Hey folks. Oaklandlocal.com, a new project run by some of FC’s members, went live yesterday and they’re looking for content. See the details below (and attached writer guidelines). Seems like a great opportunity! Best, Mia
*Journalists, bloggers and multimedia producers wanted* *
Oaklandlocal.com, Oakland’s new hyperlocal news site and community portal is looking for story pitches. We’re a progressive grassroots media outlet that offers a platform for community dialogue while framing and contextualizing important but often overlooked stories in Oakland.
Our site is broken down into 5 main topic areas: Environment, Development, Food Justice, Identity and Arts & Education. Stories should fit one of these categories and pitches should clearly detail which topic your piece will fall under.
We currently have content partnerships with several local organization including the Center for Investigative Reporting ,New American Media http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/ /Youth Outlook , Youth Radio http://www.youthradio.org/and Youth Uprising. We’re looking for freelancers to round out our content.
If you are a blogger who lives or works in Oakland and/or writes about Oakland topics and would like to blog for us, or have us cross-post your current blog, we’d love to talk to you.
We’re a new site but we’ve already received loads of attention and a blogging arrangement could definitely help promote you and your writing. We also have ad trades available.
*PLEASE NOTE:* We do not offer payment for blog posts
*Journalists, reporters, and multimedia producers:*
Oakland Local runs beat reporting, investigative reports, features and story packages on issues important to Oakland and items that catch our interest. We run original writing, photography, web video and multimedia.
Pitches should provide an overview of your story, your story angle, a couple of ideas for interviews, a time line for completion and a couple of samples of previous work.
Yes we do pay! In most cases Oakland Local pays for original stories; our fees, while small, are sadly, competitive with the rest of the industry. We are a brand new news and community nonprofit, right now our rates reflect that, but we do go for great ideas.
But don’t let funds stand in the way of pitching us (unless you’re looking for big, big bucks). We are partnering with other orgs to raise money for larger, more involved stories. So if you’ve got a great idea let’s talk about it.
Food and Development pitches go to Susan Mernit susan at oaklandlocal.com
Environment can be directed to Amy Gahran amy at oaklandlocal.com
Identity and Arts pieces can go toKwan Booth kwan at oaklandlocal.com
Guidelines are attached, you can read more on our site at http://oaklandlocal.com/content/submission-guidelines and you can also Dowload the full editorial guidelines
Please take a look around the site to familiarize yourself with our content before pitching. It’s also a good idea to check out the work on some of our content partner sites to get a feel for the kinds of stories we’re looking for.
Thanks, and we’re looking forward to hearing from you!
The Oakland Local Team