Mother Jones, the independent, nonprofit newsmagazine, has always been about holding those in power accountable for their actions. Since its inception in 1976, this fearless pub has done just that. Remember Mitt Romney’s infamous ‘47 percent‘ video? That was uncovered by David Corn, MoJo’s Washington D.C. bureau chief.
So how can freelancers get their foot in the door at this National Magazine Award-winning pub? Well, it helps to know what the editors are (and aren’t) looking for:
The mag prides itself on strong reporting, so those sending a query need to demonstrate the reporting opportunities and highlight any reporting that has already been done for the story. “I can’t emphasize the reporting bit enough,” explained [senior editor Nick Baumann]. Freelancers should also keep in mind that the editors will judge how well you write based on the pitch — so make sure you nail the voice of the piece in your query. “Just like you want to surprise the reader, you want to surprise us. Surprise the editors,” said Baumann.
To hear more about Mother Jones, including what mistakes to avoid when creating your submission, read: How To Pitch: Mother Jones.
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