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Freelance Journalists: Open Call For Submissions In May

Shadowproof is seeking pitches from journalists or writers for publication in May.

Individuals are encouraged to send pitches with a 1-2 paragraph outline for their story. We also urge journalists to suggest how much they would like to be compensated and when a first draft would be ready.

Email your pitches to and please begin the subject line with “PITCH:”

This month, Shadowproof would like to publish stories on the following subjects:

  • “Prison ecology” or the myriad intersections of incarceration and the environment
  • Direct actions against pipelines and legal efforts to invoke “necessity defense” in court
  • Community organizing and local reforms/practices in response to opioid addiction and other forms of substance abuse
  • Challenges to policies that further transform schools into environments that are like jails—especially in aftermath of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting
  • Labor organizing and struggles for better pay and working conditions among teachers, service workers, and others

What happens after we receive your pitch?

We’ll respond within a week after receiving your submission. If we accept your pitch, we will discuss how much you want to be paid for your proposed contribution, when you can turn in a first draft, and when we plan to publish.

Please refer to our “Freelance Submissions” page for more details on submitting pitches to Shadowproof.

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Shadowproof is a press organization driven to expose systemic abuses of power in business and government while at the same time developing a model for independent journalism that supports a diverse range of young freelance writers and contributors. It is intrinsically committed to elevating voices from marginalized communities, as well as dissenting perspectives which deserve greater attention.