From the desk of Karen Pinchin:
In advance of OpenFile Vancouver’s launch in early November, I’m happy to announce that we are officially accepting pitches for the site and are inviting PWAC Vancouver members to contribute. Guided by the principle that all news starts as local news, we intend to cover issues that matter in the places where we live. So whether that pertains to transportation, environment, small business, society, housing, municipal issues, human interest or the arts, we want to find and tell local stories that matter.
This means we’re looking for freelance writers, photographers and multimedia people to participate in this storytelling process. With a solid foundation in reporting fundamentals and ethics, paired with our new online platform of community engagement, we think we can do great things in Vancouver and are relying on you to find and tell these stories.
Have an idea for a story already? Is there something happening in your community that fits the bill? Open sign up for an account here with your full name and postal code, open your file here (It won’t be public; only I can see it. And don’t worry about the Vocabularies section. The Vancouver site is on its way) and write a few sentences about what the story is, who you’d interview and any other details you think I need to know. Our first round of stories will be assigned by Oct. 25, and we’ll be looking for pitches on an ongoing basis through the fall. Once you sign up for and are approved for a journalist account, you’ll be able to see more details on style, payment, etc at our contributor guidelines here.
And, as the freelance life can be a lonely one, we’ll be hosting a pre-launch social at Gastown’s Guilt & Company this Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bring a friend, spread the word and come say hi.
If you have any questions or want further details, please contact Karen Pinchin. If you know of any other writers or media types who might be interested, feel free to forward this information.