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Reynolds Business Journalism Center Offers Financial Fellowship Worth $1,500

Lily Wu, reporter for KAKE News in Kansas, was a 2014 Strictly Financials fellow.  Photo via businessjournalism.org

Lily Wu, reporter for KAKE News in Kansas, was a 2014 Strictly Financials fellow.
Photo via businessjournalism.org

Financial journalists take note, there is still time to apply for a Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism fellowship, worth $1,500 for a  three day course of intensive study in financials and corporate activities from Jan. 5 to 7, 2015 in Phoenix, Ariz.

The eighth annual Strictly Financials Seminar takes place during Reynolds Business Journalism Week at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The fellowship is limited to 12 professional U.S. journalists with at least two years of business journalism experience. Consideration will also be given to those recently assigned to beats covering financial topics. Read more

Mediabistro Course

Travel Writing

Travel WritingStarting November 4, learn how to turn your travel stories into published essays and articles! Taught by an experienced travel writing contributor, Jimmy Im will teach you how to explore the different travel niches and decide which platform is best for you, write engaging pitch letters, and develop a better understanding of the travel industry. Register now!

Amelia McDonell-Parry, EIC of TheFrisky, Shares Her Advice for Writing Online

Amelia-McDonell-Parry-ArticAmelia McDonell-Parry knows a thing or two about creating a killer pitch. She’s held editorial positions at such publications as Rolling Stone, Maxim and Jezebel, and is currently the editor-in-chief of the popular women’s lifestyle site TheFrisky.

In our latest So What Do You Do feature, we spoke with McDonell-Parry about her early days as an intern at Jane, bro culture at Maxim and more. Here, she shares her top tips for up-and-coming writers hoping to work online:

Learn how to nail a pitch. That doesn’t mean sending a super lengthy email with incredible detail about everything your piece is going to cover. I like a paragraph or two at most. If you can, include a couple of links to writing samples. Nothing I have to download. If I have to download it, I get annoyed. Get to the point, really nail your thesis and then be quick about the turnaround.

For more from McDonell-Parry, including what her day-to-day duties are like, read: So What Do You Do, Amelia McDonell-Parry, Editor-in-Chief of TheFrisky.com?

Beegit Brings Content And Project Management Together With New Platform

BEEGITFINALCollaborative writing is hard to do. Former journalist Mike Cottrill understands that. Which is why he, along with co-founders JD Eaton and Kris Ciccarello, created Beegit (BEE-GET), a web based editor that’s also a project management platform. There are a lot of really great web editors and a lot of really great project management tools. But they never seem to work together. Says Cottrill:

The thing that messes up most projects ad deadlines is getting the content down. So we said, we can actually create a project management tool that has the content management system in it. Otherwise, you have to write in Google Docs, or god forbid, you write in word and track changes. So what is the project management tool doing for you?

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PBS NewsHour and The Atlantic Partner to Broadcast Cover Stories

The AtlanticThe Atlantic and PBS NewsHour announced this morning that they are collaborating to bring stories from the magazine to the news broadcast. The first premieres tonight with NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff and The Atlantic‘s Hanna Rosin, whose story on teenagers and sexting is on the November cover.

It’s a first in a series of bringing Atlantic cover stories to broadcast television. In a statement the two news organizations said:

“The NewsHour” and The Atlantic plan to broadcast reports on a wide range of topics over the next six months. The partnership combines the strengths and sensibilities of both brands: The Atlantic’s ideas-driven journalism on issues of import, and the editorial depth and broadcast expertise of PBS “NewsHour”…This is the first broadcast venture of The Atlantic in a year when the brand has been experiencing record audiences and revenues. The Atlantic is having its most successful year in its history, has set new traffic records across all digital platforms, and has seen single-copy newsstand sales grow by more than 25 percent.

The show premieres tonight on PBS.

Deadline for National Geographic Photo Contest on Halloween

NGLogo560x430-cb1343821768You have only three more days to get your best photos into National Geographic Magazine for the pub’s annual photo contest. If you have photos dying to be seen and shared, this contest is a great way to get exposure and a shot at some serious cash.

But the competition is quite tough. According to the magazine, more than 7,000 entries from 150 countries rolled in during the 2013 go-round. The top winner wins a grand prize of $10,000 and a trip to the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2015. (That seminar alone sounds like an awesome prize, and what a resume booster.)

Click here for the rules of the contest, and here for more information. Even if you’re not entering the contest, it’s worth following NG‘s photo blog each week for editor’s picks of photos. Now go forth and snap photos!

 

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