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Freelance Reporters – Pitch Your Stories to the Citizens Bulletin


Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and report unique stories about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic?

The Citizen Bulletin is looking for stories in Matabeleland South and North that may cover any aspect of the virus and its fallout, including but not limited to:

  • Social consequences of COVID-19 and measures to contain it, particularly related to equity—such as its impact on informal traders, artisanal miners, early childhood and tertiary education.
  • Stories of resilience and solutions that could be applied on a local and national scale.
  • Lessons learned from local response(s) to COVID-19 that could be applied to other large-scale challenges, such as climate change
  • Best practices of how educators, students, and schools are reacting to this crisis, particularly as they illuminate under-resourced schools.
  • How COVID-19 is worsening existing challenges such as water and housing in underserved communities, key populations and access to health, crime, migration patterns (internal and external).

NB: Priority will be given to data-driven and accountability stories. We do not accept pitches for opinion pieces.

How to Pitch

Email the word “PITCH” to and we will send you specific details about how to pitch your ideas.


We pay between USD10 and USD30 per story. Our editorial team will determine the contributor’s payment rate based on the quality of the pitch and the submitted work.

Whom Are We Looking For?

This call is strictly open to content creators based in any part of Matabeleland, including Bulawayo. Prospective content contributors must have a rich source-base and a clear understanding of issues that affect the region of Matabeleland. They must also have a positive mind of being edited and be comfortable using collaborative tools such as Google Docs, Dropbox and Trello amongst others.

NB: We’re not looking for students or amateur reporters to mentor.

Our Approach

Our aim is not to pulse with the metabolism of breaking news. Rather, we strive to cover with depth and nuance, the stories and angles that other outlets sometimes miss or even deliberately ignore. As such, we have a bias on long-form enterprise reporting. Also, we’re a nonprofit. But we’re different from other nonprofit news outfits — because we work extra hard to steer clear of the pack and produce journalism that cuts through the noise.

Who We Are

Founded in 2016, The Citizen Bulletin is a mission-driven, hyperlocal digital news outlet dedicated to producing hard-hitting, high-quality journalism in service to the people of Matabeleland. As an independent news organization, our aim is to elevate ordinary voices and foster an open society and a flourishing democracy.

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