Frequently asked questions

  • D|C is a story development and publishing platform that has access to hundreds of newsrooms around the United States and in a handful of other countries. Most stories are first published at our flagship brands — KSL.com, DeseretNews.com or FamilyShare.com — and many are syndicated to national and international media organizations.

  • Generally, D|C is based on a non-paid publishing model.

    Members are motivated by many reasons, some of which include the opportunity to be published with reputable publishers with large audiences, a byline, pageview data, editorial coaching and syndication opportunities.

    Occasionally publishers may offer bonuses or special pay agreements to members who perform especially well.

  • We’re crazy about stories of all kinds, but especially coverage on family-related topics, community events, humanitarian efforts, personal finance, education, technology and travel. Also, we regularly publish stories about faith, relationships, health, outdoors and business.

    And we're always happy to see any sports photo galleries and analysis role through our queue.

  • Most stories are first published at our flagship brands — KSL.com, DeseretNews.com, FamilyShare.com, Utah.com, etc. — and then many are syndicated to national and international media partners.

  • Yes. We count page views for each story we publish. We display that data in your account per story, updating the data every few minutes.

  • We are passionate about delivering constructive and positive feedback. Editors are instructed to give specific feedback, especially about areas you did particularly well and areas worth improving. Sure, that includes all those tricky style and grammar rules, but it also includes tips about accuracy, citing sources and story structure.

    We're all about transparency — you can actually watch an editor make revisions on your story in near real-time fashion — and you can view the editing history on your article, which shows corrections made along the way.

    1. Create your publishing account (10-15 minutes)
    2. Get started by clicking the “New Story” button and choosing a story template
    3. You’ll receive an email, letting you know whether or not your story was selected for publication
    4. You’ll likely receive another email or two, updating you about your story status during the editing process.
    5. Finally, we'll let you know as soon as your story is published. We'll also provide a link to the story so you can view and share it.
  • Editors prefer to publish original stories that have never been published. However, you can still submit a previously published story for consideration — as long as it's you who wrote it. Just ensure you leave a note to an editor letting him or her know it’s been published and where. We’re integrated with a software that automatically scans the Web and checks for plagiarism and similar content, which would likely flag your previously published post.

  • Links to personal websites will be deleted from the body of the article most of the time, unless an editor feels like the link is essential to the story or reader experience: i.e. a non-profit organization is announcing a community event and a link takes readers to page with more details. This contributor platform is not intended as an avenue for advertising efforts.

    However, there is an option to submit a press release. And it is often appropriate to mention a personal website or associated business in the author’s endnote. Doing so lends to our overall theme of transparency and disclosure, and it also adds an element of authority to the story, especially if the author has a background on the subject. Interested readers can then follow the author to his or her personal website.

  • No. Deseret Connect is built on accuracy and transparency. A pseudonym is neither. Members are required to use their real, legal name.

    1. If you want to be published with a certain brand, get to know which narratives they use. For example, KSL.com and Deseret News most often use third-person (he, her, she, him) and FamilyShare most often uses first (I, me, us, etc) and second-person narratives (you).
    2. Include several quotes and paraphrases from at least three reputable sources
    3. Don’t write longer than 800 words
    4. Get to know our brand’s tone and favorite topics