Freelance Submissions

We accept on-speculation pitches and submissions, and consider them valuable to having a rich and engaging field of content. PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES BEFORE SUBMITTING A PITCH OR MANUSCRIPT.

PAY: World At Large pays per article - 10$ for a story, 25$ for a feature piece.

Guidelines:
Do not include junk-value journalism in your piece. World At Large likes professional and entirely truthful accounting that doesn’t try too hard to lead the reader through the article. Think “Am I holding the reader’s hand through all of this?” and if the answer is yes, reformat. The easiest way to understand what we are looking for is to read something from our website.

This might include “These are the 10 best dietary source for vitamin K, and number 7 might surprise you,” or “Republican Congressman stuns climate scientist with THIS statement,” and finally “I never would have imagined that my weekend in Florence would change my life, here’s how it happened.” Note the similarities between the three leads and avoid them both in your copy, and your headline.

If it helps, the hierarchy of formatting starts with Truth from all sides, then Context, Nuance, Meaning, and Rhetoric. A story isn’t fully told until all of those boxes are ticked; and yes, that includes artistic and literary rhetoric. The English language may have the largest vocabulary of all European languages by far, so utilize it!

If you are referring to a topic which could be considered scientific, use correct jargon. You’ll never hear a scientist say, “Turmeric is a superfood that’s beneficial for your body”. Be specific - is it good for your kidneys? How much, and in what way? How was this confirmed, was it a randomized controlled trial, an observational study, or an epidemiological study?

Don’t assume our readers are totally uneducated on the topic you’re writing about; don’t dumb the science down so much that it takes away the opportunity for the reader to learn something. For instance, don’t just say antioxidant without touching a little bit on what an antioxidant is. On the other hand, don’t make the explanation so simple that it would fit on a food wrapper. The ideal article will make the reader want to follow the topic even after they’ve departed the website.

Paragraphs should contain 3-4 sentences max, while sentences should be organized intuitively and with correct punctuation (It’s not a bad thing if they’re long). For a feature, a header (1) should be used every 3-4 paragraphs.

Headers should be short and clean, ex. “Snakes: a global force for good,” or “Learning valuable lessons”. They should not be sensationalized or too long.

CLAIMS AND REFERENCES: If you’re making a bold(ish) claim, such as “With worsening weather conditions in Virginia, lawmakers are looking to roll back emissions with a plan to reduce reliance on oil, coal, and gas,” you better some some source that empirically shows that weather in Virginia is worsening. You can format this with footnotes at the bottom of the page, in line references, or with hyperlinks in your copy, but MAKE SURE YOUR REFERENCES ARE AVAILABLE.

We are living in a world where the online sensationalist muddies the waters of scientific observation, as such it’s our duty as journalists to report their work, however boring or unsatisfying it is. To this end we recommend familiarizing yourself with the manner in which scientific publications are written and formatted so you can extract what information you need in the smallest amount of time.

TOPICS
Podcasts:
These can feature an episode of a podcast, or the podcast at large. Always include an embed code for a video or audio recording of the podcast. If there is none available, links to several places where they can listen to it (preferably the podcast website) but iTunes, YouTube, or Stitcher, are acceptable.

Environment & Policy: Please refrain from over-sensationalizing your topic (unless it is already sensational) but rather make sure you stick to the hierarchy - Truth, Context, Nuance, Meaning, Rhetoric. For example, a proposal to roll back grey wolf protections was submitted in Montana. Notice how the writer covers both the perspective of the hunter and rancher, as well as the wildlife advocate. This is correct, as there are normally several points of view within a political story. Our job is not to pick the side we think is right, but to give the reader both opinions and let them decide. If you’re using a press release, please follow the guidelines of the content provider for using press releases and include the dateline: SANTA MARTA, COLOMBIA – JULY 25TH 2017. (For example)

Function & Health: We’re happy to accept anything on the subjects of workouts and exercise, physiology, nutrition, supplementation, or wellness topics like anti-aging, skin health, or anything like that. As mentioned above, your story should be rooted in empirical scientific observations and rhetoric; no superfoods, healing, real/whole foods or anything else that cannot be measured by science.

Travel & Discovery: These articles should not be formatted like a blog ie, “I went here, and I did this, then I ate this and I stayed here.” It should be some kind of reflective narrative, some wider concept to ruminate on. For instance, the story about Capitol Reef National Park in Utah, was about how incredibly challenging it would be to be a astronaut in Trump’s Space Force, because of the similarities I experienced between the park and Mars.

Always keep in mind your research question, “Having done my journalistic research, I see the story like this…” Keep in mind possible points of view that might make for a more interesting narrative.

If your story is highly visual, in that you are describing beautiful oriental temples or incredible mountain vistas, come prepared with a long shopping list of images. These images should be landscape oriented, and over 2 megabytes in density. Images with local people should be a priority if they have a place in the narrative. You should also send an attachment containing photo captions with datelines.

For example, SANTA MARTA, COLOMBIA – JULY 25TH 2017. A local motorist smiles for the camera. Park rangers drive up and down Cerro Kennedy once every day on patrol.

Travel articles should not differ from regular stories too much. The reader should still learn something, feel something, and be left with something to chew on or wonder about. It’s totally okay to add things like restaurants or hotels into your story so long as they match the narrative. For example, “I stayed at Casa Relax Hostel in Minca. It was here that I met Bertie, a stout mountaineering sort of chap from Austria who was very keen to go hiking with me.” If your inclusion of a restaurant or hotel is just. “I went to Rome and stayed at the Mariot. The next day I went to the Coliseum.” What does the Mariot have to do with Rome or the Coliseum?

We really want to be reaching for 900-1300 words, and you should always be asking yourself “Why should someone read this? The insight and adventure, why should it be valuable to anyone?”

 

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