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Dan Savage on Writing for Print in the Digital Era

The newspaper industry’s been facing some rough times in the digital era. But Dan Savage, editorial director of The Stranger and star of MTV’s Savage U, is optimistic. The syndicated columnist behind “Savage Love” has 21 years of experience under his belt and says the current changes the print world is facing aren’t uncommon.

“I actually think what’s happening to print media is kind of what happened to the theater 100 to 120 years ago,” said Savage in mediabistro.com’s So What Do You Do? interview. “There were lots of jobs in the theater. That all came apart. Radio and television, a new technology, came along and just decimated — destroyed really — the profession.”

Suddenly, says Savage, hopeful actors had to be willing to work for free for years — much like the position writers today find themselves in. “When I look around and listen to people in the journalism field complain about what newspaper and print jobs are like now, for me, it echoes the history of theater classes I took in the ’80s when they were talking about the coming of radio and television and what that did to live performance.”

Wanna know how you can get syndicated like Savage? Read the full interview.

Break into Business Mags With Inc.

If you’ve been following start-up culture and are looking to break into business magazines, you might find a home in Inc.

While Inc. occupies the same shelf space of other business publications like EntrepreneurFast Company and Forbes, the magazine has a distinction that separates itself from its competitors.

“We are a magazine about people who are incredibly passionate and have the will to start a business from scratch,” said Alexandra BrezInc.‘s managing editor. ”We are different because of our sophistication, as well as our connection to and interest in community events. And we are a very likable brand. People are proud to be featured by us.”

For full pitching guidelines and info on the best sections to shoot for, read How To Pitch: Inc.

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Think Service-y To Cinch A Redbook Byline

This glossy prides itself on being the only American mag that speaks to a key demographic: wives and moms, women who want to celebrate — not just survive — the young family years. So editors are looking for service-y pieces to guide these women in their 30s and 40s through a “happy but hectic life stage.”

That includes a wide variety of topics, like health, money and food, along with features on marriage, relationships, family and amazing ‘real woman’ stories. And freelancers get full rein of the the majority of the glossy, including a philanthropy page titled ”Be Part of the Solution.”

For editors’ contact information and more details, read How To Pitch: Redbook.

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The Best Way to Break Out of a Writing Rut

If you’ve been staring at a blank screen unable to think up fresh ideas and innovative angles to pitch, a cure may be as simple as taking a hike. Exercise is scientifically proven to help you focus. And, you know, there’s that whole helps-you-live-longer thing, too.

“There’s something about getting out of my well-worn paths that helps me see things differently, so I like to hike a different spot each time so I don’t get stuck in a rut there, either,” said Denene Millner, author of 19 books, including three New York Times bestsellers. “I find exercise of some kind, even if just walking around the block, does wonders when I get too wrapped up in my head.”

Check out more tactics in How to Conquer Writer’s Burnout and Get More Creative and share your own suggestions in the comments.

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Lead With Your Personality For Podcasting Success

If you’ve been tasked with making a podcast for your news organization, you know how daunting the experience can be. From picking the right equipment to interviewing guests, every little piece can be the difference between thousands of subscribers or none at all.

But one of the easiest ways to get people tuning in is to let your personality shine and express an opinion.

“The Internet is a medium that rewards people who provoke a little bit,” said Matt Binder, producer of “The Majority Report with Sam Seder.” ”There’s several ways to get at the truth. One is to just give information in a slightly dry and informative, just-the-facts way. Another is to have people debating a topic, and I think that is always much more dynamic.”

For eight more ways to grab listeners’ ears, read How to Make a Podcast People Want to Subscribe To.

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