Want to write for CBC's Through My Lens? Here's how.
The community-focused series is about connecting is through first-person storytelling.
CBC is looking for passionate East Coast folks with an eye for catching meaningful moments to contribute to our weekly community feature, Through My Lens. Send your pitch to CBCEastCoast@cbc.ca and we'll be in touch.
Through My Lens - Frequently Asked Questions
What is Through My Lens?
Through My Lens is a CBC Atlantic, community-focused, weekly series. Each week, we share a photo and a first-person story about life on the East Coast. Writers are paid for their pieces.
A Through My Lens piece should have a personal and unique point of view, and speak to a meaningful aspect of life on the East Coast.
How does pitching work?
To pitch an idea for Through My Lens, send us a 100 word description of what you'd like to write about, and the photo you'd want to submit. Tell us why this topic matters to you.
We do not accept pitches from politicians, people running for office, or employees of political parties.
Do I need to be a professional photographer?
Nope! Amateur and professional photographers are welcome to pitch. While we are looking for bold, captivating photos with strong composition, more importantly we're looking for photos that tell a story and will be emotionally relevant to our audience. Often, photos that accomplish this have people in them. We're not looking for beautiful landscape or wildlife photography. The photo must be yours.
Do I need to be a professional writer?
To write for Through My Lens you must be passionate about your topic and be able to articulate your unique perspective. If your pitch is approved, you'll work with a producer to finesse your 300-400 word piece.
Are these opinion pieces?
No. Through My Lens are point of view pieces, which differ. An opinion piece argues for a position on a topic, and is ideally backed up with experience and research. A POV is a personal story you want to share. It's your opportunity to write in the first person about something that happened to you, something you care about, or something you think other folks from the East Coast will relate to or be interested in.
Examples for Inspiration
Get a sense of what we're looking for by checking out these previous Through My Lens features:
- Dancing for Those Who Could Not by Jesse Benjamin
- Black Boy Joy by Robin Gislain
- Recurrence by Rachael Blakey
- An Alternative Culture by Ritche Perez
- 'Tis the Seaason by Anna Gilkerson
Send pitches for Through My Lens to CBCEastCoast@cbc.ca.