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Archives: September 2013

Karla Zabludovsky Departs NYT for Newsweek

After linking this afternoon on Twitter to Capital New York reporter Joe Pompeo‘s summary of the first round of staff hires at the “new” Newsweek, here’s how New York Times Mexico City-based reporter Karla Zabludovsky further framed it:

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Zabludovsky is the magazine’s new Latin America correspondent. According to Pompeo, she is just one of several impressive hires. Also enlisted to help revive the brand-name newsweekly are Alexander Nazaryan, coming over from The Atlantic Wire to cover culture and science, and two more:

Newsweek‘s new international editor, Capital has learned, is Nicholas Wapshott, a veteran British journalist who’s held top positions at The Times of London in addition to a role as a contributing columnist at Reuters.

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How to Pick the Right Market for Your Writing

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Nowadays, there are a plethora of pubs for a writer to send submissions to. Thousands of blogs, online magazines, newspapers, literary reviews, the list goes on. You may feel the urge to pitch them all, but it’s important to stop and think about your audience beforehand.

In the latest Mediabistro feature, veteran freelancers give their advice on picking the best market for your work. One main factor a freelancer should consider? Print vs. digital:

When considering whether to submit your work to online or print markets, there are a few key pros and cons for each. Koa Beck, editor-in-chief of Mommyish.com, says that “digital often doesn’t pay as well as print, but you can respond to a current event in a super timely manner and have it go viral… if it resonates with people.” Although print does generally pay more, writing for print is a double-edged sword. Travel writer Susan Barnes states, “I have found for the most part that print pays more, but then again, that market is diminishing.” If you’re a new writer, it can be helpful to bolster your resume by getting published online before jumping into the more competitive world of print. Many popular magazines have online counterparts that are largely fed by the work of new freelancers as well.

To get more tips on how to pick the right market for you, read: Finding the Right Market for Your Work.

– Aneya Fernando

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BuzzFeed UK Snares Media Editor

PatrickSmithTwitterProfilePicThe Drum‘s Stephen Lepitak was one of the first to the news today that after three years with UK site themediabriefing.com, Patrick Smith is heading over to BuzzFeed UK as media editor starting next month. Smith will remain based in London.

The move comes, appropriately enough, not long after Smith wrote a piece about BuzzFeed hitting profitability. From Lepitak’s item:

Smith, a former reporter for Press Gazette, joined as editor of website themediabriefing.com in August 2010, while also serving as a visiting lecturer to City University London during that period where he taught digital journalism skills. At the time of writing, it was unclear whether a successor would be appointed.

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‘The Fat Jew’ Turns NYC Subway Platform Into Bikram Yoga Studio

Those familiar with The Crosby Press, an NYC digital magazine for “guys like us,” are aware that in this case “The Fat Jew” refers to a trusted website contributor and occasional TV talking head. The rest of you, click the embedded link or simply consider that the individual in question, under that moniker, currently has upwards of 125,000 Twitter followers.

In the video below, TFJ proves that an August New York heatwave can turn a subway platform into the perfect, temperate place for Bikram yoga. The funniest part of the footage is how the person who happened upon the weird scene can be heard chuckling.

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New York’s The Cut Adds Beauty Editor

Kathleen Hou has been named beauty editor of New York’s fashion/lifestyle blog The Cut. Hou will oversee all trend pieces, news, and product reviews that fall under the beauty umbrella.

Hou was most recently the beauty and wellness editor at The Upswing. She was also a fashion and beauty contributor to Fashionista.com.

Hou’s appointment is effective immediately.

The Gossip Table Returns with Some Simon Cowell News

On this morning’s season debut of VH1′s live daily gossip program, New York Daily News reporter Marianne Garvey proudly noted that her paper has broken most of the news about Simon Cowell‘s love child. She went on to discuss the fact that Cowell is set to soon meet the other son of mother Lauren Silverman, seven-year-old Adam.

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Answers Questions About Its Metered Paywall

PostGazetteLogoThe paper flips the switch tomorrow, October 1. For subscribers and non-subscribers, everything they need to know about the new online access rules can be found in a well-presented FAQ.

Can readers share their username and password with friends and family? No. Is the paper following the lead of other publications and exempting articles accessed via Twitter and Facebook from a non-subscriber’s monthly max-view-count of 10 articles? Absolutely. And so on.

An online-only subscription cost $9.95 per month; print subscribers get full digital access at no extra charge. Pittsburgh City Paper editor Chris Potter recently chatted with Post-Gazette president Joseph Pepe, who outlined some content exceptions:

Pepe notes that other forms of content will be free: The paper will not charge for obituaries, classified sections and some other features. Readers will also still be able to view the paper’s main page and section pages, where headlines and brief story synopses are displayed.

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The Name of this Q&A is Bond… James, Bond

SoloBookCoverTo promote his new Bond series novel Solo, author William Boyd was granted some delightful space over the weekend in The Guardian. The newspaper published Boyd’s imagined encounter with Bond in 1969-era London as well as a sidebar Q&A.

In the former, Boyd heads to a Chelsea address and ponders, upon first encountering the 45-year-old licensed killer, whether 007 does indeed resemble American singer Hoagy Carmichael. In the latter, Bond answers a number of intriguing questions, including:

Who would play you in the film of your life?

A combination of Tyrone Power and Errol Flynn.

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Ellen Carucci Named Publisher of Organic Gardening

Ellen Carucci has been named publisher of Organic Gardening. Carucci comes to the magazine from Modern Farmer, where she served as launch publisher. She was previously associate publisher at Vogue and advertising director at GQ.

“As an extremely well-respected thought leader in the publishing world, Ellen will bring a new perspective and approach to the robust organic genre,” said Chris Lambiase, senior VP, group publisher, in a statement. “We have a fresh opportunity to show the media community that the time has come to not just aspire to an organic lifestyle, but to live it every day.”

Carucci’s appointment is effective immediately.

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