Write for the Dominion this February! Call for regular pitches

Jan 24, 2014

Write for the Dominion this February! Call for regular pitches

The days are getting longer, which means more time for you to write those grassroots news stories you've been pondering all winter.

We can pay for two news stories at $100 a piece this time around.

Whether you have a story on queer and trans organizing, Indigenous resistance to pipelines, or underground food movements, we're looking forward to hearing from you.

If you're interested in writing for us, you can submit your pitch online here. We accept several articles every month; two of which we'll pay $100 for. Accepted articles will be published on the Media Co-op's website, and most will also be featured in The Dominion, our bi-monthly print magazine.

We accept stories of national interest, including those about Canada’s role in international affairs. If it's an international story, tell us what the Canadian angle will be. If the story focuses on a particular city or region of Canada, tell us why it's of interest to a national audience. Priority will be given to articles that are evergreen and will be of long term interest and value to our readers. Bear in mind pieces go through several weeks of editing before publication.

Pitches are welcome from anyone, with priority for payment going to our contributor members (those who have previously contributed to The Dominion or the Co-op. Contact us for more info about membership).

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 about your sources and interviewees—this is something we consider seriously when reviewing pitches.

We have a fairly extensive editorial process, with two editors assigned to each piece, plus a fact-checking and copy editing process. Please only pitch to us if you are open and available to work with us through this process.

We prioritize pitches that incorporate reader suggestions, which can be found here.

Deadline for pitches: February 1 at midnight 
Response to pitches by: February 3 
First drafts due: February 13 
Final copy due: February 28

How to pitch:

â–ª Set up a Media Co-op account (if you don’t already have one) here.
â–ª New to journalism? No problem. Check out our writer’s guide for more information about writing for The Dominion.
â–ª Peruse the Media Co-op discussion page for story ideas.
â–ª And finally, pitch!
â–ª Click here for info about making a video pitch. Questions about pitching a video news clip?Contact us.


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 720 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 your story proposals!

The Media Co-op Editorial Collective