We are specifically interested in publishing reporting from freelance journalists on:
- Climate Change
- Environmental Justice Movement
- Prisoners Rights
- Labor Unions & Ongoing Struggles
- Money In Politics
- Corporate Corruption/Crime
- Fight For Living Wage/Wage Theft
- Income Inequality
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 journalists, who are skilled at using the Freedom Of Information Act, to obtain documents for their reporting. If you have a story that uses FOIA documents, we are happy to assist you that went into obtaining the documents (in addition to paying you for your story).
Please send pitches only—not pre-written articles. We prefer to receive detailed pitches rather than completed work.
A pitch should include:
- 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.
Pitch us using the form below or e-mail pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you email us, please begin your subject line with the word “PITCH:”
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.