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NEW BRIEF ALERT: High profile women share their best money advice

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The project: 


This brief's aim is to tell the story of high profile women and the best money advice they have ever received, who gave it to them and what impact it has had on their lives.  This is for ANZ.


What we need:


- Pitches should relate to the above topic.


- Articles will also need to provide a headshot of the person being interviewed, which should be able to be accessed via the interviewee just sending it through.


- Previous stories have covered buying a home, saving something every payday, becoming financially literate, paying extra super, paying down debt and investing in education over consumables. If possible, please avoid these topics so we have fresh ideas. 


EXAMPLES OF PREVIOUS STORIES CAN BE FOUND HERE


Where the story will feature: 


www.women.anz.com/featured


Stories should:


- Inspire: lessons from those at the topic of their field


- Educate: practical financial tips for your future


- Empower: meet your goals with ANZ's women's advice service


 


Target audience:


20-50 year-old females. Engaged with their finances and looking to make sound decisions now that help build their wealth. 


Tone: 


The narrative style should tell a story that's relatable and inspiring. 


Word count: 600 words


PITCH DEADLINE: Friday 18th August @ 10am (AEST)


 

NEW BRIEF ALERT: Open Universities requires piece for education publication

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We need a piece to publish in an Education publication that will be directed at established teachers.

 

Our product offering will be to study a Masters of Education – so that teachers can influence curriculum, broaden their career opportunities outside of a teaching role (eg head of faculty, Principal, Curriculum Coordinator) and earn more money.

 

We’d like to develop a piece that is thought-provoking and talks to the current education landscape.

 

See the link below.....this angle is the kind we are looking for. Pitches should present some challenges within school education in Australia and encourage teachers to study a Masters to be part of the solution.

 

ARTICLE EXAMPLE: 5 Challenges in Australian School Education


 

Pitch deadline Tuesday 3pm (AEST)

 

 

Credit card fraud increasing in Australia

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The project:

 

Based on financial/payment and settlement services, our client is looking for articles on the increase of credit card fraud in Australia.

 

Example article: http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/online-credit-card-fraud-on-the-rise-accounting-for-78-per-cent-of-total-card-fraud-in-australia-20170802-gxnwd7.html

 

Pitches should include:

 

 



    • Relevancy to the rise in credit card fraud and scandals.

 

    • Should relate to the industry of payments and financial services.



 

 

Target audience:

 

Those looking to take out financial services of settlement solutions. Or those who already are and want to keep up to date with what’s going on in the field/industry.

 

 

 

Tone of voice:

 

 



    • Informative, helpful but factual

 

    • Professional

 

    • Not negative to certain audiences.



 

 

Intended article length

 

 

 

500 words.

 

 

 

Intended article deadline:

 

 

 

Mid August.

 

 

 

Research/interviews:

 

 

 

Where available/relevant.

 

 

 

Things to avoid:

 

 

 

Being negative to the audience or fear-mongering. Do not make sweeping statements or claims without backing up with references. Do not use international examples—the audience is Australia-based.

 



PITCH DEADLINE: Friday 11th August @ 10am AEST

Politics in Kenya

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The publisher is looking for journalists in Kenya to cover political news in the country. 

 

Calling all beauty and hair journos!

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Like to whip your hair back and forth, or whatever?

 

We're on the hunt for beauty and hair journalists who know how to work their thang through their words. Okay I'll stop, but seriously...is this you?

 

If you like to write about anything to do with beauty, makeup and hair, please forward your experience in writing on these topics by pitching to this brief. 

 

Please include a link to an example or a brief outline of what you've done in the past.

 

PITCH DEADLINE: 12pm AEST 15th June.

Major opportunity: What do you specialise in?

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We're gearing up for a HUGE project here at Newsmodo, partnering with one of the biggest news outlets in the country. 

 

If you're interested in getting consistent, high-profile work on a regular basis, please read this call-out carefully.

 

We are particularly looking for journalists/writers working across these verticals:

 

-Finance

 

- Federal politics

 

- Victorian Government

 

- News (breaking)

 

- Education

 

- Digital technology

 

- Automotive

 

- Real estate

 

- Utilities

 

-Communications

 

- Weather

 

- International

 

- Sport

 

- Travel

 

- Family

 

- Fashion

 

- Arts

 

- Entertainment

 

To be in the mix of the team we are putting together for this project, we require you to:

 

- Update your Newsmodo profile to make sure it contains:

 

   1. Your SPECIALISATION - please list exactly what you specialise in and not just general topics. 

 

   2. An example of your work in this specialisation

 

   3. An outline of your social presence, if you have one. 

 

   4. A website or blog, if you have one. 

 

- Respond to this brief by letting us know you have updated your profile to include this information. Please respond directly by submitting a pitch that:

 

   1. Uses the three points you can list as your specific specialisations. 

 

   2. Uses the summary/pitched story box to note your blog/website/work example. 

 

Please note that we will only be considering those that respond to these instructions as potential candidates. This process is very important and maintaining an up-to-date profile is crucial as well. 

 

If you have any questions, please email Cassie directly at cassandra@newsmodo.com 

 

We will be working on this collection of talent for the next week, so please make sure you update all of your information by Thursday 15th June, 2017 (AEST). 

 

 

Are you a blogger that writes on hospitality and/or small business?

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If you're constantly typing away on all things related to hospitality tips and trips, insights into the industry and the antics of small business, this one's for you.

 

We're looking for bloggers and influencers who regularly write on these topics and who have:

 

1. A blog

And/or

2. A significant social presence. 

 

Is this you? Please get in touch with Cassie by emailing cassandra@newsmodo.com

 

Bloggers and influencers needed for MAJOR cosmetics brand

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We're looking for bloggers and influencers who would be interested in working with one of Australia's BIGGEST cosmetics companies (if not global). 

 

If you're a blogger who writes on fashion, makeup, beauty, wellbeing or lifestyle and would be interested in writing on cosmetics, we want to hear from you.

 

If you're an influencer with a big following on social media or on your blog, get in touch!

 

Sound like something you'd be up for? Send your interest to cassandra@newsmodo.com along with details on your work, website or social presence.

Do you have a passion for fashion

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We're looking for expressions of interest from fashion writers and bloggers that have an edgy tone of voice and love to write about trends/emerging looks.

 

Drop us a line if this fits you to a t.

 

editor@newsmodo.com

 

DEADLINE: Thursday 4th May 10:00am (AEST)

Thanks!

Do you like writing on small business, fintech and startups in Victoria?

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We're looking for journalists who have experience in writing on fintech, small business and startups.


The primary objective of this project is to demonstrate Victoria as a state that supports and encourages startup growth, particularly in the sectors of:


- ICT


- Professional services


- Medipharma


- Fintech


These should be Victorian success stories and inspiring news within these fields.


If this interests you, please directly email cassandra@newsmodo.com with your experience writing on these topics.

URGENT: Journalists in Brisbane needed for Federal Budget stories

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Are you a journo with experience in writing on the federal budget and politics? 


We're after journalists who are based in Brisbane and would be interested in working on location to develop real-time stories on budget announcements. 


If this interests you, please urgently email your details and a summary of your experience to cassandra@newsmodo.com

ATT: Calling all journalists who have written on the Federal Budget

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Have you ever written on the Federal Budget for another publication in Australia?


We want to hear from you!


Please send your details and a brief outline of your previous work on this topic to cassandra@newsmodo.com.


 

Videographers in Singapore needed!

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We are working on a project for a client in Singapore and are currently on the hunt for videographers available in this area.


If this is you, please send your rates, examples of work and/ord website through to editor@newsmodo.com or by pitching to this brief.


This is a collection of interest.

Calling all mummy and daddy bloggers!

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We're on the hunt for mummy and daddy bloggers with large social followings and subscribers. 


If you currently feature sponsored content or accept guest articles and run a blog like this, we'd like to hear from you.


Please pitch the following details to us:


- Website


- Social following


- Number of subscribers/monthly traffic (either is fine)


- A media kit if you have one. 


- Your rates.

Journalists needed for in-house work in Brisbane for coverage on the Federal Budget

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Hone in on your journo skills and become a real-time news hound in-house for a client that is looking to open up a newsroom focused on the Federal Budget. 

 

This project will give a few journalists the chance to take up a three month role in Brisbane where the primary aim is to produce real-time coverage of Q&A sessions conducted by specialists in the field.

 

Essentially, this is a newsjacking opportunity with a real focus on "traditional journalism" and the newsroom vibe that we've all come to love.

 

Journalists must be available to work at the location for three months.

 

If this sounds like you, please urgently send your hourly, daily and per article rates to cassandra@newsmodo.com

URGENT: Photographer needed in Newcastle

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We are seeking a photographer/videographer to capture raw footage of Dexter Moore performing at the children's hospital in Newcastle at 2 pm today. 

The client is seeking a combination of photos and raw footage. Dexter will be performing for around half an hour. 

If you are interested, please contact andrew@newsmodo.com or if you require more details. 

Urgent: Expressions of interest for high volume news writing

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We have a UK based client urgently looking for writers available to collate news content daily for three months. 

These will be 1200 words long and won't require interviews. 

Please email andrew@newsmodo.com with the following if you're interested. 

1. A quote - this should be based on the following: 1200 words based on desktop research written in a straightforward news writing style. Please base your rate on a daily retainer as opposed to a word rate. 

Please advise if you would be able to write more than one article per day.

2. Availability: While we can't provide a start date yet we would need you to be working on this exclusively for three months.

3. A brief synopsis of your experience or a link to your Newsmodo profile. 

We need to go back to our client with this information today (25/1) so please finalise your response by 3PM AEDT. 

IT Recruitment Firm: Business advice

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Contact: editor@newsmodo.comPitch deadline: 27/01/2016

An IT recruitment firm is seeking to position itself as a dominant player in the tech startup space. It has commissioned content to demonstrate that it has it's the go to IT recruiter through expert analysis and informative content. 

They are seeking content on a range of topics including: 

- Effective management

- How to grow company revenue 

- How to be successful in business 

- How to get a sales team to perform

The target audience is managing directors, C-Suite executives and other high level IT and digital directors.

Hospitality: Consumer trends and more

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Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com | Pitch deadline: 2PM 25/1

A giant beverage conglomerate publishes business advice for their buyers on the following topics:

- Industry specific consumer trends

- Staff management and retention within the hospitality industry

- Food and beverage trends

- Cash flow management & payment platforms

- How to apply for government grants

- Licencing laws

Pitches should include case studies. 

Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com

Pitch deadline: 12PM Thursday 19/1

 

 

Video producers and editors required

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We are auditing our network of videographers, producers, and editors to build a detailed list of talent. 

If you have the skillset to produce and/or edit video productions, please email editor@newsmodo.com with relevant experience and examples of your work. 

Please note this is a call out for an expression of interest only at this point of time. 

Business writers who can place stories needed

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We are looking for well-connected business writers who are able to guarantee placement of stories they write. 

 

Please contact us with details of platforms you can publish on along with projected readership and audience details. 

 

Please also provide your fee for amplifying the content.  

Cherry Blossom and Ski Season

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We have a client looking to increase awareness of Japan's cherry blossom and ski season. 

This content will seek to inspire Australian's to book their next trip to Japan and participate in a festive part of the year. 

The audience is aged 18-54 and is made up of travel seekers with a disposable income. 

The content will focus on the following topics:

- Incredibly unique experiences not to be found anywhere else in the world. 

- Places and opportunities to ski in Japan and where the best spots can be found. 

- The significance of the Cherry Blossom season and the cultural history behind it. 

For more information, please contact editor@newsmodo.com

Deadline: 13/01/17

Australian travel articles with a family focus

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Travel is a very crowded sector so we are striving to produce new content that feels unique and helps us build irrational brand preference (Google it) for our site when consumers need to book travel.

Our audience is Australian travellers, and we have a particular focus on families. These articles will appeal to everyday Australians who travel for leisure or business or both, who travel with their family, partner or friends and who simply love to travel.

We recognise that most people don’t travel more than a handful of times a year though so our content is there to drive actionable inspiration.

We have four categories we'd like to cover:

    • Personal travel insights eg. Why I go on a holiday every year without my kids or husband
    • Expert interviews/insights eg. Expert tips for helping kids sleep hotels
    • List articles eg. 10 reasons to make 2017 the year you travel more
    • Australia focussed getaways eg. Five of the best Aussie adult-only getaways

Please pitch to this brief by 9am Tuesday 14th Feb. If have any questions please email editor@newsmodo.com.

The challenges of running a small business

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We are a leading insurance provider looking to engage more with SMEs by demonstrating our understanding of the challenges of small business.

Our aim is to create content that will emotionally appeal to small/medium business owners. For this articles should strive to include interviews with small business owners people can relate to. Pitches and subsequent articles should include practical advice/information/tips that will help the SME audience run a business. 

We do not want salesy content but would like the content to include links back to our product information, including:

    • Public indemnity insurance

    • Trades insurance

    • Business interruption insurance

    • Information about under insurance

We'd like the content to centre around some key moments in the year:

    • Seasonal changes e.g spring and summer

    • Spikes in events such as retail theft

    • Topical events e.g Brexit
    • End of financial year - higher sales period - May/June

We'd like a few pitches relating to Tropfest in February 2017. Tropfest has supported a lot of small businesses and we'd like to hear these stories. 
 
Please pitch infographic ideas to accompany your article pitches. 

 For more information, please contact editor@newsmodo.com ASAP

 

Pitch deadline: 19/12/2016

Global Network Builders

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We are seeking editors and project managers around the world to become our point of contacts for an upcoming project.

We need to connect with experienced professionals who can introduce us to journalists in countries all over the world.

We need writers with a range of expertise but are primarily looking for pharmaceutical and beauty writers.

The content is to be written in multiple languages including:

- French
- Portuguese
- Korean
- Russian

You must meet the following requirements:

- Extensive experience as an editor and managing large-scale projects. 
- A vast network of journalists and freelancers to collaborate with on the project. 
- Be available to work to tight deadlines. 

Please contact editor@newsmodo.com to discuss our requirements and pay rates.

Energy: The future of innovation

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We have a client in the energy industry seeking content on the future of innovation in the energy industry. 

These articles will generate interest in the future of energy and build enthusiasm for work currently being done in the field.

Topics to consider include (but not limited to): 

- Energy innovation-tech / the future of energy

- Renewables and sustainability 

- The future of energy efficiency at home

- Energy trends

- Better energy use 

- Energy used in ingenuity

 

The audience is individuals who are interested in sustainability and adapting their current behaviour to be more sustainable with their living. 

 

For more information, please contact editor@newsmodo.com

Deadline:  

Holiday getaway: Content for resorts

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We have a client looking to create content around their resorts and encourage readers to book their next holiday at one of their destinations.

The audience is young couples with kids looking for a relaxing and affordable getaway.

With 8 resorts throughout Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland, there is a great range of accommodation options and facilities.

If you would like to pitch, please contact editor@newsmodo.com for more information.

Pitch deadline: 14/12

Jewelry Writers Required

Pitch for this brief

We have a client requesting expert writer's on jewellery for a project commencing soon. 

At this stage, we are only seeking the names of those interested in the project and we will have further details once they are made available to us. 

If you or someone you know are interested in the opportunity, please email editor@newsmodo.com with relevant examples of your work. 

Marketing 101: Japanese writers required

Pitch for this brief

We have a client that has requested Japanese writers to write on the topics of: 

- Marketing 101

- Marketing tactics

- Sales 

- Business leadership

The target audience is SMB owners and marketers and will also involve working with Twitter and associated products & services. 

Please email editor@newsmodo.com if you or someone you know are interested in the opportunity, submit your resume and relevant examples of work. 

Deadline: Nov 30

Photographer & Writer needed

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We are seeking a photographer and a writer to interview and photograph a cyber crime expert. 

If you or someone you know would be suitable for the opportunity, please email editor@newsmodo.com. 

This needs to happen tomorrow (25/10)

Please contact editor@newsmodo.com if you are interested. 

Healthcare: Informative content

Pitch for this brief

A healthcare provider is looking for pitches on the following topics:

 

- Haemorrhoids

- Tonsillitis

- Circumcision

- Guide to choosing an obstetrician

- Braces

- Tips for looking after your braces

- Vasectomy

 - 5 popular massages 

- Kidney stones 

- Hernias 

 

Please get in touch with editor@newsmodo.com for more information.

 

Pitch deadline: 18 November, 2016.

Business and economics: News out of Asia

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We are an online finance platform that publishes on Economics, Technology and Innovation, The Asian Century, Business and Finance, Leadership, and Sustainability and Inclusion.

Our readership consists of business leaders throughout, the Asia Pacific region. Readers could be high net worth individuals, or part of a professional business readership like that of AFR, The Economist and FT.com They will have diverse backgrounds and specialities, but will be in the business lounges of airports worldwide.

Pitches should revolve around business and economic issues impacting the Asia pacific region. Please also suggest infographic suggestion if pitching written article ideas.

If commissioned, written content needs to meet the following expectations: authoritative, active voice, tight reasoning, third person narrative perspective, quotes from experts, not too corporate (no "corporate speak") and personality.

We are interested in a broad range of ideas so don't be afraid to get creative!

Pitch deadline: Friday, 18 November 

Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com

English to German Quality assessment

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We have a client who has sent the following request:

We have undergone and implemented a trial translation of 1032 words into German. 
 
We require:
    1. Assessment on the quality of the translation done
    1. Assessment on the quality/consistency of the content German page as a freestanding website.  (Does it make sense and look professional?)
    1. Suggestions for edits of the German content to correct terminology, grammar, context etc.

We will need to find a writer or subeditor fluent in both English and German. Please get in touch with editor@newsmodo.com if you are interested. 

URGENT: Education copywriters required

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We are pitching for a high volume project and need to provide names, bios and work samples to the potential client TODAY.


The work involves transposing academic material into easily digestible web content across a variety of fields. 


Much of this can be done by generalists but we need experts to work on the science and maths content.


If you are interested could you please email editor@newsmodo.com by 3PM AEDT today with:


- a 3-4 line bio written in the third person.


- relevant work samples. This can be any form of copywriting but anything of the educational bent will be very helpful. 


We understand these won't be bylined but it is crucial we send these over today.

URGENT: Education copywriters required

Pitch for this brief

We are pitching for a high volume project and need to provide names, bios and work samples to the potential client TODAY.


The work involves transposing academic material into easily digestible web content across a variety of fields. 


Much of this can be done by generalists but we need experts to work on the science and maths content.


If you are interested could you please email editor@newsmodo.com by 3PM AEDT today with:


- a 3-4 line bio written in the third person.


- relevant work samples. This can be any form of copywriting but anything of the educational bent will be very helpful. 


We understand these won't be bylined but it is crucial we send these over today. 


 


 


 


 


 

Super: Understanding your investment plan

Pitch for this brief

A super client is looking for pitches on super.

Their objectives are:

    • To support members of the superannuation fund achieve ‘retirement adequacy’ ie have adequate funds in their Super account to support themselves in retirement.
    • Assist engaged members of the Superfund 'invest better'.
    • Help promote the notion that - “I can control my Super”
    • Instill ‘Trust & Confidence’ in their Super provider
    • To educate members on the opportunity to manage risk, to take more control, to have confidence to choose to switch investment options. 

The subject matter is:

    • Change conversation from retirement savings to investments. The stories behind the investments, people who are helping grow members investments, information on the direction of funds
    • Use a mixture of educational content such as (Blog articles/ Guides/ Product videos / Case Studies)

Pitch deadline: 8/11

Contact lachlan@newsmodo.com

Super: Understanding your investment plan

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A super client is looking for pitches on super.


Their objectives are:



  • To support members of the superannuation fund achieve ‘retirement adequacy’ ie have adequate funds in their Super account to support themselves in retirement.

  • Assist engaged members of the Superfund 'invest better'.

  • Help promote the notion that - “I can control my Super”

  • Instill ‘Trust & Confidence’ in their Super provider

  • To educate members on the opportunity to manage risk, to take more control, to have confidence to choose to switch investment options. 


The subject matter is:



  • Change conversation from retirement savings to investments. The stories behind the investments, people who are helping grow members investments, information on the direction of funds

  • Use a mixture of educational content such as (Blog articles/ Guides/ Product videos / Case Studies)


Pitch deadline: 8/11


Contact lachlan@newsmodo.com


 


 

Mobile App - Payments

Pitch for this brief

We have a client seeking content around its mobile payment app with functions such as remittance, bills payment and mobile airtime top-up.


They are not just a remittance company but a multi-function payment app that allows an account holder to better manage their payments more cost effectively and efficiently. 


Topics can include (When talking about the OFW in countries such as Australia, Hong Kong, UK, USA, Singapore and UAE):


- Travel tips when moving to these countries. 


- How to adapt to life as an OFW in countries such as Australia, Hong Kong, UK or the USA.  


- The 10 essential apps for living abroad.  


- The best app for life as an OFW in these countries. 


- 10 best affordable restaurants.


- A guide for OFW moving to these countries. 


- How to open a bank account in these countries. 


The audience is the overseas expats, students and unbanked foreign workers who are often sending money back home to their families.


Please contact Lachlan@newsmodo.com for more information.


Deadline: November 8

Domain names: .courses

Pitch for this brief

We have a client seeking to educate their target market on .Courses domain names and the benefits that come with using that domain name. 

A .Courses domain name offers students, private businesses and institutions a highly reputable and globally recognised addressed that can be tailored to their education and training sector. 

These addresses also allow for users to build communities and connect with like-minded individuals. 

The primary audience will comprise of researchers, teachers, schools, universities, lecturers and students. 

Please contact Lachlan@newsmodo.com if you have any questions or require more information about the project. 
 
Deadline: October 27

Digital Marketing: .Study domain names

Pitch for this brief

We have a client seeking to educate their target market on .Study domain names and the benefits that come with using that domain name. 

A .Study domain name offers students, private businesses and institutions a highly reputable and globally recognised address that can be tailored to their education and training sector.

These addresses also allow for users to build communities and connect with like-minded individuals. 

The primary audience will comprise of researchers, teachers, schools, universities, lecturers and students. 

We would like to see pitches on the following topics: 

- How do top level domains work?

- What are the benefits of a .student domain? 

- What are some methods students can use to attract attention to their research? 

Secondary pitches could cover things like:

- General study tips

- How to survive which doing a PhD

- How to get the most out of your education

Please contact Lachlan@newsmodo.com if you have any questions or require more information about the project. 

Deadline: October 27

Energy: Carbon footprint offset initiative

Pitch for this brief

We have a client seeking to promote their reforestation and carbon offset initiative.

This will be demonstrated through emotional content that relates to improving the brand's perception in green energy and building a cleaner world for future generations.

The primary audience will be a young and tech-savvy, with a high disposable income and concern for the environment.

Topics could include:

- What is carbon offsetting and how does it work?

- Why is it important to act now?

- What did the land we are replanting on use to look like?

- Who are the people behind the initiative?

- The benefits from rejuvenating the land and the impact that will have on local communities.

Please email lachlan@newsmodo.com for more information about the brief.

Deadline: October 17th

Payment platform technology

Pitch for this brief

We are seeking pitches for stories on new and emerging technologies in payment products industry. 

The audience will consist of prospective clients for the brand interested in new payment technologies being made available. 

They will also have a keen interest in the financial industry and current trends and issues related to it. 

 

Possible topics to cover: 

- Mobile payments 

- Fintech 

- New payment platforms 

- Prepaid card trends

- Apple Pay

- Bots 

- Digital Disruption

- Gift card trends (Increased usage during Christmas & seasonal periods) 

- Financial crimes (Increased rates in fraud during Christmas & seasonal periods) 

Deadline for pitches: October 14

If you have any questions or queries about the brief, please contact Lachlan@newsmodo.com.

Pharmaceutical journalists in Russia

Pitch for this brief

We are looking for Russian pharmaceutical writers for an exciting new project. 

These writers need to be able to take dry content and make it fresh and appealing to an audience. 

Please email editor@newsmodo.com with details of your experience writing in this industry with links to relevant examples. 

We would also welcome submissions from anyone in your network that would be interested in the opportunity. 

Marketing: Top level domain names

Pitch for this brief

Our client is looking to create awareness of their unique tourism and food and drink domains through high-quality articles published on their company blog and amplified to a large Australian audience. 

They have a number of case studies to help do so. Please contact lachlan@newsmodo.com for more information. 

Our client is also wanting to tap into those that influence domain registrations (though may not be registering themselves) such as web design, digital or marketing agencies.

These people influence their clients and can be a conduit to further business. The client would like to look at educating them as to the benefits of local domain names.

Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com

Pitch deadline: 6/10/2016.  

Energy: New technologies and regular contributors

Pitch for this brief

Our client is an energy provider creating a new platform intended to facilitate discussion about emerging technologies. 


What are new trends entering the market and what progress is being made with existing technologies? 


The client wants to work with five regular contributors who will write regular articles on the same topics. Bearing this in mind, please pitch with a topic you could write regularly on. 


Pitch deadline: 2pm Thursday 29 September


Contact: editor@newsmodo.com

Innovation: Victorian firms leading the way.

Pitch for this brief

We're thrilled to be working with a new client whose imprimatur is to promote Victorian business. 

 

They're currently focusing on highlighting the innovative triumphs of four key sectors: 

 

1. Biotech

 

2. Fintech

 

3. Digital ITC

 

4. Manufacturing technology

 

Our client is seeking to publicise Victoria as a great place for business to innovate and break new ground in whichever industry they operate.  

 

We would like to see pitches on these four topics.

 

These must include details of who you will speak to. (Please note: We may ask you to ghostwrite the article on this person's behalf.) You will also be required to include a photo with your article of the subject. 

 

Please do not approach your contacts at this stage. Just include their title and role in the brief in the understanding you will approach them for an interview once your article has been commissioned. 

 

Pitch deadline: 2pm Thursday 29 September

 

Contact: editor@newsmodo.com 

Healthcare Articles: Parenting & New Years resolutions

Pitch for this brief

A major player in the healthcare industry is issuing briefs for a range of topics that will position the brand as the most trusted and recommended company in its industry.



They are commissioning articles relating to: 


- New Year's Resolutions (quitting smoking, exercising more, healthy eating, cutting down on alcohol etc)


- Back to school ideas


Please contact editor@newsmodo.com with your pitch ideas and/or if you need any further information. 


Pitch deadline: 2pm Thursday 29 September


AFL social media snippets

Pitch for this brief

A client has commissioned AFL themed Facebook snippets.

These can't be about players or matches but rather about the drama surrounding the glitz, glamour, and drama of the game. For example:

    • Mad Monday. Please no focusing on drinking, rather focus on the the lads relieving stress by dressing up and having some down time and team bonding
    • What WAGS to watch out for at the Brownlow.

These will be about 80 words long and just topline ideas will be fine. 

Rather than pitching to this brief, please send your ideas to lachlan@newsmodo.com. 

The deadline for these is 4PM TODAY (20/9)

Videographer needed this weekend

Pitch for this brief

An Australian newspaper needs a videographer to shoot a 45-minute interview in London this weekend. 


Full details TBC. 


Could you please email editor@newsmodo.com with a half day rate and details of your experience if you're interested?

Property: Melbourne property market

Pitch for this brief

A high-end real estate agency in Melbourne has commissioned articles on the following topics:

    • Local property market report (the Victorian municipalities of Boroondara, Stonnington, Bayside and Mornington Peninsula)
    • Asian property market
    • Inspirational business leader piece
    • Global cities - other interesting property or investment news from leading cities
    • Innovation in business
    • Local and international economic news


Articles could focus on:

    • Melbourne’s two-tier market – the impact of record low-interest rates and (perceived) lack of supply (auction clearance rates remain in the mid 70’s which is a positive sign, however record low interest rates have not boosted housing demand)
    • Melbourne population growth and the impact on the residential market (Melbourne expected to overtake Sydney and reach ~9 million people by 2056).
    • Analysis of the leading indicators for residential housing and our view for the Spring market
    • Consumer balance sheet - household debt to disposable income is at a record level, however the ratio of housing assets to disposable income continues to rise

 

Pitch deadline: 2PM Wednesday 7 September

Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com

URGENT brief: Malaysia travel

Pitch for this brief

We have a client looking to commission articles on the following topics about holidaying in Malaysia. 

Food:

- The most outrageous/ shocking hawker dishes you can buy

- Street food degustation tour - guide on the tastiest hawker spots (and the dishes you need to try)

- 20 Malaysian dishes to try before you die

- The X best restaurants with a view

- How to score a table at the top restaurants in town

- I had dinner in KL and it cost me less than $5

 

Shopping/lifestyle:

- Inside the world's top 10 biggest shopping centres

- Is it possible to shop for 24 hours straight in Malaysia? 

- 15 reasons Malaysia is the new Thailand - glorious temples, unspoiled beaches, easier/cheaper to get to, world-class diving, awesome nightlife, luxe hotels etc

- Get High In Malaysia! Whether it's climbing Mount Kinabalu, teetering at the top of the Petronas Towers, exploring some of the world's largest shopping centres or picking your way across Langkawi's skywalk (other thrill-seeking options).

Travel:

- Malaysia for family holidays – taking young kids, what you need to know

Pitch deadline: 8AM Friday 2nd September.  

Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com

Create a persona for a boutique fashion brand

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A high-end shoe brand looks to you to help create a persona. We need to define the brand. 

As a fashionista you can relate to the monied young professionals who buy designer shoes to make a statement. 

You will be writing articles as the brand, cultivating an image in the process.

Contact lachlan@newsmodo.com for more information 

Business for tradies

Pitch for this brief

A company that has built an app to help tradies run their business has commissioned four articles on the following topics:

- The benefits of running your small business online (stats)

- The process customers go through to choose a tradie

- Case study - being a partner of a disorganised tradie.

- Case study – What happened when I implemented the app in my business

Pitch deadline 12PM 24/8.

 Please get in touch with lachlan@newsmodo.com for the name of the company and further details on the brief. 

Videographers required in Lithgow, Kenmore and Gateshead

Pitch for this brief

Please get in touch with lachlan@newsmodo.com for more details. 

Healthcare articles

Pitch for this brief

A major player in the healthcare industry is issuing briefs for a range of topics that will position the brand as the most trusted and recommended company in its industry.

They are commissioning articles covering:

- Caring

- Family health

- Leading a healthier lifestyle

- Managing and recovering from chronic disease

While any pitch relating to this issue is welcome, the client is also interested in articles that cater to families.

In particular, they would also be interested in articles that would appeal to new parents, primarily from conception through the first two years, but also parents with children up to the age of 7. 

Pitch deadline: Monday 22/8

Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com for more info. 

Are you an influencer?

Pitch for this brief

Recently Newsmodo put out a brief asking for food and wine influencers to touch base with some numbers on their reach. 

 

We're having an increasing number of conversations with clients about the ability of our network to amplify content we create and this is an area we are looking to explore more broadly. 

 

If you're interested in expanding your professional opportunities by leveraging your following please respond to this brief with the following information: 

 

1. Number of Twitter followers/ your handle

 

2. Number of Instagram followers/ your handle 

 

3. Number of Snapchat followers/ your handle 

 

4. Number of Facebook followers/ your handle 

 

5. Monthly impressions on your blog/ URL 

 

6. Number of people you can reach on an email list. 

 

7. Any other social media channels you utilise. 

 

Please get in touch via editor@newsmodo.com with any queries. 

Work with Newsmodo

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Newsmodo is pursuing an increasing number of projects in the United States, and we're eager to start working more closely with our expanding network of American freelancers. 

If you're interested in opportunities to work with us, it would help to know a bit about you, so please take a moment to create or update your profile on our website. In addition to contact details (which will be kept private) please include the following details, where relevant:

  • areas of expertise and interest
  • professional history
  • technical expertise
  • URLs to published work if desired.

With projects in the pipeline, it would be great if you could do this as soon as possible, ideally by 11pm ET on Wednesday 17th. 

Once you do, please email one of our friendly content editors, Frederick Woodhouse, at frederick@newsmodo.com to let him know.

Choosing the right air conditioner

Pitch for this brief

Choosing a new air conditioner isn't a decision to be taken lightly.


There are a lot of factors to consider - the size of home or office, the number of rooms, whether it's a single or multi-storey building.


As such our client, an air conditioning manufacturer, has commissioned a series of content to educate the consumer about their product. 


They have signed off on:


- 8 articles


- 2 three minute videos


- 3 infographics 


Pitch deadline: 12PM August 19


Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com


Please get in touch for more details. 


 


 

 

Energy: New technologies and regular contributors

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Our client is an energy provider creating a new platform intended to facilitate discussion about emerging technologies. 

What are new trends entering the market and what progress is being made with existing technologies? 

The client wants to work with five regular contributors who will write regular articles on the same topics. Bearing this in mind, please pitch with a topic you could write regularly on. 

Pitch deadline: 12PM 18 August. 

Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com 

Urgent! The cricket season is almost here - help us create some enthusiasm

Pitch for this brief

Help us get people excited about an Australian pastime.

With a new season just around the corner, our client is looking to drive awareness and engagement with the club cricket at the junior and senior levels. 

We're looking for pitches that will get people interested, engaged, and excited about cricket. They can be anything cricket related so long as it promotes the sport as inclusive, fresh, modern, relevant and fun. 

Ideal pitches will help fight the perception that the sport is boring, emphasise its inclusiveness with regards to ability, gender, and ethnicity, or speak to the pathways through junior to senior club cricket.

This is an URGENT brief. Our client would like to see pitches by Monday afternoon, so the sooner you can get them in the better. We aim to begin work on the project the same day. 

If you have any questions, feel free to email Frederick at frederick@newsmodo.com. He will check his inbox intermittently over the weekend. 

Royal Melbourne Show

Pitch for this brief

We have a client associated with the Royal Melbourne Show looking for articles covering the following:

    • Food & Wine  
    • Animals
    • Entertainment 
    • Nighttime Entertainment  

Our client wants to attract the loyal show customer, but also get lapsed people excited about the event,  and inspire new waves of people to come.

Please get in touch with lachlan@newsmodo.com for more information.
 
Pitch deadline: 12PM 11/8 

Skincare:101 healthy skin tips

Pitch for this brief

Our cosmetics client is looking to collate 101 Healthy Skin tips from a broad cross section of collaborators; each article can have one or two key skin health tips to lead it, which are supported by some information/evidence.

They do not want to have any radical skin care tips that are not clinically proven or promote anything that could lead to a reaction (eg. Paint your skin in camel faeces) or promote a pharmacy product for an “off label” use (such as use corticosteroids to reduce bags under eyes).

Please pitch your tips to this brief by Thursday 11/8.

Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com

 

 

 

 

Event coverage in Darwin

Pitch for this brief

We're looking for a journalist to cover an awards ceremony in Darwin in early October.


Please get in touch with lachlan@newsmodo.com if you're interested.  

IT Recruitment Firm: Informative and Innovative Content

Pitch for this brief

An IT recruitment firm is seeking to position itself as a dominant player in the tech startup space. It has commissioned content to demonstrate that it has its finger on the pulse through expert analysis and informative content. 

Forms of content can include: 

  • Videos 
  • Infographics 
  • e-books 
  • White papers 

This content will further demonstrate the clients capacity to be seen as a go-to source for information, interactive content and thought-leadership pieces. 

Please get in touch with lachlan@newsmodo.com for more information. 

Pitch deadline: 6/9/2016 

Hot news and hot insights from the telco industry

Pitch for this brief

Our client is a big telco after digital content that will grab attention and showcase their acute understanding of their industry.

They are looking for articles that are topical or newsworthy, are genuinely informative, and that are also focussed on industry keywords for optimised SEO. 

Check out the content published by these players for inspiration:

- Frost & Sullivan
- Cisco
- Gartner
- IDC
- Ovum
- Budde.com

For more information about the brief, please contact Lachlan at lachlan@newsmodo.com

Pitch deadline: 9/8/2016

Businesses and SMEs: Help establish a leading insurer as a thought leader

Pitch for this brief

Our client in the insurance industry has commissioned us to generate engaging digital content with a focus on businesses and SMEs.

The content will offer general advice to businesses and SMEs, educate consumers about insurance products, offer insights into the challenges faced by small business, and provide expert advice and news about topical issues.

Insurance isn't the only theme we're looking for: We're also looking for ideas about technology trends and innovation that would interest their target audience. 

As well as articles, we are interested in ideas infographics, white papers, and videos.

If you would like to pitch, please contact Frederick at frederick@newsmodo.com for a more detailed brief. 

Real Estate: Content about living the high-life

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We are seeking lifestyle articles that will engage and build an audience of high-income owners in the over 40 bracket, who enjoy lavish lifestyles. 

These pieces will build the profile of our client within the real estate industry, based in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs. 

The topics of the articles can relate to topics such as: 

- Tech & innovation - why business needs to support innovation 

- Asian property investment - an overview of the real numbers 

- Build or buy - what's best right now in the current climate? 

- FInance and business podcasts - growth of the medium and what's out there

- The collaboration economy - how and why businesses are turning to collaboration for big  results. 

Please contact lachlan@newsmodo.com with any queries. 

Pitch deadline: 11am 05/08/2016

Microvideo

Pitch for this brief

We have a client interested in commissioning microvideos. 


Please provide samples to lachlan@newsmodo.com if you're keen to work with us on this project. 


 

Allergy treatment [urgent deadline]: Help people with allergies weather the histamine storm

Pitch for this brief

Our client in the pharmaceutical industry is looking to help people understand their allergies better and educate them about how to treat them more effectively.

The articles they are looking for will do two things:

Firstly, they will offer the target audience tips and advice to manage and understand their allergies. This could encompass a variety of topics, from myths and truths about allergies to gardens, pets, and allergy-conscious travel. 

Secondly, they will establish the nasal spray as a viable and even superior alternative to tablets for managing allergies. 

This will require the writing to be both accessible and engaging, but also scientifically robust. 

Please note: we are hoping to get pitches for this project as soon as possible. 

If you would like to pitch to this client, please submit your pitches by 3pm today, Friday 8th July. 

For more information about this brief, please contact Frederick at frederick@newsmodo.com

Food & Culture: Amplifying through social media

Pitch for this brief

If you have a strong social media presence, we want to hear from you!

We are seeking influencers for a project with a major player in the food industry. 

If you have a blog and/or a strong social following, this is the perfect opportunity to promote great food ideas, recipes and innovation.

To register your interest your interest or for more information about this opportunity, please contact Andrew at Andrew@newsmodo.com.

Family card game + social amplification

Pitch for this brief

Do you have a blog? A Facebook page? A Twitter following?


Do you write about family-oriented topics?


If some or all of this sounds like you, we'd love to hear from you. 


Our client in the children's entertainment industry would like to publish articles that promote their family-friendly card game as a great source of fun and education for kids. 


They're after organic, fun content that can be amplified across social media channels or on the author's blog. 


For more information about this opportunity, please contact Frederick at frederick@newsmodo.com

Healthcare: tips and advice

Pitch for this brief

A major player in the healthcare industry is issuing briefs for a range of topics that will position the brand as the most trusted and recommended company in its industry.

They are commissioning articles covering:

- Caring

- Family health

- Leading a healthier lifestyle

- Managing and recovering from chronic disease

While any pitch relating to this issue is welcome, the client is also interested in articles that cater to families.

In particular, they would also be interested in articles that would appeal to new parents, primarily from conception through the first two years, but also parents with children up to the age of 7. 

Pitch deadline: 3PM Thursday 7 July.

Contact: frederick@newsmodo.com for more information. 

Rugby union at the grassroots in NSW and support from the Waratahs

Pitch for this brief

360 rugby union clubs across New South Wales are participating in the Waratah's grassroots funding campaign. We are looking for stories about those clubs.

We are particularly interested in articles that can be accompanied by infographics, photography or video pieces.

As the funds have not yet been distributed, the articles can't be about what they have done with the money. Rather, we are looking for articles of the following kind: profiles of the club or club members; hard-luck stories; plans for the funds; how the clubs fit into the state's rugby culture; how the clubs are a part of their local communities.

This is not an exhaustive list, and we would love to get your input for more ideas and themes. 

Please note that this brief is very time-sensitive as the end of the Super 12 season is fast approaching. Please submit your briefs by Monday, July 4.

Please also refrain from contacting the Waratahs.

For a more detailed brief, please contact Editorial at frederick@newsmodo.com

News and current affairs for SMEs

Pitch for this brief

Our client offers financial management software and is seeking pitches for blog content that highlights their SME expertise. 

Topics can cover the multitude of themes and issues that relate back to common problems faced by small businesses. 

This content will be engaging, accurate and jargon-free and will position the client as a thought-leader who has their finger on the pulse in the business landscape. The information will be conveyed through a blog that will act as a business mentor and comprehensive source of information relating to industry knowledge and news. 

The tone will be expert and informative but not be overburdened by technical language practicality is key. 

Contact Lachlan at lachlan@newsmodo.com for more information about the brief. 

Pitch deadline: 16/08

Healthcare: Advice articles

Pitch for this brief

A major player in the healthcare industry is issuing briefs for a range of topics that will position the brand as the most trusted and recommended company in its industry.


They are commissioning articles covering:


- Caring


- Family health 


- Leading a healthier lifestyle


- Managing and recovering from chronic disease


Pitch deadline: 2PM Thursday 23/6


Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com for more information. 


 

NBN: Articles about residential high-speed internet wanted

Pitch for this brief

Our client is an ISP offering residential NBN packages. They are interested in drawing on the talents of journalists with a strong understanding of both the business and technology sides of high-speed internet. 

The articles will establish our client as thought-leaders in their industry and, as a consequence, help generate interest in our client's competitive products and services and help fill knowledge gaps. We're looking for a focus on the benefits high-speed internet can bring to Australian households. 

Whether it's improving movie streams, or making it easier to communicate with friends and family, or even anticipating the need for a good connection to keep pace with trends in technology, so long as the relevant is topical, interesting, and offers technological or commercial insight into residential internet use, we're interested.

If you're confident you can convey relevant news and ideas to a broad audience (read: all non-commercial medium to heavy internet users) we'd love to get your ideas for stories. 

Got an idea for an infographic? Pitch that too. 

If you're interested in the brief and would like to know more, contact Frederick at frederick@newsmodo.com

Pitch deadline: Thursday 23rd 3pm

Innovation: Victorian firms leading the way

Pitch for this brief

We're thrilled to be working with a new client whose imprimatur is to promote Victorian business. 

They're currently focusing on highlighting the innovative triumphs of four key sectors: 

1. Biotech

2. Fintech

3. Digital ITC

4. Manufacturing technology

Our client is seeking to publicise Victoria as a great place for business to innovate and break new ground in whichever industry they operate.  

We would like to see pitches on these four topics.

These must include details of who you will speak to. (Please note: We may ask you to ghostwrite the article on this person's behalf.)

Please do not approach your contacts at this stage. Just include their title and role in the brief in the understanding you will approach them for an interview once your article has been commissioned. 

Pitch deadline: 2PM Thursday 21 July 

Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com

Home and Garden projects

Pitch for this brief

Our client is after pitches for articles that will help inspire homeowners improve their homes and gardens, or get them ready for winter. 

They want pitches for the following stories:

    • Get organised during winter
    • How to choose tools for your toolbox
    • Home improvement D.I.Y. ideas
    • I.Y. flooring for your home
    • Get your paint projects sorted
    • Get into some winter gardening
    • Winter projects around your home

Pitches are due by Wednesday 8th at 4pm. For the full brief, please contact Frederick at frederick@newsmodo.com 

Small Businesses: News

Pitch for this brief

We have a client in the financial industry who have submitted a brief for articles about EOFY. The content in the articles will demonstrate that our client has their finger on the pulse in regards to the business landscape and practices.

They will also establish the organisation as a single source for news and current affairs. The EOFY is an essential theme in this brief and must be the focal point of any pitches submitted. 

The primary purpose of this content is for publication via their blog which will be positioned as a comprehensive business mentor and source of unique industry knowledge. Topics to cover include business news; technology; finance; innovation and other content that would be relevant to the audience.

Please contact Lachlan at lachlan@newsmodo.com for more information about the brief.

The deadline for pitches is this Monday 6/6/2016.

Skincare: The importance of a regimen

Pitch for this brief

The client is after articles that address skin concerns, wrinkles, age spots and position a product as the solution.

 

Content should be linked to seasonal insights when possible to demonstrate the clients understanding of its audience. 

 

In particular, the client wants to dismiss the notions surrounding relevance, superiority, and believability. 

 

Relevance: The notion that the brand is not perceived as a trendsetter and how consumers should be using the latest and most innovative products. 

 

Superiority: Educating the audience about how their products are higher quality compared to other brands with a more premium feel to them. 

 

Believability: Dispelling the notion that consumers don't trust skincare products and require more proof and information in their sales decision. 

 

Deadline: June 1st - 2pm

 

The tone will be a positive and trusting voice that's inspirational and yet approachable to the reader. 

 

For more information about the brief, contact Andrew at andrew@newsmodo.com 

Women's sporting team: Video journalist required

Pitch for this brief

We are looking for a video journalist to shoot, edit, voice and deliver a 'news style' video package on a women's sporting team in Sydney on June 5.

 

The story would follow a family as they prepare for a game, the game itself with interviews at the conclusion.

 

 

 

The package will need to be turned around the following day.

 

 

 

Pitch deadline: June 1 2016

 

 

 

For more information about the brief, contact us at editor@newsmodo.com 

Loan industry: news and advice for brokers.

Pitch for this brief

Our client in the mortgage industry is looking to provide empowering content for small loan brokers that will help them grow their business in a competitive industry. 

In particular, our client would like to demonstrate the important competitive advantages that being a member of a mortgage aggregator can confer. 

We're after pitches for articles as well as more resource-intensive content, such as tools or interactive forms and templates, slide presentations and so on. 

The client would like material that covers finance sector news and updates; business nous; client management and sales skills; marketing and social media advice and potentially webinars. 

For more information about the brief, contact Frederick at frederick@newsmodo.com 

Multimedia series: Asian Agricultural Boom

Pitch for this brief

A client is commissioning a multimedia series on the Asian agricultural boom. 


The series will incorporate things like animation, video, GIFs, infographics, photos and similar. We are open to a range of ideas. 


It should cover the affects the boom will have on Asian exporters, Australian industry, consumers, and the environment. 


Please get in touch with lachlan@newsmodo.com if you have any questions. 


Pitch deadline: 1PM May 20


Series deadline: TBC

Food trucks

Pitch for this brief

Our client is an on-trend FinTech company offering investment services. They want to promote their insightful, relevant expertise by commissioning stories about new economies and, in particular, the "underground economy of food trucks". 

They know their audience intimately and help them build and manage personalised investment portfolios. 

They stand out from competitors by delivering their services through cutting-edge digital technology, and through their intuitive grasp of the values and culture of young professionals in the process of building up their wealth.

Their clients may not yet count themselves as being part of Australia's wealthiest class, but they have the means to get there. They love travelling to exotic places, drinking boutique beers, entertaining, exploring the newest restaurants and pop-ups, and, most importantly, are beginning to think seriously about their future. 

They are after on-brand, on-trend content that will explore unique and interesting angles of the Australian and global economies. They specifically want articles on “The underground economy of Food carts” but other angles would be considered. 

For a full overview of the topics the client would be interested in, email Lachlan at lachlan@newsmodo.com. 

School enrolment: Seeking advice and insight for parents about to begin the process.

Pitch for this brief

We are looking to produce informative, insightful content for our client who offers a service for parents seeking to enrol their child in a private school. They bill themselves as an "impartial third party" who guide parents through the research and enrolment process.

By taking the stress out of a difficult process for busy, caring parents, our client has developed a reputation for both expertise and trustworthiness. It aims to build on this reputation by publishing useful and inspiring content for parents researching private education options. 

The content will cover factual information about the enrolment process, insight into the decision process, and will offer advice and encouragement for parents deeply interested in their child's growth and well-being. The tone will instil a sense of trust, being both authoritative and knowledgeable, but also warm and encouraging. 

For more information about the topics our client would like to cover, email Lachlan at lachlan@newsmodo.com.

Payment technology innovation: take part in an important industry discussion

Pitch for this brief

Our client is an innovative force in the payments industry and is seeking to firm up their reputation as a thought leader in the sector. 

They will be publishing articles on their blog that demonstrate their expertise, and which begin important industry discussions. They are interested in fresh angles, and would like to avoid topics that have already been discussed in great detail. 

The articles will place an emphasis on cutting edge technology and innovation, particularly in regards to e-commerce. Analysis of the industry, the future of payment technology, and the benefits of this technology for customers and business owners will be key. 

For more information about the topics out client would like covered, please contact lachlan@newsmodo.com.

News and tips for small businesses

Pitch for this brief

Our client who offers financial and management software for small businesses is after articles that will showcase their wide-ranging expertise.

The articles will demonstrate to small business owners that our client has their finger on the pulse of the business landscape. They intend to establish their blog as the best, single source for news and current affairs that will interest small business owners who often don’t have the time to trawl through multiple publications.

The aim is to secure the loyalty of SME owners by offering engaging, accurate and jargon-free information that will help their business. They intend their blog to act as a kind of business mentor, and the best, most comprehensive source of industry knowledge and news.

Topics they want to cover includes business news; technology; finance/banking; innovation and anything related. The tone will be expert and informative, but not overburdened by technical language; practicality is key.

Please contact Lachlan at lachlan@newsmodo.com for more information about the brief.

The deadline for pitches is this Monday.

Paging cyber crime experts: at-risk SMEs need assistance

Pitch for this brief

Our client in the insurance industry is looking for articles that will highlight the need for SMEs to have strong cybersecurity.

By offering insightful and detailed articles about the full range of cybersecurity issues, including threats, trends, and the steps businesses can take to protect themselves, our client seeks to position itself as a trusted expert on all things related to IT security.

They aim to be the first port of call for insurance brokers seeking new products, and a trusted ally to small and medium business owners. 

The articles will be authoritative and well researched, but also contain wit, warmth, and optimism, and have an overall positive tone. 

The articles should cover the following topics:

  • It’s not just big businesses who face cyber risks.
  • Small business cyber risk mitigation tips.
  • Things to consider about cyber risks.
  • Common incidents/claims.
  • Case studies.
  • Trends in cyber threats.

If you are able to offer insight into this important issue that can confuse those who aren't computer literate, please contact lachlan@newsmodo.com for more information about the brief.

The deadline for pitches is this Friday. 

Caravanning adventures #3: Caravanning the coast

Pitch for this brief

We are commissioning a feature article about a caravan or campervan holiday (of around two weeks duration or slightly more) through a coastal region of Australia – can be any state - with a focus on sealed-road travel.

The article would look at which route/destination was chosen and why, purchase of the camper trailer (optional, but recommended), caravan parks used on route, attractions on route, etc.

The article will be approx. 1000 words and have a good selection of supporting high-res images. First person perspective is preferred, but third person considered.

Tone and structure of the article needs to speak to a moderate to highly knowledgeable audience. This means content should be more of a detailed guide and inspiration to already-established enthusiast travellers, rather than a less-detailed “lifestyle” piece.

Details on specific products and items purchased for and used on the journey are required (eg. camping gear, tow equipment, tyres, travel fridges, vehicle/caravan upgrades, etc. – not general items like food, gas bottles, crockery, bedding, etc.). Include brand names, models/variants, purchase price, etc. on relevant items.


Content should cover:

    • What caravan was purchased and why (make/model/year, and why it was chosen).
    • How much was spent.
    • How and where the caravan was purchased (dealer, private sale, caravan/outdoors show etc.).
    • What other makes and models were considered.
    • What was the tow vehicle.
    • The route and destination for the journey.
    • Time of year the trip took place.
    • What accessories and upgrades were added to the caravan for the trip (detail specific products added, what they cost and why they were included).
    • Budget set for the trip and did you stick to it (explain why/why not).
    • How did the caravan perform on the journey and what were its good/bad points
    • Highlight of the trip and would you travel to the same area again (explain why/why not).
    • Top 5 tips for caravanning on the coast.

Contact: Ryan@newsmodo.com

Pitch deadline: 04/05/2016

Caravanning adventures #2: Caravanning off road and in rough terrain

Pitch for this brief

Caravanning off road across rough terrain is a holiday with a difference and well worth it when you do it right. We are commissioning an article about a caravan or camper trailer holiday of about two weeks duration through a remote area of Australia with a focus on off-road travel (ie. on non-sealed roads).

The article would look at which route/destination was chosen and why, purchase of the camper trailer (optional, but recommended), available campsites on route, attractions on route, etc.

The article will be approx. 1000 words and have a good selection of supporting high-res images. First person perspective is preferred, but third person considered.

Tone and structure of the article needs to speak to a moderate to highly knowledgeable audience. This means content should be more of a detailed guide and inspiration to already-established enthusiast travellers, rather than a less-detailed “lifestyle” piece.

Details on specific products and items purchased for and used on the journey are required (eg. camping gear, tow equipment, tyres, travel fridges, vehicle/caravan upgrades, etc. – not general items like food, gas bottles, crockery, bedding, etc.). Include brand names, models/variants, purchase price, etc. on relevant items.Content should cover:

Content should cover:

    • What caravan/camper trailer was purchased and why (make/model/year, and why it was chosen).
    • How much was spent.
    • How and where the caravan was purchased (dealer, private sale, etc.).
    • What other makes and models were considered.
    • What was the tow vehicle (make/model/year).
    • The destination and route for the trip.
    • Time of year the trip took place.
    • What accessories and upgrades needed to be added to the caravan/camper trailer for the trip (detail specific products added and why they were included).
    • Was a budget set for the trip and did you stick to it (explain why/why not).
    • How did the camper trailer perform on the journey and what good and bad points were found.
    • Surprises and/or problems encountered on the journey.
    • Highlight of the trip and would you travel to the same area again (explain why/why not)
    • Top 5 tips for caravanning off road.

Contact: Ryan@newsmodo.com

Pitch deadline: 04/05/2016

Caravanning adventures #1: Caravanning on a budget

Pitch for this brief

We are commissioning an article that will serve as a guide on 'how to have a caravan/campervan/RV holiday (of at least two weeks duration) on a budget'. 

The article would look at the purchase of the caravan (optional, but recommended), how to find the best deal on a caravan, setting a budget for the trip, how to save money on the road, low-cost campsite options, etc.

The article will be approx. 1000 words and have a good selection of supporting high-res images. First person perspective is preferred, but third person considered.

Tone and structure of the article needs to speak to a moderate to highly knowledgeable audience. This means content should be more of a detailed guide and inspiration to already-established enthusiast travellers, rather than a less-detailed “lifestyle” piece.

Details on specific products and items purchased for and used on the journey are required (eg. camping gear, tow equipment, tyres, travel fridges, vehicle/caravan upgrades, etc. – not general items like food, gas bottles, crockery, bedding, etc.). Include brand names, models/variants, purchase price, etc. on relevant items.

Content should cover:

    • What caravan/camper trailer/RV was purchased and why (make/model/year, and why it was selected over others).
    • Purchase price. Include any extras either added at purchase time or acquired after.
    • How and where the caravan was purchased (dealer, private sale, at a caravan show, etc.).
    • What other makes and models were considered.
    • What was the tow vehicle (for a caravan/camper/trailer) or base vehicle (for an RV).
    • The route and destination for the holiday.
    • Time of year the holiday took place and why that time was chosen (eg. off season to save money).
    • What was the budget set for the holiday and did you stick to it (explain why/why not).
    • How did you save money on the road (free campsites, bringing/cooking own meals, combined with seasonal work, etc.).
    • How did the caravan/camper trailer/RV perform on the trip – describe any areas where it impressed or disappointed.
    • What was the highlight of the trip.
    • Would you do this particular trip again with this particular vehicle (explain why/why not).
    • Top 5 tips for caravanning on a budget.

Contact: ryan@newsmodo.com

Pitch deadline: 04/05/2016

Risk Services: Educating a growing consumer base

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A client in the Risk Services industry has issued a brief for multiple articles intended to educate their customer database on their full product range, all available benefits and how valuable a business partner they are. 

 The brand is looking to increase member loyalty and sentiment towards itself and generate content that is relevant to the customer. 

The main focus of these pieces is to offer education on member services on offer and increase the take rate on CRS-products. 

 Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com for more information. 

 The target audience is the membership database with a secondary focus on staff, suppliers and prospective members thinking of signing up. 

 Topics that we would like covered include: 

 - Key product categories. 

 - Protection tips. 

 - Member success stories. 

 - How to make the most of your membership. 

 - Successful cooperatives around the world. 

Hockey: Encouraging grassroots participation

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We are helping a client build awareness of National Hockey Week, which runs from 28 May to 5 June. 

The purpose of the campaign is to promote hockey as a destination sport at the grassroots level. 

 

There are two audiences we are targeting to that end:

1. Senior hockey players (aged 35 -55). We'd love to see case studies of players who have returned to the sport in middle age despite not playing since school.

2. Young hockey players (aged 13-19). We need to connect with this audience by promoting hockey as a fun sport to play with friends. Again, we are after case studies. 

We also want to publicise 'Hockey Heroes'. These are club volunteers who have made extraordinary sacrifices to help the sport they love. An example is performing emergency CPR during a match. These stories would run as profile pieces. 

This brief isn't restricted solely to written articles; please feel free to pitch videos, photography and infographics. too. 

Pitch deadline: 1PM April 29

Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rio 2016 Olympics: Sports specialists required

Pitch for this brief

For the Rio Olympics in August, Newsmodo will be providing content to brands and publishers. If you have a background in sports journalism (including photography) and are keen to contribute please pitch to this brief. 


We're looking to work with journalists who will be in Rio to file match reports, feature articles and do live coverage of games. 


There will be also be opportunities to do minute-by-minute reports, daily round-ups and more for some of Australia's biggest and most respected publications and brands. 


If you don't have sporting experience, we'd still be interested in any stories that might be uncovered before and during the games. Reach out and let us know what you can contribute. 


Please register your interest by contacting ryan@newsmodo.com direct or pitching to the brief with the details of your experience and your availability in the month leading up to and during the 2016 Olympic Games.


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Travel writers: Far North Queensland

Pitch for this brief

We are looking to identify travel writers on our network based in Far North Queensland. 


Please email lachlan@newsmodo.com if this is you. 


 

Tech writers: Sydney

Pitch for this brief

We are looking for tech writers based in Sydney to work on an ongoing project. 


They would need to be available to attend a product session on April 27. 


There's no need to pitch anything, just contact lachlan@newsmodo.com if you fit the bill. 

Digital Marketing: .film domain names

Pitch for this brief

We have received a brief from a company in the digital marketing industry who are is seeking articles relating to the .film domain registry.

These articles are targeted at producers and distributors in the film industry and are designed to inform them of the numerous benefits associated with .film domain names. 

These benefits include: 

 - Exclusivity - (you must be in the film industry to obtain one).

- Establishing authority

 - Improved SEO results   

- Have the first choice in domain names - be the first hit in a search engine. 

 - Have a shorter, more memorable domain name. 

 - Increased marketing appeal to potential buyers. 

Pitches should revolve around the benefits of .film.

Our client wants people to know that .film is a restricted space, meaning you must be in the film industry to buy one. A restricted namespace has many benefits including getting your first choice in domain names, no cybersquatting, exclusivity, and authoritative content with the general public.

They also want to cover SEO benefits of .film and, if commissioned, can put you in touch with members who have already made the switch and are seeing the search benefit.

‘How to’ articles are good. For example, how to strengthen your brand with a .film name

Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com for more information. 

Pitch deadline: 4/5/2016

International finance: Multimedia series

Pitch for this brief

We are a bank commissioning an exciting multimedia series on a financial or business issue relevant  to the Asia Pacific region. 

The series will cover an important issue. An example of a topic is changes to Asian agricultural tarrifs and how this issue will affect Australia and the broader region.

 

This brief is very broad in scope though so don't be afraid to get creative!

In your pitch please suggest ways in the topic could be brought to life visually. The options here are endless; think infographics, videos, cinemagraphs, photo essays and much more.

Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com

Pitch deadline: 22/4/2016

Food: The Casual Dining Experience

Pitch for this brief

A major player in the fast-food industry has issued a brief for articles that distinguish the fast casual dining experience. 


The client wants to take the relatively unknown concept of 'the fast food casual dining experience' and position themselves as thought leaders. 


The target audience is: 


- Young and trendy 


- Social diners 


- Enjoy the opportunity to eat healthy with the addition of convenience. 


- Prefer the ideal setting for catching up during / after work or after another activity (gym, movies, shopping) 


Please contact lachlan@newsmodo.com for more information. 


The core message for pitches should be to promote the fast-food dining experience and how our client is leading the way in this regard. 

Health: Skincare cream

Pitch for this brief

Our client is a renowned vitamin supplement company that has commissioned articles to educate its customer database. 


The campaign messaging will revolve around the benefits of anti-aging cream and aim to convince the customer their produce is the best on the market. 


Skin benefitting activities include: 


- Protection against oxidative and photo-damage. 


- Skin lightening and even skin complexion. 


- Anti-aging overall, protection and wellbeing.


- Added dietary supplement provides a natural and unique way to maintain beautiful, healthy, radiant and younger appearance from within. 


The objective of these pieces is to sell the idea that both the supplement and cream are an essential purchase combination. 


The target audience for these pieces area: 


1. Pharmacists, pharmacy assistants, departments store buyers and department store beauty counters. 


2. The Asian female wanting to 'strengthen' her skin. 


3. The general aging woman wanting the best skin care options available. 


4. The Jewish business community (research company angle).


5. The general health / wellbeing / beauty category. 


We are looking for individual pitches that caters to each target audience and their core values. 


Please contact lachlan@newsmodo.com for more information. 

Finance: Tips

Pitch for this brief

Our client is a major brand in the superannuation sector and has commissioned a number of articles that will educate and enhance their customer's level of understanding on finance topics. 

 The blue collar industry is the key demographic for these articles. they prefer a simple approach to managing their finances and are put off by technology and complex jargon. 

 

Retirees and those about to enter retirement are the target audience for these. They should emphasise on the link between healthy finances and peace of mind for those who have had trouble managing their money in the past. 

 

Please contact the editor for brand guidelines and further detail: lachlan@newsmodo.com 

 

Summary:

 

Our client wants to provide newsworthy and topical articles relevant to their clients on the following subjects: 

 

- Tips and advice on starting your own small business. 

 

- How to earn money with your trade overseas. 

 

- Topical news articles affecting their members. 

 

- General finance hacks (please steer clear of advice pertaining to super) 

 

Deadline: This is an urgent brief. 

CX marketing: The future of marketing is data driven

Pitch for this brief

Our client is a major player in the customer experience (CX) marketing industry is keen to educate its consumer base in the benefits for data-driven marketing.

Articles should address how data-driven analytics is the future of marketing thanks to technology upgrades and intelligent marketers adapting as a result.

The primary audience for these articles is CMOs/CXOs and marketing directors in mid-market or enterprise organisations. They are the decision makers driving the direction of their marketing budget. 

Marketing automation is fast becoming a critical factor in campaign strategy and how brands interact with their customer base.

Millennials are a prime example with their swift take-up of mobile technology and social media applications.

Data can mine these areas for essential information that will allow companies to make better-informed decisions about how they can help their customers.

Here are the three main points they would like to draw out:

1. The future of marketing is data driven
2. Marketing technology is changing, as is the role of the data-driven marketer
3. Marketing automation is the future of advertising to future generations

The brand has a cheeky professional personality – serious about business, joyful and humorous in how we go about it.

Our client has commissioned ten articles, which need to be filed by April 22.

Pitch deadline: 10AM Friday 15/4.

Contact the editor for brand guidelines and further detail: ryan@newsmodo.com

Summary:

With millennials thirsting for information and content, data-marketing is homing in on the pressure points for this demographic.

It underlines the importance in understanding CX marketing, what the future holds for the industry and how consumers can obtain a better understanding of it.

Finance: Tips for accumulators

Pitch for this brief

We are a super firm keen help to our members generate wealth and are commissioning articles on the following topics. 

    • Pride in the industry – top earners (which means investment opportunities, future financial security), small business opportunities, respect in the  trade, overseas travel opportunities
    • Current events in the financial sector
    • Hacks – quick ‘tricks’ to get more money in your super account; spousal contributions, roll-ins, compound interest, voluntary contributions, minimising fees, income streams.
    • Balance/Mental Health – “all the money in the world is of little use if you’re not happy”

 

Our audience is primarily accumulators, that is couples aged 35 to 55. 

 Pitch deadline: 12PM Tuesday 12 April

 Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com

Film industry: Domain names

Pitch for this brief

Our client sells the .film domain name to that industry and has commissioned 15 articles intended to demonstrate the advantages of buying a .film domain. 

The primary audience is producers and distributors in the film industry. 

Please contact Lachlan for more information. 

Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com

Pitch deadline: 12PM April 11.

Digital marketing: Hints and tips

Pitch for this brief

We are Hong Kong based digital marketing experts commissioning thought leadership pieces on the following topics: 

1. Why is digital so important in marketing? 

2. How to determine the best social media strategies and tactics for the Asia Pacific and Greater China

3. How to integrate social channel strategy with other/traditional marketing channels

4. What can marketers do to get around ad-blocking?

5. How can digital marketing and social media engagement drive sales?

6. How personalised digital marketing can hep build brands.

 

The same client is also commissioning three articles on e-commerce. 

1.   Good and bad examples of overseas brands attempting to enter the Chinese e-Commerce industry

 

2. How can the e-Commerce industry overcome strong censorship in China?

3. The differences between the e-Commerce eco-system, culture and practice in the West and Australia.

Pitch deadline: 11/4/2016

Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com

 

 

Health Supplements: Advertorial for supplements company

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A client is commissioning articles intended to boost their SEO and educate potential and existing customers on the benefits of their products. 


Please contact Lachlan for more information and detail on what you should be pitching. 


Pitch deadline: 10AM 31/3/2016


Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com


 

Health: All about sugar

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A sugar industry body is looking to bust some myths around sugar (without being too controversial!) 

Here are some topics they would like covered: 

- Achieving a healthy balanced diet can include some sugar

- Elimination of one food group is too simplistic

- Food and nutrition trends over history

- What do the different terms about sugar mean? Is there consensus?

- Fructose

- Is sugar bad for my heart?

-  Misperceptions of ‘sugar-free’ food labelling. These foods are not necessarily healthier

- Natural vs added sugars, are they all the same?

- Consumption trends, obesity trends

- Diabetes or dental

- Strongly anti-sugar or quitting sugar

The articles will require expert interviews with accredited nutritionists, accredited practising dietitians, GP’s or those employed in academia demonstrating a balanced viewpoint on the topic.

Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com

Pitch deadline: 3PM 22/3/2016

Human interest: Stories with a strong emotional hook

Pitch for this brief

A magazine with a rich history of reporting on stories that matter to women is commissioning emotionally driven human interest stories for women aged 25-45.

The monthly magazine considers itself an agenda setter on what matters most to women. 

With a readership just shy of 2 million, the magazine speaks to Australian women (and men) through long-form journalism centering on one or more case studies.

Their shortest pieces are around 800 words.

Their focus is not limited to one area, they deliver a unique combination of stories from entertainment and celebrity to health, craft and food. 

However, the stories they will commission will have an emotional hook and make the reader feel something. 

An example of this is a woman who struggled for years to have a baby finally met and fell in love with her sperm donor - 8 months into her pregnancy.

Typically human interest stories for this audience fall into a few categories that are not dissimilar to 'Real Life' stories - Miracle pregnancies, crime etc. 

The difference is this magazine does not shy away from controversial or 'tough' topics

Pitch deadline: 21/03/2016

Contact: ryan@newsmodo.com

Finance for SMEs: Topical news articles

Pitch for this brief

As a company assisting SMEs manage their finances we are commissioning a series of awesome articles based on upcoming events. 

To wit:

- EOFY for SMEs

- SuperStream

- Federal budget

- Topical material around payroll. 

We mainly publish news articles, distilled into easily digestible information for our audience of small business owners.

Each article must contain unique and newsworthy content and interviews are a must. 

Deadline for pitches: 10AM April 12.

Contact: lachlan@newsmodo.com

Hard News and Features: Daily news site interested in consumer affairs

Pitch for this brief

A growing daily news site is looking for people to tell great and compelling stories.


Features that can lead the daily offerings of a major news site will be well received. We fit the traditional tabloid mould - smart, but populist


We find our readers are interested in consumer affairs - particularly relating to airlines, supermarkets, entertainment (Netflix, Stan etc.) and tech companies. What information is being leaked about the latest gadget or smartphone? 


Our readers also have a soft spot for politics, entertainment, personal finance and hard news.


We'll only commission original content. We compete with a number of news websites and find exclusive stories draw new readers. We try to stay a day ahead of the news and encourage journalists pitching to this brief to consider how their story might add value to our publication. What information do you have that we don't?


Our publication speaks to everyday Australians, casual news consumers, workers who care about the world around them.


Your feature pieces can run the gamut from hard news to a more discursive approach to an issue that matters to people.


Strong visual storytelling is encouraged, pictures will never go astray.


But keep in mind; why am I telling this story, why does it matter?


If you think there’s a yarn to tell, and you’re the one to do it, look here.


Contact: ryan@newmodo.com


Deadline: 15/02/2016

Videographer in Sydney: Three panel events

Pitch for this brief

We require two camera operators to capture three-panel events in Sydney in May, June, and July for half day shoots. Only raw footage is required with high quality audio of the panel speakers.

Please contact nigel@newsmodo.com with your half day quote ASAP. 

Videography in Cannes: Freelancer required in June

Pitch for this brief

Our client is looking for freelancers to shoot an event in Cannes in late June.
 
Specifically, we require a videographer and editor to capture interviews and quickly distill them into several 2-3 minute edited videos. 
 
This will be approximately a twelve hour day with content edited for next day delivery.
 
It's crucial the freelancer has excellent English speaking and is able to fit into the team effortlessly.
 
Please contact nigel@newsmodo.com with a quote and a little information abut yourself. 

Photo series: Human interest and human stories as told through images

Pitch for this brief

Australia’s most read news site is looking for someone to tell a strong human interest story, through photos.

We report on everything from entertainment to economics. 

We’re looking for something that hasn’t been said before, that will grab the attention of a reader (and a news editor!)

A photo story about something that’ll interest a national audience is in order. Something that can step through the background noise to really resonate with readers.

The images could be found / sourced or your own, we simply want something that can tell a tale through a powerful visual medium. Note: Your photos must be originally sourced, and must not breach copyright.

Your story might come from far afield - of exotic or unseen locales - or a side of Australia less seen or understood.

You could look at the struggles of rural centres, the ever-present realities of drought and flooding rain, the great distances of travel or rooted to a spot, the changing face of a space in our cities through the day. You could look outside Australia, to tell our audience of the stories they seldom see or hear or know. 

Before you pitch, consider the newsworthiness of your story. Why am I telling this story now?

We generally commission 5-10 images + 500-700 words.

If you’re a photographer, or simply know how to tell a good yarn through pictures with words, this is your chance.

Deadline 01/02

Contact: ryan@newsmodo.com

Real Life: Crime, love - those who have found love after crime

Pitch for this brief

Our publication wants to tell the stories of survivors of crime, who’ve lived beyond their ordeal, who’ve found love.

Our publication speaks to family-oriented women from middle-Australia, people to whom a story of love and crime can speak loudly.

The stories should show a resolution - tell the story in forethought, from where they’ve been to where they are.

Writers could look in retrospect at crimes that gripped national attention, at areas and communities that suffer the travails of crime - to those who’ve moved beyond crimes of the past to find love.

These stories are best communicated through a tandem of both word and image. Strong visual storytelling - through pictures and videos - is encouraged.

Contact: ryan@newsmodo.com

Deadline: Ongoing 

 

Real Life: Horror, Extraordinary, Marathon Births

Pitch for this brief

Our publication wants to tell the story of a mother whose labour was hell. Someone who can tell the tale of a marathon birth.

Writers will find themselves in one of Australia’s most popular women’s publications.

The story needs to speak to an audience of family mum’s, people who can empathise with just such a story.

Maybe you know someone, maybe it’s yourself. Keep an ear close to the ground and an eye out. You should tell the story through the trials and tribulations, the happy mums, the joy of the baby.

Pictures would not go astray, something big, preferably evidence of the length of the labour, the horror - but also the joy.

Deadline: Ongoing

Contact: ryan@newsmodo.com

Real Life: Crime, Punishment, true stories

Pitch for this brief

We want someone who can tell a tale of crime, missing women, a life struck hard by crime - but with positive resolution. Of strength and tenacity and endurance in face of the odds.

Our publication typically runs stories about women’s lives in the face of crime, we need something that speaks to women from middle Australia.

Writers will find themselves published in Australia’s most read women’s publications - telling a story people want to hear.

The story might be a case study on women killers, or of a mother taken too soon. It might tell the story of someone who’s recovered from a life of crime or drugs, to be a productive member of society.

These stories can run the gambit from true-crime to features on the life of someone who’s come through a great trial or suffering. It might be someone noteworthy, or your everyday lady.

Writers could look to coronial inquests, follow a case through the courts or look to the final judgements, community publications, those recognised for their tenacity by the community. Maybe someone you know fits the bill. 

Delve into the archives, are there old stories that warrant exploration or new investigations?

These stories would best be supported by strong visual content - pictures that speak loudly of suffering or tenacity.

Deadline: Ongoing 

Contact: ryan@newsmodo.com

Family stories: Large or Unusual families who live extraordinarily

Pitch for this brief

Typically families are thought of in the nuclear variety, two parents, two kids. However, our publication is looking to feature a more extraordinary family.

We are looking for someone who can tell the story of a family who walk a different path. We’d be interested in big families, perhaps several generations and loads of kids under one roof or a family visited by consistent generations of twins.

Tell us the story of an unusual family living in your area - what makes them work, show us the trials and triumphs of those who live large, in strange ways.

Please include sample photos need to show the family, its scale and scope - they need to be people-oriented, to speak to the human face behind the story. Colour and vibrancy are encouraged, image quality should be maximised.

Our publication speaks to family women mainly aged 35 and up. They are middle Australian - have kids and a spouse. 

Deadline: Ongoing

Contact: ryan@newsmodo.com

Real Life: Strange, Supernatural spirits and the unexplained or inexplicable things in life

Pitch for this brief

We are looking to tell the real story of those who have had a brush with the supernatural. This would require a case study feature of those who live a life close to the inexplicable.

Scary stories have gripped the imagination for almost as long as human history. Ghosts, ghouls, the unexplained - still the supernatural persists in the popular imagination and the urban experience.

The story might be a look at a psychic, who can commune with spirits; paranormal investigators; exorcists and spiritual cleansers; graveyards increasingly being caught up in the bounds of ever-expanding cities or homes haunted by a spiritual visitor.

Writers might look to online resources, where devotees of the supernatural congregate. We look to cover Australian stories of the supernatural, although spiritual experiences from around the world may speak loudly.

The angle might be the story behind the haunting, or a family’s tenacity in the face of the unexplained.

Please note: these stories must be convincing. They have to tell the tales of those who truly believe in the spiritual. They need to speak to our audience of women, aged 35-45 from middle-Australia backgrounds - people for whom family, or a family troubled by spirits resonates.

Photographs of the haunting, or strong visual content showing the supernatural elements of the story, are strongly encouraged.

Deadline: Ongoing

Contact: ryan@newsmodo.com

Online publication: Australian real-life and celebrity stories

Pitch for this brief

We are a leading women's publication with a budget for great online content that will attract new readers. 

Specifically, we'd like to extend our coverage of local real-life and Australian celebrity stories. 

The first thing we look for in a great story is the hook - does it grab our attention? If it grips us - it will grip our readers.

A common theme in articles we commission is 'overcoming adversity' - Something terrible happened to me, but now I'm great.

Our focus is usually on family, so including partners, kids, grandkids, brothers, sisters etc. in the story is important. 

Local real life stories might include:

1. Crime and someone's recovery from said crime. (convictions should be in place)

2. Ordinary people caught in unlikely situations and overcoming the odds (medical, pregnancy, family, job etc.)

3. Weight-loss stories (30kilos+). (with these a second story-line really helps - eg. a wedding, unique/unusual style of weight loss etc.)

4. Miraculous birth and conception stories (eg. "I was told I'd never be able to have children, but now look at my miracle child")

5. Life on the land: Our rural readership is large, so inspiring stories from rural communities are well-loved. 

As far as local Australian celebrity stories go, we are not only looking for sightings and photos - we are also keen to hear about how Australia and the world is reacting to Australian celebrities. These stories fuel our "gossip" pages. 

We take a particular interest in timely stories centering on upcoming events.  

We like to inform, entertain, enlighten and engage our audience with remarkable stories that almost have to be seen to be believed. Our regular readers are 30-45-year-old mums in a relationship who are not working full-time.

Please include photos of any case studies. If you have questions about this, please contact the editor below. 

Pitch deadline: Ongoing

Contact: ryan@newsmodo.com

Travel: Motorcycle travel adventures and custom fit-outs

Pitch for this brief

We are a motorcycle trade publication wanting to inspire and give guidance to readers interested in travelling Australia and the world on two wheels, particularly if those wheels are customised. 

Our target audience is experienced motorcyclists and also potential new owners looking to buy a new bike or parts.

We are looking for features on motorcycle travel, particularly if the bike used has a custom fit out.

Generally features run between 700 to 1000 words. 

We want to know what gear was needed for the trip and what parts were added to customise the bike. Where these modifications route specific? How did these changes fare? How long did it take to customise the bike?

We want to know the length of the trip and the kind of terrain covered. 

If you haven't done a trip personally, perhaps you know someone who has? Track down an enthusiast and ask them about their latest adventure.  

Think of Che Guevara’s famous journey through South America, or Hunter S. Thompson’s tumultuous stint with the Hell’s Angels. 

High res photos are mandatory - please include them with your pitch. If you have questions about images, please reach out to the contact below. 

Pitch deadline: Ongoing

Contact: ryan@newsmodo.com

New features: Australians Abroad

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An Australian aid worker in Syria is missing home after 'nearly being killed', it has been reported. Our publication is interested in learning more about Australian's abroad and the stories they have to share.

We've previously told stories about Australian's serving jail terms or facing the courts in foreign countries. We've also covered fraud, insurance, business, and human interest. 

If you have a remarkable story about an Australian living or traveling abroad, pitch it here. 

Contact: ryan@newsmodo.com

 

Pitch deadline: ongoing. 

News features: Hyper local news-stories relevant to the nation

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We're Australia's most read news site and to maintain this we commission great reads from freelancers that get people talking. 

We look for stories that are off-the-beaten track, stories that will grab the attention of a middle Australian audience. 

Our large staff of journalists work hard to produce entertaining, interesting and engaging content - but they are based in Sydney and can often find it difficult to source hyper-local news stories that are relevant to the nation.

Stories you pitch will need to offer a new perspective, insight or exclusivity. Our aim is engagement, we want people to share and comment on our stories, which is why we love issues-based features and stories that will generally inspire awe, intrigue and controversy.

Speaking with a national voice, we report across multiple verticals: entertainment, travel, lifestyle, sport, business, technology, money and real estate. But, we balance this by also reporting on global events - from pop culture to politics.

If a story calls for humor or a tongue in cheek style then please pitch it with that tone in mind. 

A good story lends itself to a strong hook and headline. When you are writing your pitch ask yourself, 'did I write the best hook for this story?' 'Will a busy editor stop to read my pitch because the headline is strong?'

Images: We often require images to be sourced by the journalist, but sometimes we are able to provide images of our own. If you have them, please include them with your pitch.

Here are some topics that have been commissioned previously:

1. Frozen in time - WWII Ghost Town in France - Deserted since June 10, 1944, this French village has all the buildings but none of the people. 

2. High-Speed Rail - Australia the little engine that can't Why after millions have been spent on research Australia still isn't moving towards high-speed rail. 

3. Australian woman jailed in Peru for 14 years - An Australian drug smuggler shares her story from a Peruvian prison.

4. Creative commune - The creepy mansion where ideas are born The remarkable secluded estate, where Truman Capote and Sylvia Plath cut their teeth. 

5. Living perched on the edge of a volcano As a volcano in Ecuador was set to blow, we spoke to the local community about living near this pressure cooker. 

Pitch deadline: Ongoing

Contact: ryan@newsmodo.com

Real life: Unlikely love stories for Valentine's Day

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Our magazine will be sharing unlikely love and relationship stories this Valentine's Day, but right now we don't have enough stories.

We want to grab the readers attention right away with a great hooky headline. 

It's important to us that case studies have an out-of-the-ordinary or seemingly unbelievable story to tell.

We are also open to hearing about people's bad experiences with Valentine's Day, but we prefer and hope the story has an uplifting ending.

We won't be commissioning any simple 'I found the person of my dreams' stories where people simply met on Valentine's Day - there needs to be a great hook or twist.

Case studies usually supply images for commissioned stories.   

Our primary audience is women in a relationship, aged 25-45. They usually have children and could be classed as broad, middle Australian. 

Pitch deadline: Ongoing

Contact: ryan@newsmodo.com

Real Life: Annual events requiring feature coverage

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We are planning our February, March, and April issues. For each issue, we commission three real life stories, which is why we need your help.

We are commissioning stories for Valentine's Day, Australia Day and Easter. 

We look for stories centering on everyday people (usually Australian) who are caught up in or have come out on the other side of incredible circumstances. 

These are stories that will grab the attention of a middle Australian, mostly female audience. They will be inspiring, shocking, unbelievable and remarkably entertaining reads.

For instance, perhaps there's an unreported story about the incredible lengths an individual has gone to for love on Valentine's Day. 

Or, a heartwarming story about a family reuniting for Australia Day after tragic circumstances held them apart. 

These are merely suggestions, there are plenty more real life stories to be told around these events. What is important is that the stories have a strong hook and have not been covered.

Pitch deadline: Ongoing

Contact: ryan@newsmodo.com

 

 

Home and Garden: Featuring contemporary architecture and landscaping

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As one of Australia's premier home and garden magazines, we present contemporary living to our readers by profiling the best homes and gardens across the nation. 

Currently we are showcasing homes and landscaped gardens located in Australia's central and western states and territories.

Our internal editorial team have the east coast well covered. 

We'll be commissioning stories now up until June. 

It is important to us that the homes and gardens we feature are remarkable and offer something different, unusual or interesting. We will not commission stories about homes and gardens that have been featured in other magazines.

Our magazine focuses on contemporary Australian living. We offer our audience of 30+ middle to upper Australian home owners the best examples of architecture, design, decorating, gardening, entertaining and lifestyle products.

If you know of a home or garden you think we should feature, please pitch to this brief. 

It is essential we see images of the garden before we commission a story - but this should not stop you pitching. If possible, please include low res overview shots of the home and garden, detail shots and a photo of the link between the garden and home. These can be shot with your phone or any point and click camera. 

Pitch deadline: ongoing

Contact: ryan@newsmodo.com

Features: Business and personal success stories from South Australia

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A news service based in South Australia is looking for hard news stories across five sectors - resources, tourism, food and wine, education and health. If you are knowledgeable in one of these areas this brief is for you. 

The aim of commissioned articles will be to encourage investment, business, international students and tourism to the state.

To achieve this, success stories from these sectors are commissioned. 

For example, a report on an SME who have diversified and entered international markets or, in the education sector, a story about an international student who has graduated from an SA institution and become successful in their home country or in Australia. 

For health, they'd a look at a researcher who has made a medical discovery. Why is SA a health industry leader? 

Articles will run between 500-700 words and a minimum of one picture will be supplied with complete copy. 

The style and tone is usually matches that of hard news stories and will appeal to people with a keen or professional interest in one of the five sectors. "We do proper journalism for a professional audience."

Stories will need to interest audiences outside of South Australia. 

The success of South Australian wine distributor, Vinomofo is an excellent example of the kind of story we'd look to feature. However, that company has already received wide media coverage. We are looking to profile largely unknown businesses and innovators who have not been reported on yet. 

Pitch deadline: Ongoing

Contact: ryan@newsmodo.com

Real Life: Commissioning remarkable pregnancy and birth stories

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One of Australia's top women's magazines is interested in commissioning stories about out-of-the-ordinary pregnancies. Do you know someone who has a remarkable story to tell?

For instance:

Extraordinary Labours: A person who has recently been through a horror labour experience, but come out on the other side proud and happy to introduce their new baby to the world?

'Miracle conceptions': A doctor may have told a couple they were unable to give birth naturally, but then some time later the couple conceives. 

'Surprise pregnancies': This might occur when a couple finds out they are pregnant only a month or on the day they have the baby - it happens!

Every good story has a hook that draws readers (and editors) in, so consider the title and opening of your pitch carefully.

The magazine's readership is mostly women, aged 25-50, who are in a relationship and have children.

We need to see images of the case study before we commission. These don't need to be the images that will go to print, and can be sourced from social media. 

Pitch deadline: Ongoing

Contact: ryan@newsmodo.com

Real Life: Life's big (and small) heroes

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From time to time, individuals do incredible things to help others in distress, at risk, or less fortunate. We want to share these incredible stories with our readers.

There are everyday heroes, like doctors and firefighters, but we are looking for is 'ordinary' heroes, put in a situation they had no training for, but acted with selflessness and courage. Individuals who are thrust into an extraordinary situation and subsequently save another's life(or the lives of many).

Kids sometimes save adults, siblings save each other and then there are parents - hero mums and dads who have put themselves in harms way to protect their children. There are even animals that prevent serious incidences from happening. 

The commissioned story or stories will be based on one case study. Depending on the strength of the story a feature could run to either 400 or 800 words. 

We are a highly circulated glossy women's magazine. Our audience is white bread middle Australia. They are married with children and read our exclusive stories to share remarkable stories with their friends. 

Pitch deadline: Ongoing

Contact: ryan@newsmodo.com