Freelance FAQ

What makes a Latitude News story?

We turn the conventional approach to international news and current affairs on its head. Instead of taking our cues from wars, foreign disasters and governmental policy, we start by engaging with our American audiences in order to:

  • Find out what local issues interest ordinary people and report parallel stories from the rest of the world.
  • Provide the context that helps people make sense of international headlines.
  • Explore the international dimension of communities across the U.S. and uncover the surprising connections that link Americans with the rest of the world.

Types of stories we like:

  • Comparative narratives that put a particular American story or issue (e.g., bullying in schools) into an international context by providing data, background and first-hand testimony.
  • Storytelling which uses the connections between communities or individuals across borders to get under the skin of another country and the U.S.
  • Coverage of foreign direct investment in the U.S. – the impact of this investment is uncovered, as is the issue of how these companies are kept accountable to their employees and customers in the U.S.
  • International links between professions and activities.

Latitude News stories can range in content (from social affairs and business to sport and culture) and in approach (from feature reporting to contextual analysis and investigative). The bottom line is that the starting point for each of these stories is an issue, event or individual in the U.S. Latitude News’s uniqueness lies in its ability to listen to what’s happening in American communities and make connections with the rest of the world.

How would you describe your style?

We’re having a smart, fun conversation with our audience about the world and how it intertwines with America. We want to capture that feel in all our pieces. We relish voice and flair in our pieces.

Who can write for Latitude News?

Anyone. Really. We publish seasoned professional journalists and people who post comments in stories.

What do you pay?

A rate card is available upon request.

You’ve got pictures and audio – how do you commission those?

Every Latitude News story includes at least one photo, and we like to also have interviews and ambient sound. We work with writers on those photos and help them learn how to record sound. We pay for usable photos, and also for sound clips. We encourage radio producers to pitch print stories with audio as a supplement.

Who’s the person to get in touch with if I want to pitch?

Contact john [at] latitudenews [dot] com, michaelf [at] latitudenews [dot] com or maria [at] latitudenews [dot] com.

How long are you folks going to take to get back to me?

We try to reply to queries within two weeks with questions or thoughts. We hold a weekly pitch meeting to discuss ideas. But like editors at any busy site, we sometimes benefit from nudges.

What about social media?

We love when journalists come to us with ideas about how to promote the stories they’re pitching.