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Croatia press trip invite: diversifying the travel media
Intrepid is running a press trip for writers from diverse backgrounds looking to get their foot in the travel media door
One of the hardest things for new writers is getting on press trips. First you need the contacts with the PRs to even get the invitation, then you need to be able to pitch it to editors and usually secure a commission in advance. For writers without contacts or a portfolio of impressive bylines, this can be almost impossible.
That’s why Intrepid is running their first ever Diversifying Travel Media press trip from 26-30 September inclusive, which will take four writers from underrepresented backgrounds out to Croatia to experience what a press trip is like, without the need for a commission in advance.
Coming along for the ride is a group of four experienced travel writers and editors — Meera Dattani, Shafik Meghji, Georgina Lawton and Lottie Gross — who will be able to coach and mentor the new and aspiring journalists on the trip to help them find the stories and angles on which to report.
As well as exploring Croatia’s beautiful Sibenik and the Kornati Islands, the trip will include a range of educational workshops. These will be designed to help new writers navigate the travel media landscape, learn how to turn press trip experiences into commission-worthy pitches, and have a positive impact on the industry.
Want to apply? Here’s what you need to know
Intrepid is looking for four UK-based emerging writers of any age from underrepresented or diverse backgrounds to join the trip, which runs from 26-30 September. The term "diverse and underrepresented backgrounds" could mean but is not limited to the following:
People of colour
People from lower socioeconomic backgrounds
People within the LGBTQIA+ community
Those living with disability or long-term illness
To be eligible as an emerging writer, you must fit into one of the following categories:
You have fewer than five bylines in travel sections or travel media publications (in the last three years)
You have never been on a press trip before
If you are interested in being involved, apply here with as much information as possible. Applications close on 20 July 2023 and successful applicants will be selected by the trip’s experienced travel writers and notified by 4 August 2023 by email.
Terms and conditions for the trip can be read here.