Proyecto Latina seeks writers, reporters, bloggers, citizen journalists and you to spotlight an issue(s) impacting Latinas in Chicago or nationally. We know you will provide a unique perspective in reporting these stories and if you have an opinion on something we want to hear your point-of-view.
If you are interested, pitch us your story idea. So, here are the guidelines:
How to pitch a story?
Never done this? Relax it is an easy process.
What are we looking for?
What do we mean by “issues”?
A recent and very informal poll of our Proyecto Latina attendees at our third Monday reading series revealed interest in some of the following topics: Latina teen pregnancy rate, housing, youth, economy and mental health. Maybe you have another topic that you are not seeing reflected in the media.
So what if you like my pitch?
We are going to let you know by phone or email. We may want to discuss your idea and invite you to submit an assignment. An assignments means you get a deadline, you should be open to talking work-in-progress with an editor, and most importantly you will be paid for your work.
If we see eye-to-eye we can move into the second phase.
Who said that pitching was just for baseball players?
We will be giddy that you took a chance and shared your story ideas with us but to move forward with us you must be available for an initial face-to-face meeting and agree to connect with us via email to give us an update on the status of your article. Deadlines will be set at the initial meeting with editor(s).
Before our first date, we will remind you of our vision of the completed project with you.
We have a wish list of elements that your story should reflect
We believe the following will not only strengthen the credibility of your story but will also make worthwhile reading to our audience.
Remember: Email pitches to email@example.com by August 1, 2011 at 5 p.m.
This project is supported by the Local Reporting Awards, The Chicago Community Trust , Community News Matter initiative.