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    Contributors


    Douglas Spotted Eagle

    Douglas Spotted Eagle is an audio and video pro. He is a Grammy recipient with DuPont, Peabody, and Telly awards lining his studio; he is also a participant/producer in multiple Emmy winning productions. Douglas is the Managing Producer for Sundance Media Group, Inc. and VASST, authoring several books and DVDs and serving as a trainer and consultant for videographers, software manufacturers and broadcasters. He is the author or co-author of several digital media titles including Digital Video Basics (VASST), The FullHD (VASST), and Vegas Editing Workshop (Focal Press) among many others.














    Melissa Lowe

    Melissa is a 3rd generation, well-accomplished skydiver logging over 10,000+ jumps. She's an AFF-Instructor and travels the world organizing at events. She earned her pilot's license in 2012 and is currently finishing her late father's book, Sugar Alpha, due out in 2013. Melissa currently lives in Moab, UT where she currently co-runs Over the Edge, Moab and Arches Air Sports with her fiance, and lives her other life as a BASE jumper, yogi and slackliner.













    James La Barrie

    James La Barrie is passionate about marketing and the skydiving industry. As a former drop zone manager for nine years, La Barrie is the antithesis of most marketing professionals. He doesn't believe that great marketing starts with throwing money at an advertising campaign, but rather implements techniques in word of mouth (womm), social media, company culture and world class branding to create a connection with guests that drive the bottom line. La Barrie is the founder of DropZone.Marketing - a marketing agency for the skydiving industry.






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    Dropzone.com Article Submission Guidelines

    Dropzone.com aims to provide its audience with quality content that is relevant and factual. We have established this style guide to help our authors produce fresh and interesting content that fulfils our users’ needs, while branding yourself as expert in your field.
    Dropzone.com Content Submission Guidelines
    The intention of this document is to outline some of the primary guidelines that should be adhered to when writing or submitting content to dropzone.com. Following these guidelines will greatly increase the likelihood of content being accepted and subsequently published. It is our goal to push quality content out to our readers and to ensure that all content that is published, is relevant to our readers and will remain so in the future.
    You will be able to find guidelines for each specific type of article, for example; an article that is intended for photojournalistic purposes will differ in required criteria to an article which focuses on technical safety.
    Media Inserts: Articles must contain at least one image. Should attribution be required with regards to the images, please rename the image files to reflect this. We recommended a minimum resolution of 1440x900 for images.

    Should you submit an article via an e-mail or .txt document and the placement of your images need to be in any specific order, you should denote this with the following tag [Image photographersname.jpg] within the article where you want the image to appear.


    Likewise, adding an embedded video from Youtube or Vimeo can be done by simply included the video URL or embed code into the article where you want the video.
    General Information Article
    General articles would cover such topics as technical safety, buyers guides, advice and disciplines. These articles have a minimum required word count of 750, without any maximum limit.
    Interview Article
    Interview articles are articles that consist in their entirety of interviews with relevant persons. This can be professional skydivers, gear manufacturers etc.
    A minimum of 500 words is required, with no limit on the maximum amount.
    Interview articles should clearly display the information of which person is being quoted, example (Interviewer: “QUOTE”).
    Review Articles
    Review articles can be submitted, so long that the product being reviewed is directly related to skydiving. This incorporates such things as gear, mounted action cameras and skydiving mobile apps.
    A minimum of 500 words is required for review articles.
    Reviews should remain factual and void of bias. It is expected that the reviewer will explain each conclusion he draws and seek to accurately articulate as to why he or she comes to said conclusions.
    Event Articles
    Event articles are article write ups on specific events, such as a write up on a boogie that one attended.
    It is important to decide for these articles whether one wants to write an event article or a photojournalistic article (see below for guidelines on a photojournalist article). The guidelines on an event article would require a minimum of 750 words.
    Photographic Report
    A photographic journalism entry (photographic report) differs in guidelines from the information content articles in several ways.
    A photographic report has its focus on the images and video inside the article, while textual content would be required, the emphasis would remain on the multimedia side of things.
    An article of this nature should have a minimum of 7 images, with a maximum of 20. On average each image should be accompanied by around 50 to 100 words, describing what the image is of. We will accept photographic reports which have 300 words or more.
    Please ensure that photographic submissions to this category are of high resolution and quality.
    Cases where one may create a media based article would be for example; product release launches, gear modifications, event write-ups etc.
    Press Release Articles
    We allow the submission and publication of press releases, pending the relevance to the skydiving community. We will strive to quickly push out press releases that are related to safety issues, such as gear recalls.
    Press releases can be anywhere from 400 words onwards, the featuring of these press releases are dependent on quality and importance. Typically we will not run a feature on a press release unless it has to do with a safety issue or a new product release.
    Should the press release be related to the announcement of a new product, we recommend at least 2 images of the product to go along with the press release. A minimum of 1 will be accepted. For recalls and other safety issues, there is no requirement for associated images, though a 640x360 image of the item in question or the related company’s logo is recommended.
    Press releases will be submitted as news items on dropzone.com
    For more information, or to discuss compensation - please contact us at editor@dropzone.com

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    Write For Us

    Dropzone.com strives to be at the forefront of deseminating information about skydiving and the skydiving industry. We are always looking to partner with writers to supply us with current and relevant safety, training, gear and information articles. If you’ve got an idea for an article we’d love to hear from you!
    Our articles reach over 100,000 absolute unique visitors every month. This is by far the largest audience and the widest distribution of expert and new skydivers reached by any skydiving related publication - whether online or offline. There’s no better way to get your name out there, establish yourself as an expert in your field or simply 'give back' to the the skydiving community than by writing for us.
    We’re always interested in fresh content that’s relevant to skydivers. If you have an idea for an article and would like to bounce it off us before setting out to write, feel free to send us an email (with a short description of what you want to write about).
    For more information read the Dropzone.com Article Submission Guidelines, which includes information on:


    submission requirements
    what we’re looking for
    assignment of rights
    compensation
    how to submit your work
    Of course, if you have any questions about contributing content to Dropzone.com, email the editor (editor@dropzone.com).

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    Terms of Use

    "Dropzone.com" is the interactive on-line service operated on the world wide web of the internet, consisting of information services and content provided by Dropzone.com, affiliates of Dropzone.com and other third parties. "The user" means each person who establishes or accesses a connection ("account") for access to and use of Dropzone.com.

    (A) The user expressly agrees that use of Dropzone.com is at the user's sole risk. Neither Dropzone.com, its affiliates nor any of their respective employees, agents, third party content providers or licensors warrant that Dropzone.com will be uninterrupted or error free; nor do they make any warranty as to the results that may be obtained from use of Dropzone.com, or as to the accuracy, reliability or content of any information, service, or merchandise provided through Dropzone.com.

    (B) Dropzone.com is provided on an "as is" basis without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, warranties of title or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, other than those warranties which are implied by and incapable of exclusion, restriction or modification under the laws applicable to this agreement.

    (C) This disclaimer of liability applies to any damages or injury caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of record, whether for breach of contract, tortious behavior, negligence, or under any other cause of action. The user specifically acknowledges that Dropzone.com is not liable for the defamatory, offensive or illegal conduct of other the users or third-parties and that the risk of injury from the foregoing rests entirely with the user.

    (D) In no event will Dropzone.com, or any person or entity involved in creating, producing or distributing Dropzone.com or the Dropzone.com software, be liable for any damages, including, without limitation, direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages arising out of the use of or inability to use Dropzone.com. The user hereby acknowledges that the provisions of this section shall apply to all content on Dropzone.com.

    (E) In addition to the terms set forth above neither, Dropzone.com, nor its affiliates, information providers or content partners shall be liable regardless of the cause or duration, for any errors, inaccuracies, omissions, or other defects in, or untimeliness or unauthenticity of, the information contained within Dropzone.com, or for any delay or interruption in the transmission thereof to the user, or for any claims or losses arising therefrom or occasioned thereby. None of the foregoing parties shall be liable for any third-party claims or losses of any nature, including, but not limited to, lost profits, punitive or consequential damages. Dropzone.com, its affiliates, information providers or content partners shall have no liability for investment decisions based on the information provided. Neither, Dropzone.com, nor its affiliates, information providers or content partners warrant or guarantee the timeliness, sequence, accuracy or completeness of this information. Additionally, there are no warranties as to the results obtained from the use of the information.

    (F) Dropzone.com is a distributor (and not a publisher) of content supplied by third parties and the users. Accordingly, Dropzone.com has no more editorial control over such content than does a public library, bookstore, or newsstand. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, the users or any other user of Dropzone.com, are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and not of Dropzone.com. Neither Dropzone.com nor any third-party provider of information guarantees the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any content, nor its merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose.

    (G) In many instances, the content available through Dropzone.com represents the opinions and judgments of the respective information provider, the user, or other user not under contract with Dropzone.com. Dropzone.com neither endorses nor is responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any opinion, advice or statement made on Dropzone.com by anyone other than authorized Dropzone.com employee spokespersons while acting in their official capacities. Under no circumstances will Dropzone.com be liable for any loss or damage caused by a the user's reliance on information obtained through Dropzone.com. It is the responsibility of the user to evaluate the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information, opinion, advice or other content available through Dropzone.com. Please seek the advice of professionals, as appropriate, regarding the evaluation of any specific information, opinion, advice or other content.

    (H) Dropzone.com reserves the right to refuse service, or parts of the service, or access to the Dropzone.com servers, to anyone for any reason. We enforce this policy to ensure a professional environment for the users of the site. We reserve the right to remove or edit any content or cancel any membership without prior notice and without providing a reason.

    (I) By publishing or submitting any content including, articles, stories, postings and photographs to any part of Dropzone.com you give permission that such content may be used at the sole discretion of Dropzone.com anywhere else on the site, for any purpose, in its original or edited form, at any time in the future. Content will not be sold without permission of the original author or owner.


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    Legal Information and Notices

    Copyright
    All content on this site, including text, graphics, logos, icons, images, designs, audio clips, and software, is the property of Dropzone.com. or its content suppliers and is protected by international copyright laws. The compilation (meaning the collection, arrangement, and assembly) of all content on this site is the exclusive property of Dropzone.com and is protected by international copyright laws. All software used on this site is the property Dropzone.com or its software suppliers and protected by international copyright laws. The content and software on this site may be used as a resource. Any other use, including the reproduction, modification, distribution, transmission, republication, display, or performance, of the content on this site is strictly prohibited.
    Disclaimer
    This site is provided by Dropzone.com on an "as is" basis. Dropzone.com makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of the site, the information, content, materials, or products included on this site. Dropzone.com to the full extent permissible by applicable law, disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to, implied warranties of merchant ability and fitness for a particular purpose. Dropzone.com will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of this site, including but not limited to direct, indirect, incidental punitive, and consequential damages.
    Terms of use
    The use of this site is further subject to the terms of use as published on the site. We reserve the right to make changes to our site and to these disclaimers, terms, and conditions at any time.

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    Privacy Statement

    This privacy statement is applicable to Dropzone.com.


    DROPZONE.COM does not collect personally identifiable information about individuals except when such individuals specifically provide such information on a voluntary basis. For example, such personally identifiable information may be gathered from a contest or sweepstakes registration, the registration process for subscription sites or services and in connection with content submissions, community postings (e.g., chat and bulletin boards), suggestions, voting/polling activities and transactional areas. Personally identifiable information on individual users will not be sold or otherwise transferred to unaffiliated third parties without the approval of the user at the time of collection. At such points of collection, the user will have the opportunity to indicate whether he or she would like to "opt out" of receiving promotional and/or marketing information about other products, services and offerings from DROPZONE.COM and/or any third parties. Further, notwithstanding any opt out of promotional information by the user, DROPZONE.COM reserves the right to contact a subscriber regarding account status, changes to the subscriber agreement and other matters relevant to the underlying service and/or the information collected.


    DROPZONE.COM reserves the right to perform statistical analyses of user behavior and characteristics in order to measure interest in and use of the various areas of the site and to inform advertisers of such information as well as the number of users that have been exposed to or clicked on their advertising banners.
    DROPZONE.COM will provide only aggregated data from these analyses to third parties. Also, users should be aware that DROPZONE.COM may sometimes permit third parties to offer subscription and/or registration-based services through a DROPZONE.COM site.
    DROPZONE.COM is not responsible for any actions or policies of such third parties and users should check the applicable privacy policy of such party when providing personally identifiable information.
    Additionally, users should be aware that when they voluntarily disclose personally identifiable information (e.g., user name, e-mail address) on the bulletin boards or in the chat areas of the DROPZONE.COM sites, that information, along with any substantive information disclosed in the user's communication, can be collected and correlated and used by third parties and may result in unsolicited messages from other posters or third parties. Such activities are beyond the control of DROPZONE.COM.


    Users also should be aware that non-personal information and data may be automatically collected through the standard operation of DROPZONE.COM's internet servers or through the use of "cookies." "Cookies" are small text files a web site can use to recognize repeat users, facilitate the user's ongoing access to and use of the site and allow a site to track usage behavior and compile aggregate data that will allow content improvements and targeted advertising. Cookies are not programs that come onto a user's system and damage files. Generally, cookies work by assigning a unique number to the user that has no meaning outside the assigning site. Users should be aware that DROPZONE.COM cannot control the use of cookies or the resulting information by advertisers or third parties hosting data for DROPZONE.COM. If a user does not want information collected through the use of cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows the user to deny or accept the cookie feature; however, users should note that cookies may be necessary to provide the user with certain features (e.g., customized delivery of information) available on the DROPZONE.COM Site.


    Upon request, DROPZONE.COM will allow any user to "opt out" of further promotional contacts at any time. Additionally upon request, DROPZONE.COM will use reasonable efforts to allow users to update/correct personal information previously submitted which the user states is erroneous to the extent such activities will not compromise privacy or security interests. Also, upon a user's request, DROPZONE.COM will use commercially reasonable efforts to functionally delete the user and his or her personal information from its database; however, it may be impossible to delete a user's entry without some residual information because of backups and records of deletions.


    The foregoing policies are effective as of January 1, 2001. DROPZONE.COM reserves the right to change this policy at any time by notifying users of the existence of a new privacy statement. This statement and the policies outlined herein are not intended to and do not create any contractual or other legal rights in or on behalf of any party.


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    Contact Us

    Dropzone.com Contact Information:


    Dropzone.com

    21 Aberdeen Road

    Somerset West

    7130

    South Africa



    Email: support@dropzone.com

    Getting answers

    Here are some guidelines to help you get the answers you
    need. I receive a crazy amount of email. Please help me
    manage this as effectively a possible by following the
    guidelines below. In many cases someone else from the
    Dropzone.com community may be able to answer your question
    better than me. This should help you find them!




    Skydiving Questions


    If
    you have a general skydiving related question, please ask it in
    the Dropzone Forums. You
    will get answers from more people than just me, most of whom
    probably know better than I do! Your question and answer will
    also be available for others to learn from. I visit these forums
    every day and will certainly help when I can. Select the forum
    that fits your question best and fire away!



    Dropzone Forums




    Site Related


    I have set up a few site related boards that you can use for
    feedback, suggestions and bug reports. Feel free to leave me a
    message there. I'll also gather a collection of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's). If you have a
    question, please go there first. If you ask me a question
    that has been answered here, I'll simply refer you back to the
    FAQ page. If you've tried everything as explained in the FAQ's
    and still have questions, email me at support@dropzone.com



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