We don’t just observe the culture, we are a part of it.
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
We’re currently accepting story submissions for one-off and recurring stories/content series.
One-off stories should be reported and authoritative pieces about music, entertainment, or food; or timely cultural commentary that comes from a place of authority and expertise, not a baseless take. Pitches for recurring series, whether monthly or bi-monthly, should use the same format to interrogate or approach a different topic in each installment or clearly focus on the same topic each time.
Whether you’re pitching a one-off story or a recurring content series, we’re interested in ideas along the following topics.
Fandoms and stan culture
Unexplored elements of internet culture
Deep dives on niche topics
Extremely thorough investigations of extremely inconsequential things
Highbrow treatment of lowbrow topics
“Rabbit hole” stories, or stories that unravel longstanding or little-known mysteries
Unconventional approaches to mainstream topics
Expert angles on mainstream topics
Online cultures and subcultures (how existing subcultures, whether good or bad, are finding new ways to connect and communicate online)
Tip-of-the-tongue trends (things that others have noticed but not identified, i.e., “AI Horror Story: Loab”)
Food trends and cultural analyses that haven’t been identified elsewhere
WHO ARE WE NOT LOOKING FOR?
Takes, i.e., uninformed and/or arbitrary opinion pieces that are not rooted in any kind of reporting or research (ethnographic research is allowed)
Profiles and interviews (unless you have some kind of exclusive)
Anniversary content (unless it’s an oral history or there’s an exclusive, “never-been-covered-before” element to the idea)
Song or album premieres
Anything that has already been covered elsewhere
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR STORY IDEAS TO US:
To give your idea the best chance of being considered, make sure your pitch includes all of the following:
1-2 rough headlines
One or two lines explaining what the story is about
A one-paragraph summary that lays out your approach to the story
Any sources you’re going to talk to
Any other relevant details (i.e., drafting timeline)
Story ideas should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with “STORY PITCH + [working title]:” in the subject line. If we like your idea and want to move forward with it, one of our team members will reach out with further instructions.
Your work is what keeps us going! If you’ve created something, you think is interesting, send it through.