What kinds of stories are we looking for?

  • Stories that investigate novel and innovative solutions to longstanding environmental and sustainability problems. Solutions journalism is a craft unto itself—it requires more than adding a “wait, there’s hope” paragraph at the end of a story. The Solutions Journalism Network does an excellent job of defining what solutions journalism is and what it is not.
  • Stories that offer a counterintuitive twist on a familiar topic. We want our readers’ reaction to be, “I’ve never thought about it that way before.”
  • Stories that are evidence-based and rigorously reported
  • Stories that offer portable knowledge (i.e., they are not applicable only to a specific place) and that promise a large impact (i.e., they move the needle toward a sustainable future).
  • Stories that have a “shelf life” and won’t fade with the next news cycle.

Here are some stories that might catch our eye:

  • How urban biodiversity can combat the recent surge of allergies in developed countries
  • Why the most resilient coastal cities aren’t the ones that fight the water back, but the ones that absorb it
  • How a Nepalese engineer has created artificial glaciers to provide a reliable water supply for rural farmers

Here are some stories we’re likely to pass on:

  • It’s time for the U.S. to kick the fossil fuel habit
  • New research shows that [fill in the blank] species is struggling to keep up with climate change
  • Sea levels are rising faster than previously thought

Articles range from shorter pieces (300-500 words) to essays to longform narrative features (2,500-4,000 words). The editors will work with writers to determine the best form for a given story.

Note: We do not accept pitches for our Daily Science posts. These stories are produced by regular contributors.

 

How do I submit a story idea?

Please send your pitch to Kathy Kohm (editor of Anthropocene) at ideas [at] anthropocenemagazine [dot] org.

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Who reads Anthropocene?

Anthropocene readers are thinkers and doers committed to making sustainability a reality—not just an aspiration. Some are researchers and educators. Some are civil society professionals and policy makers. Some are to business leaders and philanthropy officers. Others are engaged and intelligent laypeople.They all want to be provoked, inspired, and surprised. They don’t want to read long-winded lectures, insider jargon, or narrowly technical writing.

I know of research or a project you might be interested in covering. How do I submit it?

If you have a new peer-reviewed paper you think we should cover on our Daily Science blog, please submit a manuscript, abstract, or press release with a link to the published study to: ideas [at] anthropocenemagazine [dot] org.

We’re also interested in other, less time-sensitive research and projects. Those may also be submitted to: ideas [at] anthropocenemagazine [dot] org.

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Do you pay for stories?

Yes. We pay upon acceptance, and we buy first worldwide serial rights. Fees depend on the writer’s experience, the article’s length and complexity, and the amount of research required.

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