Saturday, January 23, 2010

Can you do hard news?

Joan passed this along:
"The SanTan Sun News needs another strong, hard news writer to take a story or two per issue. Send a resume and clips to
Laurie Fagen
SanTan Sun News

The SanTan Sun News, based in Chandler, is an excellent and well-read community paper. It focuses on southern Chandler and Ocotillo, but provides thorough coverage of downtown and city goings-on as well. I strongly believe "local local" papers and news sites (their web site is high-quality, too) will be major players in journalism as we move forward through these uncertain times, and the SanTan Sun is a prime example of how well they can do. They have a large ad base and beefy sections.
However, I have no idea how much they pay because I've never worked for them. I tried a few times to contact Laurie, but she never returned my calls or e-mails. So don't bother to use my name if you want to reach her, because apparently I hold no clout (or I did something to really cross her at one point, although I can't remember doing so).

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Meet AP bigwigs

Thank you to Alan for this...
Discover the Associated Press
on January 28, 2010

Pauline Arrillaga, National Writer, Associated Press and Josh Hoffner, Deputy West Editor, Associated Press, Phoenix

Pauline Arrillaga, National Writer, Associated Press, and Josh Hoffner, Deputy West Editor, Associated Press, will lead a panel from the newly established AP hub in Phoenix. Attendees will:
  • Hear an overview of the Associated Press (AP)
  • Understand the new AP hub in Phoenix.
  • Learn how decisions on newsworthiness are made.
  • Determine how AP subscribers select material AP releases.
  • Find out the media perspective on the book world.
  • Grasp the process for submitting review books, CDs, DVDs or eBooks.
  • Discover best way to approach AP without being a pest.
  • Hear how an author can be recognized as an expert for interviews.
  • Get the scoop on how you license an AP photo for use in a book.
  • Learn how to gain permission to use an article or an excerpt in a book.
The Associated Press is the backbone of the world's information system serving thousands of daily newspaper, radio, television and online customers with coverage in all media and news in all formats. It is the largest and oldest news organization in the world, serving as a source of news, photos, graphics, audio and video.

AP's mission is to be the essential global news network, providing distinctive news services of the highest quality, reliability and objectivity with reports that are accurate, balanced and informed. AP operates as a not-for-profit cooperative with more than 4,000 employees working in more than 240 worldwide bureaus. AP is owned by its 1,500 U.S. daily newspaper members. They elect a board of directors that directs the cooperative.

AP supplies a steady stream of news around the clock to its domestic members, international subscribers and commercial customers. It has the industry's most sophisticated digital photo network, a 24-hour continuously updated online news service, a state-of-the-art television news service and one of the largest radio networks in the United States. It also has a commercial digital photo archive, a photo library housing more than 10 million images.

AP has received 49 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other news organization in the categories for which it can compete. It has 30 photo Pulitzers, the most of any news organization.

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Glance Magazine?

Do you know of Glance Magazine? I'm trying to find out if they are legit?

Checklist needed

Hi all,

I have a potential gig that (part of which...) would involve me taking the research and draft work of interns and turning it into high-level articles... I want to create a checklist for the interns that includes the things they have to sign off on, ie, have checked copyright laws, have double-checked facts, etc. Does anyone have anything like that that I could use as a basis for what I need?


Best regards,


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Copy editing rates

Easy question:

"Does anyone have the going rates for a copy editor. All online. No other details.

I wouldn't bid on a job unless I had more details. If it's technical copy, I'd want at least $75, maybe $100 an hour. For something simple, probably $50 would do.

Anyone else want to chime in?