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Discover Is Looking For Multimedia Pitches

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Discover magazine is on the hunt for freelancers. The monthly has recently undergone some transformations (relocating their headquarters, changing up their editorial staff) and are looking for pitches on technology, physics, chemistry and other sciences.

With 95 percent of the pub’s content generated by freelancers, editor-in-chief Stephen C. George says that he needs writers for several media platforms:

Discover seeks pitches for its website, especially for “The Crux” and “Visual Science” (stories on images and video). Editors are also looking for “great multimedia content that we can put online or in digital editions,” said George.

Furthermore, Discover recently made a foray into long-form, digital eBook singles. The series is called In Depth and stories are available as Kindle Singles. The editorial team had a goal of two long-form digitals for 2013 and “mission accomplished,” said George. As a result, “we are actively looking for longer-form stories,” he said. A bonus is that Discover shares a percentage of the sales of its Kindle Singles with its writers.

For editors’ contact info and more details on how to get published, read: How To Pitch: Discover.

– Aneya Fernando

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Believe in Longform? So Does Longreads, Which Just Launched a Member Drive to Boost Profits

longreadsstoryEven as writers constantly engaging with the Web and social media to share and search for quality work, it can sometimes be a bother to sift through Internet nonsense and listicles to find great journalism.

Longreads, a curator of narratives both of the fiction and nonfiction variety exceeding 1,500 words, is one of the platforms seeking to alleviate this, and they’re looking to push their reach further and offer extras to their members. The company, founded in 2009, announced Monday an initiative to reach 5,000 paid members. Currently, they’ve only got around 1,000 devotees who contribute $3 a month or $30 a year for all of Longreads’ best curated journalism, represented by media big shots as well as unknown writers — but they’re looking for more.

Unlike some other “streaming reading services,” as we’ll refer to them for our purposes, the main benefit of Longreads — to stumble upon exceptional storytelling that you might not find on your own —  is totally free to users. And Longreads promises it will remain this way for those who choose not to pay for the product.

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The New New South Publishes Longform From Below Mason-Dixon Line

Longform journalism has become surprisingly trendy and profitable in a rather short amount of time.

The age in which we find ourselves — with virtually unlimited access to the digital space, an abundance of devices on which to consume our stories, the sheer prevalence of lengthy nonfiction narratives and the platforms that host them — could be described as a renaissance. The phrase “a golden age” has been tossed around quite a bit in association with today’s journalism/reporting, but whether those two terms belong together has yet to be determined.

While we’re navigating the murky waters of longform reporting and how to monetize it sustainably, you might check out what The New New South (NNS) is doing. A brand new venture focusing on longform multimedia journalism, the NNS thinks the Southern states so rich with stories to tell that they’re going to release long pieces of nonfiction to readers looking specifically for stories about the South and from the South. Read more

MIT Technology Review Wants Your Ideas

Unlike most pubs that are cutting down on long-form stories and giving less resources to in-depth reporting, MIT Technology Review remains deeply invested in giving journos the time and space to investigate a bold idea. Editors at the mag are looking to add to their stable of freelancers who generate 75-80 percent of the content in the feature well and reviews sections.

“I would hate to think of a freelancer assuming, ‘Oh, they wouldn’t want that because it’s going to be such a major project to go report,’” said deputy editor Brian Bergstein. Au contraire: With a bimonthly publishing schedule and a budget for deeply reported pieces, that’s exactly what editors want to hear, even if it’ll take four months to investigate. “We want to have the kind of things readers are only going to get here,” he said.

For more info, read How To Pitch: MIT Technology Review. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

33 Percent of Americans Own an eReader or Tablet

The latest study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project chronicles some unsurprising trends: People are reading less print books, more eBooks, and those who own eBook readers or tablets are on the rise. eReaders saw an almost 10 percent growth in ownership this past year, while the number of people who owned tablets grew 15 percent. That makes 33 percent of Americans eBook reader/tablet owners. Read more

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