Pitch us

Before you pitch your story, take a quick read of what we are after below.

Photo of the bridge connecting Western Boulevard to De Montfort University campus near the Soar Point Pub and Castle Gardens

Your pitch should be short, outlining the story's importance and why you are the one to write it. Keep it brief, well structured and exciting.

How to write the perfect pitch

  • Paragraph one: Set up the story – What's the context? Why is it important?
  • Paragraph two: Newsy hook – what makes the story timely?
  • Paragraph three: My angle, who I plan to interview, what else I plan to research.
  • Paragraph four: Who I am, why I'm well-placed to write the story, link to my portfolio.

Credit: journalism.co.uk

What we are looking for

  • Investigations
  • Solutions-focused stories
  • Current affairs and local politics
  • Human-interest stories
  • Arts & culture features
  • History features
  • Voices ("Opinion")
  • Photoessays
  • Podcasts
  • Fiction and poetry
  • ...and much more!

Your story should

  • Be about Leicester – we are a local newspaper
  • Be about people
  • Relevant and timely (but not breaking news)
  • Be accessible
  • Challenge the status quo
  • Use original research
  • Highlight positivity and solutions to problems.

Send your pitches to the editors at news@greatcentralgazette.org.

We currently pay £125 per story.

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