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Push Notifications for Everyone: App.net Launches ‘Broadcast’

appnet alertsYou don’t have to make your own app or hire an editor to handle push notification headlines for it anymore. App.net, the social networking and micro-blogging site, launches a new service, Broadcast, today, allowing anyone — from the freelance blogger to web magazine mogul — to send out their own push notifications.

All you have to do is download the app, released today on both Android and iOS markets, set up your ‘broadcast channel,’ and publish your notification. On the consumer side, they’ll have to sign up, too. And subscribe to you. But CEO Dalton Caldwell doesn’t see it as a hassle: Read more

How to Get a Publication to Pay You Without Going to Small Claims Court

chess-knightsThis week we wrote about how journalists should be paid in the digital environment. Journalists being paid is a hot issue, especially since a lot of times, we’re asked to write for free or for exposure. That, too, is a loaded issue — sometimes it might be worth it, or it never, ever is.

And sometimes, we agree to do work for payment and never receive it. This is a classic freelancer dilemma and while most of you are, hopefully, sitting in newsrooms with a salary and benefits package and paid sick days, you never know when the shoe is going to drop and you need to pick up some work. Or, as is common in the digital environment, your contract allows you to write other sites every now and again, as long as you’re not competing with yourself.

Recently, I made a rookie mistake by taking on work for a start-up magazine. The work kept coming and the pay was in line with my experience and time. I won’t disclose the name of the publication (just to say it wasn’t this one), since the affair is — almost — concluded. But I did learn some lessons. Not about how to prevent this from happening again — there were contracts and tax information and all the legalese you can dream up.

So, short of a lawyer, who wouldn’t have been worth the sort-of small change I was owed,  and one step away from small claims court, here’s how I won my war.

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Write to ‘Inspire and Encourage’ at Entrepreneur.com

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Unlike other small biz publications such as Inc. and Fast Company, Entrepreneur has expanded into the lifestyle territory, addressing the facets of entrepreneurs’ lives that extend beyond the boardroom.

“Entrepreneurs have sort of become the rock stars of our era,” explained executive online editor Laura Lorber. “It’s very popular to call yourself an entrepreneur now, and it’s a very aspirational status. Basically we’re looking for content that helps them improve their work and their personal lives.”

Good news, journos. Editors at Entrepreneur.com are open to pitches from new writers, as long as they stay in tune with the brand’s mission: to inspire and encourage.

For pitching etiquette and editor’s contact info, read How to Pitch: Entrepreneur.com.

Sherry Yuan

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Speak to the “New, Modern Parent” at Babble.com

BabbleJournos committed to telling the truth about parenthood can land a byline at Babble.com, an award-winning online magazine serving up nitty-gritty, real-talk content.

“[Babble is] the site that we imagine [a mom] reads at night to relax or in the morning,” said senior editorial manager Dara Pettinelli. “It’s where she goes to unwind and connect with her as woman, and not her as mom. Obviously, parents are more than just mom and dad, and that’s really what Babble speaks to.”

For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How to Pitch: Babble.com.

Sherry Yuan

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There’s No Crying in Journalism: Why We Should Be Excited About the State of News

If you’ve skimmed the media-hive headlines this week, there’s every reason to wonder about your career choice. There’s a ‘sad state of journalism’ from a Huffington Post blogger and Cleveland reporters waiting by the phone to see if they have a job. Even The Onion has declared print — and therefore, good ol’fashioned journalism — dead.

I won’t have any of that. Sure, it’s hard to get a job and I can count myself among a slew of writers still waiting to get paid for longform pieces in start-up publications. But it’s all about transitions. (or so I mumble as I refresh my checking account summary, waiting for deposits). There are reasons to be excited about your work.

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