Call for Pitches for Diverse Voices Series

The Open Notebook is seeking pitches for a new article series that will examine the experiences, expertise, and perspectives of science journalists from communities that are underrepresented in science journalism. The Diverse Voices in Science Journalism series aims to bring greater visibility to these journalists and to issues of special relevance to them. We strive, in our coverage, to consider multiple dimensions of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ status, mental/physical ability, religion, class, age, nation of origin, and more.

We invite pitches for original reported articles, Q&A interviews, roundtable discussions, first-person or reported essays, and other stories that help fulfill the series goals. Articles should be about 1,500 words, and we pay between $750 and $1,000 per article. We do not have a travel budget.

This series is made possible by a partnership with the National Association of Science Writers Diversity Committee and is supported by Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation.

Please submit pitches via email to Siri Carpenter ( before June 11. Include pitches and writing samples in the body of your email.

Pitches should describe the proposed story’s angle and key elements. Note that TON stories typically include a heavy focus on science journalism craft, so we expect writers to offer strategies and tools that people can take away and apply to their own work. Please also briefly describe your background/credentials and include links to a few pieces of your published work.


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