Customized Editorial Assistance
The FIRE Reporting Consultancy provides selected applicants with up to two hours of complimentary tools and feedback—which can be extended at FIRE’s discretion—to advance a story. It is a gateway to grants and full services of FIRE's Virtual Newsroom.
Depending on the reporter's needs, a Reporting Consultancy might help a reporter
- find new sources or promising avenues of inquiry for a story
- identify appropriate outlets for a story
- refine a story idea or angle to address particular editors
- identify funding opportunities for a story
The Reporting Consultancy addresses three broad areas:
- a general overview of the funding landscape for those new to the field
- advice on referral to funding sources for reporting expenses (and in limited cases on preparing proposals)
- customized guidance on obtaining additional grants on a story for which you have already received funding
- an invitation to apply for funding via the Virtual Newsroom program, at its sole discretion
Editorial advice: general
- a sounding board for precise, tailored mentoring and advice—including on developing a story or finding an appropriate outlet for it
Editorial advice: specific
- Editing, early stages
limited help formulating pitches and early-stage stories for success with funders or outlets
- Editing, late stages
limited help with new angle to pitch or re-pitch a funder or outlet, including specific story sources and proposal strategies
- Research requests
limited access to high-powered research tools like Lexis/Nexis or Accurint
- Open-Records requests
general advice and limited referral in obtaining government documents via Freedom of Information Act and state requests
- Resource library
customize assistance in obtaining research materials for stories
Note: If you are an IRE Freelancer Fellow, you do not need to apply for a Consultancy; it comes automatically with your fellowship. See IRE for details.
Freelancers are also encouraged to take a brief survey on contractual needs here.
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