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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’

Pacific Standard

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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Cover Tech Trends at The Boston Globe Magazine

Boston Globe Magazine

Journos covering local and national trends can land a byline at The Boston Globe Magazine, the Sunday supplement to Boston’s leading daily paper, The Boston Globe. Over 75 percent of the magazine is freelance-written, and editors are eager to work with new writers who are pitching fresh meat.

A redesign in March of 2012 updated the look of the magazine and added a few new columns to the front-of-book section called “Boston Uncommon.” The magazine aims to speak to a diverse audience — men and women of many economic and educational backgrounds –- and focus on Greater Boston and occasionally New England. “Readers tell us that The Boston Globe Magazine is one of the most popular sections of the Sunday Globe,” said editor-in-chief Susanne Althoff.

Editors aren’t interested in random pitches, however, so make sure to tie your ideas into the theme of the magazine. For more info, read How To Pitch: The Boston Globe Magazine.

Sherry Yuan

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Well-Reported Features Net Big Bucks at California Lawyer

California Lawyer may cover more nationally-oriented stories, like Supreme Court cases, but the mag always ties it all back to its home state.  To land a byline here, it indeed helps to be based in California, but writers don’t necessarily have to live in the Golden State to pitch.

Aimed at — you guessed it — California lawyers, the pub covers one of the most talked-about legal markets with analysis, in-depth features, technology updates and practical advice. “We cover groundbreaking cases, compelling controversies and fascinating personalities, and, as a monthly magazine, we seek to go beyond the headlines of the day with lively writing and in-depth reporting,” said managing editor Chuleenan Svetvilas.

Even better, they’re looking for more freelance feature writers and pay up to $3,000 for quality pieces. For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch: California Lawyer.

Sherry Yuan

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