Pitch a Story


Next City occasionally runs op-eds from researchers and professors from notable universities and think tanks, and those who hold political office or work in government. (If you aren’t among these specific groups but want to share your message with our readers and members, please see our advertising information, or see the sponsored post section below.)

We don’t pay for op-eds or guarantee publication in advance of receiving a submission, but you may email pieces for consideration to info@nextcity.org, with “Op-Ed Submission” in the subject line.

All submissions must be original, and not published elsewhere. Maximum length is 700 words. Pieces should be topical and of interest to the Next City audience. An informed and strong opinion is encouraged.

As we receive so many submissions, we can’t respond to each, but you will hear from us within four to six weeks if we plan to run your piece.

Sponsored Posts

Next City publishes sponsored posts from both for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations.

If you’re from a for-profit business and want to reach our audience with a sponsored post or ad campaign, please see our media kit and email jessica@nextcity.org.

As a nonprofit working to inspire better cities, Next City values relationships with similar organizations. To that end, we’re happy to offer nonprofit advocates a chance to reach our audience with one complimentary sponsored post per year. The post will be labeled as such and link back to your organization. As with op-eds (see above), publication is pending editorial review. If you’re interested in running a series of submitted posts or working with us on an event or other project, please email jessica@nextcity.org for our rates for nonprofits.

Freelance Pitches

Next City is always eager to read about what’s going on in your city, or a city you’ve recently observed. We are looking for stories with strong angles and reporting behind them. Next City does not publish academic papers or fiction. Please send writing samples along with your pitch. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please send story pitches to Ariella Cohen.

Are you a photographer, illustrator or artist? Do you love exploring and making work about cities? If so, we’d like to work with you on an a reporting assignment or a standalone feature. Please send portfolio samples and ideas to Tony Smyrski. We look forward to hearing from you.