A Crossword to Avoid Editorial Disgruntlement [PDF]
In honor of Crossword Puzzle Day, which today marks the 105th birthday of the first crossword, we created one of our own for disgruntled editors everywhere.
The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Pitching
Is your pitching style keeping you from scoring better freelance jobs? Get up to speed on the elements of a good pitch and the pros and cons of different pitching styles.
Yes, Good Grammar Is (Still) Important, and Here’s Why
Is a focus on grammar worth your time? Yes, it is. Dear Megan gives us three good reasons why you should care about grammar, the good kind.
Top 7 Etiquette Rules for Public Relations (3 of 5)
For the dynamic between a publicist and a writer, here are some thoughtful etiquette rules to keep in mind and exercise in your daily professional routine.
Invasion of the Word Snatchers: Emoji, GIFs and ‘Moar’… Does It Bother You? [Survey Results]
Emojis, GIFs and horrid spelling are running rampant in our social media-crazed world. We surveyed 50+ professionals between the ages of 21 and 65 about their thoughts on the inescapable trend.
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From ‘Chopped’ to ‘Master Chef’: Making Food TV With Crystal Bahmaie
Chomping at the bit to write or produce in the food industry? Read our interview with veteran television producer and writer Crystal Bahmaie, with credits that include producing and writing for ‘MasterChef’, producing for Disney, and six seasons as Senior Producer on ‘Chopped’.
The Role of a Publicist in Journalism and How They Help Writers, Too (1 of 5)
In part one of our five-part series on publicists, we discuss the role of a publicist and how they can benefit both publications and freelance writers.
How to Write the Perfect Bio for Your CV Portfolio and Get More Work
Your writer bio is a key factor when brands consider hiring you as a freelance writer. Is yours sparkling or bordering on cray-cray? Megan’s here to help you take a gut check.
17 ‘Word Crimes’ That Make Your Editor Cry (With a Little Fun Finger-Shaming From Weird Al)
It’s four years later and we still can’t get enough of Weird Al’s “Word Crimes.” It’s such a compact, word-nerdy review of the basic writing mistakes that we’ve indexed 17 key points to help you recap.
Becoming an Influencer: 6 Keys to Double-Gigging As a Writer and Influencer (5 of 5)
If you’re toying with the idea of double-gigging yourself as a professional writer and an influencer, learn how to set yourself up for success and to protect your reputation in the world of media.
Becoming an Influencer: Advice From Journalists Who Are Both Writers and Influencers (3 of 5)
Learn from wordsmiths who have grown impressive followings all while continuing to be journalists. Here, they share their career stories and best advice.
5 Things You Need to Know About Google+ Shutting Down (Surprised It Still Existed?)
On the #ContentRader this week: Google+ is finally gone for good. Also, Instagram copies Snapchat again; web and social use hasn’t grown in two years; and Burger King’s new ads show robots aren’t taking your job yet.
The Niche Content Creator: Writing for IT and Services
Tech writers are in huge demand. But tech is so broad in our hyper-connected world, how do you find your niche? For perspective, we chat with Karen Bannan, an expert who found her tech niche at a young age and now covers everything from software development best practices to the potential uses of blockchain technology.
How to Write a Lead: 10 Dos, 10 Don’ts, 10 Good Examples
Good lead. Good read. Sharpen your hooks to grab readers’ attention from the get-go, with examples of great and not-so-great leads.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of AI-Powered Journalism: What You Need to Know
Writers, relax. Marketers, wise up: There’s a difference between utility and humanity — and it matters for your brand reputation. Here are three examples of the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to robot-powered journalism.