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West Hollywood Entrepreneur Launches

Many Southern California bastions of journalism, movie making and other media fields rely heavily on the blood, sweat and – yes, sometimes – tears of interns. But 24-year-old West Hollywood entrepreneur Talan Torriero (pictured) is hoping to speed the progress of a 21st century free labor twist: the virtual intern.

His brand new site has initial employer listing fees ranging from $49.00 to $87.00 and he is about to start officially approaching area colleges and universities. Job seekers are not charged, and Torriero adds that if an employer reading this article wants to give the operation a whirl, they can enter the code “FishbowlLA” for a free 30-day trial.

“In the last four years, I have had the opportunity to intern at some pretty incredible places, from Warner Bros. Records to Akiva Goldsman‘s production company,” Torriero tells FishbowlLA via email. “After that, I got the social media bug and decided to switch gears career-wise. I enrolled online at the University of San Francisco and got an internship at”

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‘Flying Pig’ Food Truck Mulls Legal Action Against Porn Company

Squid Ink‘s Elina Shatkin reports a rather bizarre story about LA’s Flying Pig food truck and its battle with porn company Cal Vista Pictures–who’s using the truck as a backdrop for a Ron Jeremy film. According to Shatkin, truck owner Joe Kim is mulling legal action against the company, not because the truck is featured in the backdrop, but because the title of the film is “The Flying Pink Pig.” Not exactly the type of thing a food truck wants popping up on Google searches after just being featured on Oprah. The crew is also in the process of opening a restaurant in Little Tokyo.

Said Kim: “I think these guys really wanted to take advantage of us. Not really telling us but really taking advantage of our name.”

Kim is trying to get Cal Vista to remove the Flying Pig imagery before the film is released later this month.

Meanwhile, Kim tells Eater LA he never spoke producers of the film before the shooting, but he was lead to believe by a former employee that truck was being used for a “romantic film.”

The Barry Diller Content Farm Song

At this point, what’s left to say? The recent news, via Ad Age, that Barry Diller majority-owned IAC has joined the content farm fray with something called The Writers Network is just one more reason for Southern California scribes to wave the tattered, bed sheet white flag.

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Those Pesky CAPTCHAs Just Keep Getting Harder

But if it keeps the SPAMbots at bay, then it’s worth the trouble.

From the contact page of the Guy Abbott‘s website Geee.

Email DON’TS

Matthew Inman of the Oatmeal has chronicled the most egregious of email sins. All guaranteed to lose you friends and IT department support, so cut it out.

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Working From Home

Freelancers know better than anyone that as liberating as working from home can, things can turn ugly quick. Web designer Matthew Inman has done enough freelancing to demonstrate the highs and lows in this comic from his website



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The Truth About Freelancing

Are Female Freelancers Shooting Themselves In The Foot?

The Awl has posted a sampling of online submissions they’ve received from freelancers – and it illustrates a strong contrast between how men and women often pitch their work:

The emails from men are pretty direct. The emails from women are often kind of… apologetic!

Inquiry letter from a man:

“Do you take pitches? Should I just write something and send it? Do I have to tickle the balls? I want to write for the awl, dammit.”

Inquiry letter from a woman:

“As an long-time admirer of your site (and non-too-frequent registered commenter), I’ve been too shy to pitch as I’ve never felt like my work measured up to your fine standards.”

Inquiry letter from a man:

“Can you offer a word of advice regarding how submissions work, desired timetables, what you like the pitches to look like, and so forth?”

Inquiry letter from a woman:

“I’m sure I’m going about this all wrong, but I couldn’t find any sort of submission area on the site. What I’m wondering is, how does one go about becoming a contributor to The Awl?”

Offers of sexual favors excluded, we’re pretty sure being direct and confident sells a story better than being apologetic and self-deprecating. Journalism is very much a male-dominated field. Are we ladies helping to keep it that way by selling ourselves short?

The Design Police Are Watching You

In this era of media downsizing, layoffs, and outsourcing, it’s nice to know someone is still paying attention.


Download your own Visual Enforcement Kit here.

Cartoon by Shannon Wheeler


Shannon Wheeler‘s cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker, The Onion, and an assortment of college newspapers. View more of Wheeler’s work at his official website.