Getaways and the Great Outdoors Can Get You Into 5280

This Denver mag seeks 'ambitious reads' on life in the Mile High City.

5280-ArtWhat do those numbers mean? As Denver residents probably know, 5280 refers to the Mile High City’s 5280-foot elevation above sea level. The magazine, in its print and digital versions, focuses on the wide breadth of things to do, see and explore in the area, as well as its newsmakers.

First-time freelancers will be happy to know the magazine’s editor, Geoff Van Dyke, is less interested in where you came from than in the fact that you know where your story is headed:

“I don’t put a lot of credence into the fact that someone went to Columbia J School,” says Van Dyke. “If you did, great, but if you didn’t, that’s great too. If [the story idea] fits with our mission, we’ll assign it.”

To start, try pitching the “Great Outdoors” or “Getaways” sections.

The magazine’s “Great Outdoors” and “Getaways” sections are also good places for a writer to get her foot in the door at 5280. “Getaways” focuses on traveling, particularly day and weekend trips, while “Great Outdoors” includes write-ups on outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding, rafting and mountain biking.

For more, including how to structure your pitch, read: How To Pitch: 5280

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