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Pitching guidelines for freelancers in the age of COVID-19
In the words of Matador’s director of editorial, Laura Reilly:
We believe travel is an essential human experience. We believe travel is the ultimate education, with the power to open minds, change perspectives, and defeat ignorance, racism, and prejudice. But we also believe that traveling should be approached responsibly, and we can’t in good faith tell you to go out into the world at this moment.
In that light, Matador Network is temporarily adjusting our editorial strategy. For the remainder of March, we are limiting new assignments and postponing trip-planning stories. Freelancers who had stories scheduled for before March 21 (the end of our pay period) that are now being postponed will be contacted directly and paid for their work.
Most trip-planning stories are (optimistically) getting pushed to April. But should the crisis start to move towards a resolution, we intend to resume taking on new, normal trip-planning stories for May. This is subject to change.
In the meantime, we’re looking to tell stories that are educational, inspirational, and connect travelers to the world beyond their four walls — without having to actually travel. We’re focusing on culture, food, and outdoor stories with an emphasis on human interest. How does a dish define the history and personality of a location? What do most people not know about a language system or cultural tradition? How can one look to nature to fill the void left by social isolation?
More urgently, we are looking for pitches for all verticals that cover the impact of the coronavirus on lifestyles around the world. The Matador staff is already working on dozens of pieces, so we encourage freelancers to think outside of the box. We’re looking for writers who can bring something new to the conversation, offer a unique perspective, or shed light on a particular issue with isolation at large. We’re also interested in human interest stories related to the coronavirus/quarantine measures that may translate to video stories or social media takeovers.
As always, please view our Contributor Guidelines before pitching.
Here’s to getting through this and to the adventures ahead. Until then, be safe and continue to practice social distancing!
- The Matador Network editorial team