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Want to write for Curbed Austin? Here’s how.

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A graphic with a background photo of a staircase lined with old photographs. The Curbed logo, with the word “Curbed” inside a shape like a simple house, is on top. Alyssa Nassner

Are you a writer with an abiding curiosity about Austin—an ongoing interest in where it’s going and where it came from, with a desire to learn more? Curbed Austin might be looking for you.

Curbed Austin is a local site that publishes reporting, features, and analysis of the city and its built environment. It’s part of the national Curbed and Vox Media networks. Curbed’s focus is home: architecture, design, real estate, and urban planning.

Right now we’re looking for story pitches that dig deep on these topics on a hyperlocal level, from ongoing reporting and map guides to longform features, deeply reported pieces, analysis, and personal essays. We’re interested in stories that have a local focus but fit into a national context—and in stories that are uniquely Austin.

We are actively seeking pitches from journalists, writers, academics, filmmakers, designers, and other contributors of all backgrounds, especially those whose voices are often underrepresented in media.

Please note: Curbed Austin is not a city or metro site. It does not accept pitches about events, local news unrelated to its core topics, general business stories not connected to land development, or trend stories with no local connection. While Curbed Austin does not regularly run design or architecture criticism or opinion pieces, we are open to such pitches if they come with a strong writing voice, clear conclusions based in fact or solid evidence, personal experience, and a reason to be published on Curbed Austin.

There are a few things we like to learn from writers when considering a story:

  • What the story is, why it’s a fit for Curbed Austin, and the expected length
  • How you plan to report the story, whom you’ve talked to so far, and what your access is to additional sources
  • Whether this topic has been covered elsewhere and in what way, and why Curbed should cover this story now.

Please send a paragraph about yourself and a few clips/links to your previous work with your pitch to Cindy Widner, Curbed Austin’s editor, at cindy@curbed.com.