To bring greater awareness of socio-environmental issues in Latin America, Mongabay is currently accepting pitches in English and Spanish.
In Spanish, please visit this page for guidance.
In English, Mongabay is currently seeking story proposals on the following topics:
- Conservation activities, science, and projects in Central and South America with an emphasis on the tropical Andes.
- Infrastructure development inclusive of roads, railways, industrial waterways, ports, dams, electrical transmission lines, and their financing.
- Forests with an emphasis on recent deforestation and forest degradation, and illegalities associated with deforestation (ie. logging, fires, land grabbing, etc.), as well as nature-based solutions for curbing deforestation and climate change. For more details, please review the tropical forests and reforestation project.
- Agribusiness (especially cattle and soy production) and extractive industries (especially artisanal and industrial mining), in particular tracing global supply chain relationships and covering efforts to create and maintain profitable and environmentally-sound businesses. For more details, please review the tropical forests and land rights and extractives projects.
- Indigenous peoples and traditional rural communities, with a preference for stories relevant to land rights, the maintenance of traditional cultures and creation of sustainable livelihoods.
- Wildlife and biodiversity inclusive of terrestrial and aquatic freshwater ecosystems, with a focus on specific locales, and/or plants and animals.
- Changes in legislation and policies that could considerably affect the management and conservation and other forested biomes.
For the purposes of this process, Latin America includes the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Uruguay, Venezuela.
To pitch a story pertaining to Brazil, please refer to this page for guidance.
Each story will be between 800 and 2,000 words in length and will include quotes from at least three original interviews. Authors will be expected to provide five to 10 publishable photos free for Mongabay’s use to accompany their articles, along with captions and photo credits.
Mongabay will negotiate all fees and contracts on a per-story basis. Completed stories will be paid on a per word or fixed fee basis, with rates depending primarily on the journalist’s experience. Mongabay.com publishes under an open Creative Commons license that allows for sharing, translation, and re-posting. More information on Mongabay’s editorial standards and practice can be found here.
How to submit your story pitch
To send Mongabay a pitch, please be prepared to also share your resume/portfolio along with three samples of your work. The story pitch should be roughly 500 words in length and include a title for the project. Viable pitches will clearly explain the specific subject you would like to write about in detail and your approach to covering it, and describe a few potential sources. Pitches for video-led stories should also include a shot list and a list of expected interviews.
Support for travel expenses may also be provided by Mongabay. Please include a preliminary travel plan and budget estimate (using this template) if support for travel expenses will be required to carry out reporting. Do not include payments for your work in this budget estimate. Please also describe COVID-19-related precautions you intend to take and any travel restrictions that may impact your plans.
- Pitch a story to the Latin America team in English
- Pitch a story to the Latin America team in Spanish