Hiring Freelance Contributing Writers

About Us

The Force Science Institute (FSI) conducts research, develops education, and provides consultations that support an evidence-based understanding of force encounters. Force Science News is a bi-weekly online publication that informs public safety professionals, attorneys, civic leaders, and community members of relevant research, laws, and current events. Our articles address the application of human performance, police practices, law, and other relevant topics to improve how readers understand and evaluate use-of-force encounters. These articles are frequently republished, cited, and discussed on far-reaching news outlets, third-party publications, and industry-focused podcasts.

What We Need

Force Science is seeking to hire freelance writers to contribute to Force Science News.

Freelance Writers Will

  • Identify and propose current issues and materials for article consideration.
  • Work with relevant FSI experts to identify topical literature reviews.
  • Review manuscripts, identify salient issues, conduct interviews, and produce articles that clearly explain the observations, conclusions, and impacts on the community or relevant public safety professions.

Freelance Writers Will Need

  • Strong writing skills that allow them to reach a broad audience with varied educational backgrounds.
  • The ability to explain nuanced issues from newscasts, professional and academic research publications, trade magazines, online sources, and complex legal documents.
  • The ability to write concisely and keep the word count under 1,200 words when required.
  • Excellent communication skills for interviewing experts.
  • To convey in writing a broad understanding of intersecting issues from law enforcement, public safety, human performance as applied to force encounters, law, or research methodology in related disciplines (e.g., forensics, medicine, human factors, law, etc.).
  • The ability to focus on the perspectives of multiple audiences with varied interests and priorities.
  • To regularly monitor news, research publications, and professional organizations and be ready to engage on relevant issues quickly.
  • The ability to communicate and accept guidance from the executive editor.
  • To work with little supervision, submit articles on time, and implement feedback promptly.

Job Type

Freelance (Paid per article or assignment)


Pay is a flat rate per article and will be negotiated before publication. Pay will be based on the complexity of the article, the quality of writing, the writer’s experience and education level, and whether the timeline required an expedited submission.

Pay will be no less than $250 per assignment, with most articles earning between $500 and $1,000. Professional writers, researchers, attorneys, and industry leaders (as identified by the executive editor) may be considered for higher fees.

Work Location

Fully Remote.

To Apply

Complete the application by clicking “Apply Now” button below and upload the following items:

• Resume or curriculum vitae
• Writing sample of 1200 words or less
• Cover letter describing a current topic that you believe would contribute to the mission of Force Science

Selected applicants will be asked to participate in a scheduled online interview with the executive editor of Force Science News.