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Miami Herald Travel Section - Writers' Guidelines

We have no hard-and-fast rules about the kinds of stories we buy. Well written, well researched stories that we cannot easily get on the wires get our attention. We tend to buy more for theme issues (see Editorial Calendar.) To be considered, copy for theme issues must be received four to six weeks in advance of the publication date. We also look kindly on candidates for our Quick Trips features (see below.) Your best bets are stories about Latin America, the Caribbean, Florida and any destination in which children are an integral part of the experience.

  • We are glad to look at any finished manuscript on speculation only; you may e-mail those to We do not make assignments to freelancers. Also, we do not permit use of our name in order to obtain free or reduced travel or accommodations.
  • We've gone electronic. We now accept stories ONLY BY E-MAIL at Please indicate the subject matter in the reference line. Do not send art unless it is specifically requested. If we do request it, we can look only at digital jpegs of 200 dpi or greater.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot respond to queries and discourage phone calls because of time pressures.
  • We tend to hold onto to stories for a good bit of time to see if they will fit with our editorial schedule. Unfortunately, because of the high volume of submissions, we are unable to respond to each writer individually. If you'd like to know the status of your story and haven't yet heard from us, please e-mail Please give us at least 2-3 months before asking unless there is a specific time element we need to address.
  • If a writer has accepted subsidies in researching his story, he must disclose that fact to The Herald.
  • Each week we run a "Quick Trip'' story about a destination appropriate for a weekend trip. To qualify, a location must be accessible within 3-4 hours of flying or driving time from South Florida. All "Quick Trip '' submissions should be oriented to brief visits and should include the information noted below. (Please also see the guidelines at the link from the Travel home page.)
  • All destination articles must be accompanied by an information box that contains the following information:
    • Lodging recommendations in luxury, moderate and budget categories. Please include at least one B&B when possible. (3 to 5 total lodgings preferred). Be sure to include a description of the lodging, prices and contact information.
    • Dining recommendations in a variety of price ranges. Include at least 3 eateries.
    • When to go: Times of year for high and low season, plus dates of major festivals and special events
    • Destination highlights: Beyond what you've written about, any "not to miss'' aspects of the destination.
  • Writers must sign an agreement that gives The Miami Herald Media Company non-exclusive publication rights, including the right to publish and republish; to creative derivative works; to use, adapt, modify, perform, transmit or reproduce such material and derivatives in any form or medium, whether now or hereafter known, throughout the world, including, without limitation, compilation, microfilm, databases and any digital format in any medium, and to transfer or sublicense any of the publication rights to any entity controlled by or acting for the benefit of The Miami Herald or The McClatchy Co.
  • Payment is made on publication and covers print territorial rights in the South Florida distribution area (Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties) unless otherwise specified. Rates range from $300 for a lead, $200 for a normal-length article, $25 for photographs used in black-and-white and $75 for photographs used in color, with a cap of $500 for a story/photo package with multiple images. We pay $250 for a Quick Trip package, including story, go box and photo.
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