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Skift Aims to Be the ‘Homepage of the Travel Industry’

Travel writing never seems to lend itself to hard facts or analysis, but, instead, more dramatic tales of great (or terrible) vacations. However, Skift, the website founded by Jason Clampet and Rafat Ali, has a mission to be the hub for travel news — or, as Clampet put it, ”the homepage of the travel industry.”

The two-year-old site publishes stories that are analysis based and thoroughly reported. All departments are open to freelancers, and these cover everything from transportation and hotel news to tourism company initiatives.

And one section is devoted to tech:

“Digital” is another data-driven department that includes tech-related travel stories, such as how travel companies are using apps and other new technologies to boost their business. Clampet said stories covering online booking are often found in this section.

For more pitching tips and the editor’s contact information, read: How to Pitch: Skift.

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Rafat Ali: I Learned From Watching David Carr


Rafat Ali, founder, on where he got his journalistic chops:

One of the things I tell people is that at, how I learned to report was actually from watching you [FishbowlNY contributor Greg Lindsay] and [now-New York Times media reporter] David Carr conduct interviews on the phone. In school, they never teach you how to do phone interviews — they never teach you about interviews in the first place. One of the things I learned from David Carr — I overheard him because he was generally loud, especially at the old building where I sat across from him — was how to ask the hard questions.

By the way: Ali’s guilty pleasure? “Carpenters.” We’re hoping he means the band.

  • So What Do You Do, Rafat Ali? []