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Writers, Filmmakers Welcome to Pitch The Grio

Editors at The Grio are always on the lookout for new writers. The site, aimed toward the black community, has about half of its content generated by freelancers. The NBC-owned website averages 2 million page views per month and distinguishes itself with video content and a lot of original reporting. Because the site relies so much on video content, editors also welcome pitches from aspiring filmmakers and producers for story-driven, narrative, documentary-style videos.

The Grio has only been around for a couple of years, but editors have already established strong relationships with freelancers who they turn to time and time again. That’s good news for writers looking to break in, because editors are always on the lookout for fresh talent to add to their stable. “Once a writer has been used on a regular basis, we will definitely farm stories out to them based on their specific style and previous pieces they’ve pitched,” explained managing editor Joy-Ann Reid.

For more info, read How To Pitch: The Grio. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

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Meet Devon Franklin, Oprah’s New BFF

DevonFranklinOprahOWN (1)new.jpgDeVon Franklin, VP of production for Columbia/Sony Pictures, had a very big weekend. On Saturday, he tied the knot with Jumping the Broom actress Meagan Good,  and Sunday his hour-long interview with Oprah Winfrey aired on the OWN network’s Super Soul Sunday program.

But, before he was making all of these headlines, the preacher and author of Produced By Faith sat down with Mediabistro just over a year ago, as part of our Media Beat series. In the three-part interview, he discussed his impressive rise from intern to VP in the film industry, as well as how his faith has positively impacted his career and personal life. “My whole big idea for my life is to inspire and encourage, and God has called me to use film as part of a way to do that,” he said.

Watch the first part of our interview below and check out Parts 2 and 3 after the jump.

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