GalleyCat AppNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook AllTwitter TVNewser TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC MediaJobsDaily UnBeige

Archives: July 2013

Resonate with Bay Area Readers at San Francisco

San Francisco While journos don’t have to live in the Bay Area to pitch to San Francisco, all pitches must resonate with the readers who do. The mag definitely doesn’t scrimp on diversity; recent freelance stories covered everything from prison tech incubators to halal slaughterhouses.

Jon Steinberg, an ASME winner for his work at New York magazine, and now editor-in-chief at San Francisco, says the mag’s big-picture mission has remained the same over the years. “It’s big-city journalism on a number of levels. We have in-depth feature reporting on civic issues, social justice, politics and personalities in power positions. Then, we cover the service side: how to live the good life in a vibrant, exciting, constantly changing city. Then there’s our food, style and cultural coverage.”

For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch: San Francisco.

Sherry Yuan

ag_logo_medium.gifThe full version of this article is exclusively available to Mediabistro AvantGuild subscribers. If you’re not a member yet, register now for as little as $55 a year for access to hundreds of articles like this one, discounts on Mediabistro seminars and workshops, and all sorts of other bonuses.

Update: Pressfolios Now in Public Beta

When I last wrote about Pressfolios, the platform was still private and my inbox was full of requests from you, dear readers, for invites to join.

I’m happy to report that the online portfolio service is now officially in public beta and they’ve launched their Pro version this week. So now you can all sign up without me. You can read about the free version here.

Pressfolios Pro means you get unlimited stories, which is a big plus since with the free version you can only display 12. You can also bulk and automatically upload from your RSS feed, create a custom domain, backup your stories via pdf and screenshots, and set your portfolio to private (though that sort of defeats the purpose, right?).

For all users, they’ve also come up with a Chrome extension to add stories from your browser. Right now, if you use the promo code “beta” until August 1 to get a “25% off forever” on the $12/month fee for Pro.

The All-Digital Vibe Vixen Needs More Writers

With a big revamp scheduled for a fall 2013 debut, editors at Vibe Vixen need good writers to generate content for their exciting digital cover rollouts and mobile platforms.

Vibe Vixen is one of the few pubs that reach out to black and brown women in their 20s and 30s.  Known for honest content and thoughtful but conversational writing, the former print pub went all digital in April 2013 and is already getting inundated with story pitches — just not the right ones.

“Once I get a writer who works well with me, I’ll take all of their pitches. But right now, I’m passing on a lot of them. We’re looking for fresh voices and people who’ve done this,” said editor Shanel Odum. Wanna know what Odum really wants in content? Read How To Pitch: Vibe Vixen.

Sherry Yuan

ag_logo_medium.gifThe full version of this article is exclusively available to Mediabistro AvantGuild subscribers. If you’re not a member yet, register now for as little as $55 a year for access to hundreds of articles like this one, discounts on Mediabistro seminars and workshops, and all sorts of other bonuses.

Longform Journalism is Alive and Well, Say Co-Founders of Byliner, Atavist

Over the weekend, I found myself at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference in Grapevine, Texas. It was my first trip to the gathering, even as a native north Texan, but I must say it was an extremely valuable and exciting place for any nonfiction storyteller to be. Speakers and authors came from all over — The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Outside magazine and more, offering nuggets of wisdom that you just can’t get working in a newsroom.

One talk, in particular–“Rejoice! There is a place for long-form journalism online–and it pays”–proved especially interesting, and I thought it’d be fun to share some takeaways with an audience that couldn’t be at the Mayborn.

The session was led by Byliner co-founder and editor-in-chief Mark Bryant and Evan Ratliff, co-founder of the Atavist, and it included esteemed writers Susan Orlean and David Dobbs.

Here were the resounding choruses of the conference discussion:

Ignore what you’ve heard: “longform journalism” as we know it isn’t going away.

Read more

Gawker’s Crackstarter Campaign is Over

Gawker’s Rob Ford Crackstarter campaign is officially over. When it first started, we wondered here why readers should pay to see in the first place. Like all things drug related, the campaign took a nose-dive when the video became randomly unavailable.

The cash is now being divvied up, as promised, to Canadian charities that John Cook has deemed worthy. Apart from the ethics of making readers pay for source material, if you’re thinking about running a crowdfunding campaign for anything, you should remember to estimate fees into your goal:

 

The total take from Crackstarter was $201,199. Indiegogo, the service that hosted the campaign, withheld $8,047.96 in fees. PayPal, which processed the payments, withheld $8,368.43. That left the Crackstarter with a net take of $184,782.61, which has been held in a non-interest bearing account since PayPal released the money to us.

That’s over $16,000 that Indiegogo and PayPal pocketed jsut because Gawker readers are crazy enough to want to watch a mayor smoking crack. And they say there’s no money in journalism these days.

Image c/o Gawker

<< PREVIOUS PAGENEXT PAGE >>