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Bring Your Perspective to The Root

The Root screenshot“There is power in looking,” said bell hooks, in Black Looks: Race and Representation, back in 1992. She encouraged black women to develop a critical gaze toward the way they were represented in Hollywood films as a means to create  their own identities. Things have come a long way since then; the world now knows its first black president. However, that’s not saying that race and identity issues no longer exist.

At The Root, freelancers have the opportunity to join the discussion about topics affecting the black community today. The online publication, launched in 2008, covers the nation’s biggest news stories — with an African-American angle. “The idea was to bring smart, thoughtful pieces that bring a black perspective to the news of the day and reflect the conversations that black people are having,” explained Lauren Williams, deputy editor.

The  pub welcomes freelancers to share their stories and experiences, given that they provide a fresh and creative prespective.

For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch: The Root.

Sherry Yuan

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90 Percent of AskMen.com is Freelance-Written

AskMen.com, which focuses on giving guys actionable advice on career, health, dating and more, is in the market for freelancers with expertise. So, if you can show off personal finance savvy or dieting know-how to the editors, you could be landing assignments in no time.

“Our typical user is a guy in his late 20s, who is well out of college and may be getting his footing in his career, but is very much in an evolution phase in his life,” said editor-in-chief James Bassil. “He’s open to improvement, honest with himself about what he wants to do and is open to change. In presenting content, we want to egg readers on and motivate them to get through those changes, but also give them the tools to do so by providing a tangible, concrete thing that he needs to do right there. Takeaway value is huge. We want to give readers something they can put into use right away.”

Got a great idea for the site? Find more pitching guidelines and editors’ contact info in How To Pitch: AskMen.com. [subscription required]