The business of music has never been more weird, fresh, and exciting. At Rolling Stone, we’re obsessed with covering the rapid upheaval of everything from copyright laws to artist royalties to touring to album drops — and we aim to report out news, analysis, and features from every corner of the industry. We’re always looking for new voices and perspectives, so here’s a brief guide on how to get in touch.
What is Rolling Stone Pro?
Rolling Stone Pro is Rolling Stone‘s home for richly reported storytelling around the music business. It’s for music fans and music insiders alike; we write stories for anyone with a deep interest in the behind-the-scenes of the global multibillion-dollar industry. Bookmark our homepage to keep up with the biggest stories in the music business.
In January, we launched Rolling Stone‘s first dynamic email newsletter (for which you can sign up here), offering exclusive analysis, rumors rattling around the industry, and early previews of our weekly music charts. We’re also excited to debut premium products soon, including field guides, interactive features, and first-of-their-kind tools crucial for anyone who lives and breathes music.
Pitching stories as a freelance writer
If you’re a freelance journalist or expert looking to report for us, we’d love to hear your story ideas. We value diversity of thought and voice, and are most interested in stories that hit on a timely topic, featuring original reporting and opinion. (Example here.) Pitches should lay out a specific narrative and angle, with a list of sources you’d like to have in the piece.
Since we are already a well-staffed newsroom, we tend to be selective with accepting contributor stories. We’re much more interested in ambitious feature ideas and investigations than breaking news pitches, event coverage, or profiles. Please take a look through our site first to make sure that your story feel like a good match and that the topic hasn’t already been thoroughly covered.
Email pitches to music business editor Amy X. Wang.
Are you a music industry employee, executive, or expert with something to say? Bring it to us first. We look for bold, voicey takes that offer a unique perspective or a thoughtful personal standpoint on an industry-wide subject. (Example here.) We don’t accept press releases or self-promotional announcements as op-eds, but you are welcome to discuss your company and project within the context of a broader trend, event, or critical issue. We are eager to read well-argued pieces that can appeal to the music industry as well as the average music enthusiast.
If you have news you’d like to share without your name attached, our confidential tip line is open 24/7 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To suggest story ideas or submit rumor items for our weekly newsletter, get in touch at email@example.com.
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