Each issue of the Globalist begins with a call for pitches. A pitch consists of one to three paragraphs which powerfully and concisely explain your idea for a potential Globalist article. The Globalist, unlike other campus publications, does not have a list of pre-assigned topics that will be written on for each issue because we want each author to be familiar with his or her own piece. This does not mean you have to be an expert in the article you’re pitching about, but simply that you should choose a topic you are personally enthused to write about.
Consider writing about a topic you’re interested in academically, something you read about that sparked your interest, something you’ve experienced while abroad, or something a friend or family member has experienced and told you about. More experienced writers could consider covering the international implications of Yale’s actions.
Note: We also accept and encourage pitches for visual pieces, including photo essays, visual artwork, and info-graphics. If you are interested in pitching this kind of a piece, please include an image or two, ideally of the proposed topic or otherwise of your past work, and an explanation of the concept behind it.
We strongly recommend that you explore our site prior to drafting a pitch. In the print archives, you can get a sense of the different types of pieces that we run and the various issues our writers explore. See below for our Pitching FAQ and here to learn more about the Globalist writing process. While we lack the space to run every proposed story in our print edition, we will work with you to try to find a place for the piece online. We respond to all submissions.
The next call for pitches will occur in late November. Prior to then, if you’re interested in writing an online feature story, reach out to Josh Feng, one of our Online Editors, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I include in my article pitch?
Every successful pitch will:
- Describe the topic of the proposed article. Give us a sense not only of what the general topic is, but also what your “angle” or what the central “drama” of the piece will be. What central tension or conflict in the topic have you identified as interesting, or do you expect to be interesting upon further investigation? Treat this like a hypothesis: your initial ideas may and probably will change as you report more, but give us a sense of what the piece will explore and why.
- Explain what new angle or particular perspective you as the author can bring to this piece. Will your article look at something the news media has not covered? Do you have personal experience with the topic you’re writing about (you absolutely don’t have to)? Why are you a particularly good person to be writing this piece?
- Show evidence of any sourcing you may have done so far and indicate what additional sourcing you will need to do. We want to know that the sources you plan on using for the article. Include notes on who you may have already contacted. Your sourcing doesn’t need to be complete, but it may help to call or email your main sources and confirm that they’re willing to be interviewed and are excited to help you with your piece. Otherwise, list some of the sources that you intend to contact, and how you think you’ll be able to do so (e.g. you have their email/number, or you’re in touch with one of their contacts).
- Include a sample “lede” or introduction to how the piece might start. Your piece might end up going in a vastly different direction than what you had originally planned, but writing out a sample lede, or introductory sentence, helps us get a sense of what direction you anticipate the piece heading in.
- If you are pitching a written piece, tell us what kind of article you want to write. Globalist articles come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. We cover everything from articles on politics or economics to pieces on culture. Every issue includes a “theme,” and ¼ of the articles in each issue will be on that theme, but the rest of the magazine is off-theme. Feel free to pitch articles both on and off theme.
What are the different types of Globalist articles?
- Glimpses: 700-words. These are short pieces that give us a quick look into an interesting development or issue somewhere in the world. See here and here for past glimpses we’ve run.
- Features: we run two kinds, though the magazine is not explicitly broken into these sections.
- Reportorial Features: 1400 or 2100 words (Globalist articles have run longer than this before, but they must be in increments of 700 words). These are more heavily researched and reported pieces, and they often utilize on-the-ground reporting. They are written entirely in third person. Consider writing a profile for this if you can. See here, here, and here for examples.
- Narrative Features: 1400 or 2100 words. Like reportorial features, these require more reporting and research. These articles use the first person and are most appropriate when the author has done exclusively on-the-ground reporting and has unique personal perspective on the topic. Consider writing a profile for this if you have a relationship with an interesting person. See here and here for examples.
- Profiles: 700 or 1400 words. A profile is a type of features that usually describes and gives us insight into an interesting person, though a profile can also be of an organization or company.
- Book Reviews: 700 or 1400 words. A book review is a description, critical analysis, and evaluation of the quality of a book related to international affairs. A book review is also a possible window into a particular issue, and the writer will be expected to do sourcing in order to evaluate the book within the context of the issue it pertains to. See here for a past book review we’ve run.
- Perspectives: 700 words. This is the Globalist “op-ed” section. These is the section to write for if you have some experience with the issue but are not looking for a more explicitly reportorial piece to write. See here and here for examples.
- Postcards: 700 words. This is a section of Perspectives pieces written while you are abroad or if you have just come back (whether you are studying abroad or went on, say, a Reach Out trip). Each “postcard” or “Letter from ____” is written in the first person about your experiences in the place you have been. See here for a Letter from Brazil and here for a Letter from Orissa, India.
- Q&As: Interviews with interesting people. Yale professors, alumni, and affiliates can often make for great sources. If you’re having trouble reaching out to the individual in question, let us know if we can help. See here for an example.
How can I get a feel for what the Globalist looks for in its articles?
The best way to understand the Globalist’s style and goals is to read through recent issues of the magazine, either in print or online at tyglobalist.org. But to give you some idea, the Globalist is a quarterly magazine with an interest in publishing reported work with a bend towards the international. Most reporting for Globalist pieces is done by interviewing people who are not often located in the US, either by being there in person or doing interviews via phone or Skype. It’s especially good if you have been to the country or region you are writing about or will be traveling to it before the article is due so that you can do on-the-ground reporting.
Can I submit more than one pitch per issue?
Yes, but we encourage you to only pitch articles you would be passionate about writing.
What kind of formatting should I follow?
Send your article pitch(es) in a single MS Word document of no more than one page in total. Save your document with the title “Issue #.Last name.pitch”
What does it mean if my pitch is rejected?
Pitches are rejected for many reasons. Sometimes a proposed topic has been already covered in a recent issue of the Globalist. Other times, we receive an excess of article proposals on the same region or topic and can only select one or two of them. A rejection should not be taken as a sign to give up! Since the Globalist is a quarterly, there are multiple opportunities each semester to send in your pitches. An exciting and always open platform for your writing at the Globalist is our website. The Globalist web presence includes four blogs, a team of dedicated beat bloggers and Vicarious Globetrotters, and a separate staff of summer bloggers. We may ask you to do your piece for the website as a featured online piece or in a series if you’ll be abroad for a longer period of time. Contributing to the blog instead of the print magazine is an exciting way to be a part of the burgeoning Globalist online presence. And remember to always keep your eyes open for stories; read news outlets from around the world, talk to friends from foreign countries, and when abroad, talk to everyone. Potential authors who consistently pitch new and interesting ideas will certainly find space in the magazine, in spite of the occasional rejection.