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Pitch Slam 1-on-1: Esquire

Esquire articles editor David Katz meets with four writers who want to break into the award-winning magazine

2. What the Editor Wants (6:45)

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  2. What the Editor Wants (6:45) 6:45 FREE!
    Articles editor David Katz explains what he wants in a pitch.
  3. HIV Test in NYC (5:37) 5:37 FREE!
    Joel Silverstein pitches David a first-person piece about his fears going into an AIDS test.
  4. Target: Whale Meat (7:01) 7:01 FREE!
    Brian O'Connor pitches one man's search for the "other" other white meat.
  5. Fair-weather profile (5:53) 5:53 FREE!
    Renagade weatherman Jim Cantore is the subject of Steven Viuker's profile.
  6. Is TV diverse enough? (3:56) 3:56 FREE!
    Garen Thomas is ready to cover the paucity of African-American TV stars.
  7. Conclusion: Articles editor Katz (4:15) 4:15 FREE!
    Katz explains what he thought of the writers' pitches, whether he's likely to buy any of them, and why.

Video Details

Esquire turns 75 this fall and is flourishing under the editorship of David Granger, scoring seven ASME nominations in 2007. His mag is targeted to "men who are a little more ambitious, a little more curious, a little more engaged," says articles editor David Katz, and features some of the most engaging and aggressive feature writing in the business today. Esquire relies heavily on both contract writers and freelancers to fill both the FOB and the feature well, and editors are "always looking for new writers with strong voices and unique ideas," Katz says.

6 videos
32 minutes total running time

December 5, 2007

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