Have a Story to Tell? Send us your Pitches by November 4th!

Oct 25, 2012

Have a Story to Tell? Send us your Pitches by November 4th!

Have a story to tell? Tell it to The Dominion and our many unique readers. We will pay two contributors for news features to be published in the next issue of The Dominion. We prioritize solutions-oriented news pieces with a Canadian angle, including photo essays, info-graphics and video pitches. We accept stories of national interest, including those about Canada’s role in international affairs. Priority will be given to articles of a time-sensitive nature.

While we are only able to pay for two contributions per issue, we do accept unpaid contributions as well. Pitches are welcome from anyone with priority for payment going to those who have previously contributed.

Please read over past content to get an idea of what we publish. It’s also a good idea to make sure you’re not covering a topic we’ve recently covered, unless there is a new angle or update. Consider what other media has covered the topic you are pitching and from what perspective. Be sure your pitch is news-focused, rather than opinion or academic. We like both of those forms, but they’re not what we publish. Think seriously about your sources and interviewees—this is something we consider seriously when reviewing pitches.

We encourage interested contributors to look at the stories proposed by other Media Co-op members here.

You may also want to think about writing on: food, agriculture, health, labour, youth, borders, bike activism and/or regions that are under-represented on our pages.

Part of our mission is to include readers in our editorial process, so we're more likely to select strong pitches that touch on topics our readers have shown interest in.

Deadline for pitches: Thursday November 4 at Midnight
Response to pitches by: November 6
First drafts due: November 15
Final copy due: November 30

How to pitch:

1. Set up a Media Co-op account (if you don’t already have one): http://mediacoop.ca/user

2. Check out our writer’s guide for hot topics and details about writing for The Dominion: http://dominionpaper.ca/write. For a more in-depth look, check out our Writer’s Guide here: http://mediacoop.ca/writersguide.

3. Peruse the Media Co-op discussion page for story ideas: http://www.mediacoop.ca/group/discuss/10957.

4. Pitch!: http://mediacoop.ca/pitch.

5. Info about making a video pitch: http://dominionpaper.ca/video/create. To pitch a video news clip, contact us: http://dominionpaper.ca/contact.

The deal:

Pitches should be less than 200 words and include your planned sources and research. An entire story submitted as a pitch will not be considered for payment. The Media Co-op currently pays a flat rate of $100 for accepted stories. Articles are either 750 or 1500 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. We accept pitches at any time, so if these deadlines don’t work for you, please consider contributing at a later date.

We look forward to hearing from you!
The Media Co-op Editorial Collective

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