Five Thirty Eight is looking for writers

April 9, 2022

Posted by Margarita Sanabria

We love collaborating with reporters, academics, analysts, visual journalists, computational journalists and other contributors from outside of our newsroom — they make up a vital part of FiveThirtyEight’s journalism.


FiveThirtyEight’s mission is to produce empirical journalism, by everyone and for everyone, that advances our understanding of the world. What’s “empirical journalism”? It just means journalism that cites evidence. Importantly, that doesn’t mean only data. Evidence can include data, sure, but also reporting, first-hand experience, academic studies, history and more. That means you don’t need fancy data skills in order to pitch us. Rather, we’re looking to make sure that the argument you’re making or the story you’re telling is bolstered by more than just anecdote.


  • Write a short introduction about yourself
  • Include a paragraph highlighting your writing experience, relevant credentials and publication credits
  • Attach links to your strongest work or portfolio, and online profile.


  • $600 – 1,000-word feature that requires some reporting or analysis, but is mostly a conceptual argument. Rates can go up from there if pieces are more complex — more reporting, more analysis, more research, etc. (We also sometimes pay a smaller fee for lighter-lift work — contributing to one of our chats, for example.) Our goal is to ensure pay equity across our freelancer corps.


For more information, visit their website.

Before applying, review submission guidelines. Apply here.


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