Q. How do I apply to a posting?
Click Find Postings in the top right corner. Then, find a postingthat’s right for you.
Q. I noticed there are two types of postings. What’s the difference?
Certain postings will already have story ideas or planned shoots, while others call for proposals with original pitches. If no pitch is required, you’ll be prompted to write a short message to that publisher, describing why you’d be a good fit for the project. It’s always best to complement your Storyhunter profile, not repeat it. If the posting calls for a pitch, make sure you’ve already done some reporting and secured access to the characters and locations you want to film before you fill out the pitch form. More often than not, a publisher’s first question will be, “Do you have access?”
Q. How long will it take before I know if my application has been accepted?
The amount of time you wait can vary. If interested in your application, a publisher will message you on the platform. You’ll receive an email notification from Storyhunter as soon as you receive a message, so you can log in and continue the conversation.
Q. I’ve already produced a video. Can I still pitch it?
Yes, absolutely. On the pitch form, you can state whether or not you’ve already produced a video. Then, you should link to the video, which will be included in the pitch. Keep in mind, if you offer a video in a pitch, you must own all of its rights. If a publisher accepts your offer, you are agreeing to sell that publisher the exclusive rights. This should be footage that you shot and own, and are willing to sell according to the standard freelancer agreement.
Q. Can I pitch the same story to multiple postings and/or clients?
Absolutely. However, if your application is accepted by one publisher, you should politely notify the rest of the publishers that the story has already been commissioned. Selling the same story twice is against the standard freelancer agreement. Remember, you’re building your reputation as a freelancer on Storyhunter, so conducting yourself in a professional manner will only help you in the long run.
Q. I have new information about my story. Can I edit my pitch after I submit it?
Of course. Once you submit your pitch, you can edit it up until the point it is approved and becomes an active project. It’s always best to edit your pitch if you have new information after doing some more reporting. Once the project becomes active, and something significant changes in the story, just use the message thread to let your editor know.
Q. Does it matter what language I apply in?
You should always apply in the language the posting is posted in. In most cases, that will be English.
Q. How do I know publishers won’t steal my ideas?
When signing up to the Storyhunter platform, publishers agree that the content you submit (whether it be a pitch or video) is yours until a commission or sale of an existing video occurs. If you suspect that someone has stolen your idea, please bring it to our attention by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep in mind that it is very common for publishers to receive similar ideas from different freelancers when they call for pitches, especially when covering a big news story.
Q. I realized I can no longer deliver on a posting I applied to. What should I do?
Just kindly let the publisher know by sending a message directly in the project.
Q. I have a great idea for a story, but it’s fiction. Can I pitch it on Storyhunter?
Sorry, but no. The publishers on our platform are looking for non-fiction, authentic stories from around the world.