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What It’s Like To Start A Digital Mag On Global Women’s Issues

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Magazines are going through quite a transition these days. While print newspapers are in a downward spiral, digital magazines are thriving.

And that’s exactly why now is an opportune moment to create a digital pub. At least that’s what Daria Solovieva and Ivy Ng are hoping. The Columbia Journalism School grads recently created Valerie, a “space to feature female writers, bloggers, photographers, bring you stories of inspiring women and feature economic, social and political issues impacting lives of women across the globe.”

10,000 Words recently spoke to Solovieva (via email) about the ups and downs of creating an online-only pub. She says that she and her partner never considered that Valerie would be a print mag.

“The idea was always for an online, global platform that reflects how young professional women are increasingly consuming news and also the topics they’re actually interested in,” Solovieva explained. “None of my own peers subscribe to print women’s magazines anymore because the bulk of their content is limited to fashion and entertainment, which is also available for free online.” Read more

The Rookie Guide to Freelancing

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New to the freelancing game? Even if writing is your passion, going solo can be terrifying.

First tip: Don’t think of it as “going solo.” One of the most important parts of freelancing is building connections with your fellow peers, writers and media professionals. Don’t be intimidated; there are people who want to help.

In the latest Mediabistro feature, freelance writer Amanda Low advises:

Be professional before you get personal: turn in assignments as early as possible, respond promptly and succinctly to emails, and unless you’ve just lost your fingers in a freak chainsaw accident, don’t make excuses. And for the love of Shakespeare, always use proper grammar and punctuation.

For more tips on pitching etiquette and staying organized, read The Rookie Guide to Freelancing.

Sherry Yuan

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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

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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

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Pacific Standard is Looking for ‘Dial-turning Stories’

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Always on the watch for new ideas in the academic and think tank world? Journos with a passion for the sciences and a knack for storytelling are wanted at Pacific Standard, where 75 percent of the content is freelance-written.

The pub’s target readers are “influentials” who read The Economist, The Atlantic, Mother Jones and Wired, but editor Maria Streshinsky plans to differentiate Pacific Standard by focusing on the behavioral and social sciences. “In some ways, we’re going back to the core of what the magazine was started for: a conduit to academia, research and primary source investigation,” she explained.

For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch: Pacific Standard.

Sherry Yuan

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