About the Shoestring

The Shoestring is an alternative local news collective based in and around Northampton, MA.

Founded in 2017, The Shoestring is dedicated to bringing free investigative news to the masses of Western Massachusetts and beyond—stories for and of the people that analyze and deconstruct local power, amplify the voices of underserved communities, and dig beneath the shallow surface of corporate news cycles to get deeper perspectives on local politics, art and culture. We are brought to you ad-and-master-free entirely through the generous small donations of readers like you.

Pitch Requirements

  • 250 words or less
  • An analysis of power relating to your story
  • A bit of the who/what/when/where/why
  • What research do you plan to do?
  • Who will be interviewed?

Once you’ve contacted us, an editor will be in touch within a week. All submissions meeting the above criteria welcome, but pitches featuring themes of food/environmental justice, housing rights, organizing with and by societally marginalized groups or featuring deep dives into local history will be extra welcome.