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Learn How to Build, Code and Design Websites

If you asked us to recommend an important skill to have this year, website design would be near the top. Luckily, Mediabistro offers two courses with top-notch teachers that will help you achieve this skill.

HTML and CSSIn our HTML and CSS class starting January 22 online, instructor Laura Galbraith, an experienced web designer, will show you how to build or improve a website using coding (HTML) and cascading style sheets (CSS). By the end of class, you’ll have HTML5 experience as well as sample work. Spots are limited, so sign up soon.

 

Create Your Own Website Using WordPressYou can build an incredible website without coding experience. Join our Create Your Own Website Using WordPress class starting January 23 online. Instructor Sallie Goetsch has been building on WordPress since 2005. You’ll leave this class with a live website that you can maintain on your own. Spots are limited, so sign up soon.


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Marina del Rey Marriott Hosts Three Days of Mediabistro Curated Knowledge

There’s still time to register at a discount for a pair of events being staged next week at the Marina del Rey Marriott by Mediabistro blogs Social Times and AllFacebook together with our parent company WebMediaBrands.

On Wednesday December 12, speakers at the Social Curation Summit will include Storify co-founder Burt Herman, StumbleUpon head of product monetization Jack Krawzwyk and Pinfluencer CEO Sharad Verma. The list of panelists is equally impressive for the Social Gaming & Gambling Summit, set to follow December 13-14 at the same venue. To name just a few: RockYou COO Josh Grant, Adobe’s group product marketing manager for gaming solutions Diane Helander and head of games & Apps for Facebook global vertical marketing Niranjan Nagar.

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Ken Burns: My First Big Break

When you hear a letter written by Thomas Jefferson being read by actor Sam Waterston or see a photograph showing the intensity in the eyes of a Civil War soldier, you know you’re watching a Ken Burns documentary.

In this episode of My First Big Break, the iconic filmmaker tells the MediabistroTV crew how he channeled his feelings of humiliation into his first masterpiece on the Brooklyn Bridge and reveals how his mother’s death sparked his need to bring the dead back to life, shaping the style we know today as the “Ken Burns Effect.”

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Get Up To $1.75 per Word at Worth

A successful pitch to Worth will land your piece in front of a highly exclusive audience: Only select readers with a minimum net worth of $5 million are invited to subscribe. The pub is also available on newsstands with its book-quality paper and elegant graphic design for $18.95 a copy. Though the mag has been around for 20 years, it recently underwent a reinvention, shifting its focus away from trusts and estates to a younger, more entrepreneurial set.

“I’d say [Worth] is much more about stories than before, and we’re always looking for great profiles and Q&As on people who are under the radar but doing interesting things, as well as extraordinary luxe items and experiences,” said managing editor Emily DeNitto.

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

Tanika Ray on the Good, Bad and Ugly of Hollywood Reporting

Tanika Ray went from performing with the stars as an actress and dancer to interviewing them on the red carpet. In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? series, Ray talks about the pitfalls of covering entertainment news and how her career is far from glamorous.

“I actually witnessed somebody in the office cheering when something unfortunate happened to a celebrity,” she said. “You lose sight of what is real when you live everyday like ‘gotta get the big story, gotta get the big story.’”

Though her unconventional career may seem fabulous, it’s all an illusion, says Ray. “It’s very glamorous to the outsider, never to the person who has to trek around Los Angeles in their own car, make sure their makeup’s OK, go from one shoot to the other and manage everyone’s expectations.”

Read more in So What Do You Do, Tanika Ray, Red Carpet Reporter and Host of The CW’s Oh, Sit!?

The Knot Wants Your Summer Wedding Stories

One of the ripest areas for freelance pitches at The Knot is the “Real Weddings” section. So, if you found yourself being dragged to yet another ceremony this summer, at least you can turn it into a feature byline worth up to $1/word. “We’re really interested in real couples’ stories,” said executive editor Rebecca Dolgin, “right down to the centerpieces and how they personalized the program.”

Besides pitching the national print mag, The Knot is also open to ideas for its regional pubs and website, which gets 3 million uniques a month. And if you want to avoid the slush pile, make sure to familiarize yourself with the community: “Their voice is really infused in our content across the platform,” said Dolgin.

Read more in How To Pitch: The Knot. [subscription required]

LA Social Curation Summit: Early-Bird Registration Ends TODAY

On December 12, Mediabistro’s parent company WebMediaBrands will be hosting an all-day Social Curation Summit at the Marina del Rey Marriott. Scheduled events include a morning keynote by magnify.net CEO Steve Rosenbaum and panels moderated by our blog network colleagues Jason Boog (Galley Cat, App Newser) and Devon Glenn (Social Times).

Though the event is still a few months away, today is the deadline for getting a huge discount on the registration fee. Anyone signing up for the Summit by midnight ET tonight will pay just $129 rather than $449. That’s a savings of $320!

Other participants include: Evan Bailyn, founder of First Page Sage; Dave Copps, CEO of Pure Discovery; Burt Herman, co-founder of Storify; and Ramy Adeeb, founder/CEO of snip.it:

Snip.it allows users to easily “snip” content – videos, images, and articles – and share your opinions with the world. Before founding Snip.it, Ramy was a principal at Khosla Ventures, working closely with the legendary investors Vinod Khosla and Pierre Lamond. There, he worked on a number of investments including Square, Groupme (acquired by Skype), and Ness Technologies where he is currently an advisor.

The event is also designed to allow for networking during coffee breaks, lunch and an early evening cocktail reception. To learn more about early-bird registration, click here.

A Cultural Renaissance Looks South

Lindsay Bierman, editor-in-chief of Southern Living, says we’re in the midst of a southern renaissance that has brought sweet tea and red velvet ice cream to those above the Mason-Dixon Line. The lifestyle mag draws a wide readership from all over the country, and that goes for freelancers too. As long as your pitch has a southern connection, you could land a byline in the pub.

The magazine has recently undergone some slight changes, though it has been covering the same topics throughout its 56 years of history. “We’ve refined our look and honed our voice, and we’re continuing to make sure that we are staying true to our mission of being a true service book that has actionable content from cover to cover,” said Bierman. “It’s not just a dream book or an aspirational magazine.”

For more tips on what to pitch, check out How To Pitch: Southern Living. [subscription required]

This Mag is Looking for Food Writers

If you have some professional cooking experience, or a lot of food writing experience, Plate is looking for your take on grub. This trade magazine boasts a readership of professional chefs and highly educated foodies, but its glossy photos make it look like newsstand fare rather than your typical trade pub.

“We make sure to talk to industry leaders and up-and-coming chefs around the country, and make their exchange of information the focus of the magazine,” said editor Chandra Ram. “You won’t find holiday cooking or dining information here; you will find timely, fun and exciting food discussion by people who are passionate about food.”

For more information on what to pitch, read How To Pitch: Plate.

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Bookworms: Mediabistro Party in Los Angeles

From our friends over at GalleyCat:

Want to talk about books or make some literary friends in Los Angeles?

If you live in the Los Angeles area, we can help you answer all those questions. You should join us for our Cocktails in Los Angeles party at Whiskey Blue in the W Hotel on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT).

Follow this link to RSVP. The party will be hosted by Write On Online‘s Debra Eckerling and GalleyCat editor Jason Boog. It is a great way to meet new friends, network with media professionals or tell this GalleyCat editor about your favorite book.

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