Submission Guidelines

The Investigative Journal is an online publication dedicated to publishing well-written, deeply reported stories that provide ethical, evidence-based perspectives on issues around the globe. We aim to illuminate overlooked or under-reported events, issues, people and places often marginalized by the mainstream media.

TIJ encourages freelance writers and journalists to pitch investigative reports, analyses, narrative stories and profiles. Our articles typically run between 5,000 and 10,000 words. We focus on — but aren’t limited to — stories within the following broad framework:

  • Political exposés on subjects such as organized crime, terrorism and counter-terrorism, peace, good governance, security, press freedom, health, corruption, migration and human rights;
  • Climate change and its impact on people and the planet; and
  • Abuses by what we call The Bigs — Big Data, Big Oil or resource extraction, Big Pharma/health, Big Agriculture and big business/corporate finance.

A strong pitch will articulate a clear understanding of a compelling narrative within one of these frameworks. We are especially interested in stories and perspectives from underrepresented communities where they intersect with these issues, and seek stories that will appeal to an international audience, even if the subject is local.

Pitches should be a maximum of 500 words and provide a sense of how you plan to report the story, who you’ve talked to so far, and what your access is to additional sources. If the story has been covered elsewhere, present a fresh perspective on the idea or explain why TIJ should cover this story now. Please also indicate whether you can provide photographic images to accompany your story.

Please include links to previously published articles and/or a brief bio of 50-75 words.

We value your work and pay well depending on experience.
To pitch to TIJ, please email us at: [email protected]