Freelance Journalism Submissions
Global Atlanta is always on the lookout for engaging, informative stories that fit with our editorial mission: showing how Atlanta is connected to the world by reporting on its international business, cultural and educational ties.
We welcome freelance ideas from established writers and budding journalists alike (even students) who understand our particular lens on the world, how we blend a broad knowledge of international affairs with an intimate view of how they affect our backyard. That can take the form of personal profiles, strict business stories, reports about global events around town or cultural offerings.
We like to say that if you took a publication like the Economist and bred it with the local business journal, you’d have Global Atlanta, a unique, 20-year experiment in hybrid local/global journalism that has yet to be replicated anywhere.
With that in view, we prioritize submissions that display an understanding of our voices, audience and mission. In other words, It’s not enough to write about a Porsche earnings report; we have to know how it might affect its headquarters here in Atlanta. It’s insufficient to know that there was an election in France; how did the local community vote? It makes no sense to write about the Panama Canal expansion without tying it to the Port of Savannah…you get the gist.
To be considered, send a pitch of no more than 200 words to email@example.com and attach either a web link or a PDF sampling relevant written work.
We can’t respond to all submissions, but if we are weighing yours, we’ll get back to you to hone the focus. We do pay, but not for every article, and there are times where we’ll ask for the first story pro bono to establish whether it makes sense for us to work together. We will prioritize those writers with a keen sense for business journalism and particular expertise in an area of the world or in an industry where Atlanta is strong, so play that up in your pitch and/or attach a resume/CV to the email submission.
Thanks for considering us!
Expert Insight and Guest Commentaries
We are always happy to receive commentaries from guest authors. We’re especially looking for commentators who can provide regular submissions about particular topics over time. However, not every piece can be published. To increase the likelihood of your article being published, please note our priorities:
- Topic must draw from the expert/guest’s expertise and interests with an international theme. Timeliness, focus and relevance to Georgia are highly weighted.
- Optimal length is between 600 and 800 words.
- Article is for public consumption, so shouldn’t be too academic. Please write clearly and concisely, in a conversational tone. Online writing is consumed more easily with more frequent paragraph breaks. Large chunks of text increase the likelihood of the reader abandoning the piece.
- Cite your work, but not in a scholarly style. Simply provide links to other thoughtful pieces that bear out what you’re trying to say or back up your facts.
- We value content that is both educational and actionable for readers: Does your piece help them make new business connections? Understand a policy issue? Attend an event?
- We value opinions; don’t be afraid to include your thoughts and opinions backed up by a strong argument.
To be considered, send a pitch of no more than 200 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we like the topic, we’ll commission the first draft of the article and will work with you to hone the final product. Multiple ideas can be included in your email.
Please note in your pitch whether you’d like to be considered as a regular contributor and the frequency with which you can contribute.