Dig Deeper: Pitch an Investigative Story to The Dominion

Jan 23, 2013

Dig Deeper: Pitch an Investigative Story to The Dominion

The Media Co-op has broken critical stories and probed issues glossed by the mainstream media.  We've published exposés of unchecked racism in the Canadian military, the public relations underside of Canada's mining sector and Ottawa's role in the permanent war against the people of Mexico.

We know there are still many untold stories that only grassroots, co-operative media outlets like the Media Co-op and The Dominion will tackle. To help our contributors dig deeper and be better compensated for their efforts, we launched the Media Co-op Investigative Fund.

The latest round of pitching story ideas is now open. We’re offering $400 for an investigative feature to be published in the May/June issue of The Dominion. Please make sure your idea will still be timely by our publication date. The investigative fund is separate from our regular calls for news and analysis pieces, which we send out monthly. We want thoroughly-researched stories with numerous interviews for these. Please look at our past investigative features for reference. 

The article you propose should be 2,200 words and present fresh angles, original research on undetected issues and/or bold solutions to common problems—all with a Canadian angle. You'll work with Dominion editors over the course of a month or more to produce the article.

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

How to pitch an Investigative story:

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

2. Check out this page 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:

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

The deal:

Pitches should be less than 400 words and include a thorough description of planned sources (interviews or documents) and research. An entire story submitted as a pitch will not be considered for payment. 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.

Deadline for pitches: Friday, February 1, Midnight.

First drafts due February 28

Final pieces due March 25

Want to receive our call for pitches in your inbox? Email us with CONTRIBUTOR in the subject line and we'll add you to our mailing list.

Looking forward to your radical investigations!

The Editorial Collective