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Posts Tagged ‘Susannah Breslin’

And the Happiest People in Journalism Are…

The past month hasn’t heralded good news for the jobs market. The Department of Labor’s latest report says that unemployment was “essentially unchanged over the month,” and the doom-and-gloom has continued for the media industry with layoffs and seemingly fewer and fewer job prospects.

Despite some of the dismal facts, there are many who are optimistic about journalism, and they come from a key demographic: young people.

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3 Tips on How to Win a Forbes.com Guest Blogging Contest

Susannah Breslin

Are you a journalist with passion? Are you between the ages of 18-25? Oh yeah, are you also a guy? Then Susannah Breslin, a Forbes.com blogger, wants to hear from you.

Earlier this week, Breslin announced she was offering a young male journalist $100 to write a guest post on Pink Slipped, her Forbes blog. But you better hurry up and send her your pitch soon — the deadline is tomorrow, Thursday, July 14, at 5 p.m. EST. She’ll announce the winner on July 15.

(On Monday, we spoke with Lauren Orsini, the young female journalist who won a similar contest Breslin ran last month.)

The pitch can be about any topic you want, just keep it under 200 words. (For more rules, check out Breslin’s post.) So far, however, Breslin is less than impressed with the quality of pitches she’s received. In fact, the Forbes.com blogger said she is “underwhelmed.” So what does it take to win over Breslin? Read more

Lauren Orsini: How One Guest Blog Post Changed A Young Journalist’s Life

A month ago, Lauren Orsini, 24, was in an all too familiar boat: She had a graduate degree in journalism and was searching for a full-time reporting job. She was temping and in her spare time, reporting on stories on her blog, Otaku Journalist. Then she landed a guest blog on Susannah Breslin‘s Forbes.com blog, Pink Slipped. Just days after the post was published, Orsini was offered — and accepted — a job as a reporter and graphics specialist at the Daily Dot, a new online news venture.

I want to share Orsini’s story for a couple of reasons. Yes, Orsini was lucky that Breslin picked her pitch from almost 50 submissions. But I think Orsini would have landed on her feet regardless of being featured on Forbes.com. Her personal mantra for journalism is “Be curious. Be honest. Be bold.”

I wanted to know more about what inspired this young journalist.  Here’s a truncated and slightly edited version of our interview. Read more