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Mother Jones is on the Lookout for Fearless Reporters

MotherJonesMother Jones, the independent, nonprofit newsmagazine, has always been about holding those in power accountable for their actions. Since its inception in 1976, this fearless pub has done just that. Remember Mitt Romney’s infamous ‘47 percent‘ video? That was uncovered by David Corn, MoJo’s Washington D.C. bureau chief.

So how can freelancers get their foot in the door at this National Magazine Award-winning pub? Well, it helps to know what the editors are (and aren’t) looking for:

The mag prides itself on strong reporting, so those sending a query need to demonstrate the reporting opportunities and highlight any reporting that has already been done for the story. “I can’t emphasize the reporting bit enough,” explained [senior editor Nick Baumann]. Freelancers should also keep in mind that the editors will judge how well you write based on the pitch — so make sure you nail the voice of the piece in your query. “Just like you want to surprise the reader, you want to surprise us. Surprise the editors,” said Baumann.

To hear more about Mother Jones, including what mistakes to avoid when creating your submission, read: How To Pitch: Mother Jones.

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MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry: Presidential Style Is Not the Business of Politics

If there’s one thing MSNBC host and Tulane professor Melissa Harris-Perry dislikes most about this election, it’s all the talk about the candidates’ style. With headlines like “Mitt Romney Narrows Gaps On Likability And Appearing Presidential,” it’s no wonder the outspoken academic thinks it’s a distraction.

“Whether or not President Obama is cool or whether Mitt Romney is likable, I really do not care,” she told Mediabistro. “I assume that Mitt Romney’s wife loves him and Barack Obama’s wife loves him, and they both can probably tell a funny joke when they want to. I mean, really, who cares about style? Some of our greatest presidents have been absolute dorks, and some of our most horrible presidents have been affable, lovely, engaging human beings. That’s not the business of politics.”

Read more in So What Do You Do, Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC Host and Tulane University Professor?