Jstor Daily is looking for writers

February 26, 2022

Posted by Margarita Sanabria

JSTOR Daily is committed to publishing a diversity of voices that are closest to the issue of mass incarceration. We are actively seeking freelancers who are directly impacted. We are also seeking freelancers with experience covering jails, prisons, the justice system, and the people ensnared within it.

If you know someone currently incarcerated who would like to write for us, we can communicate through regular mail, JPay, and Corrlinks.


Jstor Daily is an online magazine that provides context and background to news stories and current events. The authors of JSTOR Daily articles are journalists and academics, and all pieces link to content freely available on JSTOR for deeper reading

Our stories aim to shed new light and new humanity on the experience of incarceration in the United States. Only rarely do people who have never been incarcerated get the opportunity to read and see first-hand accounts of the prison experience like those represented in the newspapers that make up this collection.


  • The intersection of higher education and prison
  • From striped pajamas to scrubs and khakis, the psychology of a prison uniform
  • Suffering’s role in punishment
  • Women’s experience and the difference in educational/vocational offerings
  • The experience of transgender people in US prisons
  • The death and rebirth of journalism in prison
  • The largest mental health provider in the nation: the Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • The physical act, machinery requirements, and challenges of printing in prison
  • Literacy and prison (the implications and human cost of low literacy rates)

Features can be based on things mentioned in the archive explicitly, implicitly, or something that may be inferred. Each feature should cite the newspapers themselves (primary sources) and present a thesis that is supported and contextualized by JSTOR scholarship (secondary sources). In other words, the secondary sources enhance content found in the primary source. Each pitch from someone who is not actively incarcerated should include one potential primary and secondary source.


  • $400-$500 for full-length well-researched features.


For more information, visit their website.

Before applying, review submission guidelines. Apply here.

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