You may remember JSTOR from your college days, that store of scholarly articles you drew on for your end-of-term research papers. But then you left school, and swapped out the world of scholarly research for more recent, faster news. Staying up on current events took precedence over deepening your knowledge of the historical and analytical research that explains those events.
Last fall, JSTOR introduced JSTOR Daily, a digital publication that bridges those worlds. As editor Catherine Halley explained: “We are looking at current news stories and giving you the scholarly backstory.” One of those areas for which JSTOR Daily is actively seeking pitches is for its “Long Reads” section.
These stories are published once a week on Wednesdays and run from 1,800 to 2,000 words. Ideally, the feature will have a hook that’s tied to a newsworthy event or an upcoming anniversary. Halley advises that you think of these as a new way to explore a current topic. “It’s slow news,” she says, adding that features should identify patterns between current events and scholarly work, provide the backstory for new studies, and keep a conversational, approachable tone. The idea is to reference journals, not to sound like them.
For more, including how to structure your pitch emails, read: How To Pitch: JSTOR Daily
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