The Tyee is an online news magazine from Vancouver, British Columbia. They accept pitches for original reporting, personal essays, photo essays, analysis and opinion pieces.
They are interested in all kinds of subjects. When they accept a pitch for a story, they work with the freelancer to determine whether it is a one-day, two-day, or three-day story. They do not usually assign pieces above the three-day rate.
- The Tyee is making very few freelance assignments through the summer months. If you have an idea for a pitch, they suggest trying them in September.
- The Tyee is an online magazine that tells stories about politics, culture, climate change, the environment and life in the British Columbia region. And they are always looking for more.
- Their readership has steadily grown since 2003 and averages about one million page views per month. Whether you are a writer, illustrator, designer or photographer — if you have a story to tell, they would appreciate it if you hit them up.
- The best way for someone to get involved with them is to submit a pitch. They accept pitches for original reporting, personal essays, photo essays, analysis and opinion pieces.
- They especially encourage story ideas and submissions from people underrepresented in media, including but not limited to women, Indigenous people, Black people, people of colour, people of various gender identities, LGBTQ2S+ people and disabled people.
- They are also interested in all sorts of subjects. Pitch them your fresh ideas.
- Please know that the editors take care to read all pitches, they cannot guarantee a response to each one. If you do not receive a response after two weeks, it is not likely that we can move forward with your proposal.
- David Beers, editor-in-chief (Vancouver, B.C.): dbeers@]thetyee.ca. David specializes in major investigations and will redirect your pitch to a more suitable editor if applicable.
What They Want To See
A strong pitch will include:
- A one-line pitch or headline.
- A scene or two, and quotes if appropriate.
- A clear and fresh hook.
- Why should their readers care? How does the issue impact them?
- Some sources you plan to speak to if any.
- Why it belongs in The Tyee and which section.
- Why you are the best person to tell this story.
- Reported coverage.
- First-person point of view.
Your pitch does not have to be perfect. They want someone who has a clear story idea, and they are happy to work together from there to workshop it if they see potential. Their editors are open to phone conversations to talk out angles and support you in the reporting process if need be.
They pay freelancers a rate of $250.
More questions? Visit their website.