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Source Sleuth Looks to Connect Journalists, Bloggers with Quality Sources

source sleuthGood story sources aren’t always easy to come by, as most journalists can attest. And, the stress of deadline pressure can make finding those sources an even more daunting task.

But, while there are several free services out there to help, there are few that take the time to vet those same sources.

Enter Chicago-based Source Sleuth, a free service that seeks to connect journalists, bloggers and other writers with “quality sources.” Read more

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Pitch ‘Immediately Engaging,’ Photo-Heavy Pieces to BBC Travel

BBC-Travel-Blog-ImageTop 30 Vacation Spots in America. The 10 Best Places to Visit in Rome. How to Take a Road Trip on a Budget. For travel websites and blogs, it’s easy to use listicles as a way to deliver stories. They’re short, sweet and to the point. However, BBC Travel has a different approach to travel content.

The 3-year-old site focuses on ”stories that are unexpected or surprising, have a timely ‘Why now?’ hook, and weave a strong, context-heavy narrative,” says deputy editor Ellie Cobb. Editors are also looking for visual elements to supplement your story:

Concise pitches that are “immediately engaging” will avoid the editors’ slush pile, and mentioning availability of high-resolution photos will further distinguish a pitch, as editors are commissioning “photo-heavy” pieces, including photo essays that are formatted as slideshows.

Cobb encourages writers with multimedia skills to send queries, too. In particular, she’s eager to consider infographic pitches and videos.

For more on what stories to pitch, read: How to Pitch: BBC Travel.

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The Latin Kitchen Accepts Freelance Pitches That Target English-Speaking Latinos

Latina magazine’s sister site, The Latin Kitchen, is all about celebrating the connection between food and the culture of English-speaking Latinos. As a niche food-and-drink site, The Latin Kitchen is able to set itself apart from other online foodie destinations.

“We don’t have any direct competitors, but we look at sites like Epicurious, Food Republic, Delish, Huffington Post Food and others,” said editor-at-large Marie Elena Martinez. With a strong focus on Latin traditions, The Latin Kitchen gives its readers something more than just the standard tips on how to make the best burgers.

The Latin Kitchen is 75 percent freelance written and no section is off limits; however, if you plan on pitching its most popular section, “Recipes,” you’ll need to follow strict guidelines:

Recipe developers must have their own successful food blog and recipes must be triple-tested before submission. If the recipe is not original to the contributor, permission must be obtained from the chef, mixologist or cookbook author who created it.

Writers looking to land a byline might also want to include their own high-resolution photographs with their submissions, which helps out the small in-house staff.

For more pitching tips, read: How To Pitch: The Latin Kitchen.

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ParentMap.com Seeks Pitches on Fertility, School Security, Child Development and More

ParentMap-ArticleParentMap, a free Seattle-based mag, has been providing parents with the information “they need to be the parent they want to be,” for the past 11 years, according to managing editor Natalie Singer-Velush.

The pub features a wide range of pitchable parenting content, including articles on education, tech and health. The mag’s digital component, ParentMap.com, is also ripe for pitching. All of the site’s departments are open to freelancers. Here are the sections to keep in mind:

ParentMap.com offers daily content on topics such as discipline, food, fertility, travel, school security, health, child development and more. There isn’t much of a Seattle-area focus online; most stories are national in scope. The only local section is “Out & About/Weekend Family Fun,” which offers museum roundups and weekend event picks. Payment ranges from $75 for a guest blog (for example, a 500-word first-person parenting essay) to $300-$400 for a reported article.

For more, including editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: ParentMap.

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How to Snag a Byline on Essence.com

Essence-ArticleEssence, which describes itself as an authority on black women, has a robust online presence. Essence.com attracts more than 1 million unique monthly visitors and is an extension of its print counterpart, with articles on fashion, beauty, relationships, entertainment and news.

When pitching for the digital platform, remember that timeliness is key, so try to align your ideas with news that is relevant to this target demographic. Editors also warn freelancers not to take any shortcuts on quality.

“We tend to like pitches that are based around something that’s either a hot topic or extremely interesting to our audience,” [deputy managing editor Dawnie Walton] explained. “For instance, when we were covering the verdict in the Michael Dunn trial, we had an attorney write a piece about how she felt the prosecutors had done and some of the unfair blame she felt they were taking in that very sad case. That was someone coming in with a perspective that we don’t necessarily have in house.”

For more of what the editors are seeking, read: How To Pitch: Essence.

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