How to Help Contributor's Guide

If you're like us, your digital life is one big, fast news feed. Some of this news is messed up. Our mission is to connect people with ways to do something about it — before our concern fades into the next news cycle.

Our editorial focus: news that isn't fair, isn't right, isn't cool (or, more specifically, any news story involving injustice, intolerance or crisis). We care about bridging the gap between news and action to help change the story. 

At the moment, we are particularly interested in filling out some of our evergreen content on democracy, climate change, education and workers’ rights.

We are always open to new contributors. See below for more info on our story formats and pitch requirements.

What we’re looking for

How to Help Guides

Service journalism is a major cornerstone of How To Help’s mission. Our goal is to give readers something to do about the news they consume. We’re interested in stories that offer a guide on how to get involved, groups to know, ways to take action and more. Ideally, these stories will cover trending issues, but have a slightly longer shelf-life than the average news item.


These are the stories that highlight solutions to major problems. What’s working? Who’s making it happen? Stories may include Q&As with change-makers, or profiles of specific campaigns that have unlocked new ways to spur action. Are there success stories that can be duplicated on a larger scale?

First-Person Essays

In some select cases, we’ll also accept thought-provoking or inspirational personal stories from people who are on the front-lines of big news stories. We have a high bar for the types of first-person essays that we accept. We want these stories to be thoughtful, original and above all, to offer concrete solutions.

What we don’t want

  • Press releases
  • Stories longer than 800 words
  • Hot takes

How to pitch How To Help

Send an email to that describes your idea in couple sentences, along with your planned approach for the story, a proposed word count and a deadline. We’ll try to respond to every pitch within a week.