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Tista Games CEO Aunim Hossain: ‘We Need Writers’

Mediabistro’s Jason Boog is covering the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco, where he met up with Aunim Hossain, CEO of social gaming company Tista Games. Hossain argued that with the worldwide gaming audience of 500,000,000 people expected to triple in the next decade, the demand for writers who can craft compelling narratives will skyrocket.

“Storytelling is the best way of keeping people engaged and keeping them playing,” he argues.

For now, however, it looks like you need a solid programming background to work at Tista–narrative abilities or no. Still, we’ve already seen plenty of prominent Hollywood actors lend their talents to the gaming industry. How long before the best screenwriters start jumping ship?

Mikki Taylor’s Advice for Magazine Editors: ‘Take the Leap Forward’

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Mikki Taylor spent over 30 years at Essence, first in the mag’s fashion and sewing department in the early 80s and most recently as its cover and style director, and she says the key to longevity in publishing is a combination of good ideas, enthusiasm, and a pro-active attitude.

“First, you have to know the territory. You also have to know your gift,” she explained in our Media Beat interview. “Is there room for your gift at the magazine at which you currently work? And, if so, how will you play that forward? And how well are you selling yourself everyday not only in the things that you say but in your actions, in the ideas that you come to the table with. Are you asking yourself ‘what great things am I going to do today?’”

Watch the full video to find out how Taylor found the courage to leave Essence and start her own consultancy, Mikki Taylor Enterprises.

Part 1: Mikki Taylor on Her 30 Years at Essence
Part 2: Mikki Taylor: Michelle Obama Brings ‘Sophistication’ to American Style

How Brad Goreski Got an Internship at Vogue

Brad Goreski wasn’t always the beacon of style he is today. In our Media Beat interview, the star of It’s a Brad, Brad World revealed that he had to overcome a lack of access (he’s originally from a tiny town in Canada) and the doubts of others to climb to the top. One college career counselor, in particular, was quite taken aback by a young Goreski’s outsize ambition.

“She’s like, ‘Okay, so what do you wanna do?’ And I’m like, ‘I’m gonna get an internship at Vogue in New York.’ And she was like, ‘Excuse me?’ And I’m like, ‘I’m gonna get an internship at Vogue. Is that possible for me to get credit and go to New York?’ And she was like, ‘If you get the internship…’ And I was like, ‘Okay!’” Goreski told us. “And I came back later with all my paperwork, and she was like, ‘Are you really going to New York?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah! I’m going to work at Vogue!’”

Now, with a hit show on Bravo and Born to Be Brad: My Life in Style So Far due in bookstores in March, the taste maker credits those early work experiences for his success.

“Internships are so instrumental but, not only do you need to get them, you need to work at them,” he said.

Part 1: Breakout Styling Star Brad Goreski Takes Us Inside His Brad, Brad World
Part 2: Brad Goreski on His Falling Out with Rachel Zoe

‘Forbes Columnist’ Needs Willing Slave

This was sent to us by Howard Stier just before it was flagged for removal.

Let’s remember a “Forbes Columnist” is actually a former True/Slant blogger.

FORBES COLUMNIST SEEKS EDITORIAL INTERN (Hancock Park)

Date: 2011-07-05, 11:53PM PDT
Reply to: gigs-8afuw-2479386622@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


I am seeking talented, well-trained, hard-working, and intrepid journalists, either in or fresh out of Journalism school, or equivalent, who know how to write and research on very tight deadlines. Knowledge of PhotoShop, HTML, Search Engine Optimization, WordPress, public policy issues and financial markets are all a plus, but these are not requirements. You can start immediately and will need to work at least 15 hours a week out of my Hancock Park office.

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New York Times Company Looking for Bunch of Bay Area Hires

When you think of the New York Times media empire, the Sonoma County seat of Santa Rosa, California is not usually the first place that comes to mind.

But today, in Mediabistro.com’s very own job listings, there are—count ‘em–eight different open positions being advertised in connection with NYT properties located in Natalie Wood‘s hometown. One is that of a weekly newspaper reporter with the North Bay Journal, while the other seven opportunities are all at the venerable Press Democrat. The 114-year-old daily has most definitely embraced the 21st century; among its current needs are an SEO/SEM Specialist and an SMO Specialist:

SMO Specialist duties include: ensuring all social media strategies and initiatives are in line with overall client marketing plan/objectives; contribute to social media collateral; stay current with all social media industry developments and best practices.

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Time Out To Launch National Web Network

Time Out may have just laid off a bunch of staff members from its New York office, but, according to the New York Post, the magazine is still apparently going ahead with plans to launch upwards of 10 digital mags in cities across the U.S. in the next 18 months. LA is, of course, one of those cities. Which you would know, dear Fishbowl reader, since we posted a job listing for a new Time Out Los Angeles web editor last month. And that may not be the only job to open up in the near future.

“We’re not going to be opening big prestigious offices, but we will be hiring,” Time Out founder Tony Elliott told the Post.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Apply For Sundance Institute’s Director of Media Relations Gig

The Sundance Institute is looking for a new director of media relations, a job that kind of speaks for itself. However, if you need a little extra encouragement to send that application in, here are three reasons why we think this job is so desirable.

1. You get to be a part of an outstanding non-profit. Art makes the world go ’round, and by working with this group, you’ll be helping independent artists get their groundbreaking work to the masses without commercial or political pressures.

2. You get to travel. If your passport is filled with stamps, this may be the perfect gig for you. You’ll be working long days and weeks, but jet-setting will be a part of your job. For some, that’s an ideal situation. Read more

Craigslist Ad: ‘Possible Compensation for Acquired Jobs Will Be Discussed’

I think we have a new euphemism for intern, folks. “Possible compensation for acquired jobs will be discussed.” Thank you Fidel Films for giving us a lot of words to maybe acquire possible compensation discussions…something.

Full ad below:

PRODUCTION COMPANY SEEKING COPYWRITER INTERN (BELAIR)


Date: 2011-06-02, 1:15PM PDT
Reply to: job-5jmzx-2417332990@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


PRODUCTION COMPANY SEEKING COPYWRITER INTERN

Fidel Films is currently seeking motivated and ambitious copywriter to join
our team.

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Time Out Los Angeles Seeks City-Savvy Website Editor

If you know where all the real L.A. hotspots are (i.e. places that haven’t been featured on The Hills) here’s a job for you. Time Out is looking for an editor to launch its Los Angeles website.

You’ll be responsible for having your finger on the pulse of the arts and entertainment scene, covering everything from music and theater to restaurants and bars. You’ll oversee the day-to-day operations of the site, while managing a small staff. Of course, you’ll also assign, write and edit packages, and coordinate with Time Out New York on North American editorial initiatives.

To land the gig, you’ll need three to five years of experience in the digital space, along with experience managing a staff. You should be passionate about L.A. culture, but also know your way around CMS, SEO best practices, social networking and HTML. Familiarity with analytics tools will go a long way, too. Interested? Apply here.

For more openings and employment news, follow The Job Post on Twitter @MBJobPost.

Jorge Cruise Is Looking to Beef Up His Staff

Best-selling author Jorge Cruise is looking to hire a fitness professional, who is as much of a whiz with words as he or she is with nutrition. Casual gym-goers need not apply.

Cruise, the author of The Belly Fat Cure is searching for someone who’s passionate about healthy living and can translate that energy and knowledge into the written word. You should be able to write in Cruise’s voice and style, and be open to creating TV segments for him, too.

To land the gig, you’ll need demonstrated experience in writing, diet and fitness, with a background in direct marketing. A solid understanding of social media is another must-have. You’re going to need to back up your lifestyle claims with photos and/or links to social media profiles, so be prepared. Interested? Apply here.

For more openings and employment news, follow The Job Post on Twitter @MBJobPost.

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