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LAist is looking to expand and deepen our coverage of Los Angeles, and we're paying.

We want original, compelling, heartbreaking, funny, enraging, enlightening work, written clearly and with an eye towards stories that cut through the dull hum of the internet—stories that help the reader better understand Los Angeles and the people living in it. It should not have been published anywhere else in print or online.

A well-sourced, 1,500-word indictment of governmental incompetence is just as welcome as a historical look back on one of the city's art deco buildings, or a 500-word profile on your favorite strip mall gem. We want scoops buried in public records or shoe-leathered-out in neighborhoods or at Kafkaesque municipal board meetings, as well as the life-affirming acts of kindness often obscured by the relentless crush of humanity.

A few topics we're particularly interested in right now: development, homelessness, housing prices, and gentrification and displacement.

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We're also interested in short videos, photo features, and data visualizations that explore some of the topics outlined above.

We don’t publish personal narratives unless they're extremely unusual or noteworthy. Pay depends on experience, quality, and length. No fiction, please.

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