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Bring Your Voice to The Root

The RootRiding high on the groundswell of pride and honor felt among most members of the black community during President Obama’s 2008 election, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Donald Graham, chairman of The Washington Post, partnered to launch The Root, an online publication covering the nation’s biggest news stories — with an African-American angle.

How does The Root stand out from Huffington Post Black Voices, The Grio and other sites with a similar mission? “We try to differentiate ourselves in the quality of the writing and reporting and in taking perceived wisdom about race and racism and factors that affect the black community and challenging them,” said Lauren Williams, deputy editor. “One of the things that we are noted for is just having really smart content.”

Whether you’re looking to write a reported piece or a personal essay, The Root welcomes submissions from contributors — in fact, half of the site’s content is freelance-written. For pitching etiquette and editor’s contact info, read How To Pitch: The Root.

Sherry Yuan

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Above The Law, the legal gossip blog, has rolled out its own list of what it considers the best law schools.

The Breaking Media-owned site rated its inaugural top 50 universities for 2013 on employment data, firm placement and tuition costs.

“Due to imperfections in the existing law school ranking systems, we decided to take a shot at ranking the law schools,” the site wrote in an email to FishbowlNY. “Here’s our inaugural set of rankings, reflecting our general philosophy of ranking based on outcomes rather than inputs.”

Check out the explainer the ATL folks posted on their site — it’s complete with a beautiful infographic that shows how they ranked the schools, and why they think their top 50 are better than competitors’.

Welcome Back to the Internet, Paul Miller of The Verge

Paul Miller, a senior technology writer at The Verge, hadn’t been on the internet in a year. No social media. No Google. Nothing. As his Vox Media colleague noted in a memo to reporters on Wednesday, he had “never even seen a Vine.”

But, today, he’s back.

The Verge drummed up attention for its year-long human project with the hashtag #WhatShouldPaulSee, though it didn’t appear to gain much traction on Twitter.

In his introductory post since returning to the World Wide Web, Miller wrote:

And now I’m supposed to tell you how it solved all my problems. I’m supposed to be enlightened. I’m supposed to be more “real,” now. More perfect.

But instead it’s 8PM and I just woke up. I slept all day, woke with eight voicemails on my phone from friends and coworkers. I went to my coffee shop to consume dinner, the Knicks game, my two newspapers, and a copy of The New Yorker. And now I’m watching Toy Story while I glance occasionally at the blinking cursor in this text document, willing it to write itself, willing it to generate the epiphanies my life has failed to produce.

I didn’t want to meet this Paul at the tail end of my yearlong journey.

Read his full post at The Verge for more.

Source: [The Verge] | Image: [Vine]

The Atlantic Kicks Off Ebook Effort With Jonathan Rauch Memoir

The Atlantic is debuting its ebook initiative on Wednesday with “Denial” by Jonathan Rauch, a memoir of following the author’s unexpected trek to discovering at 25 that he is gay.

The Atlantic Books, the new imprint, will publish several long-form stories this year, the magazine said in a press release. Details of the next publication will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Over the two decades that Jonathan has been writing for The Atlantic, he’s produced revelatory articles on everything from politics to foreign policy to, in our current issue, end-of-life care.  But this book is his most powerful work,” James Bennet, editor in chief of The Atlantic, said in a statement. “We are honored to make it the debut title of The Atlantic Books.”

Rauch, a contributing editor at the magazine, chronicles his quarter-century of denial, living in an inverted world “where love is hate, attraction is envy, and childhood never ends. He comes to think of himself as a kind of monster—until one day, seemingly miraculously, the world turns itself upright and the possibility of love floods in.”

“Denial: My Twenty-Five Years Without a Soul” is available now exclusively onKindle Singles and soon via Nook, iBooks, and Kobo for $1.99. For more information, please visit

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Gawker And Jezebel Were Down Today [UPDATE]

Gawker and Jezebel went down on Monday afternoon in an apparent server failure, but were quickly revived.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. Gawker Media’s other sites, including Gizmodo, io9 and Kotaku, remained live.

A Gawker editor and a spokesperson did not immediately respond to emails from FishbowlNY requesting comment.


The Huffington Post, The Emerging News Site of The Axis Powers?

O.K., so maybe Germany and Japan haven’t been murderous invaders for 68 years, but you clicked, right?

The Huffington Post announced the launch of a German edition on Monday, rounding off its local European offerings that already include versions in France, Spain, Italy and the U.K. There’s also a Canada edition.

And a Japanese edition is coming in May. Hence the headline. Har, har.

As with the other sites, HuffPost partnered with a local media company — in this case Tomorrow Focus AG.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Tomorrow Focus to launch the German edition of the Huffington Post,” editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington said in a press release. “Tomorrow Focus is deeply involved in virtually every sector of digital content in Germany, and there is no one we’d rather be partnering with for this expansion.”

The site will be based in Munich and staffed by local journalists and writers.

Forget BuzzFeed — FeedBuzz Is Where It’s At

Forget BuzzFeed’s astronomical rise to journalistic and meme-tastic bliss. Put aside their shouts out from President Obama, their allegedly awesome White House Correspondents Dinner parties, their ever-growing list of big-name (and, presumably, high-price) journalists joining the masthead.

FeedBuzz is the new, hip site and if you aren’t reading it, you’re probably, like, stuck in the antediluvian epoch that was the first half of 2013.

See, FeedBuzz features a VAClub, guest writers and videos.


And who cares how many lists BuzzFeed can compile of cats doing this and that. Who even thinks about goats that sound like humans now? What are you, a grandma? Come on.

The cool thing to scroll through is Arab children feasting their eyes on hamburgers.

Like, totally hitting that international news angle that Buzz — what was it again? — oh, yeah, BuzzFeed could never cover.

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Apple, Yahoo And Microsoft Only Want to Hire Men? This Tumblr Says So

The hurdles women face in the tech business have been widely discussed since Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg‘s new book launched a movement for more companies, especially those in Silicon Alley and Valley, to “lean in.”

And as a new Tumblr that began posting six days ago seems to show, there are many Tech Companies That Only Hire Men.

Even Yahoo, captained by the ever-intriguing Marissa Mayer, seems to have a male-bias.

  • “The candidate will build quality into the solution by writing the appropriate unit tests for his code and work with qa counter…”

For more, click over to the Tumblr. Do you think New York’s tech companies should be working harder to attract women? Tell us below in the comments.

h/t [Buzzfeed's Anna North]

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AOL Music Shuttered, Staff Laid Off [Updated]

AOL has shuttered its AOL Music division and laid off its staff, according to pink-slipped employees on Twitter., a rock-music news site under the AOL Music banner, announced suddenly on Thursday afternoon that it was shutting down. Minutes later, it said in a tweet that the entire music editorial division of the media giant, which owns The Huffington Post, was closing, too.

AOL Music operates the main homepage along with the sites The Boot and Tour Tracker, which appear to be on the chopping block.

Dan Reilly, the site’s editor, said on Twitter that he was “sitting in an HR meeting right now, trying to negotiate keeping our computers for a few more days.”

The number of employees laid off remains unclear.

Three AOL spokeswomen did not immediately respond to repeated calls from FishbowlNY requesting comment.

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Former Thought Catalog Editor Gaby Dunn Heads to The Daily Dot

Gaby Dunn interviewed James Deen before he was on screen with Lindsay Lohan. She basically stalked Stephen Colbert until she got some questions in. And, perhaps most germane to her newest job, she grilled internet celebrity Julia Segal.

And that was just for her acclaimed Tumblr project, 100 Interviews.

Since then, the newest hire by The Daily Dot, the so-called “internet newspaper” based in Austin, has freelanced for The New York Times Magazine and Cosmopolitan and served as a staff editor for Thought Catalog.

The Manhattan-based writer will be the fifth New York staffer for The Daily Dot, which churns out the sort of millennial-geared feature stories on internet culture and viral news that might appear on BuzzFeed, Gawker or the less personally confessional posts of Thought Catalog.

She will work under the site’s inaugural New York correspondent, assigning editor Cooper Fleishman. Two other reporters and a software data engineer live in the city, too.

“The site is run the way that I remember newsrooms are run,” she told FishbowlNY in an interview. “I can do my daily duties, then there’s a lot of encouragement to do longer stuff.”

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