So You Want To Contribute To LAist? Here's How

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We're answering the questions about Southern California that keep you up at night. If you have one, ask it here.


When LAist relaunched this week, we invited readers to ask us anything. You didn't disappoint. We've received questions on everything from immigration and escalators to street vending and the solar panels at the L.A. Veterans Affairs parking.

One question caught our eye — maybe it's because we've seen it pop up on our website, email and social channels: "How can I be a contributor to LAist?"

We're glad you asked! We want people who are deeply engaged in Los Angeles and in their communities to contribute to the site. You don't need a background in journalism or writing. You just need to be passionate about sharing your stories. Here's more info:

What kind of stories is LAist looking for?
The sky's the limit! From breaking news to movie reviews to everything in between — we want it all. Get broad. Get local. Take us off the beaten path. What do you know that we don't? We're interested in serious, reported news. We're interested in heartwarming, personal stories. We're interested in quirky, unique corners of the city. We're interested in ANYTHING that tells a deeper story about culture or life in Southern California.

Do you pay?

You bet! We compensate $150-$200 per story. The amount depends on the length and complexity of the contribution.

Can I contribute something other than writing?
Yes — eventually. We may want photography, video, artists, jetpacks, you get the idea. If you have something you think belongs on LAist, you can reach out to us at contribute@laist.com.

I have an idea, but I'm not sure it's any good. Should I send it to you anyway?
Yes! (Have you spotted the trend yet?) We want to hear from as many different people on as many different subjects as we can.

When will I hear from you?
We've gotten a lot of inquires since we relaunched, so it may take us a while to get back to you. We promise to consider every email we receive.

You can also get involved by submitting a question below! For every question that is selected, we'll reach out to the question asker to help report out the piece.