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So What Do You Do, Noah Rosenberg, Founder, CEO and EIC of Narratively?

Noah-Rosenberg-Article If there’s anything you should get from Noah Rosenberg‘s story, it’s that you should probably keep a notebook next to your bed — the brilliant thought that strikes you just before shut-eye could very well turn into a viable business. In Rosenberg’s case, his feverish, middle-of-the-night scribblings became Narratively, a multimedia platform dedicated to the human interest, slow-burn storytelling he’d always had a passion for and feared would disappear along with shrinking newsroom resources. He still has that notebook, by the way.

Narratively recently celebrated its two-year anniversary and so much has been accomplished since it first appeared on the Web. The site was placed on Time‘s “50 Best Websites of 2013″ within a year of its launch, its contributors have been approached for book deals, iconic pieces like “The Secret Life of a Manhattan Doorman” have attracted Hollywood’s attention, brands reach out to members of Narratively’s network of about 1,000 freelancers for high-quality content production, and people around the globe continue to flock to Narratively to read and watch its original content.

And of course Rosenberg is brimming with more and more ideas to tap into an even broader audience. Think spinoff sites like Narratively [Insert Name of Major City Here], Narratively Sports, Narratively Tech, or Narratively Food; iPhone and Android apps; Narratively Film Studios; a book; and more. “I think because of our ability to find these stories in unlikely places and to really tell these stories in a beautiful, meaningful way, we’re finding this wealth of opportunity, and we’re really excited about what the future will hold.” Rosenberg chats with Mediabistro about his on-the-job journalism training, Narratively’s beginnings and his plans for expansion.

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Narratively Seeks New York-Centric Stories

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Narratively, the year-old website dedicated to New York stories, is the antithesis of the fast-paced, twitter-obsessed, homogeneous content that now pervades many online pubs. It was recently included in Time’s “50 Best Websites 2013” and boasts over 100,000 monthly visitors.

The site is committed to long form journalism and to stories that are under the radar. With 100 percent of its content coming from freelancers, storytellers of all forms of media are welcome to pitch:

The site’s tagline, “Local stories, boldly told,” is an apt description. Of the concept, editorial director Brendan Spiegel says, “We were all writers and photographers and reporters in New York who were interested in telling local, in-depth stories — human-interest stories; profiles of colorful characters, people and neighborhoods. The kind of thing that you don’t really see anymore now that newspaper metro sections are shrinking, and there’s not a lot of high-quality local journalism anymore.”

For editors’ contact info and pitching etiquette, read: How To Pitch: Narratively.

– Aneya Fernando

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Long-Form Journalism Site Narrative.ly Nears One-Year Anniversary

Launched out of Fort Greene last September, narrative.ly is the subject this week of a solid profile piece by Melissa Goldin for the Courier Life.

Goldin spoke with the long-form journalism site’s founder/EIC Noah Rosenberg and managing editor Brendan Spiegel to get a sense of where things stand for the Libyan-domain parked enterprise. Rosenberg launched it after earning an entrepreneurial journalism certificate from City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism:

Each week, the site chooses a theme, such as “Summer in the City” or “The Upper Crust” [or this week's "Meet Your Maker"]. Five stories are published each week — one per day — and range from the tale of a gay male escort meeting his first female client to gentrification in Crown Heights…

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