Pitches and Submissions

Broken Toilets is looking for contributors to be part of a new wave of development journalism. We want contributors who care about bringing objectivity, analysis and sensitivity to development reporting – particularly to address what is underrepresented or misrepresented in mainstream media. We are invested in finding out what’s working and not working in global development and supporting journalism charged with asking the right questions.

We want stories that examine ideas of progress, engage the people and communities at the center of aid, and show how the business of development is conducted and the implications from it. We want it all – the big policy issues, personal accounts, and everything else in between.

Each month Broken Toilets publishes at least four pieces that relate to the issue’s theme. Typically, an issue includes one 1500-2000 word deeply researched or reported piece, two 800-1000 word pieces in the style of an analysis, commentary or report, and one image, photo essay, podcast or video. We are open and excited to publish many types of media, so use Broken Toilets to tell the stories you care about the way you want to tell them. We pay (competitively) for work selected for the monthly issues; pay is determined by length and type.

We also welcome pitches and contributions to our blog, which is open to a variety of pieces on a broad range of topics. Blog posts would be under 800 words with accompanying images/media. Pieces selected for the blog are unpaid.

Pitches should show a wellthought out angle and a unique relevance to the monthly theme. Send us a short paragraph along with samples of previously published work so we can get to know you. And feel free to send us your ideas for future issues!

Just as we believe global development should care about community-led sustainability – we want to build lasting relationships with our contributors. If we’re a match, we’ll be calling you back.

Broken Toilets does not employ a fact checker. It is expected that all reporting is thorough and true. All pieces should have appropriate citations for facts and quotes.

We primarily publish in English, but if you have a story that needs to be told in your language, we’ll find a way to tell it.

Send all pitches, along with a brief description of your past work and contact info, to contact@brokentoilets.org


Issue 3: Openness I – Open Data

Call for pitches: Closed
Still accepting stories for the Blog!

Issue 2: Recovery

Call for pitches: Closed
Still accepting stories for the Blog!

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