What would you want to tell your past self about your career in journalism? Do you think there are gaps in advice available for reporters?
We know we don’t know everything, so Journo Resources is looking for new writers with new ideas to contribute to our long-form advice section.
Cool! What Kind Of Stuff Are You Looking For?
If you take a look at the pieces on our current advice section, you’ll get an idea for the type of stuff we’re looking for.
We produce long-form content which is practical and full of advice – basically, the person who reads it should feel they’ve taken something away by the end. Normally this is about 1,500 words.
Our readers tend to be students and young journalists, so making sure pieces are accessible is a must, but that doesn’t mean you can’t write something for people a bit further on in their career.
We want you to really know your topic inside out and have covered pretty much everything – we don’t want our readers to have more questions than they started with.
We have covered a fair few topics already, but know there will have been areas we’ve missed, so we’re looking for pieces which make us go ‘why didn’t we do that already’.
As ever, we’re always keen to hear from a diverse range of voices, as well as people across the country, in different types of journalism jobs, and of any age.
Everything also tends to get re-shared quite a lot, so we’re looking for evergreen content which won’t date easily.
So, Obviously The Next Question Is Money…
As a small start-up, there’s not a lot of money kicking around, so we are currently only able to commission one piece a month, and that really is a hard limit.
This means we may end up commissioning your piece for use in a couple of months time, and that even if we like it, we might not always be able to say yes.
Please don’t be offended, it’s purely about the amount of money in the bank account and we do hope to be able to commission more in the future.
We’ll pay you £120 per piece and we’ll agree a deadline when we commission.
Once you’d submitted your finished piece and an editor has looked at it and given it the green light, we’ll pay within seven days, you don’t have to worry about waiting for it to be published. Because we all know payment on publication is the worst invention known to freelancing.
So, How Do I Send You My Ideas?
Easy, there’s a Google Form just below. All we want is two paragraphs explaining what you’d like to write about, a sentence or two on why you think it would work for Journo Resources and a couple of links to some things you’ve previously written.
If you have any questions, drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help. Please do send your actual pitch through this form though, otherwise it will make life difficult for us.
This pitch window will remain open until December 31 so get your ideas in before then, and we’ll make sure to reply to everyone who applies.
Unfortunately, as we can only afford one piece per month, we aren’t constantly open for pitching, but will aim to re-open the pitching window every few months.