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Tiffany Shlain on Creating The Webby Awards From Scratch

TiffanyShlainTiffany Shlain is an award-winning filmmaker with one of the most watched shows on AOL On Originals, The Future Starts Here. The program focuses on the fusion of culture and technology, a topic which she is especially passionate about.

Shlain also happens to be the creator of the Webby awards. She had just graduated from UC Berkeley and was working with Sting on his new album when she got the gig:

I came back to San Francisco and I was given the opportunity to create the Webby Awards from scratch. They had no budget, and I said, “I know how to do things with no budget! I’m a filmmaker!” So we created the Webby Awards in the early days of the Web, which was very exciting. We used to make a lot of films about how technology was changing our lives, and those films would kick off our show for the Webbys.

To hear more from Shlain, including her advice for aspiring filmmakers, read: So What Do You Do, Tiffany Shlain, Filmmaker And Creator Of The Webby Awards?

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Find Your Niche At This Science-Driven Beauty Site

YouBeautyYouBeauty.com is not your average beauty website. Yes, you’ll hear about the latest mascara, but you’ll also read about scientific studies and take quizzes straight from universities and research institutions.

Writers can land up to $1 a word here, provided they have strong writing and reporting chops. So how can a freelancer get a foot in the door? Writers should start by researching the site and then zeroing in on a niche:

With research and science at the core of YouBeauty’s content, high-quality reporting and writing is paramount. As such, editors generally work with writers who have previous experience covering topics on one of the site’s existing channels. “We really want people who specialize in their different segments because we get in depth,” said editor-in-chief Laura Kenney. “So it helps for someone to come in who has a [specialty] that they’re very confident in writing about and then pitching us in-depth stories for that vertical.”

To hear more advice on how to get published, including editors contact info, read: How To Pitch: YouBeauty.com.

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Thrillist Media Group Celebrates Launch of New Site

Thrillist Media Group has a new name to their roster of websites: Supercompressor.com. This consumer-focused men’s lifestyle site celebrated its launch last week to much fanfare at the Classic Car Club in New York. The event was sponsored by Dewar’s Scotch and Microsoft Surface.

Supercompressor is dedicated to all things manly — with sections including “Gear,” “Tech,” “Rides” and “Vice.” The editors proclaim that their site “exclusively covers the coolest stuff that money can buy. We understand that your time and cash are precious, which is why we solemnly swear to never waste either.”

MediabistroTV toured the offices of Thrillist for our Cubes series. Check it out here:

WSJ Tunes In Rising YouTube Stars

Very few people can point simultaneously to crowds of adoring teenage girls and a pointillist portrait in the Wall Street Journal. But that’s the case for Anthony Quintal (a.k.a. LOHANTHONY), the 14-year-old YouTube diary star who crowns WSJ LA-based film reporter Erich Schwartzel‘s look at the recent VidCon conference in Anaheim.

There’s also Lindsey Stirling, proof that disqualification from America’s Got Talent can be the beginning rather than the end; Nick Pitera, a one-man-falsetto-band who did a number on Les Miserables; and many teenage aspirants hoping to follow in these digital footsteps:

The preponderance of attendees were casual users like Owen and Elliott Desai, 17-year-old identical twin brothers from Minnesota breaking into their first VidCon with 250 business cards printed with their senior picture on it.

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NYT Freelancer Shines a Positive Light on Detroit

In the bankrupt Motor City, a traditional journalist is doing her part to show the world there remains a lot more to the area than bad economic news.

Jennifer Conlin, 51, grew up in Ann Arbor and during her college days, spent a lot of time in Detroit. After 20 years living abroad in various cities with her AP-employed husband, she came back to Michigan with their three children in 2010. During that time, she had become a regular freelance contributor to the New York Times and upon her return, the paper started sending her to Detroit quite a bit for assignments.

Three years later, per a feature interview by Concentrate, Conlin is tooling around the area for another reason: CriticCar, a digital start-up funded by a $100,000 Knight Foundation grant. The idea is to record, at various arts events, the impressions and criticisms of John Q. Public:

Conlin says the idea was partly motivated by a desire to provide more positive and diverse local media coverage. “You can’t even watch television in Detroit any more, especially with the bankruptcy now, because it focuses on crime so much,” she says. “You just see black kids in hoodies who have robbed a bank or broken into a car.”

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Larry King Now Also POLITICKING

Did you know that Larry King has two shows on the Ora.tv network? He continues to do his weekday half-hour chat program Larry King Now. And since the beginning of June, King is also chairing a separate weekly half-hour politics-focused conversation called POLITICKING with Larry King.

Both programs are being offered through Hulu, and since the start of POLITICKING King has welcomed various media figures including Greta Van Susteren, CNN’s Jessica Yellin and POLITICO deputy managing editor Rachel Smolkin.

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Vibe Vixen Is Wide Open to New Writers

Vibe Vixen

One of the few magazines that have authentically represented the interests and lifestyles of black and brown women, the now-digital Vibe Vixen speaks to the legions of book-and-street smart 20- and 30-somethings.

With a big digital revamp looking at a fall 2013 debut, the pub needs good writers now more than ever. “Once I get a writer who works well with me, I’ll take all of their pitches. But right now, I’m passing on a lot of them. We’re looking for fresh voices and people who’ve done this,” said editor Shanel Odum.

Wanna know what Odum really wants in content? Read How To Pitch: Vibe Vixen.

Sherry Yuan

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Inspire Fashionistas at LuckyMag.com

LuckyMag.comLucky prides itself for bringing the shop-ability factor to fashion; every single item in the magazine and on its website is available to purchase from the moment it’s featured. And in addition to a focus on “what to buy” and “where to buy it,” Luckymag.com is all about “how to wear it,” but with the type of laid-back, sister-to-sister advice you’d get from your best girlfriend.

Executive digital editor Verena von Pfetten says she regards the Lucky girl “as smart or smarter” than the mag’s in-house team. “She knows what she likes; she knows her style. We’re certainly not talking down to her. We’re just taking the resources that we have, which is a huge market team and a team of editors and the fact that this is what we do all day every day, and trying to make our readers’ life easier.”

With that in mind, freelancers are more than welcome to pitch creative ideas. For writers guidelines and editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch: LuckyMag.com.

Sherry Yuan

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Connect with Parents at The Bump

The Bump

Journos covering anything related to parenthood can land a byline at The Bump, one-third of XO Group’s life stage publications (The Knot, The Nest). The pub, named a top women’s website by Forbes, is all about helping the blushing brides and grooms from The Knot prepare for the joyous roller coaster ride of pregnancy and babyhood.

“Our readers are very smart and they don’t want to be talked down to, so we may address similar topics as other magazines but our voice is very unique. It’s conversational, sometimes humorous, sometimes a little snarky or with a little attitude,” explained Elena Mauer, deputy editor of the site. “We don’t believe in TMI but we don’t sugarcoat things.”

With that in mind, freelancers are welcome to think creatively about all of the info new moms (and dads) need as they embark on parenthood. For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch: The Bump.

Sherry Yuan

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Pitch Your Tech Culture Ideas to Wired.com

Wired.comAccording to its website, Wired is “the first word on how ideas and innovation are changing the world.” And, as lauded as the print pub is, Wired.com has its own share of accolades. In 2009, it scored both a Best Magazine Website honor by AdWeek and a Best News, Business & Finance Website distinction by MPA Digital. It was also a 2011 finalist for the National Magazine Award for Digital Media General Excellence.

With headlines like, “This Wacky Web Browser Works Like an Ouija Board” and “Google Glass is Great for Toddlers. Seriously,” the content attracts tech junkies and journos alike. Good news, freelancers: the editors at Wired.com are open to pitches for all of its sections.

For pitching etiquette and editor’s contact info, read How To Pitch: Wired.com.

Sherry Yuan

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