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FREELANCE GUIDELINES

What kinds of stories do we cover? We're so glad you asked!

Character-driven stories with a narrative arc

We’re always on the lookout for stories featuring compelling characters and strong storytellers. While we appreciate inspirational tales of hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, we want stories that take us into unexpected emotional territory. Surprises are good! Conflict is good! Stories should be tied to the natural world, in some way, but are not bound to rural areas. The natural world can be anything from a nature preserve to a backyard, a city block, even a traffic circle.

Before making your pitch we encourage you to listen to these stories:

Episode 22: Always Wear Earth Tones

Episode 22: Always Wear Earth Tones

Episode 9: Parenting at 24,000 Feet

Episode 9: Parenting at 24,000 Feet

Episode 11: Anothah Boston Cheat

Episode 11: Anothah Boston Cheat

Historical stories with a narrative arc

Outside/In loves to unearth stories about the ways the natural world has been used throughout history. From the birth of tourism of Mount Washington to the early misuses of biocontrol, we like digging into archives to tell stories that illuminate the ways we interact with our environments today. We get jazzed about forgotten historical stories and strange aspects of familiar moments in history.

Before making your pitch we encourage you to listen to these stories:

Episode 19: Look Toward the Dawn

Episode 19: Look Toward the Dawn

episode 18: Dr. Percy & The Magic Soybean

episode 18: Dr. Percy & The Magic Soybean

Episode 15: Never Bring A Sledgehammer to a Scalpel Fight

Episode 15: Never Bring A Sledgehammer to a Scalpel Fight

Big ideas

Who says complicated environmental issues can’t be entertaining? We try our darndest to synthesizing big concepts in a way that, we hope, engages the audience. Our aim with these stories isn’t to necessarily come to a concrete resolution, but to provoke thought. Acknowledging that complicated issues aren’t black or white, we’re happy to probe the gray.  

Here are some examples that may set you in the right direction:

Biocontrol

Episode 15:NEVER BRING A SLEDGEHAMMER TO A SCALPEL FIGHT

Episode 15:NEVER BRING A SLEDGEHAMMER TO A SCALPEL FIGHT

The Power Grid

Episode 10: Gridlocked

Episode 10: Gridlocked

Climate Change

Season 1 | Episode 5: Stake Your Claim

Season 1 | Episode 5: Stake Your Claim

What? That’s crazy!

Sometimes the natural world is so weird, fascinating, and awesome in its own right, that it doesn’t require a narrative arc. The “What? That’s crazy!” category covers stories that are simply about some incredible part of the natural world. While these stories are heavy on facts and science, they are also sound-rich, playful, and highly entertaining. At least we hope they are.

Before making your pitch we encourage you to listen to these stories:

Episode 5: Ginkgo Stink

Episode 5: Ginkgo Stink

Episode 2: Puddles in the Woods

Episode 2: Puddles in the Woods

Episode 23: 10x10 - Traffic Circle

Episode 23: 10x10 - Traffic Circle


HOW TO PITCH

 Answer the following questions, in a few short paragraphs, in the body of your email:

  • Two sentence synopsis. This story is about _________. Outside/In is a good forum for this story because _________.

  • Who are the main characters? (if applicable)

  • Where does the story take place?

  • How will you tell the story? What kind of audio can we expect to hear? Who do you plan to interview for the story?

Please include links to your past work!

Rates

Our rates range between $800-$2000 per story, depending on length, research, travel and experience level. Rate is negotiated and determined in advance.