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Find Your Niche At This Science-Driven Beauty Site

YouBeautyYouBeauty.com is not your average beauty website. Yes, you’ll hear about the latest mascara, but you’ll also read about scientific studies and take quizzes straight from universities and research institutions.

Writers can land up to $1 a word here, provided they have strong writing and reporting chops. So how can a freelancer get a foot in the door? Writers should start by researching the site and then zeroing in on a niche:

With research and science at the core of YouBeauty’s content, high-quality reporting and writing is paramount. As such, editors generally work with writers who have previous experience covering topics on one of the site’s existing channels. “We really want people who specialize in their different segments because we get in depth,” said editor-in-chief Laura Kenney. “So it helps for someone to come in who has a [specialty] that they’re very confident in writing about and then pitching us in-depth stories for that vertical.”

To hear more advice on how to get published, including editors contact info, read: How To Pitch: YouBeauty.com.

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Narratively Seeks New York-Centric Stories

Narratively

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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Web Bylines Can Lead to Print at SI

While the online presence of the venerable Sports Illustrated “has the same DNA as the magazine, the content is almost entirely original,” said B.J. Schecter, executive editor of SI.com. All sections of the site are open to freelance pitches, as long as they stay away from the generic “I want to cover the Jets and the NBA” style.

The best way to get into the editors’ good books? Getting a scoop and having special access help, but the site is also looking for human interest stories and specific angles that “go beyond the action on the field.”

Get all the details in How To Pitch: SI.com. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]