How to Pitch Us

The Chronicle welcomes news pitches that pertain to higher education, but note that in a typical week, our reporting staff receives hundreds of them. Here are a few things to know about us that may help in your efforts.


What Kinds of News Stories Do We Prefer?

We're writing for a national audience, so a successful pitch will not only point out a compelling local story, but will also be relevant to administrators, professors, and higher-education observers across the country.

We love stories that show how institutions are working to overcome challenges, whatever the result.

If we just wrote about a similar development at a different college, we probably won't cover it again so soon.


Sending Your Pitch or Opinion Piece

Send pitches to either one reporter or editor, or if you're not sure, cc a few. Bccing or sending separate emails to multiple people can lead to confusion, and will likely delay our response.

The best ways to determine whom to pitch to are:

           —Subscribe to Academe Today, so you can get a sense of who's covering what.

           —Refer to the Contact Us page for further guidance. Note that generally, the daily staff covers breaking news and the weekly staff works on longer-term stories. When in doubt, email an editor.

           —Unless something is urgent, breaking news, we prefer email to telephone.

For guidelines on submitting pieces to The Chronicle Review, Advice, Commentary & Opinion, and Letters to the Editor, visit the Submissions page. We will accept only original pieces, and they must be accompanied by your name, your title/credentials, and a short summary or news peg.

For guidelines on submitting to Chronicle Vitae, our online career hub for higher education, visit the FAQ.


Submissions About People

For announcements of appointments, resignations, retirements, and deaths, email:

Events that would draw a national or international audience of academics or senior higher-education officials can be submitted online to be included in our calendar. Deadlines for grants and papers can also be submitted online.

If a campus leader will be in Washington and would like to visit our office, email a member of our editorial staff.