I have a new job at work. I’m now in charge of the I.H.T.’s education coverage, particularly a page of education-related articles we publish every Monday. (Yes, I will still be writing about culture. This is on top of what I normally do!)
We have one great main writer based in London, but the page also uses contributions from freelancers, particularly Masters of Journalism graduates who have recently finished work internships.
If there are any young (or not so young) freelancers who want to pitch, my email is on the right.
For now, we’re focusing on tertiary education, particularly medical, law and business schools, and issues related to international exchanges.
Send a resume, short cover letter, contact details, and several story pitches that are 1-3 paragraphs each. These should be concise, original ideas that you can feasibly report and write yourself. Also, they should not have any conflicts of interest — you can’t write about the school you attend, the school your rich dad donates money to, the school whose PR department just gave you a “hongbau”, etc.
I shouldn’t have to say this, but judging from the correspondence I often get, I will: Your pitches should be written as professionally as you can manage. I’m not fascist. One typo is not a deal-breaker. But I’ll delete anything that’s lacking in basic grammar or spelling — meaning, lacking in basic respect and effort. Also, if you’re going to pitch, pitch a good idea. Sending email that says, broadly, that you want to write is not good enough. You have to have an idea of what you want to research and say.
I’ve gotten some impressive submissions from the interns / ex-interns from our Paris office, many of whom seem well on their way to becoming excellent professional journalists. I haven’t had quite the same response from young Asian writers. It’d be really great if we could have some fresh, new voices from this part of the world.