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One writer shares why she ventured into an unfamiliar market — and gives four reasons why you should, too.

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Elle‘s main man serves haute dish on his new reality show gig and Nina Garcia’s departure.

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This self-starter dishes on revamping her mag for the Web and how community focus keeps her business competitive.

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The prolific designer dishes on the ‘irresistible drama’ of hosting a reality show, and getting personal on his video blog.

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Adam Glassman has a lot to say. His words tumble over each other like a bunch of 20-something socialites at a Prada sample sale. He pauses only briefly between thoughts, his conversation coming in one run-on sentence after another. But you would be excited, too, if you were working side-by-side with the Queen of Media,…

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Professional persona non grata Toby Young dishes on the relative bridge-burning quotient across the media industry, locates himself on the “fake writer” spectrum, and tells us why his diaries are destined to make haters of us all.
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Every seasoned writer has a pitch letter or two that they regretted sending off. I’ve probably committed every pitching no-no in the book: failing to address the correct editor, sending off a half-baked idea, even overlooking a grammatical error or two (cue my cowering in shame). The truth is your pitch letter is even more…

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Are you a reporter who’s been thinking about becoming a publicist? Or a radio producer who wants to reinvent yourself as a social media maven? Those occupational questions beg the follow-up: Is it even possible to transition to a different career in the media business without having to pay your dues all over again? The…

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Here’s a hard truth: You’ve been Googled. It’s a paradox of sorts, this notion that we want to be recognizable and known, but that we only want the most favorable aspects of our lives divulged. So when every ill-advised photo or insensitive slip of the post has potentially far-reaching ramifications, and when having no online presence can also be…

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There are plenty of authors who write for love of the craft. Most of us, though, desire for our carefully crafted words to be read by the masses as we rake in millions. When it comes to literary validation, hitting the best-seller lists is one of the most universally recognized achievements. Even the most humble…

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At first glance, a job posting may seem simple—there’s a description, a list of required skills, necessary qualifications and not much more. Well maybe, maybe not. Often between those lines are clues that reveal if the opportunity is truly right for you, or if it’s a mismatch in the making. You may also discover valuable…

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Looking to land a job as a food magazine editor? Thinking your cookbook should be published by Clarkson Potter? Take a look at the career trajectory of food media industry titans—such as Sam Sifton, Clotilde Dusoulier, Sara Foster and Tom Colicchio—to get a hint of the diverse paths that could lead to a juicy food industry media career….

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“That which is most personal is most universal,” said author Henri Nouwen. In personal essays, writers use material from their own lives and share it in a way that offers insight to the individual emotional experience. Usually submitted in advance (check each publication’s preferences), personal essays come in the long form, the short form and……

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Circulation: 60,000 Frequency: 8x/year + 2 special issues Special issues: Yearbook (December); Craft-Based Workbook (July) Background: In an era where print publications have been folding left and right—crushed under the weight of too much competition or the Internet, Writer’s Digest is an industry staple that will be celebrating its 100th anniversary next year. The publication prides itself…

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Circulation: 1.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As part of Rodale’s family of leading healthy-lifestyle publications, Women’s Health is all about action. Launched in 2005 to give readers the tools, information and resources to make instant changes to live their best, most fit lives, the magazine shot up to claim……

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Circulation: 1.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As part of Rodale’s family of leading healthy-lifestyle publications, Women’s Health is all about action. Launched in 2005 to give readers the tools, information and resources to make instant changes to live their best, most fit lives, the magazine shot up to claim………

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Circulation: 1.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As part of Rodale’s family of leading healthy-lifestyle publications, Women’s Health is all about action. Launched in 2005 to give readers the tools, information and resources to make instant changes to live their best, most fit lives, the magazine shot up to claim…………

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Circulation: 1.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As part of Rodale’s family of leading healthy-lifestyle publications, Women’s Health is all about action. Launched in 2005 to give readers the tools, information and resources to make instant changes to live their best, most fit lives, the magazine shot up to claim……………

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Circulation: 1.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As part of Rodale’s family of leading healthy-lifestyle publications, Women’s Health is all about action. Launched in 2005 to give readers the tools, information and resources to make instant changes to live their best, most fit lives, the magazine shot up to claim………………

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Circulation: 1.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As part of Rodale’s family of leading healthy-lifestyle publications, Women’s Health is all about action. Launched in 2005 to give readers the tools, information and resources to make instant changes to live their best, most fit lives, the magazine shot up to claim…………………

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Circulation: 1.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As part of Rodale’s family of leading healthy-lifestyle publications, Women’s Health is all about action. Launched in 2005 to give readers the tools, information and resources to make instant changes to live their best, most fit lives, the magazine shot up to claim……………………

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Circulation: 1.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As part of Rodale’s family of leading healthy-lifestyle publications, Women’s Health is all about action. Launched in 2005 to give readers the tools, information and resources to make instant changes to live their best, most fit lives, the magazine shot up to claim………………………

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Circulation: 1.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As part of Rodale’s family of leading healthy-lifestyle publications, Women’s Health is all about action. Launched in 2005 to give readers the tools, information and resources to make instant changes to live their best, most fit lives, the magazine shot up to claim…………………………

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Circulation: 1.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As part of Rodale’s family of leading healthy-lifestyle publications, Women’s Health is all about action. Launched in 2005 to give readers the tools, information and resources to make instant changes to live their best, most fit lives, the magazine shot up to claim……………………………

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Circulation: 1.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As part of Rodale’s family of leading healthy-lifestyle publications, Women’s Health is all about action. Launched in 2005 to give readers the tools, information and resources to make instant changes to live their best, most fit lives, the magazine shot up to claim………………………………

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Circulation: 1.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As part of Rodale’s family of leading healthy-lifestyle publications, Women’s Health is all about action. Launched in 2005 to give readers the tools, information and resources to make instant changes to live their best, most fit lives, the magazine shot up to claim…………………………………

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Circulation: 1.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As part of Rodale’s family of leading healthy-lifestyle publications, Women’s Health is all about action. Launched in 2005 to give readers the tools, information and resources to make instant changes to live their best, most fit lives, the magazine shot up to claim……………………………………

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Circulation: 1.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As part of Rodale’s family of leading healthy-lifestyle publications, Women’s Health is all about action. Launched in 2005 to give readers the tools, information and resources to make instant changes to live their best, most fit lives, the magazine shot up to claim………………………………………

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Circulation: 1.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As part of Rodale’s family of leading healthy-lifestyle publications, Women’s Health is all about action. Launched in 2005 to give readers the tools, information and resources to make instant changes to live their best, most fit lives, the magazine shot up to claim…………………………………………

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Circulation: 1.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As part of Rodale’s family of leading healthy-lifestyle publications, Women’s Health is all about action. Launched in 2005 to give readers the tools, information and resources to make instant changes to live their best, most fit lives, the magazine shot up to claim……………………………………………

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Circulation: 1.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As part of Rodale’s family of leading healthy-lifestyle publications, Women’s Health is all about action. Launched in 2005 to give readers the tools, information and resources to make instant changes to live their best, most fit lives, the magazine shot up to claim………………………………………………

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Circulation: 1.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As part of Rodale’s family of leading healthy-lifestyle publications, Women’s Health is all about action. Launched in 2005 to give readers the tools, information and resources to make instant changes to live their best, most fit lives, the magazine shot up to claim…………………………………………………

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Circulation: 1.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As part of Rodale’s family of leading healthy-lifestyle publications, Women’s Health is all about action. Launched in 2005 to give readers the tools, information and resources to make instant changes to live their best, most fit lives, the magazine shot up to claim……………………………………………………

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Circulation: 1.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As part of Rodale’s family of leading healthy-lifestyle publications, Women’s Health is all about action. Launched in 2005 to give readers the tools, information and resources to make instant changes to live their best, most fit lives, the magazine shot up to claim………………………………………………………

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Circulation: 1.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As part of Rodale’s family of leading healthy-lifestyle publications, Women’s Health is all about action. Launched in 2005 to give readers the tools, information and resources to make instant changes to live their best, most fit lives, the magazine shot up to claim…………………………………………………………

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Get your writing featured in the magazine for people who are “interested in learning things they didn’t even know they were interested in learning.”

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Get your writing featured in the magazine for people who are “interested in learning things they didn’t even know they were interested in learning.” To access this post, you must purchase AvantGuild Membership or MB Unlimited. To access this post, you must purchase AvantGuild Membership or MB Unlimited.

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Jezebel was a pioneer in the pantheon of cool, flame-throwing opinion blogs sharing the interests of women. When it launched in 2007, its founder, Anna Holmes, was pretty candid about her distaste for the messaging conveyed by traditional women’s magazines. Much of the content posted on Jezebel was in direct response to the articles print outlets and their online iterations were and weren’t publishing.

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Jezebel was a pioneer in the pantheon of cool, flame-throwing opinion blogs sharing the interests of women. When it launched in 2007, its founder, Anna Holmes, was pretty candid about her distaste for the messaging conveyed by traditional women’s magazines. Much of the content posted on Jezebel was in direct response to the articles print……

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Jezebel was a pioneer in the pantheon of cool, flame-throwing opinion blogs sharing the interests of women. When it launched in 2007, its founder, Anna Holmes, was pretty candid about her distaste for the messaging conveyed by traditional women’s magazines. Much of the content posted on Jezebel was in direct response to the articles print………

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Circulation: 4.3 million Frequency: Monthly   Background: At over 130 years old, Good Housekeeping is an American institution. Readers are modern, vivacious and appreciate content that touches issues both big and seemingly small. Good Housekeeping’s footprint—including the monthly magazine, GoodHouskeeping.com and international editions—is among one of the largest multi-platform brands in the world, connecting with over 40 million women each month. Despite its…

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Circulation: 2.3 million Frequency: Monthly Special issue: The “Women of the Year” issue runs every December Background: There’s something alluring about a woman who has impeccable style, who can rock a high-waisted trouser and nude lip like she just floated off the runways of New York Fashion Week. What’s even more impressive, though, is a……

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Circulation: 2.3 million Frequency: Monthly Special issue: The “Women of the Year” issue runs every December Background: There’s something alluring about a woman who has impeccable style, who can rock a high-waisted trouser and nude lip like she just floated off the runways of New York Fashion Week. What’s even more impressive, though, is a………

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Circulation: 2.3 million Frequency: Monthly Special issue: The “Women of the Year” issue runs every December Background: There’s something alluring about a woman who has impeccable style, who can rock a high-waisted trouser and nude lip like she just floated off the runways of New York Fashion Week. What’s even more impressive, though, is a…………

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Circulation: 2.3 million Frequency: Monthly Special issue: The “Women of the Year” issue runs every December Background: There’s something alluring about a woman who has impeccable style, who can rock a high-waisted trouser and nude lip like she just floated off the runways of New York Fashion Week. What’s even more impressive, though, is a……………

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At 70, Ebony doesn’t look its age. Created by media impresario John Johnson to report and celebrate the achievements in black America, its content still does that, but the mag also compels and entertains its readership in ways that print media has been lacking.

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At 70, Ebony doesn’t look its age. Created by media impresario John Johnson to report and celebrate the achievements in black America, its content still does that, but the mag also compels and entertains its readership in ways that print media has been lacking. To access this post, you must purchase AvantGuild Membership or MB……

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At 70, Ebony doesn’t look its age. Created by media impresario John Johnson to report and celebrate the achievements in black America, its content still does that, but the mag also compels and entertains its readership in ways that print media has been lacking. To access this post, you must purchase AvantGuild Membership or MB………

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AARP The Magazine, the bimonthly printed for AARP’s 37 million-plus members, helps the baby boomer and Silent generations live the second half of their lives to the fullest.

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AARP The Magazine, the bimonthly printed for AARP’s 37 million-plus members, helps the baby boomer and Silent generations live the second half of their lives to the fullest. To access this post, you must purchase AvantGuild Membership or MB Unlimited. To access this post, you must purchase AvantGuild Membership or MB Unlimited.

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Readers of Southwest: The Magazine are primarily business travelers, with vacation travelers running a close second. And since the tastes and interests of those flying Southwest skies vary widely, the magazine caters to its readership with an equally wide mix of stories.

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Circulation: 60,000 Frequency: Quarterly Background:  Most lifestyle publications on any given newsstand tend to be crammed with content that focuses on women’s relationships with men. But in 1990 the creative minds behind Curve magazine realized that there was a gap in the market and set out to develop a publication that catered to lesbians and queer…

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Frequency: Quarterly Background: Foreign Policy was created in the 1970s by Samuel Huntington, chairman of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and a group of international relations scholars. Its initial target audience was diplomats and scholars, but in the early 2000s the focus shifted to a more general audience who were craving information about……

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To break into this digital mag, pitch tech pieces off the editorial team’s radar.

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To break into this digital mag, pitch tech pieces off the editorial team’s radar. To access this post, you must purchase AvantGuild Membership or MB Unlimited. To access this post, you must purchase AvantGuild Membership or MB Unlimited.

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To break into this digital mag, pitch tech pieces off the editorial team’s radar. To access this post, you must purchase AvantGuild Membership or MB Unlimited. To access this post, you must purchase AvantGuild Membership or MB Unlimited. To access this post, you must purchase AvantGuild Membership or MB Unlimited.

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In the world of freelancing, one price doesn’t fit all jobs. That’s the beauty—and curse—of being a contractor. Coming up with a fee can be challenging. Do you charge different amounts depending on the client or publication? How exactly do you figure out what a client wants, so you don’t wind up spending more time on…

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So, you want to be a freelance writer, huh? It looks really glamorous with little-known writers getting a bajillion views for their work on Huffington Post, or gaining overnight success with a single viral article or hilarious concept. Freelance writing appears to be a quick and easy way to write about whatever you want for…

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When in doubt, ask. Unfortunately, many rookie freelance writers don’t follow that advice for fear of appearing uneducated or inexperienced. Instead, they just assume that when an editor said a spring cleaning idea was too “evergreen” that she meant it was too environmentally focused; in fact, the term refers to stories that are general and…

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There is intrigue in our daily lives, our reactions to events and the harmony or dissonance between our goals and realities. All of these can become inspiring and salable personal essays. But crafting your experiences into written pieces requires focus, a cold eye for editing and professionalism when facing negative feedback. A good essay is…

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While many freelancers begin their careers with high hopes of financial success, most find it difficult managing the constant cycle of pitching, writing, invoicing and chasing past-due checks. Yes, it’s hard out there on those self-employed streets—but there is hope. We talked to three freelancers who have banked six figures at least one year of…

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When the story well runs dry, writers and editors alike can turn to these not so obvious sources for inspiration.

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As print newspapers and magazines continue to shutter or lay off staff, one thing remains evident as we move further into the 21st century: Digital has officially taken over. And while scoring a gig with a traditional ink-and-paper outlet may be more difficult than ever, websites and blogs provide countless (and growing) job listings and…

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Creating a winning magazine article idea and then articulating it into a knockout query letter is challenging enough for most writers, but all that hard work can be pointless if the pitch never reaches the right editor. Publications make it hard to contact them on purpose in order to weed out inexperienced wordsmiths, says Jodi Helmer,…

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Seasoned editors advise freelancers on the best ways to keep the assignments coming.

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Launched in September 2012 by a group of writers, reporters and photographers in New York, Narratively came on the scene just as long-form journalism was entering its current renaissance. While not all stories on the site are long-form, every piece of writing, video and photo essay sticks to its mission of uncovering human-interest gems through good storytelling.

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If you live in Any Metropolis, USA, coming out of the neighborhood coffee shop with a frappuccino and a cheese danish for less than $20 can be a study in quantitative economics. So buying an entire outfit that’s both street legal and stylish for the same price seems more than a little unlikely. Kathryn Finney…

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Monthly impressions: 1.5 million Updated: About two pieces of new content are published on the blog each week, with plans to ramp up production Background: Like its print counterpart, CleanEatingMag.com defines its mission as helping readers foster a healthy lifestyle that goes far beyond simply making healthier food choices. Staff nutritionists for the Clean Eating……

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Monthly impressions: 1.5 million Updated: About two pieces of new content are published on the blog each week, with plans to ramp up production Background: Like its print counterpart, CleanEatingMag.com defines its mission as helping readers foster a healthy lifestyle that goes far beyond simply making healthier food choices. Staff nutritionists for the Clean Eating………

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Monthly impressions: 1.5 million Updated: About two pieces of new content are published on the blog each week, with plans to ramp up production Background: Like its print counterpart, CleanEatingMag.com defines its mission as helping readers foster a healthy lifestyle that goes far beyond simply making healthier food choices. Staff nutritionists for the Clean Eating…………

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Monthly impressions: 1.5 million Updated: About two pieces of new content are published on the blog each week, with plans to ramp up production Background: Like its print counterpart, CleanEatingMag.com defines its mission as helping readers foster a healthy lifestyle that goes far beyond simply making healthier food choices. Staff nutritionists for the Clean Eating……………

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Tired of writing for the FOB? Veteran freelancers give their tips on how you can move up to feature bylines.

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Veteran freelancers explain their missteps, so you can avoid making the same mistakes.

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Any freelancer who’s built up a steady client base over the years can admit to having made their fair share of mistakes when he or she started out in the industry. Maybe it was underestimating the time it takes to get paid or taking editors’ feedback on their first, second or third drafts too personally….

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From leveraging the library to setting strategic Google alerts, here’s how to get the real deal on a prospective employer and ready yourself for that perfect position.

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When it comes to demonstrating good grammar, writers and editors, or any other communications professional, must excel. Careless copy could be the difference between getting your article or pitch red-penned or just flat-out rejected. “That written piece you turn in to your editor is your calling card,” said Sofia Romero, a managing editor based in…

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Fretting about tax time? Here’s what you need to know about filing as a freelancer.

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If you’re a freelance writer or beat reporter, you likely spend a lot of time on the go, either meeting with new clients or chasing your next assignment. You listen to music in the car, read a book on the subway and maybe check your email while you wait for your Uber ride. But have…

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Should you take a magazine to small claims court? One writer shares her story.

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By day, Dominic Chu is the smiling, now familiar face delivering the latest news on stock, bond and currency markets, but, generally speaking, he is a master of career reinvention. After a stint as a budding chef at Cornell University and success on Wall Street as a trader and investor, Chu made the jump to…

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Whether interviewing a world leader or hurling water balloons at her co-hosts, that’s Tamron Hall’s signature move: journalistic dexterity. As a co-host on Today, the face of her weekday MSNBC program, NewsNation with Tamron Hall, and host of Deadline Crime on DiscoveryID, the Texas native has been juggling gigs since joining the NBC news team five years ago….

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From joining a union to knowing state laws, here’s how independent contractors can prevent getting stiffed for their pay.

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Unable to find a publisher, Amanda Hocking took the fate of her success as an author into her own hands and released her YA troll princess tales as eBooks through Amazon. Although price points varied from 99 cents to $2.99, the results were astounding: 1.5 million copies sold. That success didn’t go unnoticed, as St….

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Editors reveal what makes for a successful, mutually beneficial writer-editor relationship

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Circulation: 2.5 million Frequency: 10 issues a year; January/February and July/August are double issues Special issues: None Background: Even though things rarely stay the same in magazine publishing, many people were surprised to learn that, after purchasing Shape magazine from American Media, Inc. (AMI), media conglomerate Meredith Corporation decided to shutter longtime rival Fitness. While……

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Guardian US’s arts, sports, opinion, money, business and features sections all accept freelance submissions.

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Between the two of them, Melissa Musen Gerstein and Denise Albert have racked up quite impressive credits as television producers for such highly rated shows as Good Morning America and Anderson Cooper 360. But after they became mothers, each had a yearning to branch off and start her own company. The result was what is…

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For journalists looking for freelance or full-time work, making a good first impression is all about the clips. Often requested before a story is assigned, clips are simply your writing samples or published articles. But how do you know which articles—and how many—to send? And how can you wield your power with the pen (or…

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Monthly unique visitors: 80-90 million Updated: Daily Background: Launched in 1999, SheKnows has the longevity that’s earned the online destination its place among the top-ranked sites for women in the United States. The flagship site targets women in their 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond and publishes smart, opinionated content on a wide range of subjects, including parenting,……

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‘A good mentor can push you to the heights you are capable of when your self-limiting beliefs [are] holding you back.’ —workplace expert Megan Dalla-Camina

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Let’s talk shop about one of the biggest hurdles you’ll be dealing with during the job hunt: salary. Both sides of the table know that’s the end game—and always will be, at least until your landlord agrees to barter blog posts or infographics for rent—but nobody wants to bring it up first. And if you’re…

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Sure, you’ve got yourself a LinkedIn profile. And, yes, maybe you joined a few professional groups way back when. But are you doing everything you can to maximize your presence on the top social media platform for job seekers? Probably not, according to our experts. Whether you’re looking to get your foot in the door…

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You know the drill: A job posts on the Internet; you respond and keep your fingers crossed for an interview. Whether you are looking for a permanent or temporary gig, is there any other way to find out about choice positions before the masses do? Yes, in fact. Mediabistro’s Revolving Door newsletter is a good way…

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Every editorial intern wants to stand out, but not everyone knows how to do it the right way. We talked to three editors to get the inside scoop on how to make a positive impression. You want your name to come up in discussions over who to hire after graduation, not when editors pass around…

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BBC Travel is a feature section of BBC.com that is directed to readers who, in the words of contributing editor Ellie Cobb, “are passionate about travel, are curious about people and places, and want to engage with the world around them.” Demographically, she says, “the target audience consists of people who are professional, affluent, intelligent and liberal. They are more concerned with the value of an experience than its price.”

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There’s no shortage of publications, both print and online, focused on travel, but Roads & Kingdoms strives to set itself apart with a focus on in-depth reporting. Nathan Thornburgh founded the website with Matt Goulding in 2012 because the pair felt there was no existing publication that presented travel writing within a journalistic frame. Hence the tagline for Roads & Kingdoms: “Travel and journalism, together at last.”

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Pacific Standard publications include a bimonthly print magazine and a daily website—PSMag.com—that put social and behavioral science research into lively, intelligent conversation with the news and the national debate.

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Pacific Standard publications include a bimonthly print magazine and a daily website—PSMag.com—that put social and behavioral science research into lively, intelligent conversation with the news and the national debate. To access this post, you must purchase AvantGuild Membership or MB Unlimited. To access this post, you must purchase AvantGuild Membership or MB Unlimited.

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As of June 2015, Ebony.com and its sister site JetMag.com (the digital version of the now-defunct print mag) have been under the direction of Kyra Kyles, who has built on Johnson Publishing’s 70-year-old brand as vice president, head of digital editorial, adding more visual and multimedia components indicative of her background in broadcast journalism…

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As of June 2015, Ebony.com and its sister site JetMag.com (the digital version of the now-defunct print mag) have been under the direction of Kyra Kyles, who has built on Johnson Publishing’s 70-year-old brand as vice president, head of digital editorial, adding more visual and multimedia components indicative of her background in broadcast journalism… To……

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You’ve spotted an opening on the job board for the perfect full-time or freelance gig, but the position is based miles away. What do you do—apply anyway? Although most media professionals can do the majority (if not all) of today’s work from a home office simply with a decent Internet connection and a working phone,…

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Glamorous celebrity profiles and hard-hitting investigative reports may be the domain of the feature well. But when it comes to shaping a magazine’s identity, expressing its voice, and keeping readers engaged issue after issue, back- and front-of-book departments are editorial’s workhorse. “They’re fundamental to the success of a magazine,” says GQ deputy editor Michael Hainey,…

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Monthly unique visitors: 2 million Updated: Daily Background: Taylor Swift may have packed up her guitar and cowboy boots and gone pop, but country music is still hotter than ever. In a music industry that has struggled to keep up with a new, digital terrain and flagging album sales, country music is actually thriving. It’s……

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The athlete discusses her interest in sports journalism and the double-edged sword that is social media.

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As the first woman of color to be the top editor at a Condé Nast publication—and someone who spent her early career in corporate law—Brides editor in chief Keija Minor knows a thing or two about breaking ground. “I left law because I was not passionate about it,” she says. It turned out, publishing was…

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Even as a child, Toan Lam knew he wanted to tell stories. He grew up in a rough neighborhood in South Sacramento, Calif., and used reading and writing as an outlet—and eventually a passport out of dodge. He worked as a TV reporter for several years before deciding he wanted to tell only inspiring stories…

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The career enthusiast reveals how she achieved success and advises on the right way for professionals to use social media.

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The Onion has evolved into much more than that satirical newspaper we all know and love. (Sample headline: “Obama Spends Afternoon in Garage Restoring Classic Drone.”) “America’s Finest News Source” has become a full-blown digital-media company that includes an alt-weekly entertainment news site called The A.V. Club and Onion Labs, its advertising/marketing layer that helps…

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Update: Eric Noe is no longer the managing editor at ABC News Digital. Eric Noe knows digital news. The journo, who began his career at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, has been with ABC News Digital since 2004. His current role as managing editor means he’s leading editorial operations for ABCNews.com and overseeing a team of 40…

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Jesse Ventura has never been one to mince his words. The Vietnam vet turned pro wrestler turned governor of Minnesota has been openly critical of, among other things, the nation’s two-party system, organized religion and the mainstream media. He’s also proved to be a staunch supporter of gay marriage and the rights of Mexican immigrants…

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Circulation: 115,000 for print; 700,000 online Frequency: Six times a year Special issues: Every issue is a special issue. The music and lifestyle magazine is currently exploring ideas for new themes, such as the premiere “Producers” issue (October/November). Other themes explored this year include “Spring Style” (February/March), “Photography” (April/May), “Summer Music” (June/July), “Fall Fashion” (August/September)……

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You have good days and bad days, successes and failures, but sooner or later you start thinking, “Is there a job out there more suitable for me?” By nature, even the coolest jobs start losing their luster the day you start them. So how do you learn to love your job once the honeymoon is over? Read on….

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Freelancers need to keep track of dozens of moving parts from day to day. Stories are at different stages of progression, being worked on at the same time. Various editors have specific preferences of how articles are styled and submitted. And while you’re working on assignments, a countless number of other story ideas are likely……

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Welcome to Pitches That Worked, a new feature for AG members that takes an actual query letter that landed its writer an assignment, and breaks down just what made it successful.  In our second installment, we illustrate (with numbered, hyperlinked comments) how freelancer Alan Krawitz’s laser-sharp pitch led to a string of 70+ Newsday assignments…

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Welcome to Pitches That Worked, a new feature for AG members that takes an actual query letter that landed its writer an assignment, and breaks down just what made it successful. Consider it your guide to the nuts and bolts of assignment-worthy pitches, complete with comments from the author of the pitch and the editor……

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Welcome to Pitches That Worked, a new feature for AG members that takes an actual query letter that landed its writer an assignment, and breaks down just what made it successful. Consider it your guide to the nuts and bolts of assignment-worthy pitches, complete with comments from the author of the pitch and the editor………

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Welcome to Pitches That Worked, a new feature for AG members that takes an actual query letter that landed its writer an assignment, and breaks down just what made it successful. Consider it your guide to the nuts and bolts of assignment-worthy pitches, complete with comments from the author of the pitch and the editor…………

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Welcome to Pitches That Worked, a new feature for AG members that takes an actual query letter that landed its writer an assignment, and breaks down just what made it successful. Consider it your guide to the nuts and bolts of assignment-worthy pitches, complete with comments from the author of the pitch and the editor……………

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Welcome to Pitches That Worked, a new feature for AG members that takes an actual query letter that landed its writer an assignment, and breaks down just what made it successful. Consider it your guide to the nuts and bolts of assignment-worthy pitches, complete with comments from the author of the pitch and the editor………………

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Welcome to Pitches That Worked, a new feature for AG members that takes an actual query letter that landed its writer an assignment, and breaks down just what made it successful. Consider it your guide to the nuts and bolts of assignment-worthy pitches, complete with comments from the author of the pitch and the editor…………………

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Welcome to Pitches That Worked, a new feature for AG members that takes an actual query letter that landed its writer an assignment, and breaks down just what made it successful. Consider it your guide to the nuts and bolts of assignment-worthy pitches, complete with comments from the author of the pitch and the editor……………………

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Welcome to Pitches That Worked, a new feature for AG members that takes an actual query letter that landed its writer an assignment, and breaks down just what made it successful. Consider it your guide to the nuts and bolts of assignment-worthy pitches, complete with comments from the author of the pitch and the editor………………………

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Welcome to Pitches That Worked, a new feature for AG members that takes an actual query letter that landed its writer an assignment, and breaks down just what made it successful. Consider it your guide to the nuts and bolts of assignment-worthy pitches, complete with comments from the author of the pitch and the editor…………………………

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Welcome to Pitches That Worked, a new feature for AG members that takes an actual query letter that landed its writer an assignment, and breaks down just what made it successful. Consider it your guide to the nuts and bolts of assignment-worthy pitches, complete with comments from the author of the pitch and the editor……………………………

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Welcome to Pitches That Worked, a new feature for AG members that takes an actual query letter that landed its writer an assignment, and breaks down just what made it successful. Consider it your guide to the nuts and bolts of assignment-worthy pitches, complete with comments from the author of the pitch and the editor………………………………

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When I was a devoted writer of fiction only, I understood the minuscule odds of my “making it” as a published author, but I believed I was different. I believed that my work ethic, my focused creativity and the sheer longevity of my commitment to writing (I wrote my first terrible novel at 12, my…

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Every writer — whether a novice or veteran journalist — has been there. You’ve got your laptop in front of you, a coffee by your side, maybe some snacks to munch on within reach. You put your fingers to the keyboard… and wait for a brilliant idea to strike — that eureka moment when you……

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Every writer — whether a novice or veteran journalist — has been there. You’ve got your laptop in front of you, a coffee by your side, maybe some snacks to munch on within reach. You put your fingers to the keyboard… and wait for a brilliant idea to strike — that eureka moment when you………

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Every writer — whether a novice or veteran journalist — has been there. You’ve got your laptop in front of you, a coffee by your side, maybe some snacks to munch on within reach. You put your fingers to the keyboard… and wait for a brilliant idea to strike — that eureka moment when you…………

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Every writer — whether a novice or veteran journalist — has been there. You’ve got your laptop in front of you, a coffee by your side, maybe some snacks to munch on within reach. You put your fingers to the keyboard… and wait for a brilliant idea to strike — that eureka moment when you……………

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So here’s a question we’ve been hearing a lot: “I’m a freelance writer for magazines and newspapers, and my friends tell me I should develop an expertise. Does this make good business sense?” Listen to your friends. Becoming an expert is one of the smartest moves a freelance writer can make. It means that editors…

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“We’ll pass. Thanks.” “Not right for us.” “Thanks, but no.” If you’ve received any of these as a response to a magazine article query, you’re definitely not alone. While many journalists are happy to receive some sort of response — some editors don’t acknowledge queries unless they want to assign a piece — it can…

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Anyone with the passion to write can start a WordPress or Tumblr and call himself a journalist, but there’s more to a career in journalism than just writing and reporting. And while it is possible to develop yourself as a self-made journalist by skipping the academic track, a journalism degree provides technical skills, networking opportunities and real-world perspectives from……

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For a working journalist, a fellowship from a university or foundation can be the best thing to reinvigorate your career, providing funding and other assistance for reporting projects, study and travel. Unfortunately, applying for them is kind of like dating: lots of different options, some with longer-term commitments than others and rejection is almost inevitable….

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Author Liz Alexander has been writing since she could pick up a pen. For the past 27 years she’s worked as a professional journalist with stints in related areas. With 15 nonfiction books to her name, she’s also advised dozens of business executives through the publication process as they have put out their own work…….

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In the spring of 2006, Amy Sutherland was looking for ways to promote her second book, Kicked, Bitten and Scratched. When her first idea—pitching magazine and newspaper editors stories related to her book’s subject—didn’t pan out, Sutherland took a different tack: targeting The New York Times’ Modern Love column. A regular reader of the feature, Sutherland studied it intently….

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So you’re a super-talented writer able to weave concepts into compelling narratives, interviews into stories of interest and ideas into novels. But how are your bookkeeping skills? We spoke with three freelance writers at various stages in their careers, all of whom have totally different approaches to bookkeeping. Below, check out their tips and glean……

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So you’re a super-talented writer able to weave concepts into compelling narratives, interviews into stories of interest and ideas into novels. But how are your bookkeeping skills? We spoke with three freelance writers at various stages in their careers, all of whom have totally different approaches to bookkeeping. Below, check out their tips and glean………

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So you’re a super-talented writer able to weave concepts into compelling narratives, interviews into stories of interest and ideas into novels. But how are your bookkeeping skills? We spoke with three freelance writers at various stages in their careers, all of whom have totally different approaches to bookkeeping. Below, check out their tips and glean…………

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So you’re a super-talented writer able to weave concepts into compelling narratives, interviews into stories of interest and ideas into novels. But how are your bookkeeping skills? We spoke with three freelance writers at various stages in their careers, all of whom have totally different approaches to bookkeeping. Below, check out their tips and glean……………

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So you’re a super-talented writer able to weave concepts into compelling narratives, interviews into stories of interest and ideas into novels. But how are your bookkeeping skills? We spoke with three freelance writers at various stages in their careers, all of whom have totally different approaches to bookkeeping. Below, check out their tips and glean………………

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You found the job opening, scheduled the interview, met the boss and now all there is to do is wallow in anxiety and check your email every 15 minutes, right? Wrong. As in dating, there are some tactical follow-ups to your first interview that may help secure your second, or even get you a job offer….

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While the traditional editorial job outlook is bleak, and you’re looking for steady work, seek out brand journalism. And if you think this a cop out by not exercising your true journalism muscles you’ve been trained to use, think again. Josh Sternberg, director of branded content at NBC News and former senior editor of Digiday’s Content Studio, believes journalistic training plays a…

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After you’ve skillfully answered all the interviewer’s questions and knocked your personal pitch out of the park, the hiring manager will inevitably ask you, “So, what questions do you have for me?” Here, three hiring managers reveal the top questions that will likely boost your chances of landing the job. What to Ask to Impress To ace…

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When you’re interviewing for a job, there’s often a thin line between saying too much and too little, which can be the difference between making a strong impression and making a wrong impression. The good news is that many interviewers rely on the same questions, which can be used to your advantage… if you know…

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Whether you live to eat or eat to live, food plays an important role in the lives of everyone. Food is so encompassing, it influences the region we live in, our health and wellbeing and even our faith practices. It’s also a great market for foodie writers. Read on for 10 outlets that crave your……

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Earlier this year, Modern Luxury, the largest publisher of luxury regional magazines in the United States, welcomed Marcy Bloom as its new senior VP and group publisher. Bloom is a publishing veteran who worked her way up the ranks at Condé Nast and while at the helm of Lucky magazine became the media giant’s youngest…

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Circulation: 500,000 Frequency: 10 issues a year Special issues: None Background: As its name suggests, Latina is a women’s magazine geared toward the needs and interests of “acculturated Latinas.” The publication’s audience consists of women who were born and educated in the United States, speak English and are immersed in American culture while maintaining a……

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As our job market continues to grow stronger, some media professionals still find themselves unemployed, or, if they’re working, unable to find that new gig. If you’ve been laid off or looking for a new job while working for a year or longer, the reason your phone isn’t ringing with corner office offers could be……

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Whether or not you work in public relations, in this day and age we’re basically all publicists and masters of our own communications. We have the potential to become personal branding gurus displaying the best product—ourselves—in the best possible light offline, online and all the time. Brand Thyself Jeffrey Hayzlett, host of The C-Suite on…

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A conference panel may seem like something you can “wing”—after all, how tough is it to sit and field questions about what you know best? But succeeding in front of a large crowd is actually much more complicated than just standing up and giving a speech. Consider the moving parts: getting your key points in;…

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The fashion public relations field has exploded and now it looks more glamorous than ever to be promoting big brands and attending runway shows. But it’s not all glitz and sparkle. The truth is that it takes a lot of hard work—including the kind of tasks you’d never wear Chanel while doing—to break into this…

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These days, every marketing effort has some aspect of social. Whether it’s pushing content via Twitter and Facebook, sharing the company’s unique culture on Instagram or fostering community engagement, social media jobs are growing faster than ever. Here’s a look at some of the jobs in the social media world and how to get your hands on one….

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Experts agree that there’s often no better way to make connections, pitch that story idea, land an agent or even find a new job than by face-to-face networking at conferences—but you can’t just show up with a stack of resumes and business cards and expect to hit gold. With a little planning and luck, though,…

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If you’ve got a JD diploma hanging in your office, you can probably go ahead and skip to the next article. But if you aren’t a member of the state bar, you may have a few questions about the fine print you’ve read on your client contracts. For example, what the difference is between “work……

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If you’ve got a JD diploma hanging in your office, you can probably go ahead and skip to the next article. But if you aren’t a member of the state bar, you may have a few questions about the fine print you’ve read on your client contracts. For example, what the difference is between “work………

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If you’ve got a JD diploma hanging in your office, you can probably go ahead and skip to the next article. But if you aren’t a member of the state bar, you may have a few questions about the fine print you’ve read on your client contracts. For example, what the difference is between “work…………

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We’ve all had bad managers. You know the ones—they inspire the stories you tell at happy hour and are the ghosts that haunt your every career move. And though you swear you’ll never be like them, how sure are you that their toxic ways aren’t tarnishing your own management skills? Sometimes we fall back on…

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Whether you’ve taken another position or are leaving your job voluntarily, you want to go out on a positive note—even if you’re not feeling so peachy about the company. If you choose to send a goodbye email, what exactly should you say? Who should the recipients be? When should you send it? Here are a…

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You’ve spit-and-polished your resume to a fare-thee-well, but can you make it stand out from the rest? How can you tweak your resume so it’s so unforgettable, the hiring manager not only has to call, but she also recalls your resume years after the fact? Below, 9 professionals and 1 student share the unique, creative…

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Let’s say you’ve taken on more duties or sought new challenges that strengthened your employer’s bottom line. Then review time comes and you’re passed over—again. Say what? Unfortunately, simply doing your job well is not always enough. There are some universal no-no’s that can prevent you from advancing your career. 1. You’re Too Shy Although…

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You may have only one career, but you have two key jobs. The first is doing whatever you were hired to do. The second—and just as important if you plan on staying—is keeping your boss happy with you, otherwise known as “managing up.” Being seen by your manager in a positive and productive light will…

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Managing employees isn’t easy, especially when the ink may still be drying on your promotion, but striking just the right interpersonal chord with your staff is crucial for both your fulfillment and theirs. You want your employees to like you, but also respect you. You want to stand with them, but also have them know…

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Your staff is a hard-working bunch. And while universally coveted salary increases, bonuses and promotions may be well deserved by some or all, they’re a no-go considering your budget and org chart. Yet, some workplace experts say non-cash, non-promotion rewards have the potential to not only keep your staff’s morale up, but motivate them even…

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“Fashion starts here” is the motto of Teen Vogue, and the magazine itself starts with Amy Astley. Tapped by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour to create a smart, fashion-savvy younger sister to Condé Nast’s fashion flagship, Astley edited four Teen Vogue test issues before the publication launched in January 2003. Since then, she has forged a…

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Ken Sunshine’s Sunshine & Sachs PR agency isn’t in the industry directories. Sunshine doesn’t blog. He doesn’t even have a Web site. He’s been known to turn down A-list celebrities calling for his help. “We don’t play it safe, we’re not genteel,” he says. “We name names and battle the media when we have to.”…

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Deborah Norville is first and foremost a survivor. This broadcast veteran endured one of the most brutal cases of career- and character-bashing ever inflicted on a television personality in the nineties, but emerged stronger for it. You can read more about it here, or just Google “Deborah Norville replaces Jane Pauly”. While on maternity leave…

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As features and special projects director of Harper’s Bazaar, Laura Brown works closely with editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey to create the fashion magazine’s most buzzed-about stories and celebrity covers that have garnered more than their fair share of ink. When she’s not in negotiations with Hollywood’s gatekeepers for access to the A-list, Brown moonlights as the magazine’s…

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When you think of alternative careers or side jobs a wordsmith could do, freelance reporting, blogging, writing, consulting or editing copy for any variety of industries come immediately to mind. But, beyond the obvious career moves, there are a whole slew of other fields that journalists can dabble in as side jobs or as a…

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With media jobs at a premium, that brilliant idea for a new media company that you’ve been batting for the past few months is starting to seem like your only way to break into the industry, escape your dead-end job or pull yourself out of unemployment. But before you start hitting up your friends for…

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Radio and TV play-by-play and color announcers may be the best-known personalities in the sports broadcasting business — but only as a public address announcer can you earn a nickname like the “Voice of God.” (That, of course, refers to Yankees P.A. legend Bob Sheppard, who retired last fall.) Those who hold P.A. gigs say…

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You don’t have to go far to find criticism of employers like Demand Studios, Contently and Associated Content. These “content farms” employ massive numbers of writers to generate cheap content primed to appear at the top of search engine results. They’re notorious for paying their writers next to nothing, having strict deadlines and offering very…

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All types of independent professionals have been hearing it for years—to do business today, you need a website. But what exactly is the function of your website when you’re a freelance writer? Unless you’re a blogger by trade, or selling books or products to consumers, it may be difficult to determine the purpose of your…

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As an official judge for the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition, I read a lot of essays, the quality of which fluctuated from powerful to pointless. Despite this range, what struck me most were the handful-and-a-half common, correctable mistakes that kept many essays, even potentially wonderful ones, from truly hitting their mark. With input from writers,…

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It used to be that blogs weren’t taken seriously, until it was revealed that what was once viewed as pet projects at best were really obsessively curated, regularly updated hits of information vital to professionals. By choosing to create content for specialized audiences, blogs can focus on and reveal information that may be considered too…

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For many writers, getting a book published with a major publishing house is the ultimate mark of success, a validation of talent and proof that years of toiling in anonymity were worth it. But for a select few — authors like John Grisham, J.K. Rowling, Nicholas Sparks and others — there’s an even greater pinnacle:…

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Television has been in Nina Parker’s blood from an early age. “I remember getting a cardboard box and making a TV, cutting it out and getting in it,” Parker said of her childhood. “I was obsessed with [book and cartoon show] The Littles, because I really believed as a kid that there were people in…

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Significant news stories aren’t necessarily guaranteed a space in the annals of public memory — they’re emblazoned there by gifted reporters. Soledad O’Brien is one of those journalistic storytellers who uses human interest pieces to thread us together by commonalities. Flanked by passion and a self-proclaimed love of learning, she’s been on the frontlines of…

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The thought of zit-filled yearbook photos, SAT anxiety and awkward interactions with the opposite sex are enough to banish any and all high school recollections to the farthest corners of most people’s minds. The thought of zit-filled yearbook photos, SAT anxiety and awkward interactions with the opposite sex are enough to banish any and all high…

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He’s been called the “King of Romance” but he rejects the title. People deemed him the “Sexiest Author Alive,” yet he’s a happily married father of five who is equally faithful to his small, North Carolina hometown. He’s been called a sappy, saccharine writer, yet with 16 bestsellers to his credit, he is undoubtedly the go-to…

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There are some TV personalities who, perhaps unbeknownst to them, become “friends” to their fans and viewers. You know how it is — the rational part of you realizes they couldn’t pick you out of a two-person lineup, but they’re just so darn likeable the imaginative part of you feels like you could just call…

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“Mogul” in its present overuse, is like the retired boxer of dictionary words: it used to pack a lot of punch, but now it’s gotten kind of flaccid and nondescript. Cathy Hughes doesn’t care much for the term either, especially when it’s being used to describe her. “I’m not a mogul. I hate that title…

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As a publicist, Marvet Britto’s roster is deep with celebrities (Angela Bassett, Kim Cattrall and the NBA’s Tyson Chandler), blue chip companies (Motorola and Microsoft) and an entire island (Anguilla). And while many in the PR biz toil in virtual anonymity on behalf of their clients, Britto is a star in her own right, with…

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When David Karp was 15, he dropped out of high school to be homeschooled on New York’s Upper West Side. At 17, he moved to Tokyo to work for UrbanBaby, an online parenting advice site with highly trafficked message boards full of urban-dwelling moms and dads. And when he was 20, he founded Tumblr, a…

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Way, way back in 1995, when the first dot-com domain name was celebrating its tenth birthday and the World Wide Web was still an incredibly young four years old, the Internet was truly unchartered territory. But for Ryan Schreiber, then a 19-year-old record store clerk, it was the perfect Petri dish for a new music…

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If you’re looking for the latest news on the economy these days, one place you might be turning to is American Public Media’s flagship broadcast, Marketplace. If so, you’re in the company of an estimated five million public radio listeners* who rely on host Kai Ryssdal to explain the intricacies of mortgage-backed securities, credit default…

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If you were a black girl in the late 1990s threading together the elements of a fabulous life, you undoubtedly read Honey. If you were a black girl in the late 1990s who aspired to feed yourself and your future family as a journalist, you undoubtedly cherished Honey. You also admired its founder, Kierna Mayo….

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Although his resume indicates otherwise, Mark Aldam nearly took a completely different career path into the financial services industry. Instead, he opted to make half the salary he would have made working in finance in New York and jumped at the opportunity to spend his 20s in what he describes as “the beautiful Berkshire hillside”…

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Tucker Carlson prefers not to pull a comb or brush through his hair. It’s among his pet peeves. So when Mediabistro visited with him in his downtown Washington, D.C. office on a recent weekday, it wasn’t too surprising that his thick wavy hair was awry or that he had donned washed out jeans, sneakers and…

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mediabistro.com recently spoke with Cashmore about the evolving nature of the site, his reaction to incessant coverage of himself in tech blogs, whether online media outlets should impose pay walls, and if he thinks MySpace will ever bounce back. Pete Cashmore is founder and CEO of Mashable, one of the largest blogs in terms of audience….

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I recently performed a little efficiency test to make sense of my profit and losses — the latter of which had been feeling especially heavy lately. I assessed my workload in terms of both money and time, and the results were surprising. When I broke down each client by hourly pay, my main client, the…

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Lola Ogunnaike was working her way up the ranks as a features reporter, making the jump from the New York Daily News to the New York Times, when her career took its first lump in 2006: a one-week suspension from NYT, reportedly for appearing on The View without her editor’s permission. “If you can really…

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With Diane Sawyer’s near-5-year-run on ABC “World News”, the spotlight is once again on the female news anchor and the progress that broadcast news has made in the past decade. But in 1987, almost 20 years prior to Katie Couric earning a spot as the first woman to anchor a network broadcast, María Elena Salinas became an…

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With more than 200 million visitors over the past ten years, PostSecret’s success is the stuff of Internet marketing dreams. And yet, founder Frank Warren has remained — some might say stubbornly — wedded to a non-remunerative model that eschews paid advertising and other profit streams in order to keep his project “pure” — the only income…

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You don’t need to be a member of the Upper East Side elite to know that Gossip Girl is a force to be reckoned with. With 11 books in the original series, prequels, a spinoff series, and a five-season TV show, Gossip Girl has firmly cemented its place as one of the most successful young…

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Dubbed by The New York Times as the man “who may represent the future of celebrity journalism,” Levin presides over TMZ.com (with its 10.8 million monthly visitors) and executive produces and hosts TMZ TV, seen in 45 countries around the world. “TMZ is not a Web site and a television show,” he says. “It’s a…

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Don’t tell Hoda Kotb you can’t get a job in television. Not unless you’ve lived in your car for weeks traveling cross country in the same interview suit to find one like she did, that is. “I do think if you are tenacious, somebody will hire you,” she says. Kotb speaks from experience: The Today…

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To folks used to slowly toiling their way up the ladder in the world of magazines, Noah Callahan-Bever may seem to have shot up really quickly to the role of EIC at Marc Ecko’s Complex. But Callahan-Bever has been working at urban music/culture magazines in New York since before he graduated high school, and had…

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Most writers’ love affairs with words usually begin with a pivotal book or a poem, maybe even an especially moving piece in Highlights. Denene Millner‘s blossomed reading the lyrics on the back of a Stevie Wonder album cover when she was a kid. “I don’t remember thinking I could write something like that. I just…

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According to a slew of media reports detailing how the economic crisis has disproportionately affected millennials, most 20-somethings are unemployed or underemployed and bunking on their parents’ sofa, eating Frosted Flakes for dinner and trying to figure out what to do with their lives. Except for Kara Taylor, that is. At just 25, Taylor is…

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When gossip is about you, it’s generally a bad thing. When gossip produces the spoils of a million dollar brand, it’s a good thing. That’s the end Natasha Eubanks doesn’t mind being on. The blogstress and entrepreneur launched The YBF (that stands for The Young, Black and Fabulous) back in 2005 when she noticed major online…

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Shot on location in Ireland, History Channel’s Vikings looks and sounds a lot like the 2000 film Gladiator, right down to the shifty clan leader Earl Haraldson and tormented protagonist Ragnar Lothbrok. And thanks to writer and executive producer Michael Hirst—the man who brought you the Cate Blanchett film Elizabeth and Showtime’s The Tudors—the series…

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Mike Catherwood’s years of hard work and refining his craft paid off on January 28, 2011. That’s when the 32-year-old filled in for Regis Philbin on Live! with Regis and Kelly after he was selected as part of the show’s “Men of Radio Co-Host for a Day” contest. The former Kevin & Bean (KROQ-FM 106.7)…

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For those journos who are ready to say “so long” to whittling word rates and chasing checks, we decided to address (and sometimes debunk) a few of the most common myths about jobs in the PR biz. As it turns out, while the transition is rarely seamless, many seasoned PR pros have made the leap—and…

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Dealing with one job loss is bad enough, but media professionals have found themselves downsized once, twice, sometimes even three times. Repeated blows to the income, and in some cases the self-esteem, could be enough to convince anyone that she’ll never again be able to get a job and leave on her own terms (like…

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You never know when a promising networking opportunity will strike. It could be at a conference, a book signing, a friend’s dinner party or just a chance encounter on public transit. In any of these scenarios, the pressure’s on you to make a positive impression so that when the time is right, the stars are…

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Warren Buffett’s famous quote on reputation goes like this: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” Reputation is breakable and needs to be maintained, but with a little common sense and effort you can manage your brand’s view. What…

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Asking your boss for an official review may sound like asking for trouble, but it actually has a number of not-so-obvious advantages for both your peace of mind and your chances for promotion. The question is: Do you feel secure enough to ask for one? Here, job experts explain why a simple “How am I…

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Media jobs are like fickle romantic partners. What seemed like a sure thing when you first started can suddenly go south, especially when budgets and staffs tighten. Like any relationship, you need to tend to your job and prove the value you bring to it in order to keep it. But you can’t exactly buy…

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Everyone loves a good Top 10 list. We see them in magazines, scroll through them on blogs and usually chuckle when Clickhole or McSweeney’s serve up a satirical top ten. Listicles provide a punchy way to assemble information in an easy-to-read article format. We asked writers and editors what makes a listicle work, why audiences…

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When I talk to people of all ages about “networking,” they have valid reasons for bristling. They are shy. They fear rejection. But with networking being a key player in you scoring that dream job, you need to know how to reach out the right way. Because we are all in the business of communicating,…

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Whether you’re a recent college grad looking for your first job or a seasoned professional looking for a new opportunity, social media is incredibly useful for job hunters. Using social media to land a new job goes far beyond updating your LinkedIn job history and making sure those party photos aren’t visible on Facebook. In addition…

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Tikeisha Harris isn’t exactly what you would call an extrovert. She’s friendly (once you get to know her) and personable (once you get to know her). The challenge is—you guessed it—getting to know her. In her personal time, the Washington, D.C.-area blogger and writer is a social butterfly, but when it comes to networking events,…

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As most of us know, job hunting can be a very stressful—not to mention time-consuming—process. While searching for a new job can seem like a never-ending footpath through a forest of CVs and interviews, there are some simple ways you can improve your prospects and help speed along the job search. We’ve outlined tips and…

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The truth in advertising is that the field is so competitive, and open positions so few, that getting a gig in the modern ad business is as difficult as landing a major account. Even internships are hard to get, and that route is hardly a secret. So, if you’re a journalist or other media professional…

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Social media can be a huge asset for job-seekers. That is, if you have a solid profile. What does your social media profile say about you? What should you put on it—and what should you leave off? Follow these tips to ensure your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest (and whatever comes next) pages are a reflection…

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Fashion bloggers are becoming increasingly high profile, especially considering that those at the top of their game have their own agents, publicists and image consultants. Since anyone with the time, talent and vision can start a blog, fashion blogging has leveled the playing field for so many looking to make an impact on the industry….

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By far, the fastest way to blow a job interview is to get on your interviewer’s nerves. Of course, no one sets out to annoy his or her potential boss, but knowing where those frayed nerves are isn’t as obvious as you might think. Below, harried hiring managers and other fed up experts gladly share…

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One of the biggest job interview fears is getting a question you didn’t see coming: not a “trick” question sadistically designed to trip you up (which rarely happens), but a strategic question meant to squeeze between your talking points to solicit a more honest, and often awkward, truth. Handling these queries well requires anticipating the…

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The interviewer sitting across the table might seem perfectly chatty, but her questions are loaded with ulterior motives. While you might think you’re the answer to her hiring needs, it can be nigh on impossible to get that across—unless you’re thoroughly prepped to answer her queries. We asked three industry pros to tell us which…

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You’ve been sending out applications left and right and yet there’s been nary a nibble. It’s not you—you’re great. You match all the job requirements (and quite a few of the “nice to have” skills, too). You wrote an engaging cover letter. Your background itself is on-point. So what gives? It might just be your…

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A resume can be thought of as a summation of your professional life on a page—cold, hard facts about your education; start and end dates of various jobs; lists of software programs you’ve mastered along the way. It’s your sales tool that will hopefully bump you ahead to the interview stage of the hiring process…

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There are only two focal points in a cover letter: the position and you, the applicant. So, if you want to land the job, you better clearly state the connection between your experience and the employer’s requirements. Merely swapping out greetings and company names with each submission doesn’t cut it. “If you can’t write a…

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You may spend hours (or days) writing and agonizing over your resume, but once it gets in front of a recruiter, HR staffer or hiring manager, each will spend just 15 seconds deciding whether to pass on or pursue you as a candidate. Since your CV will get attention for less time than it takes to…

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It’s an age-old conundrum: Whether you were unemployed for a while or took a leave of absence, how do you deal with date lapses on your resume? Traditionally, there are two schools of thought when addressing a period of unemployment on your resume: Ignore the gap and deal with it later when you actually speak…

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These days, simply applying via a job site and hoping for the best is like trying to get a date by slipping your phone number in with the junk mail. Assuming you don’t already personally know someone who works at your target company, how do you get your resume past the front door and into the hands of a…

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We’re always getting questions about what certain obscure—or sometimes not-so-obscure—publishing terms mean.  To help, we’re rolling out Mediabistro’s media glossary. So, freelancers and media-job–seekers: Bookmark this bad boy and hit it up whenever you’re asking yourself, “What the heck is a nut graf?!” All-rights contract: A legal contract between a publisher and a freelance writer which…

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If you enjoy research, are skilled in technical writing and can understand complex jargon, becoming a medical writer or editor could be the perfect way to expand your portfolio—and your paycheck. “The opportunity for good medical communicators is tremendous and is continuing to grow,” says Brian Bass, co-author of The Accidental Medical Writer. “The medical communications field…

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