Dominion of New York is looking for freelance writers and multi-media producers in cities across America and countries around the world. Our ideal freelancers know a lot about black culture, history and politics, understand the basics of story telling, value accuracy and are passionate about our mission. They also know social media and use it enthusiastically. We wish to create a racially diverse staff and welcome pitches from non-black readers.

We are interested in working with writers from a wide variety of backgrounds, including academics and bloggers. We welcome pitches for unsolicited opinion writing, but we generally only pay people who are subject matter experts.

Veteran journalists are encouraged to apply, but so are talented newcomers. We relish the opportunity to help an aspiring reporter who loves black culture develop his or her craft. We also relish the opportunity to work with community leaders who have no aspirations of becoming journalists, but are experts in their fields.

Our rate of pay varies per contributor and assignment, and depends, in part, on how involved we’ll be in the genesis or execution of an idea.

We have 5 opportunities for freelancing. The first three require skill at narrative writing, which is one of our specialties.

Features

We publish narrative profiles and reported essays. In profiles, we look for innovative people and ideas that interest our readers. The people behind the ideas don’t need to be black or New Yorkers. But their ideas should uniquely resonate with — attract or repel — innovative black people. Good stories profile the thinkers and clearly explain their ideas. Bonus points go to stories that narrate the intellectual history of the ideas.

In reported essays, we look for pieces that pose and provide well-researched answers to intellectually stimulating questions.

When you’re ready to propose an idea, please send a detailed description of what you’d like to write, and — if available — a draft and links to your clips, through our contact form. In the subject line, please indicate that your e-mail is a features pitch.

Pitches are the primary way we’ll evaluate your idea and gauge your writing. So please take the time to research it and explain it in a compelling manner. Here are some great tips for doing that. Also, if you’re pitching a profile, please be sure to identify the person or people you’d like to feature and briefly explain why their ideas are compelling. If you’re pitching a reported essay, please be sure explain the idea and intellectual history of the idea you intend to explore and indicate how you’ll tell the story.

Talented newcomers will find this is the easiest section to contribute to. But please be aware that if you have no clips, you may be asked to produce your first few articles on spec.

Investigations

We incubate, fund raise for and help underwrite investigative reporting projects aimed at uncovering wrongdoing by powerful people. We will entertain, on spec, projects that you’ve independently completed, but would prefer to be deeply involved in the development of the story. If you have a proposal, send us a brief, two-page pitch explaining what the project is, how you would complete it, and why you’re capable of doing so. Please use our contact contact form and indicate in the subject line that your pitch is for an investigation.

Personal Essays

The ideal personal essay narrates a brief, defining period in your life and explains the insight you derived from it. When you’re ready to propose one, please send a description of what you’d like to write, and — if available — a draft, through our contact form. In the subject line, please indicate that your e-mail is a personal essay pitch. Your pitch should clearly explain which period of your life you’d like to write about and what you learned from it. Please be aware that if you have no clips, you will be asked to produce your essay on spec.

Humor

We welcome personal and political jokes, cartoons, essays, and multimedia. To become one of our humor writers, please apply by sending us your resume and links to some of your clips. Please use our contact form and indicate in the subject line that you’re interested in humor writing. Please be aware that if you have no clips, you will be asked to produce your piece on spec.

Opinion

For this section, we are looking for subject matter experts to opine about local, national and international affairs that might not be in the news cycle. To become one of our opinion writers, please apply by sending us your resume, a list of your areas of expertise and links to some  of your previous opinion articles. You could also simply submit a completed draft of the article you’d like us to publish. Please use our contact form and indicate in the subject line that you’re interested in opinion writing.