50+ pitching guides for NYT, NatGeo, Wired, WaPo, Bustle and more

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Hello and welcome to Freelancing With Tim! This newsletter is a resource for journalists full of tips, advice and guidance about making it in the industry. It covers everything from writing the perfect pitch and building a freelance business to crafting a longform narrative and generating story ideas.

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With that out of the way, let’s get to the goods: all those excellent pitching guides. Good luck!

National Geographic

Mental Floss




The New York Times Styles

Condé Nast Traveler


Texas Highways

NPR, Code Switch

Penlight Magazine


The Verge

Business Insider

The Washington Post, Launcher

The Washington Post, Inspired Life



This American Life

Brain Facts

The Guardian’s Music Section


The Muse


Gizmodo, io9 and Earther

Chronicle of Higher Education




Atlas Obscura


Vice’s Motherboard


Institutional Investor


The Startup

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Bon Appetit, Basically and Healthyish

The Correspondent

American Prospect

Lit Hub

Rest of World

Scientific American

Psychology Today

The Financial Diet

Popular Science



High Country News

Fast Company


Laptop Mag

NPR (this is more general advice about pitching)

Deadspin (R.I.P., but it’s an excellent guide)

The Outline (also R.I.P., but another useful guide)

Oh, a few other things …

• On July 30, more than 150 incredibly generous people helped raise $1,873.21 (!!!) for the Journalist Furlough Fund. What! That is amazing! Huge, huge thanks to Lyz Lenz, Kim Kelly, Wesley Lowery, Sopan Deb, Soraya McDonald and Paige Cornwell for joining our panel, it was an absolute blast and I can’t wait to do another one!

• Friendly reminder to take 15 minutes right now and email that editor who has owed you money for an assignment for months. It works!

• Send questions, comments, thoughts, cute pet photos or anything else to freelancingwithtim@gmail.com, and follow me on Twitter for updates throughout the week about sessions.

Okay bye ily!
-Tim ❤️