The Root, the news website that reports on today’s world from the perspective of African-Americans, aims to not only publish timely, thought-provoking stories, but also to be a “part of the conversation that’s going on in the [black] community,” says managing editor Lyne Pitts.
Writers are encouraged to join that conversation by pitching relevant stories on politics, pop culture, sports and entertainment. But there are other untapped themes that Pitts hopes to expand upon — and could very well get your pitch a second look:
Our folks are people of faith. If you look at any survey, the majority of African-Americans consider themselves churchgoers. We don’t talk about the importance of faith in people’s lives and we don’t have people we go to as freelance writers in the faith community. I think that’s important and that’s an area where we could see some improvement.
In addition, the western United States is an area currently lacking coverage. Says Pitts:
We hear about things in New York and Chicago and we get a read of what’s going on in the South, but we’re weak past Illinois. There could be stories bubbling in Los Angeles or Dallas that we don’t hear about as readily as we should.
For more information on getting your stories into The Root, read: How to Pitch: The Root.
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