The Intercept primarily publishes journalism produced by staff reporters and columnists, but we also commission stories from freelance contributors. We most often turn to freelancers when we have a gap in coverage, or when the freelancer comes to us with a compelling investigative story or an original perspective on a subject that is in our wheelhouse.
We appreciate it when freelance journalists take the time to understand how The Intercept approaches stories and what we’ve already done in a particular area, which will be evident in a well-crafted pitch. We place a premium on originality of research, as well as analysis and viewpoint, and we seek to create real-world impact with our stories. Occasionally, we will consider submissions of completed articles or videos, but we much prefer to see a pitch first.
To submit a proposal for consideration, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the subject of your pitch in the email subject line. The pitch, which should be no more than a few paragraphs, should appear in the text of an email, not as an attachment. Unless we know of your work, please explain why you are the right person to write the story, and include some links to your previously published pieces. Because of the number of submissions we receive, we can only guarantee that we will follow up if we are interested in pursuing the story. If we are interested, we will get back to you within a few days to let you know it is under consideration, and we’ll strive to make a decision on whether to accept your pitch shortly after that.
If you’re pitching to our opinion section, Voices, please put “VOICES” in the subject line of your email, along with a brief description of the pitch.
While we most often commission stories based on pitches, we also maintain a database of freelancers that we refer to when making assignments. If you’re interested in being considered for assignments, please fill out this form, where you can tell us a bit about your background and why you are well-positioned to cover your beat or beats for The Intercept.
In collaboration with the National Writers Union, The Intercept has established principles to cultivate an equitable professional relationship with its freelance contributors. Click here to read more.