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Newsmakers wanted

Are you an experienced freelance writer? Have you a nose for breaking stories in Manchester and the North West?

Published on November 25th 2009.


Newsmakers wanted

Manchester Confidential is changing.

We want writers.

This is what we currently offer on Manchester Confidential.

Let's take mid-September to mid-October this year. We had: 33 Food and Drink stories, 30 News and Comment stories, 30 Health, Beauty and Shop stories (Body Confidential), 19 Art, Architecture and Culture stories, 12 Property stories (Property Confidential), 10 Entertainment stories, 7 Events and Listings stories, 5 Satirical stories and 5 Sports stories.

That’s a total of 151 stories plus 35 competitions and offers. Everything from winning free office space and Wii's to United tickets and, of course, the best in food and drink offers.

That's 186 separate features.

But we want to be even better than this.

So we’re becoming a membership site - not a subscription site. We’re going to blow members away with extraordinary offers, great events and lots of surprises.

BUT there will be free to read access on nearly all the stories for all those who care about Manchester and the region. This way we’ll build readership and gain more members.

At the same time we want to be the automatic choice for Manchester when it comes to exciting media.

A media owned by Mancunians and run by Mancunians.

So we want to break news, break stories, set the agenda.

To do that end we need experienced, exciting news and feature writers, and we want a breaking news story every week.

Politics. Transport. Crime. Health. Entertainment. Culture. Business. Property. Food. Drink. Fashion. Sport.

We want writers to pitch the editor a story and deliver a well researched, balanced article that’s also incisive, ballsy and full of Confidential character.

Proper journalism in other words.

We’ll pay more than the freelance rates for features in all other regional magazines and newspapers. We want the best.

If you have any ideas pitch Jonathan Schofield, the Editor of Manchester Confidential, on jonathans@planetconfidential.co.uk

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10 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Private&ConfidentialNovember 25th 2009.

This is an interesting development. Good luck.

Jason BrookNovember 25th 2009.

Brilliant idea. Now please ensure as the above commenter alludes to that the articles aren't opinion pieces, but as you say proper journalism. If it's grown up stuff then it might make the other media groups in the city sit up and stop producing programmes dear Radio Manchester and articles dear MEN that are delivered in a child-like manner as though targetting people who have little education or a disability. We need the fourth estate to be strong.

Beefy StewNovember 25th 2009.

EDITORIAL COMMENT: as stated in the rules and regs below, no personal comments please even though we may agree with the sentiment about the ranter above.

KevinNovember 25th 2009.

This is the way to go Mancon. You're right this is the time to actually take on news features, find stories and set as you say the agenda. And to do this on the web with professional writers rather than lame bloggers is the thing to do. I look forward to the results.

costelloNovember 25th 2009.

All wonderful, and I'll be the first to pay.But please don't use that small-minded line about 'By Mancunians for Mancunians', it sounds like the precursor to ethnic cleansing - what about people from, to choose somewhere random, Glossop?Don't you want them as readers and subscribers - and doesn't want Manchester want them as visitors?More judicious use of words, please...that is your business, is it not?Leave the (affects Fred Dibnah accent) 'local jobs for local people' platitudes to the council, it's their job to be platitudinous. Otherwise, keep up the good work ... and when can I start paying my subs?

cllr.pat karneyNovember 25th 2009.

Can you put me down for crime,zombies and the Karney family.

Beefy StewNovember 25th 2009.

I find it very therapeutic. I can't be doing with knee jerk negative stuff. I am off for a shower.

William ShakespeareNovember 25th 2009.

Er..........you're employing writers. Heaven falls over

AnonymousNovember 25th 2009.

Breaking news story every week??? You need a breaking news story every day!! Dated, I am afraid

AnonymousNovember 25th 2009.

I love the way the naysayers about this site can't stop themselves from prematurely ejaculating on anything and everything. It makes them look like tits and Mancon appear like heroes. Will this lot disappear soon?

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