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Early Bird Rates for Mediabistro’s Social Media Marketing Boot Camp End Tomorrow

On October 18, Mediabistro brings you Social Media Marketing Boot Camp, an interactive online event and workshop. The event includes keynote speakers, practical how-to sessions, and strategic assignments to provide a dynamic training on social media. By the end of eight weeks, you will create an integrated strategic plan, using various social media platforms, to build an engaged audience and convert traffic into sales.

Early bird rates are available today. Save $100 when you sign up before they end tomorrow, September 20. Read more

Bring Fun to Intelligence at Mental Floss

At Mental Floss, knowledge isn’t just power — it’s also a whole lot of fun. Combining education and entertainment, this pub covers all academic subjects, no matter how quirky.

“We’re always seeking great feature pitches. These tend to run in the 1,800-2,500 word range and could be on a variety of topics, [including] science, history, religion, architecture, art and culture,” said senior editor Stephanie Meyers. “In the past year, we’ve explored the history of advice columns, ‘garage scientists,’ the mid-20th century paperback book revolution, and the surprisingly challenging art of making light beer, just to name a few.”

If you have a unique idea to pitch, read How To Pitch: Mental Floss. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Andrea Hackett

Marc Lamont Hill on the Joe Williams Controversy: ‘There has to be space for conversation’

One subject Marc Lamont Hill is not afraid to talk about is race, even if that means getting into some trouble. The TV commentator was fired from Fox News in 2009 for sympathizing with such figures as Assata Shakur and Mumia Abu-Jamal, though that has not steered him away from the hot-button issue. So, when Mediabistro asked him about the recent scandal surrounding Joe Williams, Hill defended the ex-Politico reporter and his rights to voice his opinions, regardless of how controversial they may be.

“I’m very protective of people’s rights to say what they want to say, even if they disagree,” he said. “We must engage each other and ideas, even the unpopular ones that make us uncomfortable. On top of that, we have to determine what’s true, because sometimes things that may feel culturally untoward are still right, and we just have to deal with some uncomfortable truths. When it comes to this race talk stuff, people get real uneasy. They’re like, ‘Oh, I don’t really like talking about race.’ But we have to.”

Read more in So What Do You Do, Marc Lamont Hill, Author, Professor and TV Commentator?

Andrea Hackett

Cover D.C.’s Elite for Uptown

Among black magazines, Uptown distinguishes itself by targeting more affluent readers interested in the finer things in life. The pub has seven regional editions, including one for Washington, D.C. Iin addition to FOB stories about the latest food, clothing and entertainment trends, freelancers are encouraged to pitch longer, research-based stories for the feature well.

“We’re always looking for good, relevant stories that relate to our demographic,” explained editor-in-chief Angela Bronner Helm. “And it doesn’t necessarily have to be a profile on a black trendsetter or industry leader, even though those are good.” Case in point: a recently assigned 2,000-word feature on African-American professionals and their use of cognitive steroids, like Adderall and Ritalin.

For more information on what to pitch, read How To Pitch: Uptown. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Andrea Hackett

How to Impress Your Boss in a Performance Review

Asking your boss for a performance review may sound scary, but it often comes with unexpected bonuses. For example, a review may give you the opportunity to highlight your own, perhaps unnoticed, accomplishments, like that story you broke or interviews you’ve nailed.

“If your boss isn’t involved in your day-to-day, she might not know what you’re working on,” said Rachel Dotson, content manager for ZipRecruiter.com. “A review forces her to sit down with you, so you can communicate your impact and value to the company.”

To really impress your boss, prepare in advance a list of individual accomplishments or your role in team accomplishments.

Check out more tips in the latest Mediabistro AvantGuild article, 5 Reasons to Ask Your Boss for a Review. [subscription required]

Andrea Hackett

Social Media Marketing Boot Camp Starts Tomorrow

If you want to build your brand or generate revenue for your business, make sure you check out Mediabistro’s Social Media Marketing Boot Camp online conference and workshop, starting tomorrow, Thursday, June 7. You’ll learn how to launch a social media marketing campaign and measure its results. Read more

Get Inspired: Join Mediabistro’s Literary Festival & Workshops, Hear Experts Like Susan Orlean

Meet leading authors, editors, and literary agents and get your writing project professionally critiqued in our online Literary Festival & Workshops, July 16 – August 1, 2012. In our innovative, interactive online event, you will:

  • Hear from accomplished authors, literary agents, and editors
  • Workshop your own creative project with writers and editors
  • And make connections with other writers and book lovers across the globe in our summer reading group.

Come celebrate the publishing world with us and get inspired to finish the book project you’ve been working on.

The speakers are top notch…

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Social Media Marketing Boot Camp Starts This Thursday

This Thursday, February 16, Mediabistro brings you Social Media Marketing Boot Camp, an online conference and hands-on workshop. Through keynote speeches with the biggest names in social media, practical how-to sessions, and strategic assignments, you’ll create a comprehensive social media marketing strategy and launch your campaign across various sites and platforms. By the end of the online conference and workshop, you’ll be monitoring, analyzing, and improving traffic, engagement, and conversion to sales.

The program includes:

Stephanie Agresta EVP, Managing Director of Social Media, Weber Shandwick Megan Berry Founder, LiftFive
What Makes a Social Strategy Successful? The Power of Influence: Identifying Online Brand Ambassadors
Leslie Bradshaw 

President, COO, and Co-founder, JESS3

Danielle Brigida 

Manager of Social Media, National Wildlife Federation

Storytelling Through Social Media How to Monitor and Measure Your Social Media Efforts
Michael Brito 

SVP, Social Business Planning,
Edelman Digital

Anthony DeRosa 

Social Media Editor,
Reuters

The Rise of the Social Customer and Their Impact on Business Social Curation: How to Use Twitter and Tumblr to Build Authority and Spread News
Tim Devane 

Director of Sales and Business Development,
bitly

Lauren Dugan 

Co-editor,
AllTwitter

Incorporating Analytics and Social Media How to Use Twitter to Promote Your Company, Cause, or Personal Brand
Devon Glenn 

Staff Writer,
SocialTimes

Brendan Irvine-Broque 

Content and Marketing Manager, Facebook Marketing Bible,
Inside Network

The Strategist’s Toolkit: How To Keep Up With Emerging Platforms and Trends How To Grow Your Fan Base and Engagement on Facebook
Dave Kerpen 

CEO, Likeable Media

Morin Oluwole 

Strategic Partner Development,
Facebook

How to Establish a Brand Personality Through Social Media The Branding Power of Facebook Pages
Gretchen VanEsselstyn 

Managing Producer, Education,
Mediabistro

Leo Widrich
Co-founder, Buffer
How to Build a Targeted Social Media Strategy Productivity Tips from the Social Media Trenches
Baratunde Thurston 

Director of Digital,
The Onion

A Case Study of Creative Social Media Content

View full program details.

Check out what previous students are saying about the online event.

Don’t miss the chance to build your content strategy with social media experts and hundreds of innovators. Register now.

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