The Lever welcomes freelance pitches. We are always looking for smart, compelling stories that follow the money, hold lawmakers accountable, and challenge corporate power.
If you think you have a story that is right for us, please do the following:
1. Familiarize yourself with our past coverage. In general, we are looking for in-depth reporting on matters related to local and national politics, business and political corruption, the labor movement, climate change, and health care. We welcome bold voices and powerful opinions, but they must be grounded in hard data, verifiable documents, and objective analysis. Here are some examples of excellent stories we have published that were pitched and written by freelancers.
2. Write a concise but compelling story pitch. Explain to us what the story is about and why it is important. Keep the pitch to a few paragraphs crafted with confidence and skill — in other words, show us you can write. Do not send us completed stories, and do not propose investigations before you have an idea of what you might find. Along with the pitch, include your background and links to a few clips — but extensive past journalism experience is less important than a great story idea.
3. Send your pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Freelance pitch” in your subject line and paste your pitch into the body of the email. We will try our best to respond to all personalized freelance pitches.