CALL FOR PITCHES: Climate Change

We’ve been talking about curating and publishing themed coverage on issues relevant to Southeast Asia for some time. Last month, we held an open meeting in Kuala Lumpur where our community talked about the question: “What would you like to learn more about Southeast Asia?” From that meeting, we came up with a shortlist of themes that we could do, and put it to our members to vote. 

36.7% of our members voted Climate Change to be New Naratif’s first theme. 

As seen in recent climate strikes and protests around the world, the pressing issue of climate change has captured the attention of many (even as it’s been subjected to fierce debate by politicians and climate change deniers). In Southeast Asia, we’ve seen concern over governments failing to live up to their own climate plans, construction booms leading to water shortages, deforestation and blue carbon, and hydropower or coal projects benefiting companies at the expense of local communities.

For this themed coverage, we’re looking for features (1,500 words and up), research articles (3,000–6,000 words and up), comics/illustrated stories, audio packages for our Southeast Asia Dispatches podcast, and photo essays. Refer to the keywords and questions below to help you come up with ideas! As a regional platform, we are particularly interested in stories that transcend nation-state borders and examine cross-border impacts or efforts related to climate change.

You can use our handy pitch form, or email

(Note: we are also still open to general pitches, which are considered at editorial meetings every two weeks on a rolling basis. You can also use the pitch form to send us ideas that are outside of this theme.) 


While voting for the theme, members suggested keywords that could be useful when trying to formulate a pitch.

Keywords: climate justice, sustainable development, problematising sustainability, climate refugees, security, sinking islands, adaptation, cultural heritage, carbon tax, mitigation, emissions trading scheme, impact investing, Nationally Determined Contribution, indigenous stewardship, biodiversity loss, rising sea levels, fisheries, deforestation, rewilding, palm oil, Paris Agreement, dignity, future vision, food crisis, governments as corporations, neoliberalism, exploitation

Some also sent in questions that they would like to be answered in our coverage.


  • What are indigenous perspectives of climate change?
  • What regional activism can we learn from?
  • What cross-border solutions have been implemented?
  • Who in Southeast Asia is profiting off not addressing climate change?
  • How can countries mitigate climate change through policy implementation?
  • Deep dives into the biggest industries in Southeast Asia (electronics and petroleum)
  • Deep dives into the built environment (urban planning, architecture, engineering and construction)
  • What is impact investing doing in the region?
  • How does climate change affect urban communities?
  • How does climate change exacerbate income inequality?
  • What options do we have toward an economy based on renewables?
  • What are labour conditions in the region like in the fossil fuel industry?


Deadline for pitches: 31 October 2019 (Thursday)

Decisions on pitches: 4 November 2019 (Monday)


  • US$200 for text (approx. 1,500 words for journalism; 3,000–6,000 words for research articles + US$50 per photo (max. 2 photos per piece)
  • We occasionally commission longform reported features (i.e. 3,000 words up), in which case we will pay a higher rate
  • US$200 for a 7-10 minute (edited) audio package; US$150 for a recorded op-ed or interview
  • Rates for comics are to be negotiated with the Comics Editor, and finalised at the thumbnailing stage
  • We understand that it can take a long time for pieces to be published on New Naratif, which is why we pay invoices once all edits are signed off by the Editor-in-Chief, instead of upon publication

Check out our Information for Contributors page to learn more about our terms.


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