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Ladies! Get Tips on Pitching Stories from Some Pros

As we all know, there’s a dearth of female bylines among the biggest publications. While there have been a variety of explanations for why that is, one thing that keeps coming up is that those titles just don’t see that many pitches from women. Well ladies, you’re in luck. A panel of pros wants to help you out.

On May 29 at Public Assembly in Williamsburg, a decorated group including Evan Ratliff, founder of The Atavist; Carolyn Ryan, Metro editor of The New York Times; Jessica Pressler, contributing editor to New York and Katherine Lanpher, an award-winning print and broadcast journalist, will be discussing the best techniques for pitching ideas.

The event — “Throw Like a Girl: Pitching the Hell Out of Your Stories” — is being put together by Her Girl Friday, and will be moderated by Amy O’Leary, a reporter with The New York Times. It’s also free, so you have no excuses. Oh, and there’s a “boozy mixer” afterward, so there’ll be plenty of time for shotgunning PBRs when the panel is finished. No need to get too liquored up while everyone is talking.

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Meet The Atavist, the New App for Long-Form Journalism

“The Web is good at creating short and snappy bits of information, but not so much when it comes to long-form, edited, fact-and-spell-checked work,” said Nicholas Thompson, former senior editor at Wired (and current senior editor of The New Yorker).

So true. This sentiment prompted Thompson and Wired freelancer Evan Ratliff to collaborate with programmer and Web designer Jefferson Rabb to come up with The Atavist, an app which offers both clean text and multimedia for long-form journalism on the web.

Readers who buy an article from The Atavist for the iPad, according to David Carr at the New York Times, can begin reading a piece at home, then switch to an audio version on their drive to work. Useful! Since its debut, The Atavist has published three long pieces and has had over 40,000 downloads of its app. At the moment, an article costs $2.99 for the iPad and $1.99 for the Kindle or Nook. The Atavist is also looking to scale their approach to nonfiction books.

Moreover, instead of being developed far away in some anonymous garage in Silicon Valley, Carr points out that The Atavist was conceived “in bars up and down Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.” Now if that won’t sell you on it, nothing will.