Freelancing with Torontoist
In addition to hosting articles written, photographed, and illustrated by our staff, Torontoist accepts submissions from non-staff contributors—freelancers. If you’re interested in contributing to Torontoist frequently, you should consider applying to be a regular staff contributor. But if you’ve got a strong idea for a single post or two, or you simply can’t commit to a quota (staff members are required to contribute at least once per month), freelancing with us is a great way to go. You’ll be held to the same high standards as our regular staff, but you won’t have to worry about continually supplying us with a neverending fountain of brilliance once your article is submitted. Unless, of course, you decide you want to.
What We’re Looking For In A Pitch
Freelance pitches should offer a unique or interesting perspective on something that is or could be covered by Torontoist (meaning, just about anything GTA-related). Maybe you have an axe to grind with the upcoming Anime North convention, or you’re well-versed in the subtleties that make the Etobicoke Creek oh so much more than just another suburban creek.
What We Can Do For You
We are capable of assisting you in getting accreditation for events, arranging interviews, or developing your ideas, so don’t hesitate to tell us what you need to help you craft the best post possible. (Existing access to your subject, should covering your subject neccessitate access, is a huge but not neccessary asset to any pitch.)
Same goes for images. When pitching, you should have a plan in place for photos (or, if it suits, illustration). That plan can include us; if you’re unable to shoot or create or arrange for suitable imagery yourself, we have a wide variety of resources we can share with you—from our Flickr pool to our very own crop of staff photographers and illustrators. Keep in mind that in many cases images are just as important as the text of a post, so you want to make sure the awesomeness of your article is reflected in how it looks.
A perk of freelancing is not having to learn to format your post to our usual schoolmarm standards—we’ll do that for you. HTML knowledge isn’t required…but a thorough knowledge of the Queen’s English is.
While Torontoist‘s staff contributors are (modestly) paid, we do not yet offer any stipend for freelance contributions; however, your work—published under your byline—will be read by one of the widest audiences of any site of Torontoist‘s kind in the country, and you’ll have your foot in the door should you decide to apply as a staff contributor in the future.
What We Want When You Apply
If you’re interested in submitting an article, please email editors David Hains and Erica Lenti at firstname.lastname@example.org with:
A little bit about yourself. We want to know about you! Tell us about who you are, what you do, what you’ve done, and what you’re interested in. No résumés, please.
Your pitch. A succinct—two hundred words or fewer—description of your idea and how you plan to cover it. Please include a sentence or two about how your article would add to, complement, or supplement existing coverage on the site, especially if it’s on a subject that we cover regularly.
What you need from us, if anything. Let us know if you need help with accreditation or access, if you need photographers or illustrators, or if you’ve already got those things covered (and, if you do, how).
Some samples of what you do. We need something to get a sense of past work: your past writing or clippings, or blog, or online writing/drawing/photo portfolio, or Flickr account, or anything else that’d demonstrate your pre-existing superhuman skills.
If we think your pitch is a good fit for us, we’ll get back to you with what to do next. Thanks for your interest in contributing to Torontoist!