DIY: Video Submissions for YR Media

DIY: Video Submissions for YR Media

Seeking: Your character-driven video stories

Being a multimedia journalism and arts organization means we’re not only looking for the written word from our contributors. We are looking for 1-5 minute videos with news/lifestyle/art/culture/political character-driven stories from around the U.S. to be published on YR.Media and across our social platforms. Our priority is youth-related stories that will engage our 18-30 year old audience. All you have to do is deliver your raw unedited footage via BOX and we’ll pay you $150-$400 per project (rate depends on camera package and experience).

The freelance video producer may be responsible for: 

  • Short-form social videos with a vlog-style host who introduces the topic and includes their personal reactions/commentary
  • Skype interviews with an expert, copy to be used as animated text on screen or person-on-the-street style interviews
  • Scripting notes for the editors to construct the story and regular feedback on progress. 


To submit pitches, email the link above with FREELANCE VIDEO PITCH and a one- or two-word description of your topic in the subject line. 

Need a little bit more info before submitting your video? Keep reading to learn more about what we want from our video freelancers.

First, the specs:

FPS: Frames per second. It’s typically good to keep your camera set to 24 fps, but you may want to get slow motion shots, which means you may also be shooting in 60 fps.

Resolution: This will determine the quality of the video you send. Most cameras will have 1080p setting (e.g., 1920 x 1080p), but some newer cameras will shoot in 4k and that’s fine too.

Shot list: After you pitch and depending on your experience, we may ask you to make a shot list and send it to us for review before you start shooting. In some cases, a YR editor may provide a shot list for you. For example: a shot list for coverage of the 2019 Climate Strike may look like:

  • WIDE SHOT (WS): city where the march takes place
  • MEDIUM SHOT (MS)/ MEDIUM CLOSE UP (MCU): people marching with their signs
  • CLOSE UP (CU): marchers’ signs

A-Roll: This is your main footage. In most cases, it will be an interview or series of interviews.

B-roll: These are all of the non-primary shots that will be used as supplemental material in your piece. For example, if you’re providing coverage for the 2019 Climate Strike, you would want to capture b-roll shots of the city where the strike takes place, people marching with their signs, close-up shots of signs and faces … you get the picture. Here’s the full video of the climate strike coverage for you to check out.

You can learn more specifics about types of shots and photo/video best practices in DIY: How to Deliver Visuals, but here are some quick examples.

Wide shot (WS) example:

Medium Shot (MS) example:

Close up (CU) example:

What we’re looking for

Here is an outline of what we generally like to see in each video submission. Keep in mind that you should absolutely use your instincts to capture the best footage. Your editor might give you more specific instructions depending on the assignment. Basically we’re asking for you to get a variety of coverage with many different shots.

Covering events vs. reported video content

Covering an event — whether it’s breaking news or a scheduled happening — will look a lot different from a reported piece.

If you’re providing video footage about a live event like the Climate Strike or the Heartbeat Bill Protest in Louisiana, you’ll have several interviews and you’ll need to be sure to get each person’s full name and city of origin. DIY: Live Reporting for Twitter and Instagram Feeds goes into more detail about this kind of reporting.

A more polished reported piece like North Carolina vs. Vaping Companies may include scripted content and a main interview. In that case, you’d send your script and interview questions to your YR Media editor.

Where to send it:

We’ll ask you to upload your raw unedited footage to a shared drive using a link that we’ll send to you via email. (Note: sometimes we’ll have you to edit the footage into a final product and you’ll be compensated accordingly).

Our video team will take over from there and be in touch with you about next steps.

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