If you want to get involved but are not a writer (e.g. photographers, web geeks, etc), want to tell us about a story but have no intention of covering it yourself, or have a general query, please email email@example.com. If you want to write for our culture section, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in writing for us, please email email@example.com either expressing an interest in writing for us in general (whether you’re a professional or a beginner), or with a brief pitch (no more than three paragraphs) for the story you intend to write.
Overall we are interested in articles about Manchester, Greater Manchester and the wider North West. We sometimes publish articles on national issues – but only if they’re relevant to Manchester (for instance welfare reform or the housing crisis). We’re interested in social and political issues; check out the articles we have already published to see whether what you intend to write, or what you’d like to write about in the future fits in. We’re also interested in covering new things – so get in touch with your ideas!
If you want to write a comment piece or a feature article, then the pitch should be a brief outline, not more than a paragraph, stating the subject and the argument you intend to make. You should also tell us why your article is different from the articles in other media outlets, particularly major national or local newspapers. In particular, we are interested in stories that are overlooked in the mainstream press, either locally or nationally. This can include events in your area that you feel are simply not covered, or alternatively an angle you feel overlooked from an otherwise well-covered news story. We will be more interested in articles that look original for whatever reason – so make sure you tell us why your article will be original.
If you want to report on an upcoming event – such as a protest, anticipated redundancies, a council meeting, etc – then talk to us!
Don’t worry if you don’t have formal writing experience or training – we’ll mostly be interested in the article you pitch as well as your areas of interest, not your CV. We welcome first time, amateur and professional writers.
Unfortunately, we are a volunteer run organisation with very little money, so we cannot pay for submissions. This also means that we cannot offer formal internships, since we do not work regular hours in our office.