Among black magazines, Uptown distinguishes itself by targeting more affluent readers interested in the finer things in life. The pub’s New York edition is distributed nationally, and, in addition to FOB stories about the latest food, clothing and entertainment trends, freelancers are encouraged to pitch longer, research-based stories for the feature well.
“We’re always looking for good, relevant stories that relate to our demographic,” explained editor-in-chief Angela Bronner Helm. “And it doesn’t necessarily have to be a profile on a black trendsetter or industry leader, even though those are good.” Case in point: a recently assigned 2,000-word feature on African-American professionals and their use of cognitive steroids, like Adderall and Ritalin.
— Andrea Hackett