Welcome to Council of Zoom. If you’re reading this article it’s probably because you’re a freelance writer with a passion for pop culture. Maybe you want to write for our site. If that’s the case, we want to hear from you.
We can only pay £20 per article for the time being. Of course, rates can be negotiated for big lists and time-extensive features.
We can’t even hire ourselves in full-time positions yet. All of our articles are submitted by freelancers on a case-by-case basis.
We cover film, television and gaming. We’ll also consider pitches on comics, books and board games if they’re most excellent.
What We’re Looking For:
Opinion and analysis of current trends, new releases, and general topics of conversation in the pop culture universe.
Informative retrospectives that dig into the history and creation of interesting movies, shows, video games, etc.
Features that dig into the craft of filmmaking and the techniques used by filmmakers to bring their visions to life. This also applies to video games, etc.
Actor and creator spotlights/appreciations/deconstructions.
Pieces that explore specific tropes, niches, etc.
Essays with unique and original angles. No idea is too weird or “out there” for us to consider.
Pieces that are funny, celebratory, inspirational, and/or insightful.
Lists (the more original, the better).
We’re a UK-based site, so we’re always interested in promoting our film scene whenever possible.
What We Don’t Want:
Hit pieces and needless negativity. If you’re going to pitch something that’s critical of a certain subject, it must be thoughtful and warranted.
Clickbait and contrarian hot takes that are designed to anger people on Film Twitter.
Reviews (unless we put a call out for them).
Pieces about why movies from pre-enlightened times are problematic and offensive to modern sensibilities. It’s fine to acknowledge those elements in articles, but we don’t want them to be the entire thesis.
Random content writers offering their services.
A Couple of Notes:
Our coverage of new releases is tailored around their British release dates.
It can take us a few days to respond to emails. We’re a small team and Council of Zoom isn’t our full-time job yet.
Don’t send us your CV. But please do send us links to some of your published work when you pitch.
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