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Pitch an Article to Anthropocene Magazine

Anthropocene, a new digital, print, and live magazine from Future Earth (in partnership with Internews’ Earth Journalism Network), is commissioning a small number of articles from EJN for its web and print launch.

The Anthropocene defines Earth's most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced, or anthropogenic. The word combines the root "anthropo-," meaning "human," with the root "-cene," the standard suffix for "epoch" in geologic time. As the name of the magazine, our intention is to think broadly, beyond simply the geologic definition of the epoch, to how we can make our world more sustainable. One of our taglines is: “We’re in the drivers seat. Let’s start talking about where we want to go.”

For more background on the magazine and the people behind it, visit our website at: www.anthropocenemagazine.org

What Kind of Stories Are We Looking For?

  • Stories that investigate novel and innovative solutions to longstanding environmental problems. These can be local solutions to more widespread problems such as water shortages, flood control, or wildlife conservation.
  • Stories that offer a counterintuitive twist on a familiar topic. We want our readers’ reaction to be, “I’ve never thought about it that way before.”
  • Stories that explore an interesting dilemma intrinsic to the Anthropocene epoch.
  • Stories that have a “shelf life” and won’t fade with the next news cycle.

Here are some stories that might catch our eye:

  • How windcatchers, an ancient Persian cooling system, is making a comeback in modern green buildings
  • How a Nepalese engineer has created artificial glaciers to provide a reliable water supply for rural farmers
  • The interesting dilemmas raised by golden-headed lion tamarins in the suburbs of Rio—they are both an endangered species and an invasive species in a novel urban ecosystem.

Story Themes:

  • Food and Agriculture
  • Urban Sustainability and the Built Environment
  • Oceans
  • Health
  • Energy Conservation
  • Biodiversity

Audience:

Anthropocene readers are thinkers and doers committed to making sustainability a reality—not just an aspiration. Some are researchers and educators. Some are civil society professionals and policy makers. Some are business leaders and philanthropy officers. Others are engaged and intelligent lay people. They all want to be provoked, inspired, and surprised. They don’t want to read long-winded lectures, insider jargon, or narrowly technical writing.

Story Format & Length

We’re looking for stories ranging from 500-1,000 words—and are offering $US500 to $1,000/story, depending on complexity and length.

Stories can either be narratives or photo essays.

How to Apply: 

Journalists interested in pitching a story need to create an account with EJN to open up the form. You can do that by clicking the button below (if you need help, see this page). Please use this budget form to describe the required costs for completeing this story and be ready to share any of your prior works that would assist us in understanding your pitch. 

Once you fill in the required fields and save your application you will receive an automated email with a link to your pitch for your reference. If you receive this message, we confirm that your application will be reviewed. If you are having difficulty, please see this page before contacting us

Deadline: Monday August 22, 2016 at 5pm EST

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