Writers’ Guidelines

Latin America News Dispatch welcomes contributors who write clearly and know their subject well.

We are especially interested in on-the-ground reporting from Latin America and from within Latino communities in the United States. We also publish articles about immigration and U.S. foreign policy in the Western hemisphere.

Articles can run the gamut from politics to food, travel to business — so long as they concern Latin America and/or the Hispanic diaspora, while also bearing significance to an English-speaking readership.

LAND uses Associated Press Style, with one exception: while AP Style does not use accent marks, we use them for people and place names. A few examples: Former Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Colombia’s capital Bogotá. (If you are unfamiliar with AP Style, the overview provided by Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab is a great place to start.)

We publish the following types of articles:

Dispatches — Original reporting, generally written as a hard news story and usually between 500 and 1,000 words.
News Features — Original reporting that probes more deeply into an issue and usually between 1,000 and 2,500 words.
Magazine-Style Features — Long form reporting of more than 2,500 words that thoroughly fleshes out an issue and uses well-crafted prose to bring the story alive and evoke a sense of place.
News Analysis — A 500 to 1,000 word article analyzing, contextualizing and explaining the importance a topical news story.
Blog Posts — A 300-800 word explanation of a current news item that brings together the information available on the Web.
Interviews — Q & A’s with leading Latin American figures or experts on the area.
Multimedia — We are interested in video, photo essays, podcasts and any other kind of multimedia project that can convey a news story.

Things we do not publish:

Personal essays
Stories of purely local importance
Academic treatise
Opinion pieces or editorials
Inflammatory or strident writing

LAND reserves the right to edit for grammar, clarity, and style.

Please send story pitches, along with a brief summary of your writing experience and links to any published clips, to Dusty Christensen at dustin.christensen [at] latindispatch [dot] com. We currently cannot pay for contributions, but the more we produce, the sooner the day will arrive when we can.

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