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Create A Quick Journalism Portfolio With Contently

If you’re a journalist without an online profile, your excuses for not having one yet probably start with lack of time or web design talent, and include a slew of legitimate roadblocks including not knowing what to include or how to present it, not having extra cash to buy or host your own domain, or not knowing how to promote it once it exists.

Put the excuses behind you because Contently‘s got a new (well no longer invite only, as we initially wrote about awhile ago) and ridiculously simple way to create a portfolio. It removes at least 90 percent of those “reasons” why you don’t already have one. It’s free and it only takes a few minutes to put together an automatically built portfolio. So whether you’re job hunting, or just want to make sure your work is easy to find, you should look into Contently’s new PORTFOLIO+.
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Opportunity: Share Talent with Newsrooms, Share Code with Everyone

Here’s a PSA-of-sorts if you (or your friends) love journalism and have a technical background, too: less than two weeks are left to apply for the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellowships.

A Knight-Mozilla Fellowship offers a pretty unique experience to a developer, according to Dan Sinker, Director of Knight-Mozilla OpenNews. Those selected this year (the program’s second year) will be plugged into a newsroom to solve problems, and they also receive a combination of paid compensation and benefits—a nice package on its own. But they also will share their code — and experiences — in the open, with hopes that the experiences and knowledge reaches beyond the fellows to a greater community. Read more

10,000 Words Founder Mark Luckie Talks About His New Job at Twitter

As the manager of journalism and news at Twitter, 10,000 Words founder Mark Luckie is still working “where journalism and technology meet.” In his interview with Mediabistro, Luckie describes his new role at the colossal social media platform and how he is still working with journalists to make the most out of the digital space.

“There are a lot of things that journalism organizations want from Twitter, and I’m sort of like the inside man who’s working on behalf of journalists to say, ‘Hey this is what journalists need to be able to do their jobs on Twitter,’” he said.

And what are his favorite Twitter tips for journalists? “I love live chats. I love that journalists have taken on conducting live chats with readers with no sort of interference or handling by the company itself. I love taking hashtags and taking them to the next level, really ask questions via hashtags,” he said.

Read more in Hey, How’d You Become Twitter’s Manager of Journalism and News, Mark Luckie? [AvantGuild subscription required]

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Lucky‘s Brandon Holley on the Key to Moving Up: ‘Steady Input Without Being Annoying’

Brandon Holley held editor positions at Time Out and GQ, helped launch Elle Girl and headed Yahoo! Shine before taking the helm at Lucky in 2011. And, she says, if you want to snag a top spot on a magazine masthead, you need to be a vocal and proactive voice for the brand.

“I think people make a mistake when they wanna climb the masthead, and they assume the editor-in-chief should pay attention to them. And, now that I’m on the other side of the desk, I love people who come to me,” Holley said in our Media Beat interview.

Holley explained that she succeeded at GQ by giving “steady input without being annoying” to editor-in-chief Art Cooper. “I wasn’t kissing ass, but I would write memos to him and say, ‘I think this section could use this,’ and ‘I think we should start a new section that’s this’… I’m a huge fan of memo writing.”

Part 2: Brandon Holley Calls Fashion Blogging ‘Most Exciting Thing to Happen in Publishing in Decades’
Part 3: Lucky’s Brandon Holley Talks Photoshop and Fashion

5 Signs You’re Ready to Be an Editor

For writers looking to shift their careers, an editing position often seems like the next logical step. But, before you start eyeing that spot on the masthead, make sure you have these key magazine and newspaper editor skill sets.

No. 5: A gift for finding the “so what?” in a story

It’s great that you can spot comma splices and sentence fragments, but great editors can also pull out the important elements of a story so readers don’t end up feeling like they just squandered their last five or so minutes.

“One of the things I can do really well is I can see a story in my mind before it’s written. When you’re writing, it’s all about getting the ideas out. It’s more emotional,” said Kweli WrightJuicy contributing editor. ”When you’re editing, you have to think like a writer but also think like a reader and make sure that the beginning, middle, conclusion and quotes make sense to make the story come alive.”

Read more in 5 Signs You’re Ready to Be an Editor. [subscription required]

Andrea Hackett

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