The Our Towns Civic Foundation is devoted to connecting the people and telling the stories of this movement. Our reports and features cover a wide range of issues, but we concentrate on innovation at the smaller-town, neighborhood, and regional levels. We are looking for stories about promising approaches from one community that might be shared elsewhere. Our stories have covered community and economic development; environment and sustainability; education; the future of journalism; the future of technology at the local level; rural and regional growth; and more.


Our Towns is looking for experienced journalists to join our team. We would like to hire a full-time editor, and expand a network of part-time paid contributors from around the country:


Contributing Writers


Our editors welcome story pitches from freelance contributors. Pitches should be roughly 300 words to outline the idea you have. Please also include links to a few samples of your work that you think would be the closest match to our stories, and a brief note about who you are, why you are interested in contributing to Our Towns, your work experience, where you live and can easily travel, etc. 

We are particularly looking for stories on sustainability issues in the broadest sense, and about community life. Our emphasis is on written stories, but we also feature photos, videos, audio interviews, digital mapping, and other extensions of our message. Please email your pitch to with “Our Towns Pitches – YOUR NAME” in the subject line.


Before expressing your interest to report for Our Towns, we strongly encourage prospective contributors to read through stories on our website to get a sense of the original, fact-based, and bright, compelling reporting and storytelling we publish.

Typical features and reports range between 1,000 and 2,000 words, but there is room for pieces both shorter and longer. The Our Towns team values hard work, curiosity, creativity, and a strong, clear command of engaging storytelling.

Due to the volume of mail we receive, we regret that we may not be able to respond to every application and/or story pitch.