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To tell a compelling story to readers, you first need to sell your idea to an editor. TON has compiled dozens of successful feature pitches to a wide range of publications. Each pitch is accompanied by a link to the resulting published story.

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1. Title → “Convincing the Public to Accept New Medical Guidelines”
Publisher: Miller-McCune
Writer: Christie Aschwanden
Year: 2010
Tags:Miller-McCune, Aschwanden, 2010
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2. Title → “The Top Athletes Looking for an Edge and the Scientists Trying to Stop Them”
Publisher: Smithsonian
Writer: Christie Aschwanden
Year: 2012
Tags:Smithsonian, Aschwanden, 2012
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3. Title → “Dating Duo Illuminates Modern Humans’ Journey”
Publisher: Science
Writer: Michael Balter
Year: 2011
Tags:Science, Balter, 2011
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4. Title → “Was North Africa the Launch Pad for Modern Human Migrations?”
Publisher: Science
Writer: Michael Balter
Year: 2011
Tags:Science, Balter, 2011
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5. Title → “Bullets, Bombs and Butterflies”
Publisher: North Carolina Wildlife
Writer: T. DeLene Beeland
Year: 2011
Tags:North Carolina Wildlife, Beeland, 2011
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6. Title → “Saving Ethiopia’s ‘Church Forests’”
Publisher: PLoS Blogs
Writer: T. DeLene Beeland
Year: 2011
Tags:PLoS Blogs, Beeland, 2011
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7. Title → “Surgery for Obese Children?”
Publisher: New York Times
Writer: Laura Beil
Year: 2010
Tags:New York Times, Beil, 2010
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8. Title → “The Magic Bullet for Prostate Cancer”
Publisher: Men’s Health
Writer: Laura Beil
Year: 2011
Tags:Men’s Health, Beil, 2011
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9. Title → “Thugs [Act Two: Lifers]”
Publisher: This American Life
Writer: Laura Beil
Year: 2011
Tags:This American Life, Beil, 2011
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10. Title → “Massive Biometric Project Gives Millions of Indians an ID”
Publisher: Wired
Writer: Vince Beiser
Year: 2011
Tags:Wired, Beiser, 2011
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11. Title → “Death in the Pot”
Publisher: Lapham’s Quarterly
Writer: Deborah Blum
Year: 2011
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12. Title → “Mirror Life”
Publisher: Wired
Writer: John Bohannon
Year: 2010
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13. Title → “What’s So Hot about Chili Peppers?”
Publisher: Smithsonian
Writer: Brendan Borrell
Year: 2009
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14. Title → “Mountains to Climb”
Publisher: Nature Medicine
Writer: Brendan Borrell
Year: 2010
Tags:Nature Medicine, Borrell, 2010
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15. Title → “Treating an Illness Is One Thing. What About a Patient With Many?”
Publisher: New York Times
Writer: Siri Carpenter
Year: 2009
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16. Title → “A Botox Gap in Understanding Emotion”
Publisher: Los Angeles Times
Writer: Siri Carpenter
Year: 2010
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17. Title → “At Trading Crossroads, Permafrost Yields Siberian Secrets”
Publisher: New York Times
Writer: Charles Choi
Year: 2004
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18. Title → “Looking This Way and That, and Learning to Adapt to the World”
Publisher: New York Times
Writer: Charles Choi
Year: 2010
Tags:New York Times, Choi, 2010
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19. Title → “Buried Answers”
Publisher: New York Times Magazine
Writer: David Dobbs
Year: 2005
Tags:New York Times Magazine, Dobbs, 2005
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20. Title → “The Orchid Children”
Publisher: Atlantic
Writer: David Dobbs
Year: 2009
Tags:Atlantic, Dobbs, 2009
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21. Title → “Lights, Camera, Infection”
Publisher: Nature
Writer: Jeanne Erdmann
Year: 2009
Tags:Nature, Erdmann, 2009
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22. Title → “New Breast Surgery Comes with Choices”
Publisher: Cure
Writer: Jeanne Erdmann
Year: 2010
Tags:Cure, Erdmann, 2010
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23. Title → Telltale Hearts
Publisher: Nature Medicine
Writer: Jeanne Erdmann
Year: 2013
Tags:Nature Medicine, Erdmann, 2013
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24. Title → “You’re Never Too Old to Exercise. A 98-Year-Old Shows Us Why”
Publisher: Washington Post
Writer: Jeanne Erdmann
Year: 2013
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25. Title → “How Old Are Your Knees?”
Publisher: Women’s Health
Writer: Jeanne Erdmann
Year: 2013
Tags:Women’s Health, Women’s Health, Erdmann, 2013
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26. Title → “Vehicle-to-Grid: A New Spin on Car Payments”
Publisher: Miller-McCune
Writer: Dan Ferber
Year: 2011
Tags:Miller-McCune, Ferber, 2011
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27. Title → “The Blind Man Who Taught Himself to See”
Publisher: Men’s Journal
Writer: Michael Finkel
Year: 2011
Tags:Men’s Journal, Finkel, 2011
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28. Title → “Niether Models nor Miracles: A Look at Synthetic Biology”
Publisher: Ars Technica
Writer: Robert Fortner
Year: 2010
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29. Title → “The Ground Zero of Climate Change”
Publisher: Discover
Writer: Douglas Fox
Year: 2008
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30. Title → “Did Life Evolve in Ice?”
Publisher: Discover
Writer: Douglas Fox
Year: 2008
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31. Title → “The Physics of Intelligence”
Publisher: Scientific American
Writer: Douglas Fox
Year: 2011
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32. Title → “A Fight for Life that United a Field”
Publisher: Nature
Writer: Lauren Gravitz
Year: 2011
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33. Title → “Our Data, Ourselves”
Publisher: Discover
Writer: Kate Greene
Year: 2011
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34. Title → “Racing with Sam”
Publisher: New York Times Magazine
Writer: Robin Marantz Henig
Year: 2005
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35. Title → “Looking for the Lie”
Publisher: New York Times Magazine
Writer: Robin Marantz Henig
Year: 2006
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36. Title → “Understanding the Anxious Mind”
Publisher: New York Times Magazine
Writer: Robin Marantz Henig
Year: 2009
Tags:New York Times Magazine, Marantz Henig, 2009
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37. Title → “Hot, Flat, Crowded – And Preparing for the Worst”
Publisher: Science
Writer: Mason Inman
Year: 2009
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38. Title → “Settling the Science on Himalayan Glaciers”
Publisher: Nature
Writer: Mason Inman
Year: 2010
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39. Title → “Homing in on Black Holes”
Publisher: Smithsonian
Writer: Robert Irion
Year: 2008
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40. Title → “Something New Under the Sun”
Publisher: Smithsonian
Writer: Robert Irion
Year: 2011
Tags:Smithsonian, Irion, 2011
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41. Title → “This Next Gen Camera Is Flash-Free, With or Without Light”
Publisher: Popular Mechanics
Writer: Ferris Jabr
Year: 2010
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42. Title → “Heard It on the Grapevine: The Secret Society of Plants”
Publisher: New Scientist
Writer: Ferris Jabr
Year: 2011
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43. Title → “Scott Macartney’s Comeback”
Publisher: Outside
Writer: Jennifer Kahn
Year: 2009
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44. Title → “Gene Therapy in a New Light”
Publisher: Smithsonian
Writer: Jocelyn Kaiser
Year: 2009
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45. Title → “Little Beetle, Big Horns”
Publisher: Science News for Kids
Writer: Roberta Kwok
Year: 2007
Tags:Science News for Kids, Kwok, 2007
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46. Title → “Braving Iceland’s Volcano”
Publisher: Financial Times Weekend Magazine
Writer: Lucas Laursen
Year: 2010
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47. Title → “Iceland Eruptions Fuel Interest in Volcanic Gas Monitoring”
Publisher: Science
Writer: Lucas Laursen
Year: 2010
Tags:Science, Laursen, 2010
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48. Title → “Is San Francisco Next?”
Publisher: Atlantic
Writer: Judith Lewis Mernit
Year: 2011
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49. Title → “Here Comes the Sun”
Publisher: Audubon
Writer: Judith Lewis Mernit
Year: 2011
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50. Title → “The Enemy Within: A New Pattern of Antibiotic Resistance”
Publisher: Scientific American
Writer: Maryn McKenna
Year: 2011
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51. Title → “Carbon Detectives Are Tracking Gases in Colorado”
Publisher: New York Times
Writer: Susan Moran
Year: 2008
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52. Title → “Team Tracks a Food Supply at the End of the World”
Publisher: New York Times
Writer: Susan Moran
Year: 2012
Tags:New York Times, Moran, 2012
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53. Title → “Teaming up with Thoreau”
Publisher: Smithsonian
Writer: Michelle Nijhuis
Year: 2007
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54. Title → “What is Killing the Bats?”
Publisher: Smithsonian
Writer: Michelle Nijhuis
Year: 2011
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55. Title → “Welcome to Armageddon, USA”
Publisher: Wired
Writer: Ben Paynter
Year: 2010
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56. Title → “The Bionic Man Who Builds Bionic People”
Publisher: Discover
Writer: Adam Piore
Year: 2011
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57. Title → “The Army’s Bold Plan to Turn Soldiers Into Telepaths”
Publisher: Discover
Writer: Adam Piore
Year: 2011
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58. Title → “Déjà Vu, Again and Again”
Publisher: New York Times Magazine
Writer: Evan Ratliff
Year: 2006
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59. Title → “The Plague Fighters: Stopping the Next Pandemic Before it Occurs”
Publisher: Wired
Writer: Evan Ratliff
Year: 2007
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60. Title → “Taming the Wild”
Publisher: National Geographic
Writer: Evan Ratliff
Year: 2011
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61. Title → “Why the Buffalo Can’t Roam”
Publisher: OnEarth
Writer: Hillary Rosner
Year: 2010
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62. Title → “Waiting For an Arm and a Leg”
Publisher: Popular Science
Writer: Suzanne Sataline
Year: 2006
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63. Title → “Bad Blood: The 9/11 Blood Donation Disaster”
Publisher: New Republic
Writer: Douglas Starr
Year: 2002
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64. Title → “Dracula Was the Original Thug”
Publisher: Slate
Writer: Douglas Starr
Year: 2012
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65. Title → “Can You Fake Mental Illness?”
Publisher: Slate
Writer: Douglas Starr
Year: 2012
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66. Title → “The Interview: Do Police Interrogation Techniques Produce False Confessions?”
Publisher: New Yorker
Writer: Douglas Starr
Year: 2013
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67. Title → “Troubled Teens”
Publisher: Conservation
Writer: Dawn Stover
Year: 2009
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68. Title → “In Tonsils, a Problem the Size of a Pea”
Publisher: New York Times
Writer: Elizabeth Svoboda
Year: 2009
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69. Title → “New EPA Rules Could Prevent ‘Fracking’ Backlash”
Publisher: Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Writer: Paul Tullis
Year: 2012
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70. Title → “What Obama Can Do about Gas Prices”
Publisher: Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Writer: Paul Tullis
Year: 2012
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71. Title → “Do You Know Where Your Medicine Came From?”
Publisher: Pacific Standard
Writer: Paul Tullis
Year: 2012
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72. Title → “Global Warming: An Exclusive Look at James Hansen’s Scary New Math”
Publisher: Time
Writer: Paul Tullis
Year: 2012
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73. Title → “The New School of Fish”
Publisher: San Francisco Magazine
Writer: Erik Vance
Year: 2011
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74. Title → “It’s Complicated: The Lives of Dolphins and Scientists”
Publisher: Discover
Writer: Erik Vance
Year: 2011
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75. Title → “All Along the Watchtower”
Publisher: High Country News
Writer: Eric Wagner
Year: 2008
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76. Title → “After the Floods”
Publisher: High Country News
Writer: Eric Wagner
Year: 2009
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77. Title → “The Windhover”
Publisher: High Country News
Writer: Eric Wagner
Year: 2010
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78. Title → “The Rules of Attraction”
Publisher: Economist
Writer: Alexandra Witze
Year: 2010
Tags:Economist, Witze, 2010
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79. Title → “Before the Levees Break: A Plan to Save the Netherlands”
Publisher: Wired
Writer: David Wolman
Year: 2008
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80. Title → “The Split Brain: A Tale of Two Halves”
Publisher: Nature
Writer: David Wolman
Year: 2012
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