If you’re interested in joining The Indiependent contributor team then all you have to do is fill in the form below. We process applications every month so do not worry if you don’t hear from us straight away! Please read our FAQ below before applying and drop us an email us if you have any other questions.
Do I need previous journalistic experience?
If you’ve written for other publications or your own blog before, that’s great, but not something we exclusively look for in applicants. The point of our site is to give aspiring journalists a leg up – we’re here to open doors to people who’ve not written for a site before, therefore it would be pointless if we were to discriminate against applicants depending on their level of experience.
I’m not from England – can I write for you?
Yes, of course! We currently have writers from Australia, USA and parts of Europe. However, our editorial team is English – please do not submit applications in a language other than English, and bear in mind that we will only accept applicants who comply with our standards of spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Can I earn money if I write for you?
No – at present, all writing positions are unpaid. This is because The Indiependent is a voluntary publication run by students in full time education. Whilst we have ads on our site we’re not even covering our hosting costs – the founder Beth Kirkbride pays to maintain the site out of her own pocket.
Will The Indiependent ever pay its contributors?
Maybe one day, but certainly not any time soon, as again, our overhead costs of running the site are not yet even covered by advertising.
Why should I write for your site if I don’t get paid?
The Indiependent offers you a chance to practice writing articles – our principal selling point is the fact that we give young writers a chance to develop and improve their individual journalistic voice under the guidance of our supportive team of editors who are always available to give feedback and tell you how to improve your work. If you’re in secondary school, sixth form, college or university and are looking for a chance to write then The Indiependent aims to provide you with that chance to get a leg up into the world of journalism.
Many of our contributors have gone on to study related degrees (journalism, media, film studies, English etc.) at University, and some of our team have gone on to work with national publications which we like to think we helped them to achieve by giving them a platform where they could build a portfolio. If you’re planning on applying to University then writing for The Indiependent is a great personal statement project!
Whilst it shouldn’t be the only reason you consider applying to write for us, we do give out monthly prizes to contributors who have impressed our editorial team – music, books, films, games, vouchers etc. We are keen to reward effort, dedication and hard work even if we don’t have the resources to regularly pay our contributors.
Can I publish my articles elsewhere e.g. my own blog or another website?
We encourage contributors to create their own portfolio sites to showcase their work – we only ask that you link back to The Indiependent site to encourage maximum traffic for your articles. We discourage contributors from submitting articles they’ve written for us to other sites (or vice versa) as usually they will have strict submission policies which state that they do not want to publish or share content from elsewhere. If you’re ever feeling frustrated by how quickly your piece is put live we would advise you to speak to a member of the senior editorial team before you send the piece to another platform to ensure we’ve done everything possible to publish your work in a timely fashion.
How often do I need to write for The Indiependent?
We ask for a minimum of 1 article per month from contributors, and have no upper limit regarding how many pieces you can submit. Obviously if you have a busy month because of exams/university or schoolwork, or extenuating personal circumstances (such as illness, or family problems) then our editors will be sympathetic if you do not contribute something in that month. All we ask is you show a continual interest in writing for the site, and we’ll make sure you remain a valued and integral part of our team.
What are you looking for in my application?
The first thing we will assess is that you have proficient spelling, punctuation and grammar. Make sure you read over your application before you hit send! Then, we’ll look for enthusiasm and flair. If we get lots of applicants for one section, we may be forced to choose between you and someone else (this is especially the case for Music, which is our largest section). Therefore, use this application as an opportunity to sell yourself to us. We don’t want a team of people who are all the same – bring your personality to the fore.
If you’re unsure about anything to do with writing for us then drop us a tweet @indie_pendent or an email – email@example.com