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The Ferret is looking for compelling story pitches and also regular contributors to work on future assignments.

Story Pitches

We are looking for interesting and exclusive stories on issues affecting the public in Scotland. These can be led by numbers or other data or by human stories but must tell people something new, or show them something happening that they might not have thought of.

We’re a multimedia website so really value pitches that include interactive graphics, maps, photography, video or audio.

We also want to make sure talent has access to our platform, regardless of privilege. So we welcome contributions from Black, non-white and people of colour, as well as those from under-represented groups. We have earmarked a dedicated £2000 fund to support this.

How to Pitch

Please use the form below to send us short pitches of 300 words maximum. Your pitch should include:

• A concise summary of your proposed article, and why you think it’s in the public interest

• Brief information on who you are and any examples of published work

• Details of how your proposed piece will add to or go beyond what has already been published and what will make it engaging for readers

Please let us know your likely timescale would be for producing the article, as well as whether it would be a news story or a more in-depth report.

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We are also looking for skilled and proactive journalists who have capacity to take on freelance assignments.

We’re especially keen to publish more reports on health, gender and justice issues, to extend our geographic scope in Scotland and to improve our coverage of problems facing minority groups.

If you are interested in becoming a Ferret contributor, please send a copy of your CV and some sample pieces or a folio link via our Contact Page with ‘Contributor’ in the subject line.


We pay £110 for an exclusive news story, but will consider a higher fee if the story is strong enough.

We also sometimes pay more for in-depth investigations that take more time, and on this basis the fee will be agreed after discussions about timeframe.

If you’re pitching an in-depth investigation then you should provide information on people willing to go on the record.

If you are successful with your pitch we will send you an agreement governing confidentiality and editorial standards that must be adhered to.

Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you.

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