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Jane Pratt to Magazine Editors: Kill the ‘Magazine Speak’

Jane PrattAfter founding Sassy and Jane, Jane Pratt launched xojane.com in 2011 so she could speak frankly to female audiences, a voice that she says was sorely missing from print pubs.

“It still amazes me that a lot of women’s magazines in particular will use this magazine speak, this terminology.” Pratt told Mediabistro in the latest installment of So What Do You Do?. “Like, instead of saying ‘your hair,’ they’ll say ‘your mane’ or ‘your tresses.’ And I always feel like if someone says ‘your lackluster tresses’ instead of ‘your dirty hair,’ you feel like they’re not telling you the whole truth. I feel like that makes you as a reader say, ‘Well, if they’re lying to me about that, what else are they lying to me about?’

For more, read So What Do You Do, Jane Pratt, Editor-in-Chief of xojane.com?

Nicholas Braun

Tablets May Fuel Print Magazine Market, Report Says

A report released earlier this week by the United Kingdom’s Professional Publishers Association (PPA) reveals that tablet users are engaging with digital magazines. No surprise, right?

What is interesting about this report, though, is that the PPA also notes that there appears to be a “positive correlation between print and tablet readership.” In fact, according to the report, 96 percent of tablet owners have read a PRINTED magazine in the last year, compared to the 80 percent national average.

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Freelancers with Digital Savvy Wanted at Triathlete

Freelancers can find much opportunity at Triathlete.com, the website of the largest and oldest U.S. magazine that covers the sport. Writers, photographers and video shooters/editors are all welcome, and as group content director Kurt Hoy says, “If one person can function in all of these roles, even better.”

In fact, Hoy admits that what he’s really looking for is a single person to contribute every form of digital media, including social. Because the Triathlete.com staff is lean, they depend on contributors for nearly 35 percent of the site’s content each month. So pitching a multimedia package is sure to woo editors there.

For more information, read How To Pitch: Triathlete. [subscription required]

Tap Into Literary Tradition for The Oxford American

As a regional pub, The Oxford American covers the more intellectual side of Southern culture, focusing especially on its literary history. And, with such a high regard for writing, its editors are only looking for the best, most thoughtful pitches from freelancers.

“You could argue that the South has the most varied and exciting literary tradition in the country,” said former editor-in-chief Marc Smirnoff.

In any given issue, there can be memoir, travel, poetry, fiction, lifestyle, literary criticism, investigative journalism, and often a heady mix of several of these at once. With such a wide range of content, this pub is perfect for writers looking to cover meaty pieces.

For editors’ contact information, read How To Pitch: Oxford American.

Andrea Hackett

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Show Off Your Brain Power at Pacific Standard

As a glossy dedicated to “academia, research and primary source investigation,” Pacific Standard wants fresh FOB stories that will make its readers think outside the box.

“We’d love to look at the work coming from the most innovative thinkers, those doing on-the-ground research, and how their findings will turn conventional wisdom on its head,” said editor Maria Streshinsky. Stories should be well-researched yet concise, as most freelance articles average around 1,200 words.

For more insight from the editors, read How to Pitch: Pacific Standard. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Andrea Hackett

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