Send all pitches and tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What we’re looking for:
Scoops. If you know something we should be reporting on please send it in, whether or not it’s something you want to report yourself.
Stories about the Canadian media. We’re a media criticism/media reporting website, so your stories should have some link to this focus. Take a look at what we’ve been writing recently if you need some inspiration.
Short pitches, ideally no longer than three graphs. Please don’t attach your pitch in a separate document. Your pitch should include the gist of the story, who you’re planning to talk to for it, and any necessary background information.
Opinion pieces that present a different take or perspective than what’s already been said. Example: this piece by Chelsea Vowel.
– Include a couple of links to your recent work.
– Be concise.
– If you’re pitching several outlets simultaneously, please let us know.
– We are happy to consider blog posts which have already been published if you’re open to them being edited.
– We are also happy to consider data journalism stories and/or any other non-traditional formats you can come up with.
– We are looking for diverse writers of all backgrounds and prioritize new perspectives.
Do not send us:
– Press releases and/or self-promotion.
– Stories that are community-focused and don’t touch on the media. If something sketchy is happening with your local city council, we’re not the outlet for that. If your local city council is keeping a journalist from doing her job, we are most definitely the outlet for that.
– Hot takes and op-eds on issues you’re not affected by. If you did not have a face-to-face confrontation with an issue, you’re probably not the right person to opine about it.
– Stories already covered elsewhere. As a general rule, if another media outlet has written about it, we will stay away from duplicating the story.
– Emails asking us what we’re looking for — take some time to browse the website and listen to the podcast if you’re unsure of whether we’re a good fit.
What you can expect:
– A response within a week or less. Mark your pitch as urgent if it should be seen right away. It’s ok to follow up in a week if you haven’t heard back yet. Please don’t follow up sooner.
– Competitive rates, to be determined upon acceptance of your pitch.
– To write about 600 words (or more, depending on your story).
– Quick payment.