IndigiNews intentionally creates a new approach to journalism. We focus on relationship building, uplifting storytelling, trauma-informed practice and the empowerment of colonial institutions.
We are a place where the stories that center Indigenous peoples are heard, understood and respected. We posted our first story in May 2020 and have shared hundreds since.
Now we’re looking to help people beyond our core team share stories. We welcome ideas for stories, reports, surveys or photo reports that match our intentions. IndigiNews stories typically range from 500 to 2,000 words.
Currently, our team is focused on serving people living in the traditional territories of the Okanagan and Vancouver Island, so our writers know the specific regional context and can support the stories in those regions. That said, if you are outside of these areas and have a story that you feel needs to be told, we would still love to hear from you.
Here are some examples of the type of work we do:
We want to work with storytellers of all kinds: journalists, photographers, creative writers, and community members with something to share. We especially welcome presentations from Indigenous writers and often work with emerging voices to support their process, so please feel free to share your ideas with us.
Before pitching to IndigiNews, please familiarize yourself with our 10 intentions. You can also find out more about our team and check out this pitch template.
gGuidelines to pitch to IndigiNews:
Send a 300-500 word paragraph to [email protected] that describes the who, where, when, why, why now, and how of your story idea. We want to know who is involved in the story, who is affected, where and when something happened, why the story is relevant to people now, and how you envision your story being shared.
Tell us if your story is timeless or timely. Timeless stories in journalism are stories that always mattered, that matter now, and will always matter. A timely story is a story that is relevant at this time, in our current political, social or economic reality.
We are visually rich storytellers. We love photos, videos, and audio. Can your story be told with visuals? If so, do you already have photos that you can send in your pitch, or can you describe any visual aids that we could incorporate into the story? Tell us about that too.
We hope to get to know you during this process, so tell us a little about who you are and why this story is important to you. If you have previous experience, include a few links to your work. And tell us if you started or sent the story elsewhere.
We’ll usually get back to you within three weeks (less if it’s an urgent matter) if we’re interested in the pitch. We aim to respond to everyone, but due to the volume of arguments we receive, if you don’t have a response within two weeks, you can assume that your story hasn’t been accepted at this time. We are a small team and plan to accept 2-3 independent stories per month – at this time. As we grow older, we hope to expand our ability to support more storytelling.
If your story is accepted:
IndigiNews shares trauma-informed and culturally sensitive stories. Often times, especially when we start working with a new storyteller, we like to discuss the steps to get there. This can include developing a plan to ensure that everyone you interview for the story is taken care of before, during, and after the post. We are also happy to help you through your process if needed.
You will file the story with an attractive editor, and our team will work with you to prepare the story for publication. Typically, a story will undergo at least two edits and a fact check. We strive to report the truth fairly and accurately. We take the time to go through all available resources to ensure the integrity of the stories we tell. When there are allegations made, we will speak to all affected persons and parties. This ensures that everyone involved has knowledge of what is being said and has a voice in the story.
Once ready, the article will be published on the IndigiNews website, and may also be republished by one of our partner organizations: The Discourse and / or APTN.
A price will be set when the story is accepted, and you will charge us for the story when we publish. IndigiNews pays freelancers on a sliding scale, typically between $ 250 and $ 1,000 depending on the length of a story, quality of images, depth and estimated time to completion.
We are excited to grow our community of storytellers in 2022. And as we do, we will continue to work tirelessly to be part of a community that strengthens our understanding of one another, and that builds bridges rather than walls, through the ancestor power of storytelling.