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Condé Nast Settles Intern Lawsuit

internAs per The New York Post, Condé Nast has quietly settled a class action suit filed last year by two former interns. The summer interns claimed they earned less than a dollar per hour for their labor.

It should be noted that five months after the lawsuit was filed, the company indicated it was ditching its internship programs. Read more

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Four Unique Jobs for Millennials

love my jobHappy Friday one and all! If you’re a job seeker and you’re a Millennial, we have a treat for you. The folks at SheFinds outlined a few quirky jobs of potential interest to this generation.

1. Digital recipe producer. Like food? Good. Like to write? Great. Add some tech savviness to the mix and a pinch of HTML and you’re good to go. Read more

Kim France, Former Editor-in-Chief of Lucky, On Breaking in to the Magazine Business

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Early in her careerKim France accomplished something that not many people can boast about: She launched a successful magazine, from the ground up. In 1999, Conde Nast hired France to launch a brand new shopping pub. Thus, Lucky was born.

Nowadays, France focuses on her latest passion project: Girls of a Certain Age, a fashion site dedicated to the over-40 crowd. And she has plenty of advice for today’s youth: “Do what you’re asked to do, and do it with a smile,” France says. “People will notice that you’re somebody who really wants to get work done and do it well.”

Check out the video after the jump for more straightforward career advice from France:

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Journalism Student Defends Major: ‘We’re Headed Into an Industry That is Alive and Kicking’

press hatMelanie Stone, journalism student at DePaul University, has just about had it with people badmouthing our industry.

In a Business Insider piece she writes:

“Everyone is hating on journalism, and I’m tired of it. Two years ago, I shipped off to college, wide-eyed and ready to write. I had plans: I would master the feature lede. I would abhor the Oxford comma. I would graduate with my journalism degree and run off to The Chicago Tribune where surely, surely I’d be hired to be the next page-two columnist.”

Who can’t relate to Stone? Read more

Three Questions for Maria Cristina Marrero, Editor-in-Chief of ‘Siempre Mujer Magazine’

3QuestionsEarlier this week, we caught up with Maria Cristina Marrero’s at the WiCi Awards in Manhattan. The editor-in-chief of Siempre Mujer Magazine received her own award and we soon discovered the honoree possesses an impressive portfolio.

Her title has experienced a 25 percent increase in subscriptions after a radical redesign! Under Marrero’s leadership, their site was launched successfully with over 200,000 monthly uniques. In addition, this multi-tasker is frequently quoted as a lifestyle expert in Hispanic media on topics relating to women. Oh and by the way, she contributes on a weekly basis with CNN en Espanol’s Showbiz as their New York correspondent.

MJD: What does being fearless mean to you?

MCM: You have to start by thinking that fear does not exist, that’s what my father taught me and I know it’s a little difficult to believe at times but I always say that maybe I have a delay in that emotion or I just don’t have it in me. I do things and then six months later I go, ‘Oh my God, what am I doing?’ so I do feel it and I’m sensitive to it but I just do it! Read more

Editor-in-Chief of ‘More’ Dishes About Fearlessness & Versatility at WiCi Awards

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Photo credit: Jan Goldstoff

There’s no doubt about it, we’re still on an inspirational high after last night’s WiCi Awards honoring rising stars in communications. The New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) program celebrated 10 mavericks as More’s editor-in-chief Lesley Jane Seymour emceed. (Check out tweets at #WiCi13: One of our favorites? “Growth and comfort don’t coincide.”)

Congratulations to the honorees: Kendra Bracken-Ferguson, co-founder and chief operations officer, Digital Brand Architects; Deborah Brenner, founder and president, Women of the Vine;  Sara Haines, correspondent, ABC News and Good Morning America; Rachel Haot, chief digital officer, City of New York; Dustee Tucker Jenkins, vice president, public relations, Target Corporation; Abbey Klaassen, editor, Ad Age; Lauren Bush Lauren, CEO, creative director and co-founder FEED Projects; Kass Lazerow, co-founder and former COO of Buddy Media; Maria Cristina Marrero, editor-in-chief, Siempre Mujer Magazine, Jenna Wortham, technology reporter, The New York Times.

Naturally, we wanted to get the secret sauce to their mojo. What’s the deal with being fearless and versatile in this ever-changing industry? We caught up with Seymour in the green room. Recognizing the fearlessness of the winners, we wondered what the EIC of Meredith’s popular brand had to say. Keep in mind the successful editrix seems pretty fearless herself, having penned two books and published the magazine’s first compilation book. Oh, did we mention she was named to Forbes’ Most Powerful Fashion Magazine Editors list in 2009? No, we’re not gushing too much.

When it comes to being fearless, it turns out we have to no choice! She dished… Read more

Time’s Running Out to Get a Free Webcast With a Mediabistro Course Purchase

Although we mentioned it earlier in the week, here’s a friendly reminder: Until midnight tonight, when you buy any Mediabistro class, you’ll get a free webcast! All you have to do is use the promo code WEBCAST at checkout.

We figure you may want to check out Develop Your Freelance Career. The class covers basic freelancing skills such as creating ideas to pitching them. In fact, by the end of the course students will create two pitch letters and a list of well-crafted salable story ideas.

Course objectives include the following:

  • Come up with salable freelance ideas
  • Find the best publication to target your pitch
  • Write compelling pitches and communicate with editors
  • Maintain relationships with editors to secure long-term work
  • Track your freelance expenses, ensure timely payments, and submit invoices

Get a Free Webcast When You Purchase a Mediabistro Course!

Although it’s back to school time for the kids, why should they be the only ones to hit the books?

When you’re looking to propel your career, hone your skills and amp up your mojo, classes are some of the best ways to give your career a one-two punch to the next level.

From now until Thursday at 11:59 pm ET, when you buy any Mediabistro class you’ll get a free webcast! The promo starts today and all you have to do is use the promo code WEBCAST at checkout.

In particular, we’re fans of the course, Develop Your Freelance Career.  Taught by Brooklyn-based freelance writer Lauren Waterman, the class covers basic freelancing skills such as creating ideas to pitching them. In fact, by the end of the course students will create two pitch letters and a list of well-crafted salable story ideas. Read more

7 Mistakes Every Freelancer Should Avoid

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Humility is a virtue that shouldn’t be forgotten at any stage, in any profession — including freelance writing.

In the latest Mediabistro feature, veteran freelancers talk about mistakes they made and learned from:

Assuming you’re so brilliant that readers will just fall into your lap.

“Magnum opus to ‘filler article about diaper rash’ writing is 100 percent reader driven,” said editor and writer Suzann Ledbetter Ellingsworth. She reminds new writers that even when professionals speak about how they really only “write for themselves,” they’re usually saying it at a promotional event, with the intention of selling their writing. Truly successful writers write with their audience in mind: Their readers’ needs and wants always come first.

For more veteran tips on navigating the freelance world, read 7 Mistakes Every Freelance Writer Should Avoid.

Sherry Yuan

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Rookie Mistakes to Avoid When Freelancing

rookie freelancingFreelance writing: a quick and easy way to write about whatever you want, for whoever you want — all from the comfort of your own home.

If you think the statement above is accurate, prepare yourself for a big shock. Like any job, freelancing has both its pros and cons. In the latest Mediabistro feature, we talk to veteran freelancers to find out how they manage the trials of the freelancing life:

The worst thing you can do, in my opinion, is send a sloppy pitch letter or poorly edited piece to your dream publication. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t challenge yourself to pitch venerated publications, especially if you’re very familiar with what they publish. But it’s much easier to build your body of work, get some help editing your pitch or story and then submit to The New Yorker than to fire off a submission at two in the morning on a wine-induced whim. Create a strong first impression rather than spending time and energy recovering from a bad one.

For more researching tips and organizing ideas, read The Rookie Guide to Freelancing.
Sherry Yuan

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