The Blueprint’s mission is a solutions and movement oriented journalism platform with human rights, freedom, exploration of identity, culture, and society at the center of our reporting, columns, analysis pieces, essays, and commentary. Our platform publishes writers and stories from global communities experiencing marginalization with a special emphasis on South Asian caste, Indigenous, language, gender, sexuality, and religion-oppressed communities both in the U.S., Canada, The Caribbean, and South Asia.
Editorial independence policy
The Blueprint retains full editorial independence and authority, protecting journalistic integrity, accuracy, fairness, and commitment to communities we work with. We maintain a firewall between news coverage and all grants, financial support, and any other sources of revenue. We accept grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations, but news decisions are made independently. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse any product, service, or opinion of the donor. We will not allow donors to influence editorial content or redistribute content without permission.
The Blueprint is always looking for reported stories, commentary, and essays, about human rights, freedom, exploration of identity, culture, and society especially from South Asia and its diasporas. Stories that center the issues of caste, Indigeneity, gender, sexuality, and, religion-oppressed communities are highly encouraged
Submissions from all identities are welcome, but special priority will be given to individuals/communities that have been historically marginalized.
What makes a good Blueprint story?
At The Blueprint, we prioritize reported stories, analytical pieces, and op-eds in that order. We do not publish fiction, short stories, or poetry.
Since The Blueprint was founded by people from caste oppressed communities, we do journalism differently. While The Blueprint will publish stories that raise awareness, our main focus is to deepen the understanding of ourselves (communities that have experienced marginalization). We will not prioritize stories that focus only on explaining marginalized identities or writing stories to convince oppressors of the humanity of the oppressed. This also means journalism that is trauma-informed and particularly sensitive to how oppressed communities have been historically portrayed.
We like stories that are solutions-based and liberation oriented. This means nuanced stories that show communities’ wisdom and power in ways that haven't been seen in traditional media are prioritized.
What makes a good pitch?
In the email subject line, be sure to write "Pitch: ‘subject of your pitch.’" Pitches should be no more than 500 words. Be concise, but detail the following:
- Tell us the specific story you’d like to pitch, not a general topic or interest area
- Tell us who you hope to interview and who you are centering in the story
- Tell us why this story is important to cover and why it is timely
- Tell us a few sentences about yourself, your experience, and why you’re the best person to write this story
* Many stories will require a one week turnaround timeline so you will be required to move at a fast pace.What do we commission?
We commission in-depth, investigative pieces a few times a year. We also work with 6 monthly collaborators in a six month fellowship.
How do I submit the pitch?Please email your pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Along with your pitch, please send 2 links to previous works.
Due to the large volume of submissions, we will not be able to respond to all emails and pitches. If we have not responded in two weeks, please feel free to pitch your story elsewhere.
Code of Ethics:
- Commit to the journalistic values of accuracy, fairness, independence, dignity, courage, and credibility.
- Clearly label news, analysis, and opinion pieces, ensuring there is no confusion between the three of them
- If a mistake occurs, acknowledge it and correct it immediately.
- Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance or undue intrusiveness. Also not a license for exploiting the stories of people from oppressed communities
- Respect communities by being trauma-informed with the stories and pictures we share. This means never publishing names and explicitly identifying information of sexual violence survivors and minors. We also resolve to not use sensationalist photographs and illustrations that reinforce oppressive stereotypes or depict extreme violence against marginalized bodies.
- Honor the wisdom, personhood, dignity, and life of the individuals/communities we report on, specifically communities that have been historically silenced.
- Observe transparency when dealing with sources whenever possible, and reserve anonymity to people in danger and could face violent retribution for their words.
- Always attribute, never plagiarize.
- Never distort information or images, clearly labeling illustrations and photos.
- Have protocols that defend journalists and stand by colleagues in the face of harassment directed at journalists.
- Avoid undercover work
- Do not plagiarize. This includes plagiarizing by translating stories from regional languages to English, not citing sources, and not linking stories you pulled inspiration from.
- When covering minors, get parental consent.
- We do not endorse political groups - be transparent with editors about who you are working with.