Freelance writers or journalists are encouraged to pitch stories to Shadowproof and submit their terms for a contract, including what they would like to be paid for their contribution.

We are especially interested in working with journalists who are skilled at using the Freedom Of Information Act to obtain documents. Let us know if you had to pay the agency to produce the documents and we will be happy to discuss covering those costs (in addition to paying you for your story).

How To Pitch A Story To Shadowproof

Shadowproof is looking for fact-based reporting that involves original source materials, interviews with stakeholders, and the perspectives of impacted people. We typically do not publish essay or editorials, except in exceptional circumstances.

Please send pitches only—not pre-written articles. We prefer to receive detailed pitches rather than completed work.

We publish reporting on a broad range of subjects including:

  • Immigration
  • Health care and the social safety net
  • Climate change
  • Environmental justice movement
  • Policing, incarceration, and criminalization
  • Labor activism
  • Harm reduction
  • Money in politics
  • Corporate corruption/crime
  • Income Inequality

A pitch should include:

  • Subject line beginning with: “PITCH:”
  • 1-2 paragraph summary of the story
  • Any relevant details about your experience as a journalist and why you are reporting or covering this story
  • If possible, a few sentences about the style of the story, how long you expect the story to be, and whether you plan to incorporate any original media (photos, infographics, video, etc.)
  • A writing sample if you haven’t been previously published by Shadowproof.
  • How much money you’d like to be paid for your piece. Shadowproof does not base compensation on word count. Instead, we would like to know what you think is fair compensation for your reporting and what the story is worth to you.

E-mail pitches to or fill out the form below:

Pitch us a story

All fields are required.


Email address

1-2 paragraph summary of your pitch

Please include links to recent writing samples.

When do you expect to turn in a first draft?

Do you plan to incorporate any original media?

Photos, infographics, video, etc.

How much do you want to be paid?

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What happens after I pitch a story?

A Shadowproof editor will consider your pitch. If your pitch is approved, we’ll ask how much you want to be paid, share our style guidelines, and work to establish a deadline.

After you submit your first draft, it will be edited for content and readability with your active participation. You will have the opportunity to view revisions and discuss them with us before publication.

Shadowproof supports all paid contributions by featuring them prominently on our homepage and sharing them widely on social media.

If we reject your pitch, we will encourage you to keep proposing stories or try again next month.

Our goal is to support freelancers in this tough economy where media jobs are in decline, and we will do the best we can to give a platform to those who are struggling and underrepresented.