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Intersection of Prosperity and Conservation

Western Confluence magazine, a publication of the Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, seeks story ideas for our forthcoming issue on the intersection of prosperity and conservation in the West. The magazine explores our most complex natural resource challenges and shares sound, interdisciplinary, collaborative solutions.

What we are looking for

The 2022 issue of Western Confluence will explore ideas for building prosperity while advancing conservation across the West.

  • As population growth, energy demand, climate change, and other forces place growing pressure on the landscapes of the American West, how do we achieve prosperous, sustainable environments for people and nature?
  • What projects, policies, markets, and other tools will promote economic, social, and ecological well-being?
  • How can we reshape our relationships with the wild landscapes where we live, work, and play, for the long-term health of all?

For this issue of Western Confluence, we are looking for new thinking, paradigm shifts, or even time-tested solutions to the challenge of equitably advancing human well-being alongside ecological health.

We want to hear from the ranchers, loggers, and energy workers across the West, as well as from the scholars, economists, tribal communities, nonprofit employees, and policy makers who are building resilient rural economies. Let us know what policy mechanisms your institute is working on, what conservation experiment your neighbor has embarked on, or what innovative programs your community is offering.

How it works

To write for the magazine, please email a story pitch describing the angle your piece would take and the reporting approaches you intend to employ to editor@westernconfluence.org. Pitches should be no longer than 500 words and should clarify why the story will matter to Western Confluence readers.

We also welcome story concepts from scientists, researchers, managers, policy makers, and other engaged citizens including tips, names of contacts, links to scholarly papers, or other leads that we can develop into a story. We will consider assigning those to a reporter/writer, who may wish to reach out to you as a source for the article.

We will accept story ideas on a rolling basis through summer 2022. Western Confluence editors and advisors will discuss and answer all pitches. For those we’d like to pursue, an editor will work with the writer to hone the approach to the story.

  • If your pitch is accepted, we’ll meet to discuss your angle and story approach. We’ll also agree on a word count and deadline for the first draft.
  • Write your draft and send it to us on time and near the agreed-upon word count. Be patient, and willing to work through several rounds of edits to make sure the story fits the magazine and is as clear and compelling for readers as it can be.
  • Before publication, you will need to fact check. This includes sending parts (but not all) of the story to your sources to ensure that you have presented the information and their voices accurately, double-checking your numbers and data, or asking an expert to review a paragraph or concept.
  • You are not responsible for all the graphics, illustrations, or photos that will accompany your article, but if you have good ideas for what to include, work with us to get access to those materials.
  • Enjoy seeing your work published and share it widely!

If you are an employee of a public institution for whom a contribution to Western Confluence fulfills part of your professional duties, we will not provide compensation for the article. If you are a student, a freelance journalist, or a contributor of another sort, we will pay you for the story. The amount will be determined by length, difficulty, and quality of the article.

All Western Confluence articles go through several rounds of editing to bring them in line with our style. Writers should expect an extensive revision process.

Please direct all questions, pitches, and ideas to editor@westernconfluence.org.