The Mary Sue is searching for dedicated freelance writers to bolster our news coverage! We’re looking for journalists/bloggers who get our intersectional feminist perspective and have significant knowledge of, and passion for, politics, pop culture, online culture, fandom, weird internet memes, and more! You should especially be plugged into the 24/7 news cycle. Do you have fifteen notifications pop onto your phone from a variety of sources whenever a story breaks? We want to hear from you.

So, what are the job expectations? We require a minimum of 25 posts per month but are really looking for much more (100+ posts/month). Your primary focus will be covering breaking news in all of the areas mentioned above and more, with an emphasis on quickly and informatively keeping our readers up to date on what's going on in the world around them, whether it's a political fiasco or the spontaneous combustion of a social media network.

You'll work with our senior news editor to cover news topics as assigned on a day-to-day basis, as well as pitch your own story ideas. We particularly want to hear from candidates who are comfortable with breaking news, writing incisive takes, working independently, and who have an instinctive barometer for what’s newsworthy. The ideal candidate will be able to find the aspects of any story that everyone will be (or should be!) discussing in the daily news cycle and drive the conversation forward with their unique analysis.

Our rates vary right along with the content, ranging from $15 to $60 depending on the length and type of story, with most posts fitting within the $25 range and a few hundred words.

What are we looking for in a prospective freelance news writer?

  • Someone who’s proud to be called a feminist and a geek.
  • A knack for finding unique, insightful angles on news stories.
  • The ability to write quickly and accurately.
  • Someone eager to learn and incorporate feedback to build their writing skills.
  • Familiarity with WordPress/blogging platforms and social media channels. (Mostly Facebook and Twitter, but Tumblr, TikTok, Instagram, and more are great, too!)
  • A multitasker who can consume a large amount of information in a short time.
  • Previous freelance experience.

What do we want in addition to your resume?

  • A brief cover letter about yourself and why you're a good fit for this role.
  • At least two links to samples of your writing.
  • Links to your personal website/portfolio/blog, podcasts/videos, and/or any public social media accounts you would like to share.