Call for pitches: Untold stories

The Editorial Team of Unbias the News invites story pitches from journalists globally.

Dear colleagues:

  • Do you rarely see people who share your lived experiences reflected in the media?
  • Have your stories not reached their target audience due to structural barriers?
  • Has a lack of privilege or access stopped you from telling important stories
  • Are you concerned about representation and equity in the newsroom?

Unbias the News is a new, remote cross-border newsroom dedicated to showcasing international journalism that breaks through geographical or structural barriers. We are inviting journalists from all over the world to pitch us underreported stories with global relevance.

All applicants will have the opportunity to take part in free digital journalism trainings and peer-to-peer networking, regardless of whether their story pitch was accepted. Accepted submissions will be paid either 250 euros (personal narratives, op-eds, and shorter pieces) or 500 euros (long reads, multimedia, and investigations). Collaborative projects are welcome. We continue to fundraise to enable larger investigations.

What are we looking for?

Cross-border We are looking for stories that impact or involve people across multiple boundaries - including national and other imaginary borders. 

Complex Many topics require time and length to explain properly. We accept pitches for long-form articles that deal with multi-layered, context-rich stories. 

Narratives Sometimes zooming in on the individual in society makes an issue crystal clear. Whether it is your own personal narrative or that of someone with a unique story, we want person-centered narratives where the main character is treated with agency and dignity. 

Secret Histories The tragedies and triumphs of the past continue to affect our lives, often in surprising ways. We are keen to hear the secret histories you have stumbled on that shed light on the issues of today. 

Another Look There are places, people, practices that have been ignored or gotten a bad rap because of media bias or tunnel-vision. Tell us why we’re wrong about something. 

Taboos There are things that cultures and societies won’t touch- sometimes for good reasons, and sometimes for reasons that no longer make sense, or never did. We want your stories exploring the unseen taboos driving social problems. 

Deadline: 18 April 2021

Applications accepted online at: https://unbiasthenews.org/?mc_cid=776f1159ed


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