Become A Design Journalist

In A Way, We’re All Journalists

A journalist’s job entails interviewing sources, attending events, conducting research to uncover interesting and significant news, interviewing key persons (witnesses, sources, etc.) to obtain more information, maintaining notes and audio recordings, reading press releases, liaising with editors, sub-editors, designers, and photographers, and verifying statements and facts.

On the other hand, a UX Designer does user research to identify business requirements and user demands, interviews key stakeholders and users to acquire more information, keeps notes and recordings, communicates with developers and colleague designers, and verifies assertions and facts.

In some ways, us designers are already journalists.

How To Become A Design Journalist At DesignWhine

DesignWhine’s goal is to honour the lives of ordinary designers by giving them a place to tell their stories and be heard. Much like a typical journalist, we must search for stories, exciting debates that may be taking place in a secret group on various social networks, and give it a spin so that it can be taken up at DesignWhine and shared with a larger audience.

If personal and uplifting stories of designers, debates on contemporary design issues interest you and you have a knack for writing and a bit of time at hand, you could become a design journalist at DesignWhine.

Topics We’re Currently Looking For

DesignWhine is always on a lookout for a wide range of stories to publish. However, currently we’re looking to publish stories under the following category –

  1. In-depth Design Product/Course/Tool Reviews – With thousands of UX tools, products and courses out there in the market, we aim to give in-depth evaluations to assist our readers choose the best

Topics We’re NOT Currently Looking For

While we’re absolutely open to publish the below topics at other times, currently we’re only looking for product/tool reviews to widen our range of content

  1. Perspectives On Contemporary Topics – The design community is laden with debates, ideas, concepts ranging from LGBTQ+ representation to design degrees v/s self-taught and we want to bring these topics up for a debate with the wider audience. Whatever topic you choose, it should have a healthy debatable value
  2. News From The Community – We aim to publish anything that keeps the design community up to date, whether a story on how ADPList.org received a million dollars in investment or a press release of a design startup becoming a unicorn
  3. Interviews – One of the USPs of DesignWhine is interviews with eminent and regular design personalities on a myriad of topics. We’re forever interested in celebrity or interesting design personality interviews

Publication Guidelines

We have some guidelines to help get the best out of you so that your story leaves a mark –

  1. The final story should be in a range of 1,800 – 2,500 words
  2. For review stories, a breakdown of the pros and cons and a star rating of various aspects of the product or tool are mandatory
  3. While colloquial language is acceptable, the narrative should be gripping and error free. We urge you to use tools like Grammarly to ensure grammatically correct sentences and prose
  4. If you choose to write in first-person, personal anecdotes, examples, and details that move the story forward are more than welcome
  5. Please flick through our previous issues to get a flavour of the kind of stories we publish
  6. The story must be original and not previously published elsewhere on platforms like Medium (including personal blogs)

What You Get

  1. A 15 USD Honorarium – We recognise that it takes a lot of hardwork and effort for a design journalist to come up with an interesting narrative, and even as a small organisation, we want to reward every ounce of sweat that goes in. We will pay an honorarium of 15 USD for every story published on our website or magazine
  2. Exposure To 7,000 Designers – Your profile will be published with your story, exposing you to a world of 7,000+ DesignWhine readers. We also share our writers’ and journalists’ work and profile with our social media followers
  3. The “Design Journalist” Tag – Once your story is published, feel free to mark yourself a part time “Design Journalist” at DesignWhine on your LinkedIn profile page
  4. A Chance To Get Really Creative – With so many blogs on Medium and elsewhere full of frequent technical how-tos and articles on UI & UX, here is a chance to delve into the philosophical side of design and genuinely debate ideas rather than just collect textbook information

Next Steps

Use this Google Form to pitch us a story based on what we’re looking for, and we’ll get back to you. If we like what you’ve proposed, our Editor-in-Chief will collaborate with you to develop a compelling story.