We need you!
The Ferret is looking for compelling story pitches and new contributors for future assignments.
We’re seeking exclusive stories on issues affecting the public in Scotland. These can be based on new data, numbers or information but they must tell people something new. We’re also keen to highlight human interest stories and produce longform storytelling.
The Ferret is a multimedia website and values pitches that may allow us to produce photography, video, audio, interactive graphics, maps and photography.
We’re committed to diversity and welcome contributions from people belonging to marginalised groups in society. Indeed, The Ferret has earmarked a budget to try ensure our coverage is diverse and representative of modern Scottish society.
All our writers must work to the Impress Standards Code.
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
• An explanation of how your proposed piece will add to what’s been published on the issue
Please also advise a rough timescale for you to produce the article, and whether it’s a news story or an in-depth report.
Please visit our website to see our reporting to date. We publish news, features, investigations and photo essays but no comment or opinion pieces.
The Ferret is also looking for skilled journalists to take on freelance assignments.
We’re especially keen to increase our coverage of health, gender and justice issues, and to extend our geographic scope in Scotland and improve our coverage of problems facing minority groups.
If you’re interested in becoming a Ferret contributor please send a copy of your CV and some examples of your work, or a folio link, via our Contact Page with ‘Contributor’ in the subject line.
We pay £120 for an exclusive news story but would consider a higher fee if we felt the story was strong enough.
We pay more for in-depth investigations, with a fee agreed after discussions on timeframes.
If you’re pitching an in-depth investigation, you should provide information on people who are willing to go on the record.
If successful with your pitch, we’ll send you an agreement governing confidentiality and editorial standards that must be adhered to.
Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you.