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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?

So What Do You Do, Anne-Marie O’Neill, General Manager of Mom.me?

Anne-Marie-O'Neil-articleAnne-Marie O’Neill has worked for some of the biggest names in print media. Originally from Australia, O’Neill was recruited to work at People in the United States after an early career in newspapers. After eight successful years at the celebrity glossy, she moved on to shelter mag Real Simple. During her tenure there, the pub added more than 1 million readers and was No. 1 in circulation growth in its competitive set.

After 15 years on the East Coast, O’Neill realized she needed a change. With her husband and twin boys, O’Neill made the move out West to Los Angeles, where she helped launch Mom.me. She’s currently general manager of the site, which has a distribution partnership with AOL and averages 5 million monthly uniques. Here, O’Neill talks about celebrity news, how she handles the work-life balance and the importance of old-school journalism. Read more

President of Hearst Newspapers on the Importance of Hiring Quality Journos

Mark-Aldam-ArticleMark Aldam has been in the newspaper game for nearly 30 years, so it’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about print journalism. As president of Hearst Newspapers, Aldam oversees 36 weeklies and 15 dailies, on top of selling digital marketing services in 103 markets.

In our latest So What Do You Do column, Aldam talks about what excites him about the business, why print isn’t dying and the importance of hiring quality journos for Hearst’s multitude of papers:

We’ve made a deliberate effort to add top journalists to our newsrooms. All of our editors are Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalists. Most of our current editors have only joined us in the last four years. They each bring a digital sensibility and understanding that enterprise news still matters and that to keep the consumer paying for content the experience has to be unique, and so we have to have a ground game of local reporting resources. That move we’ve made is continuing to invest in newsgathering resources.

For more from Aldam, including his thoughts on competitors like News Corp., read: So What Do You Do Mark Aldam, President of Hearst Newsapers?

Come to Our Media Intern Party in New York!

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Calling all media interns! Come network with other interns to swap stories, make new connections and get advice on finding your next job! The party will be held next Tuesday, August 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Turtle Bay in New York. Your hosts for the evening will be Mediabistro’s managing editor Valerie Berrios and senior education manager Sandra Reitman.

We’ll have drink specials, complimentary appetizers and a chance to win a free Mediabistro course!

You can register for the party here. We hope to see you there!

Join Us Tomorrow for a Career Lunch Hangout with a Freelance Pro!

Career-lunch-articleIt’s time for another Career Lunch! Tune in tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET as Mediabistro managing editor Valerie Berrios and MediaJobsDaily editor and career expert Vicki Salemi host a Google+ Hangout with Kim Taylor, a veteran freelance copywriter and Mediabistro instructor.

Taylor has worked with brands like David Levy, Brand Jam and American Express Platinum Travel. She’ll share her best tips on all things freelance, including how to best manage your time, land new clients and even pursue a passion project on the side.

Join the conversation with your questions and comments on TwitterFacebook or Google+ with the hashtag #mbhangouts.

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