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Do you have stories about gender and queer issues you want to tell? How about resource extraction in Canada, or climate debt, or human migration, or alternatives to the economic crisis? Do you write about women's sports or technology? Health or humour?

As we do every month, the Media Co-op will pay two contributors for news features to be published in The Dominion. We prioritize solutions-oriented news pieces with a Canadian angle, including photo essays and video pitches.

Check out our writer’s guide for suggested topics and details about writing for The Dominion:

dominionpaper.ca/write

Or peruse the latest Media Co-op discussion page for potential story ideas:

http://www.mediacoop.ca/group/1496/discuss/5272

The Dominion has a special budget – sponsored by Koumbit, a non-profit web development, website creation, graphic design and IT training organization – to pay for one article about technology and society per month (in particular, we’re interested in coverage of copyright, privacy, free software, and net neutrality). These articles are 5-800 words, payment is a flat $50, and they follow the same pitch process outlined below.

Everyone wants to read about themselves. The Media Co-op is no different: we want stories about co-ops! And we've got a lot of ideas to get you started:

mediacoop.ca/group/143/discuss/2001

For information about making a video pitch, check out our production guidelines and tutorials:

dominionpaper.ca/video/create

Pitches are welcome from anyone; priority for payment goes to those who have previously contributed.

To pitch an article, fill out the form on this page:

mediacoop.ca/node/add/pitch

To pitch a video news clip, contact us with your proposal:

dominionpaper.ca/contact

If you do not have a Media Co-op account (which you can also use to post photos, audio, video and stories directly to the Media Co-op site), you’ll need to set one up:

mediacoop.ca/user

The Dominion / Media Co-op currently pays a flat rate of $100 for accepted stories. Articles are either 800 or 1600 words. See the video guidelines for length of videos. Editors reserve the right to suggest changes and edit stories (with your participation, of course!). Pitches should capture the content, tone and style of the story you plan to submit; if the content submitted differs significantly from the pitch, editors reserve the right to withhold payment. The Dominion accepts pitches at any time.

Deadline for pitches: December 6
Response to pitches: December 9

First draft deadline for accepted articles: December 20*

Final draft deadline: January 3*
(All deadlines are 5pm EST)

*Deadlines subject to the discretion of the editor

The next call for pitches will go out December 20.


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