Monday, August 30, 2010

Journalism Jumpstart Workshop Series

The face of journalism is evolving faster than in any other time in
history - are you prepared? Join Phoenix SPJ and the Rocky Mountain
chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
(NATAS) in a series of six workshops designed to reinvent you and your
career direction.

The workshops are free to SPJ and NATAS members, $10 to people who
RSVP in advance and $15 at the door (cash only). Or you can purchase
all six for $50 (or if you join either group in person at any one of
the workshops you can get in all remaining workshops for free). Light
desserts and beverages will also be provided courtesy of Media Watch

The first workshop is September 8, so be sure to check out
for all the info. See you there!

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

AZ Lifestyle seeks "writers"

One of our colleagues says that AZ Lifestyle magazine is looking for "writers," but I put that in quotation marks because there are a few caveats. I'm not sure any professionals would want to take this on, but if you know college students just starting out, it might be a way for them to build some bylines.

1. Pay sucks. They pay $150 for stories around 1,500 words or more. Often you must find and send your own photographs.
2. It's a fight to get paid. They are supposed to pay 30 days after publication, but you have to file an invoice and then nag and nag and nag. They no longer have an editor - you work with the publisher, Greg Tortorello.
3. All of the stories are previewed for the people interviewed in the stories prior to publication, and the advertising people are actively involved in editorial matters.

It's online at They're trying to beef up their online presence.

To reach the publisher, send an email to