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WHO: Taught by Charlotte Morgan, journalist and writing professor at Cleveland State University

WHAT: A free community journalism mentoring program in 6-8 sessions for Cleveland residents

WHEN: Six Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and follow-up sessions to help you finish your article

WHERE: Mostly online, with some optional in-person meetings/reporting

WHY: Learn how to report and publish news stories from your own neighborhoods

The Land is looking for Cleveland residents with a desire to write about their own neighborhoods, civic issues, local politics, and more. You’ll take mostly virtual classes to learn the art of reporting and work with a reporter/editor on a story that will ultimately be published in The Land. We ask applicants to attend an orientation on Writing for The Land and submit a short, 1-2 paragraph story idea or pitch.

The goal? To support folks in becoming community journalists, tap into the deep knowledge people already have about their own communities, and translate that knowledge into great stories in The Land. 

In these 6 sessions, participants will learn things like what is news, the difference between a news story and a feature, how to write an effective lead, and how to prep interview questions. Upon completion of the course, students will have knowledge of the basic tools of news reporting and the confidence to go out in their community to cover stories that matter.

This program is for Cleveland area residents. All participants who are selected will be paid a stipend of $300 and are expected to attend every class, do the homework, and write an article for publication in The Land. We are excited to work with community residents to get their work published!

Many Cleveland neighborhoods are not well represented in the media. To turn that around, we need citizens to help tell the stories of their own communities. 

The Land is a local news organization that reports on Cleveland’s neighborhoods. Through in-depth solutions journalism, we aim to foster accountability, inform the community, and inspire people to take action. 

Charlotte Morgan holds a Masters in English (Creative Writing) from Cleveland State University where she has taught Composition and Intro to Fiction. Charlotte’s passion is helping people find their voices. In 2018, she worked on Cleveland Stories, an anthology published by Literary Cleveland. In 2021, Charlotte won the Best Government Reporting Award from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists.  Presently, she is polishing “Glenville: My Side of Paradise,” a memoir on race and place. 


Opinion submission process for The Land

* Please email submissions to Sharon Holbrook, managing editor, at [email protected]

* Length: 500-1,000 words. Op-eds longer than that will be considered. Please include your name, email and phone number.

* Op-eds will be reviewed as they come in. If there’s a timeliness to your submission, please let us know.

* Please do not send simultaneous submissions.

* We edit for style, length, factuality and clarity. We will always review the submission with you before it is published.

* At this time, The Land is not able to pay for unsolicited op-eds.

* We are especially seeking op-eds related to timely community issues, such as how residents are recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, local government, elections, development issues, and more.

Article submission process for The Land

The Land is looking for freelance writers and community journalists to write news articles. No experience is necessary, though it’s certainly welcome. The Land works with emerging, established and community journalists.

Our mission is to report on Cleveland’s neighborhoods. We deliver in-depth solutions stories that foster accountability, inform the community, and inspire people to take action. 

We are looking for the following types of pitches: 

  • News stories (2-3 sources, usually 500-750 words)
  • Features (multiple sources, usually 1,000-1,500 words)
  • Investigative features (longer stories that involve more research including public records requests, can be longer than 1,500 words) 
  • Commentary (op-eds or topical personal essays written by community members) 

Typical rates are $100 for a news story and $200 for a feature. We are willing to pay more for investigative pieces. We are especially interested in publishing community voices and articles written by Cleveland residents.

Send a 1-3 paragraph pitch to Sharon Holbrook, managing editor, at [email protected]

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