About the Shoestring


The Shoestring is an independent news publication that produces community journalism in western Massachusetts.


Jules Marsh
Will Meyer

Member writers
R. Nicholas
Sarah Robertson
Brian Zayatz

Pitch Guidelines

The Shoestring welcomes story pitches that adhere to these guidelines. Please get in touch.

  • 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?
  • If it isn’t obvious, what is the local angle?

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.