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Speak to the “New, Modern Parent” at Babble.com

BabbleJournos committed to telling the truth about parenthood can land a byline at Babble.com, an award-winning online magazine serving up nitty-gritty, real-talk content.

“[Babble is] the site that we imagine [a mom] reads at night to relax or in the morning,” said senior editorial manager Dara Pettinelli. “It’s where she goes to unwind and connect with her as woman, and not her as mom. Obviously, parents are more than just mom and dad, and that’s really what Babble speaks to.”

For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How to Pitch: Babble.com.

Sherry Yuan

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TheAtlantic.com Wants Freelancers With ‘Well-Argued’ Ideas

The AtlanticAt the Web version of The Atlantic, there is plenty of room for freelancers to score a byline. On a single day, over 40 features are published, with headlines ranging from “The Cure for Obesity” to “What Gmail Knows About You” and “Medicine’s Fading Traditions of Generosity.”

The website covers the same thought-provoking topics as the print mag, and editors are open to pitches from freelancers who want to build a relationship with the pub.”One of our taglines is ‘we are no party of clique.’ That goes back to 1857 when we were founded,” said editor Scott Stossel, “that we would be unaffiliated with any specific ideological approach or political party. That remains the case today.”

Each freelancer’s viewpoint is as valid as the next one — but if you want to impress the editors, better do the proper research. For pitching etiquette and editor’s contact info, read How To Pitch: The Atlantic.

Sherry Yuan

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InsideClimateNews: A ‘David and Goliath’ Story for Digital Publishing

InsiderClimate News LogoEarlier this year, InsideClimate News won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting against 50-something other entrants, beating out both The Boston Globe and The Washington Post.

How did they manage it? 

Editor & Publisher recently spoke with the editors behind the award-winning investigative piece, “The Dilbit Disaster: Inside the Biggest Oil Spill You’ve Never Heard Of,” which took form as a narrative detailing the events of the 2010 Michigan oil spill. Reporters Elizabeth McGowan and Lisa Song spent seven months gathering information from the local residents, scientists and company involved with the spill.

This online-only, nonprofit news organization had to really work “with the elements,” said Susan White, the website’s executive editor — and she wasn’t referring to the natural ones. The team of only seven full-time journalists faced difficulties that any small, nonprofit organization is already well-aware of: money and resources.

In addition to these scarcities, InsideClimate News faced a unique challenge that most digital startups can quickly relate to. ”We are truly a virtual organization,” White said. “I am in San Diego, publisher David Sasson is in Brooklyn, and our reporters are in Washington, Boston and New York.”

Yet, being separated by state lines and time zones wasn’t the most difficult aspect of working on the piece. “We [had] no resources and little funding. Managing editor Stacy Feldman kept the site running, and there were a lot of days we didn’t have a new story to put up,” she said.

This ‘David and Goliath story,’ as coined by White’s husband, is proof that nonprofit, online-only pubs are doing more than just staying — they’re winning.

Read the full story on Editor & Publisher.

Kara Swisher’s Advice to Tech Journalists: ‘Be accurate. Know your stuff’

With 20 years of experience, AllthingsD’s Kara Swisher has set the bar for reporting on the digital scene. In the latest installment of So What Do You Do?, she spoke to Mediabistro about the real reasons for her success.

“Whenever someone says, ‘Oh, how do you do it?’ I tell them that I make more calls then they do. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” Swisher explained. “People make a bigger deal of it, but I think I just work harder than other people. That’s all. There’s no secret sauce or anything.”

As for how other reporters can make a name for themselves online, Swisher’s advice was simple: “Be accurate; know your stuff.”

Read the full interview at So What Do You Do, Kara Swisher, Co-Executive Editor of AllThingsD.com?

Nicholas Braun

Breaking News and Social Media: Stop Fighting It

Social media and journalism are back in the ring this week. They’re both pretty strong contenders, but not without their weaknesses. In the immortal words of Paulie Pennino, let’s blow these punch-outs.

In this corner: Journalism

As the underdogs trying to maintain a presence and a living wage, we all know journalists have the power of story-telling and, hopefully, credibility, when news breaks. This Nieman Lab post illustrates the timeline of breaking the Boston bombing on Monday. It shows social media users were able to catch events up to the minute, but it’s only when Reuters retweets it that it becomes News.  

That’s all because of context. Journalism takes its hardest blows when it forgets that its mission is to provide context. To keep up with social media, journos have fallen prey to the allure of being first. Cable news outlets broadcast, and then tweeted, information about the ongoing investigation and hunt for the bomber without verifying information. Instead of relying on their credibility, their only other strength, media outlets engaged in a strange feedback loop citing each other, updating homepages and official tweets in a dizzy little dance. 

No shortage of adrenaline, but certainly a shortage of facts. 

And in this corner: Social Media

In the midst of breaking, or not-quite breaking, news, social media was aflutter with corrections. 

Social media is now the watchdog of the fourth estate. If it weren’t for social media, no one would have realized until it was too late how silly some of the reports coming in from mainstream media outlets were. 

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