How to Contribute to the Dallas Observer
We have a nice little staff here at the Observer, but sometimes we need some side action. Here's how you might be able to help.
We accept freelance pitches for stories of all shapes and sizes. Specifically, we're looking for:
Long-form News and Features:
We're always looking for experienced journalists to pitch ideas for long-form narratives, investigations, news stories, profiles, and anything else that might fit nicely in the front of the book and on the front of our homepage. If you know a story that rises to the level of a full-length magazine story, and have the experience and chops to pull it off, send a detailed pitch to Joe Tone, editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pay depends on length and labor, but is competitive.
Shorter music, food and arts coverage
Everyday across our music, food and arts blogs, we publish 10-15 stories that help our readers navigate Dallas culture, and tell them where to drink beforehand. Most of these stories are told by freelancers -- either full-time writers or cubicle jockeys looking for a creative outlet. Think you can contribute? Spend some time on the blog(s) of your choice and send a hopefully sparkling email to Lauren Smart (arts), Joe Tone (food) or Jeff Gage (music) with some story ideas. Rates are competitive with other blogs. In other words, not that great. BUT STILL.
We're always looking for talented photographers, either pros or hobbyists, to help us capture Dallas visually, for our stories and for stand-alone slideshows. Send an email with some samples of your work to Tracie Louck, art director, and Gavin Cleaver, web editor.
Know how to tell a story through smart, stylish video? We want to hear from you. We often have stories that deserve to be supplemented by moving pictures; and sometimes we just like to make stuff. See some samples of our video content on our Vimeo page, and send an email with some samples of your own to Joe Tone, editor.
Interns work with an editor to make contributions to one or more of our four blogs -- Unfair Park (news), City of Ate (restaurants), DC-9 (music and nightlife) and Mixmaster (arts) -- or other parts of web site, including our slideshow page and video channel, our event listings and our bar listings. One internship each semester will be dedicated entirely to multimedia storytelling -- video, audio and photography.
These are unpaid internships for currently enrolled college or graduate students. Prospective interns must be able to receive college credit for their work. They should also be smart, good-natured and self-motivated, because some of us are grumpy and forgetful, especially before noon.
Interested students should send an email to Joe Tone, editor, explaining which of the above areas most interests them, along with a few work samples that demonstrate some talent for whatever is they want to do. Unpublished work is fine. No boring stuff, please. (We get sleepy.) Send them to email@example.com.