How to pitch a piece to ThinkProgress

For freelancers: Here’s a full guide on what we’re looking for and how to pitch us.

Interested in writing for ThinkProgress? That’s great!

There’s a lot to be written right now on the future of progressive politics, and we can’t do it all ourselves. Here are the areas where we could use more help:

What we’re looking for

  • Economy: Reporting on Trump’s economic policies, the future of the labor movement, discrimination in the workplace, the social safety net, and homelessness.
  • Tech policy: Help us cover stories about critical areas of tech policy, including net neutrality, privacy, and cybersecurity, as well as diversity in the tech industry.
  • State politics and policy: Local politics often has national repercussions. Tell us stories about gerrymandering, state health policy, local races, and other local news important to progressives.
  • Climate policy: Reporting on climate science, energy, pollution, politics, environmental justice, and what’s in store under a Trump presidency.
  • Activism: Show us an inside look at people and groups involved in activism near you.
  • Religion: Help us report on the political campaigns and theological aspirations of the Religious Right, the actions of progressive faith-based activists and “resistance” organizers (often called the “Religious Left”), and the struggles and triumphs of American Muslims and other minority religious communities.
  • Refugee crisis: Tell us stories of amazing things refugees are doing, or document the abuses many refugees are facing in detention or in fleeing their homes.
  • Criminal justice: Reporting on prisons, police brutality, unlawful imprisonment, and the real people affected by these issues.
  • Diverse voices, diverse voices, diverse voices: Diversity in writing matters to us. Our job is to inform an increasingly diverse public, and we can’t do that alone. POC and/or LGBTQ people especially: please give us your analyses on progressive politics, the Trump administration’s policies, and what’s wrong with today’s media portrayals of race and sexuality.

Of course, you can pitch on other topics if you have an amazing story — but these are the areas we’re most interested in receiving pitches about right now. If you’re interested in telling a story in a different way (first-person narratives, graphics and illustrations, comics, etc.), we’re open to that too.

We are especially interested in working with freelancers outside of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

How to Pitch

Start reading. If you aren’t already familiar with ThinkProgress, start reading. It’ll give you a better idea of what we cover, what our readers are interested in, and what you should be pitching us.

Email us. Send your pitch to Email again if you haven’t heard back within a week. ThinkProgress pays writers, and we will also discuss compensation with you.

Be concise. Give us a sense of who you are and what your idea is. If you’ve already published other work, include some links so we can see your writing skills. Aim for about three paragraphs. Editors usually know within the first paragraph whether your idea works — so make it great.

Get in touch early. We are less inclined to accept completed pieces that are already written. We want to talk about your idea, your angle, and your reporting first to make sure we’re on the same page about the end product. Tell us what you already have in mind about the story you’re pitching and who you want to talk to in order to find out more. Tell us why ThinkProgress readers should be interested.

Show us why you’re the right person for the story. We want more diverse voices. Seriously. And on that note, we prefer to work with writers who are familiar with the community or topic they’re writing about. If you have never written about social justice issues, for example, then we’re less inclined to accept a story from you on on the future of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Still wondering what to pitch us?

Check out a few of our favorite recent freelance pieces to get a sense of what pitches work for ThinkProgress: