The Blacklight, the NY Amsterdam News’ investigative unit, is looking for experienced freelance journalists. 

Currently we are accepting pitches for stories about the impact of COVID-19 as well as gun violence on Black and brown communities, esp. in NYC. 

We are open to pitches from journalists based outside the United States. However, we require our journalists to have a connection to, understanding of, or experience reporting on Black and brown communities in the United States and/or New York City.

Send story ideas to blacklight@amsterdamnews.com along with a brief introduction as well as your CV and some clips.

In your pitch please answer the following questions:

What is the story about? Who is being impacted? Are there solutions to the challenges that you are writing about?

Has anyone else covered this story? If so, what makes your story different or deeper?

Who are the main subjects/sources that you will be interviewing/profiling? Are they willing to go on the record and be identified?

What do you see as the ideal length for your story and what is your proposed timeline for reporting and submitting a first draft?

Here are our pay rates!

Fact Checks – $250+

500-1000 words

1-2 interviews

1-2 days of research 

Medium length Articles – $1 a word

800-1500 words

2-4 interviews

Research 2-5 days

Long form Articles – $2 a word or flat commission fee

1500+words

4+ interviews

5+ days of research

Data Visualizations $250-$500+ per piece

1-3 days of work

May or may not require data cleaning