On Spec is an independently produced podcast based in Istanbul, Turkey. We’re a team of freelance journalists from diverse backgrounds living across the globe. On Spec provides unpredictable deep dives in international news through storytelling from places like Brazil to Hong Kong to Malawi. Reporters on the ground will transport you with an intimate, personal look at what’s going on in their communities. Each season has a distinct theme. By listening to these stories, you’ll get a nuanced perspective beyond your own borders and learn how we are connected globally.
Often times, outlets tell journalists that they will only agree to publish their work “on spec,” short for speculation, meaning after they have done the research and produced a draft. It’s an unfair practice that makes journalists do all the work without guarantee of publication. So we decided to co-opt it and never ask for anything on spec.