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Writing for District Administration

Thank you for your interest in writing for District Administration magazine. Here are some guidelines:

  • We don’t accept pitches; we work exclusively from an editorial calendar.
  • Check the editorial calendar and contact us about a story that aligns with your area of expertise or prior work. Note that we typically start assigning stories three or four months in advance of the publication date.
  • We only work with established journalists, preferably with business-to-business experience, and we prefer writers with relevant subject-matter experience.
  • Feature assignments are generally 1,200 words for the main story, and usually come with a request for one or two short sidebars of 50-100 words that our art department can turn into visually compelling elements. News stories are 400-500 words. (Many freelancers start with a news story as their first assignment for us.)

Once you begin writing for us, here’s what you can expect:

  • Detailed assignment letters, with plenty of background information and suggested sources, and a clear deadline.
  • A kickoff call with the editorial team to discuss the assignment.
  • A pre-writing call with the assignment editor to discuss the story and your approach to it.
  • Your story will be reviewed by 2-3 editors before it is sent back to you. We try very hard to stick to one round of revisions. (We work in Google Docs, by the way.)
  • Our freelance rates are very reasonable, and if we require additional work from you that goes beyond the scope or parameters of the assignment letter we’ll pay you for it.
  • Your invoice will be paid promptly.
  • If the initial assignment is a successful experience for you and us, you can expect more frequent assignments; many of our freelancers write six or seven stories a year for us.

And here’s what we expect from you:

  • You’ll sign a copyright assignment and indemnification contract. (The number of times we have ever had problems in this regard is exactly zero.)
  • You’ll contact your editor promptly if questions or problems arise, such as difficulty reaching a source. (We don’t like last-minute surprises.)
  • You’ll make your deadline and deliver clean copy that requires minimal editing for style, grammar and clarity.
  • You’ll work with us collaboratively to address suggested revisions and clarifications. Your first assignment or two will likely require heavier editing than you may be used to. Once you get the hang of our style and approach, the editing process will be less intense.

To get started, contact Senior Associate Editor Matt Zalaznick at