Knock LA is currently accepting pitches! Anyone can pitch to Knock LA, regardless of their level of published writing experience. News becomes boring and myopic when it’s written by the same group of people.
We strongly encourage writers who have been historically marginalized and excluded from mainstream media, including people of color, those experiencing homelessness, and LGBTQ+ writers, to submit. Additionally, if you are a representative of an activist group, we will consider publishing any open letters or calls to action under our Activism vertical (however, we typically do not compensate writers for Activism or Opinion pieces).
We’re looking for pitches with a strong focus on LA (we will also occasionally consider articles on Southern California or the state as a whole). If you have an opinion piece about why the President’s most recent executive order is trash, we’re sure it’s great, but this isn’t the home for it. But if you want to interview local politicians and citizens and activists about HOW the President’s Bad Executive Order will impact Angelenos, that’s something we can work with.
If you’ve never pitched something before, here’s a brief template you can use to get started:
Title(s): A quick descriptor of your article idea.
Summary: This should be as concise as you can make it, around one or two paragraphs at most. Tell us what your idea is and why it’s a story that needs to be told.
Timeline: Let us know how long you need to write the piece.
We pay on a sliding scale that generally tops out at around $200 an article. We sincerely hope that rate will increase in the future.