Writers’ Guidelines

The Latin America News Dispatch is always looking for new contributors who write clearly and know their subject well. We are especially interested in on-the-ground reporting from any and everywhere in Latin America, and stories concerning immigration. Articles can run the gamut from politics to food, from travel to business — as long as it has international significance and concerns Latin America, U.S. foreign policy in the Western hemisphere or Hispanic issues in the United States. 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.
  • Multimedia — We are interested in video, photo essays, podcasts and any other kind of multimedia project that can convey a news story.

Things we don’t want

  • Personal essays
  • Fiction
  • 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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