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Pitch Your “Parental Confessions” to Babble.com

An honest, unglamorous portrayal of parenthood is rare in parenting glossies, but that is exactly what Babble.com is looking for in its pitches.

Dedicated to telling “the truth about parenting,” Babble wants stories that are real, no matter how good, bad or messy.  So, cut the cute and stick to the truth when pitching.

If you’re an unknown freelancer, the personal essay is your best shot at getting published, said Jack Murnighan, director of analytics and content strategy. Aim for 750- to 1,200-word “interesting first-person stories coming from the trenches of parenthood.”

For contact info, plus details on pay rate and lead time, read How To Pitch: Babble.com. [subscription required]

Andrea Hackett

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On The Menu: Babble.com Founder Griscom Talks Parenting, and Making Content For Parents

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Babies and parenting took over the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast this morning, as hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcomed Babble.com founder Rufus Griscom to talk about the future of parenting media.

Rufus talked about Babble’s growth in the three years since its launch, including an incredible boost in traffic in the last year. He attributed that to the site’s recent focus on tools, like the baby name tool.

“We’re probably the only parenting site that even attempts to do any real journalism,” Rufus added. “That actually publishes great writers and writes about people’s personal experiences [and] covers the news — news related to parenting whether it’s science, celebrity, product related…But in addition to that, we’re very focused on tools.”

Thanks to its rapid growth and respect within the parenting community, Babble has managed to survive and thrive during the current economic recession, even as parenting magazines like Cookie, which compete for the same advertisers as Babble, have folded.

“In the long run, the erosion of the print industry is good for us,” he said. “We’ve seen that already in terms of talent. We’ve interviewed, and in fact we just hired a wonderful editor, a new exec editor who came to us from Cookie. So in terms of talent, both with writers and editors…there is a lot of good talent out there because print is having such a tough time.”

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Former Onion CEO Joins Nerve.com

sean2.jpgSean Mills, who joined The Onion in 2002 and eventually became president of the satirical paper, left to become CEO of Nerve.com. He started last week at the site. Nerve.com will look to downplay nudity as it repositions itself as an “[online] environment that’s a lot better for more conservative companies,” the new head told BusinessWeek‘s Jon Fine.

Rufus Griscom, who founded parent company Nerve Media, currently spends his days working on parenting site Babble.com.

Nerve.com’s editor-in-chief position has been open since Will Doig left to join Tina Brown at The Daily Beast in October.