You discover a posting that you qualify for (or you have a story you’d like to pitch). What do you do next?
Before you apply, make sure your profile looks great. This is what editors will see before they commission you, so take the time to make it perfect!
Here's your checklist:
- You’ve got three or more links to your best and most up-to-date work samples.
- You’ve tested all your links and made sure they opened properly inside your profile page (check that your Vimeo settings allow your video to be embedded, for example).
- You’ve selected which services you performed in each work sample.
- Your location information is current.
- Your profile photo reflects the professional image you want to convey.
- You’ve selected thumbnails that make your work samples look amazing.
Go here to edit your profle. Once you've done that, you’re ready to begin.
Apply to a Posting
Make sure to provide any relevant information about the type of access, expertise or previous experience you have in covering this type of story. Remember, first impressions are key. If you are not based near the location of the posting or already have secured travel plans, please refrain from applying. Unless otherwise mentioned, publishers are not willing to cover travel expenses.
NOTE: Please do not try and get official access or press permits from a government or organization on behalf of a publisher or Storyhunter unless you have written permission to do so. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about applying for press credentials.
PRO TIP: It’s always good to do some research on the company that created the posting before you apply, so you can write an initial message or pitch that resonates with them. Mention if you've worked with similar media outlets. Be courteous, but no need to be super formal.
Define the deliverables and price
When discussing a project, make sure the deliverables and pricing are clear before accepting the offer. If you’ve chatted with the publisher by phone or Skype, it's important to summarize what you agreed upon in your project page after the conversation. That way everyone is on the same page, especially when it comes to pricing, deliverables and deadlines. This keeps everyone accountable!
You can generally negotiate the payment for a project if you feel you need to! We encourage you to write the publisher in the message thread and explain the reason behind your asking price. Once that has been agreed upon, you can make a counteroffer using the counteroffer button.
PRO TIP: If you don't hear from the publisher for a while, send them a message on the platform. If your story is time-sensitive, let them know!
(If you are declined for a project, don’t be discouraged. Try again next time!)
You’re off to work on your project!
As with any professional project, always keep your publisher up-to-date with your progress. Each project you complete on Storyhunter is reviewed by the publisher you worked with. A great review is an important step towards landing future commissions!
If you've negotiated to have your expenses covered, ask your publisher how they would like you to keep track of them. We recommend keeping all your receipts. Before marking the project as done, upload copies of your receipts to the "Assets" section on your project page.
VERY IMPORTANT: If by any chance something unforeseen happens which may influence your delivery deadline, make sure to let your publisher know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Nothing is worse than getting news of a delay in delivery time at the last minute, when the publisher is counting on your story.
*** Try your best to take a great photo of you while working on the Project! We pick the best and use them to feature you on our blog, weekly newsletter and social media pages. What makes a great #storyhunter photo? We can see you, holding a camera, shooting something really interesting. The photo looks amazing and makes people say “Cool!” ***
Once the publisher reviews and approves your work, they will mark the project as “complete”. We handle all payment and issue it by the 30th day of the project being marked complete! Don't forget to keep your payment information updated in your profile.
PRO TIP: Make sure to add a link of your published project to your profile (where it says "pending publication"). For editors, working with freelancers they have never met can be daunting. A completed project on the platform shows that you’ve proven yourself with another publisher. The more projects completed and verified work samples you have, the more publishers can get a sense of your work, and trust your portfolio.