Task & Purpose, a popular military- and veteran-focused website founded in 2014, has been acquired by Brookline Media, according to a recent announcement. The move places Task & Purpose, along with related website MilSpouseFest, alongside Brookline's other defense news-focused website, The War Zone.
At its best, Task & Purpose has been a pugnacious reporter of uncomfortable facts and helpful stories of relevance to military-adjacent communities. At times, however, it has suffered from a reputation of sensationalism usually reserved for PX checkout-lane tabloids. Even early critics, however, admit the website's quality is now much improved.
Editors write they will continue to be a market for both opinion essays and first-/third-person journalistic reporting: In both opinion and news, hey are looking "[...] for smart, fresh, and interesting ideas on military and veterans affairs to publish to a broad audience of active-duty service members, veterans, and defense-interested civilians."
Editors seek essays and stories that are "thoughtful and voicey, opinionated but rooted in fact, with a flare of skepticism regarding the current state of military and veterans affairs in the United States. We generally try to steer clear of personal essays or pieces that are opinion-heavy that aren't based in evidence or personal experience."
Avoid pitching "hot takes, rehashing of recent news without additional context or analysis, and substanceless listicles."
Opinion essays are unpaid. No information is posted regarding rates for other types of writing.
Query or pitch via e-mail: editor AT taskandpurpose DOT com. Editors explicitly state that no response within 7 days indicates a negative response.
Past examples of successful pitches include:
- Original reporting or critical analysis on current affairs, comprehensive and authoritative in its scope.
- Fresh perspectives on issues widely affecting the military and veterans community that don’t currently exist in the media landscape.
- Myth-busting i.e. what is the wider culture getting wrong.
- Personal stories that reflect larger issues in the military and veterans community, i.e. stories about what makes the U.S. military great, infuriating, stupid, brilliant, innovative, unintentionally funny, brave or weak.
- Humorous observations on entertainment, pop culture, and military life.
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