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WeekenderNJ publishes our neighbor's work across a wide range of topics that helps build authentic connections among neighbors and the awareness that together we can create a better society and world.
Sections for which we are currently accepting pitches are about topics such as economics, political, press release/announcements, calendar events listing, education, housing, infrastructure, public spaces, social justice, activism, health, the struggles or positive achievements of our neighbors, and more; with a commitment to transparency, accuracy, and fairness; and a willingness to collaborate with us on the journey from idea to draft to a published post.
We believe that inclusive journalism shouldn’t be limited to text-based stories. Whether you’re a writer, editor, visual storyteller, artist, we want to hear from you!
Photo essays should have 5-15 photos in JPG format and a 250-word statement. (No copyright Images.)
Visual storytellers/artists, please include title and description of your work where applicable.
You must submit at least one image related to your article topic. (No copyright Images.)
What we don’t want:
There are a few types of pitches we often get that don’t work for us. Here are some tips to avoid these pitfalls:
We strive to apply rigorous journalistic principles to everything we publish, and thus avoid speculating — instead, we ground our articles in real-world evidence.
We don’t publish celebrity features, unless the content is specifically related to our region.
Avoid pitching generalized, non-specific criticism of officials, government entities, or other institutions; instead, ground criticism in evidence-based argument.
Like everyone who publishes on our site, guest contributors are expected to follow the WeekenderNJ publication’s ethical guidelines.
We strive to adhere to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics. Some general principles to follow:
Always strive to be accurate, honest, and fair.
Avoid conflicts of interest and disclose those that are unavoidable.
Prioritize transparency, particularly around who is writing the article and why (avoid ghostwriting).
Treat subjects as human beings worthy of respect.
Avoid stereotyping as well as racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and other forms of hate and bias.
Take the next step; write a pitch!
If you want to help our neighbors, join us. Become a WeekenderNJ guest contributor.
To get started write to us with your idea for an article. We’ll help you get started from there!
Pitches should include the following:
Your main idea and relevant background in a few sentences.
Three to five main points you’d like the reader to understand.
Why this is timely/interesting/important/relevant to readers across the region.
Where you’re getting your information from (study, news article, neighborhood, expert, etc.).
A few sentences about who you are, your background, and any relevant affiliations.
If you have a 750-1500 word draft ready to go, send it as a google doc to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that if this is your first time writing for us, it’s best to send a pitch for feedback from our editors first, even if you’ve published elsewhere. WeekenderNJ has a unique style and lens, so sending a pitch first will likely save you and us time.
The legal stuff
We edit all articles to meet our standards for length, style, and clarity, and it can sometimes take a few days or more to review submissions. We’ll always give you a chance to review any changes to your post before it goes live, but by submitting, you agree to let us edit and publish it at a convenient time based on our editing and publishing schedule.
If you submit an article or letter, unless we have a prior agreement to the contrary, you agree to grant WeekenderNJ a perpetual, transferable, worldwide, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, publish, display, edit, modify, create derivative works from, and otherwise use your submission in any form and on any media.