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Posts Tagged ‘Fast Company’

‘Data Ninjas’ Help Vocativ Journalists Mine the Deep Web

Getting to the bottom of the “unindexed, un-Google-able Web” (a.k.a. deep Web) is a time-consuming, multilingual operation. To support the efforts of journalists in that direction at Vocativ, the company relies on a half-dozen specialists it likes to call “data ninjas.”

That tidbit and several others can be found in Fast Company writer Neal Ungerleider‘s fascinating look at the two-year-old digital news agency. The company is headed by Scott Cohen, formerly digital executive editor of the New York Daily News:

Cohen says that the six “ninja” analysts currently at the company work with journalists on a 1.5:1 or 2:1 ratio, and he emphasizes the analysts’ multilingual background. At the moment, Vocativ’s analysts speak Arabic, English, French, Hebrew, Mandarin, Persian, Russian and “even a bit of Hausa.”

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Former LA Times Tech Reporter Bets on Lighthaus

David Sarno is ready to roll up his sleeves. Per a nifty item in Fast Company by Nicole Laporte, he has completed a John S. Knight journalism fellowship at Stanford and is preparing to pitch investors on his startup Lighthaus.

The San Francisco-based enterprise is all about creating high-end interactive touchscreen graphics to go along with online newspaper and magazine stories. For his final Stanford project, Sarno created a $5,000 graphic depicting the intricacies of natural gas fracking. From Laporte’s piece:

Lighthaus has already drummed up interest. The Dallas Morning News is working with Sarno to create its own fracking graphic, and Stanford Medicine magazine has commissioned Lighthaus to create technology to explain the medical condition known as placenta accreta.

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Cover Battle: Fast Company or Businessweek

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. Today we have Fast Company versus Bloomberg Businessweek. Fast Company went with a cover advising us all to “unplug” from social media. Here’s what we always say when this tired subject comes up: If you feel the need to unplug from social media, you shouldn’t be using social media.

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Land $2 Per Word and Up at Inc.

incmagazine.jpgInc., a monthly publication targeting the entrepreneurial community, is currently accepting pitches for all sections. ”We are a magazine about people who are incredibly passionate and have the will to start a business from scratch,” managing editor Alexandra Brez told Mediabistro.

And, before you fire off a pitch with a generic business angle, keep in mind that the pub goes to great lengths to set itself apart from competitors such as Fast Company or Forbes. ”We are different because of our sophistication, as well as our connection to and interest in our community of entrepreneurs,” Brez said. “We are a very likable brand. People are proud to be featured by us.”

Get more details on pitching guidelines, plus contact info for all editors in  How to Pitch: Inc. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

– Nicholas Braun

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Land $2 Per Word and Up at Inc.

incmagazine.jpgInc., a monthly publication targeting the entrepreneurial community, is currently accepting pitches for all sections. ”We are a magazine about people who are incredibly passionate and have the will to start a business from scratch,” managing editor Alexandra Brez told Mediabistro.

And, before you fire off a pitch with a generic business angle, keep in mind that the pub goes to great lengths to set itself apart from competitors such as Fast Company or Forbes. ”We are different because of our sophistication, as well as our connection to and interest in our community of entrepreneurs,” Brez said. “We are a very likable brand. People are proud to be featured by us.”

Get more details on pitching guidelines, plus contact info for all editors in  How to Pitch: Inc. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

– Nicholas Braun

ag_logo_medium.gifThe full version of this article is exclusively available to Mediabistro AvantGuild subscribers. If you’re not a member yet, register now for as little as $55 a year for access to hundreds of articles like this one, discounts on Mediabistro seminars and workshops, and all sorts of other bonuses.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Cover Battle: W or Fast Company, Octonber 18
  2. What People Are Saying About Newsweek Ending Print Edition, October 18
  3. Citing Restructuring, AMI Announces Layoffs (left), October 19
  4. Newsweek Ends Print Edition, Cust Expected, October 18
  5. The Newspaper Endorsements, October 22
  6. Media Professor Says WPIX Should Trim 10 P.M. News to 30 Minutes, October 23

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Cover Battle: W or Fast Company

Welcome back to FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. Today we have W versus Fast Company. The above is actually one of four covers W did celebrating their 40th anniversary. We selected this one because Scarlett Johansson is dressed exactly like every girl we dated in high school. Hey, don’t judge. We were young, and our parents made us do chores when all we wanted to do was write angry poems. Girls who shopped at Hot Topic were the only ones who understood us and our pain.

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Start Up A Contributor Relationship With Inc.

If you follow the burgeoning startup scene in New York, Inc. may have some assignments for you. While Inc. occupies the same shelf space of other business publications like EntrepreneurFast Company and Forbes, the magazine has a distinction that separates itself from its competitors.

“We are a magazine about people who are incredibly passionate and have the will to start a business from scratch,” said Alexandra Brez, managing editor. ”We are different because of our sophistication, as well as our connection to and interest in community events. And we are a very likable brand. People are proud to be featured by us.”

For pitching guidelines and information on open sections, read How To Pitch: Inc.

ag_logo_medium.gifThis article is one of several mediabistro.com features exclusively available to AvantGuild subscribers. If you’re not a member yet, you can register for as little as $55 a year and get access to these articles, discounts on seminars and workshops, and more.

Earn $2 a Word for Startup Stories

While Inc. occupies the same shelf space of other business publications like EntrepreneurFast Company and Forbes, the magazine has a distinction that separates itself from its competitors.

“We are a magazine about people who are incredibly passionate and have the will to start a business from scratch,” said Alexandra Brez, managing editor. ”We are different because of our sophistication, as well as our connection to and interest in community events. And we are a very likable brand. People are proud to be featured by us.”

Get pitching guidelines and information on open sections in How To Pitch: Inc.

ag_logo_medium.gifThis article is one of several mediabistro.com features exclusively available to AvantGuild subscribers. If you’re not a member yet, you can register for as little as $55 a year and get access to these articles, discounts on seminars and workshops, and more.

Al Jazeera to Bring Children’s Channel to the U.S.

Fast Company is reporting that Al Jazeera is in talks with Comcast and Time Warner to bring Al Jazeera’s Children’s Channel to the U.S. as early as 2012. The channel carries syndicated and original programming – translated  into English – that currently runs on the Arabic-language channel of the same name.

So what kind of programs can people expect? Well, there’s Saladin, a cartoon which tells the story of the Crusades from the vantage point of a Muslim warrior, and a documentary about children living in the Gaza Strip, just to name a couple.

FishbowlNY thinks this is great, the more views of the world provided to children, the better. But since we don’t have kids (and we don’t plan to for a few years mom, so please stop asking) it got us wondering, will parents let their kids watch it? It’s an interesting question, because while people can talk all they want about accepting other cultures, what they do behind closed doors might be an entirely different story.

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