.
  • Create content that will be of interest to the greater privacy and access community. If it’s more relevant to the public sector, the private sector or the not-for-profit sector, that’s okay, too.
  • Write thought-provoking content that challenges traditional wisdom, proposes better ways of doing things, or identifies problems and offers solutions.
  • Your writing should present a unique perspective on a timely topic that has not yet been covered in Issues & Insights, or that looks at an issue from a novel angle.
  • Most of our readers are privacy, access-to-information, and governance professionals, and members of other professions who require reliable information and guidance about access, privacy and data governance. They all expect and deserve accurate, high-quality, balanced and unbiased content. They are not interested in thinly-veiled sales pitches, branding exercises, or self-serving promotional content; neither are we. Promote yourself and your expertise in the bio you provide to accompany your article.
  • Read some of the previous Issues & Insights posts to get a feel for the voice and style we use. The issues surrounding access and privacy are important to everyone in Canada, so articles should appeal to our members, to people across the access and privacy community, and to the general public as well.
  • Every public and private sector organization has access and privacy governance obligations. Many of those organizations — and governance professionals in those environments — are PACC members. Please remember that we prefer to support the people and organizations that support the PACC as members.

How to Submit a Guest Post

To submit your guest post, please email it as an attachment to editor_at_pacc-cap_dot_ca and include:

  • Complete contact information
  • Links to other content you have published
  • A short bio (150 words max)
  • High res headshot
  • Links to your website and your social media handles
  • Graphics and screenshots to illustrate examples
  • Attribution details for all graphics and photos, including your headshot

Then What Happens

Our editors will review your submission and contact you within two weeks if it is accepted for publication.

We might edit or adapt your contribution to polish it up or make sure it fits with our style. We might also modify submissions to include calls to action and links to PACC content such as newsletters, guides and standards. And there might be a need to update or delete it in the future.

Once your article has been accepted, don’t be modest: tweet, post, and share your good news with the world. We’ll also spread the word through our social media channels.