Writing for openDemocracy
openDemocracy is an independent global media organisation.
Through reporting and analysis of social and political issues, we seek to educate citizens to challenge power and encourage democratic debate across the world.
We publish written and multimedia content in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Arabic from all corners of the world, and by all types of people – from established to aspiring journalists, career academics to PhD students, representatives of international NGOs to grassroots activists, lawyers, educators, previously unheard voices from around the world – to name a few.
We are particularly interested in hearing from groups that are under-represented in the media.
How to do it
Send us a short proposal, or 'pitch'.
Please familiarise yourself with our content. It is useful to check previous coverage of the topic you are addressing, so your proposal complements rather than duplicates it.
If we want to accept your pitch, one of our editors will email you to explain what happens next.
We regret that we cannot respond individually to all the pitches we get. If we are interested in taking your idea further, we aim to respond within three UK working days.
If you don’t hear from us, though, don’t lose heart! It doesn’t mean your pitch was bad – it may just be that we didn’t have the capacity to take it on.
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To assure our writers gain as much exposure as possible around the world, openDemocracy has adopted a Creative Commons licence for much of its content.
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What our authors say
“Thank you for what you are doing, as a feminist journalist who often finds journalistic spaces really intimidating and exclusionary, because of how they are dominated by patriarchal ideas and masculinity. It’s such a breath of fresh air to even hear about the idea of feminist investigative journalism.” 2018 journalism fellow
“It really means a lot especially given this is the first time I've written something like this and published it… I really appreciate being given the opportunity to hold space for my voice :)” First time (activist) writer
"Writing for openDemocracy gives me a remarkable opportunity to provide contemporary analysis on security issues for many thousands of informed people across the world.
"I find it hugely satisfying because it goes far beyond the readerships that most academics can reach. It is a demanding process and means that you really have to be on top of your subject, but the reward of being able to engage with opinion formers, journalists, teachers, students and many others more than compensates for that." Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University
“I found openDemocracy by chance, and corny as it sounds they’ve transformed my writing life. Their willingness to put in the extra work editing helps me shape my precious but convoluted articles into something readable.” Deborah Padfield (Citizens Advice Bureau adviser, Cambridge)
“The effects [of publishing my article on openDemocracy] were quite significant: I was invited to meet government ministers, including a cabinet minister, as well as the Trades Union Congress.” Carlota Perez, honorary professor at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London
"I write for openDemocracy for the same reasons I read it: its internationalism, its rigour of thought and the astonishing wealth of wisdom and debate in its pages. Writing for such a challenging audience and in the company of such excellent writers has a way of pulling your best work from you.
"As a hack, writing for openDemocracy has two juicy advantages. The first is that it is very difficult to persuade the news editor of a British tabloid to take 1,000 words on the injustices of global trade rules. Secondly (and this is not for the faint-hearted), the readers do not suffer fools gladly, if at all." Tom Burgis, journalist, now at the Financial Times
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