Evelyn Tipacti's blog listings. Feed Zend_Feed_Writer 1.10.8 (http://framework.zend.com) http://www.profnetconnect.com/evelyntipacti Making Lateral Moves as a Freelancer On Tuesday, Oct. 28, we hosted our latest #ConnectChat, "Making Lateral Moves as a Freelancer," with Joanne Cleaver (@jycleaver), a freelance business journalist and author since 1981, and a strategic communication consultant who helps organizations and experts develop and deliver strategic messages that build reputation and authority.

Joanne discussed managing time, getting clients/assignments,increasing work opportunities by making lateral moves, next month's ASJA (American Society of Journalists and Authors) Content Connections conference in Chicago and much more.

Please follow @ProfNet and @editorev on Twitter for more information on future chats or check back right here on ProfNet Connect for details.

Joanne, please tell us about yourself and about what you do.

I’m a content strategy & communication consultant: Wilson-taylorassoc.com . My firm helps clients develop & deliver stories, often based on our original research. Our specialties include women in business, entrepreneurship, career pathing & communication & media training.

I’m also a former newspaper deputy biz editor; staff content manager; & nationally published writer. And, I wrote www.thecareerlattice.com  about lateral moves for career growth. Over is the New Up!

What’s the biggest mistake someone can make starting out as a freelancer?

1) Not realizing that client care is 50% of your time and probably 80% of your energy. 2) Writing for love not money...you need both! 3) Saying you can write anything. You can't. Specializing is key.

How does one go about landing their first client or their first assignment? It’s a struggle to get them even when more established.

The sweet spot: pitch what you know that isn't being covered. Bring insight. Surprise the editor or client with a fresh take. Bring a point of view, not just facts.

What do you suggest for managing one’s time between family, writing and other activities?

Having it all is possible! Just define 'it all.' For me, it's a blend of creative writing, content strategy, and business writing…plus quilting. The freelance delusion that you can write while the kids play. Not. Treat your professional time as such.

Multitasking triumph deadline bread! Here's the recipe: proof yeast in a.m. Make calls. Make dough & set to rise. Make more calls. Knead & fold into pans. Let rise. Write. Put bread in oven. Work out. Reward yourself! Start deadline bread at 9 a.m., serve warm bread to kids home from school at 3.

How much time does one need to devote to pitching, landing a client, writing a story and starting the cycle again?

I allow 3 - 4 months lead time from idea to payment. Now, let's break it down. Develop a unique angle for THIS client. Find the decision maker. Allow a month for the decision. Expect to evolve the idea...and your fee, as you do. I try to tee up the next assignment as I win the current one. Under promise, over deliver. I add a small extra soon after I start, such as a sidebar. Outline the project schedule & deliverables (yeah, corporate speak). Deadlines = payment.

Check in to make sure reality matches expectations. The sweet spot: pitch what you know, that isn't being covered. Give ideas for graphics, social content. Can you refer to a designer, etc.? Deliver top journalistic quality. Corporate clients love this! Use anecdotes, short stories to illustrate data. It IS like Build A Bear! Start with a leg, add an arm. Cross sell within a company. Show client love by referring THEM to potential customers, clients.

When it comes to money, people often have no idea what to do. How do you manage when you’re a beginner without a fixed income?

Ebyline is a great place to gain traction. I have gained great clients through Ebyline. Specialize! OWN a topic & network with experts. Learn how at @ASJAConCon Nov. 13. Team with other freelancers for projects. Don't be the lone ranger.

Is it easier to freelance when you already have a steady FT or PT job?

Starting with FT or PT job gives you specialization and potential conflicts of interest. To career lattice into freelancing, build a portfolio with association projects. Association work puts you in front of trends and potential clients. Millennials can get a fast start via nonprofit work, building authority.

Once you’ve become a more experienced freelancer, there’s still room to grow to increase your opportunities –how can someone branch out into other things while continuing to freelance?

Freelancers must find their own lateral moves. The Career Lattice shows how. I discovered I was great at communication and media training. Expect to invest in training to build new skills. I took a train the trainer course. One caveat: many writers suck at speaking. And it's hard to get paid for speaking. Speaking requires deep knowledge plus stage presence. Writers typically have just the knowledge.

What about former journalists who may not be looking to work as freelancers – what opportunities exist for people with their skills?

Lateral moves are the only way. Consider research, analyst jobs in your beat. Project management skills are valuable, too. Know your core people skills for potential advocacy, communication jobs. If you think all PR jobs are 'the dark side,' you see the world only in black and white.

You’re very involved with the ASJA. What’s your role with the organization?

I founded and chair Content Connections, @ASJAConCon, where freelancers meet content clients. The Content Connections committee is the best!

Can you please tell us about the upcoming conference?

Why, yes, I can! Content creatives: learn how subject matter expertise = client cash flow. Corporate and nonprofit clients can find the writers they need for content goals. Plus: power networking, workshops, and lots of muffins. Keynote is @JayHeinrichs - smart & funny. Details at www.asjaconferences.org 

Whether you're a reporter, blogger, author or other content creator, ProfNet can help you with your search for expert sources. You can send a query to tens of thousands of experts and PR agents, search the more than 60,000 profiles on ProfNet Connect, or get timely experts and story ideas by email -- all for free! Need help getting started? Email us at profnet@profnet.com

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:47:52 -0500 http://www.profnetconnect.com/evelyntipacti/blog/2014/10/29/_making_lateral_moves_as_a_freelancer http://www.profnetconnect.com/evelyntipacti/blog/2014/10/29/_making_lateral_moves_as_a_freelancer On Tuesday, Oct. 28, we hosted our latest #ConnectChat, "Making Lateral Moves as a Freelancer," with Joanne Cleaver (@jycleaver), a freelance business journalist and author since 1981, and a strategic communication consultant who helps organizations and experts develop and deliver strategic messages that build reputation and authority.

Joanne discussed managing time, getting clients/assignments,increasing work opportunities by making lateral moves, next month's ASJA (American Society of Journalists and Authors) Content Connections conference in Chicago and much more.

Please follow @ProfNet and @editorev on Twitter for more information on future chats or check back right here on ProfNet Connect for details.

Joanne, please tell us about yourself and about what you do.

I’m a content strategy & communication consultant: Wilson-taylorassoc.com . My firm helps clients develop & deliver stories, often based on our original research. Our specialties include women in business, entrepreneurship, career pathing & communication & media training.

I’m also a former newspaper deputy biz editor; staff content manager; & nationally published writer. And, I wrote www.thecareerlattice.com  about lateral moves for career growth. Over is the New Up!

What’s the biggest mistake someone can make starting out as a freelancer?

1) Not realizing that client care is 50% of your time and probably 80% of your energy. 2) Writing for love not money...you need both! 3) Saying you can write anything. You can't. Specializing is key.

How does one go about landing their first client or their first assignment? It’s a struggle to get them even when more established.

The sweet spot: pitch what you know that isn't being covered. Bring insight. Surprise the editor or client with a fresh take. Bring a point of view, not just facts.

What do you suggest for managing one’s time between family, writing and other activities?

Having it all is possible! Just define 'it all.' For me, it's a blend of creative writing, content strategy, and business writing…plus quilting. The freelance delusion that you can write while the kids play. Not. Treat your professional time as such.

Multitasking triumph deadline bread! Here's the recipe: proof yeast in a.m. Make calls. Make dough & set to rise. Make more calls. Knead & fold into pans. Let rise. Write. Put bread in oven. Work out. Reward yourself! Start deadline bread at 9 a.m., serve warm bread to kids home from school at 3.

How much time does one need to devote to pitching, landing a client, writing a story and starting the cycle again?

I allow 3 - 4 months lead time from idea to payment. Now, let's break it down. Develop a unique angle for THIS client. Find the decision maker. Allow a month for the decision. Expect to evolve the idea...and your fee, as you do. I try to tee up the next assignment as I win the current one. Under promise, over deliver. I add a small extra soon after I start, such as a sidebar. Outline the project schedule & deliverables (yeah, corporate speak). Deadlines = payment.

Check in to make sure reality matches expectations. The sweet spot: pitch what you know, that isn't being covered. Give ideas for graphics, social content. Can you refer to a designer, etc.? Deliver top journalistic quality. Corporate clients love this! Use anecdotes, short stories to illustrate data. It IS like Build A Bear! Start with a leg, add an arm. Cross sell within a company. Show client love by referring THEM to potential customers, clients.

When it comes to money, people often have no idea what to do. How do you manage when you’re a beginner without a fixed income?

Ebyline is a great place to gain traction. I have gained great clients through Ebyline. Specialize! OWN a topic & network with experts. Learn how at @ASJAConCon Nov. 13. Team with other freelancers for projects. Don't be the lone ranger.

Is it easier to freelance when you already have a steady FT or PT job?

Starting with FT or PT job gives you specialization and potential conflicts of interest. To career lattice into freelancing, build a portfolio with association projects. Association work puts you in front of trends and potential clients. Millennials can get a fast start via nonprofit work, building authority.

Once you’ve become a more experienced freelancer, there’s still room to grow to increase your opportunities –how can someone branch out into other things while continuing to freelance?

Freelancers must find their own lateral moves. The Career Lattice shows how. I discovered I was great at communication and media training. Expect to invest in training to build new skills. I took a train the trainer course. One caveat: many writers suck at speaking. And it's hard to get paid for speaking. Speaking requires deep knowledge plus stage presence. Writers typically have just the knowledge.

What about former journalists who may not be looking to work as freelancers – what opportunities exist for people with their skills?

Lateral moves are the only way. Consider research, analyst jobs in your beat. Project management skills are valuable, too. Know your core people skills for potential advocacy, communication jobs. If you think all PR jobs are 'the dark side,' you see the world only in black and white.

You’re very involved with the ASJA. What’s your role with the organization?

I founded and chair Content Connections, @ASJAConCon, where freelancers meet content clients. The Content Connections committee is the best!

Can you please tell us about the upcoming conference?

Why, yes, I can! Content creatives: learn how subject matter expertise = client cash flow. Corporate and nonprofit clients can find the writers they need for content goals. Plus: power networking, workshops, and lots of muffins. Keynote is @JayHeinrichs - smart & funny. Details at www.asjaconferences.org 

Whether you're a reporter, blogger, author or other content creator, ProfNet can help you with your search for expert sources. You can send a query to tens of thousands of experts and PR agents, search the more than 60,000 profiles on ProfNet Connect, or get timely experts and story ideas by email -- all for free! Need help getting started? Email us at profnet@profnet.com

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Upcoming #ConnectChat: Making Lateral Moves as a Freelancer Our next #ConnectChat, “Making Lateral Moves as a Freelancer " will feature Joanne Cleaver (@jycleaver), a freelance business journalist and author since 1981 and a strategic communication consultant who helps organizations and experts develop and deliver strategic messages that build reputation and authority.

Joanne will discuss how to manage your time and money for sustainable growth as a freelancer, a career that requires the ability to multitask in order to be successful. She will also discuss how to make lateral moves which will give you more work opportunities and make you more marketable.

The chat will take place Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 3 to 4:30 p.m, EDT and Joanne will be tweeting under the handle @ASJAConCon. Cleaver chairs Content Connections, ASJA's Chicago conference that focuses on digital and custom content. 

To submit questions for Joanne in advance, please email profnetconnect@prnewswire.com or tweet your question to @ProfNet or @editorev.

We'll try to get to as many questions as we can. Of course, you can also ask your question live during the chat. To help you keep track of the conversation, we’ll use the #connectchat hashtag. Please use that hashtag if you are tweeting a question or participating in the chat.

If you can't make it to the chat, don't worry -- a transcript will be provided on ProfNet Connect the next day.

 

About Joanne Cleaver

Joanne Cleaver was a financial journalist for 25 years, including 4 1/2 years as real estate editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and 21 years as a full time freelance writer and editor. Her work has been published nationally in Inc., the Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business, Good Housekeeping, Working Woman, CBS Moneywatch, and many other outlets; she has authored seven books, most recently, The Career Lattice (McGraw Professional, 2012). Three of her books were on small business growth. 

She leads strategic communication firm Wilson-Taylor Associates, Inc., which offers media readiness coaching and training for organizations and experts; Wilson-Taylor also designs and manages content, editorial and research projects for all media. Contact her at jycleaver@wilson-taylorassoc.com.&nb...

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:34:45 -0500 http://www.profnetconnect.com/evelyntipacti/blog/2014/10/23/upcoming_connectchat:_making_lateral_moves_as_a_freelancer http://www.profnetconnect.com/evelyntipacti/blog/2014/10/23/upcoming_connectchat:_making_lateral_moves_as_a_freelancer Our next #ConnectChat, “Making Lateral Moves as a Freelancer " will feature Joanne Cleaver (@jycleaver), a freelance business journalist and author since 1981 and a strategic communication consultant who helps organizations and experts develop and deliver strategic messages that build reputation and authority.

Joanne will discuss how to manage your time and money for sustainable growth as a freelancer, a career that requires the ability to multitask in order to be successful. She will also discuss how to make lateral moves which will give you more work opportunities and make you more marketable.

The chat will take place Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 3 to 4:30 p.m, EDT and Joanne will be tweeting under the handle @ASJAConCon. Cleaver chairs Content Connections, ASJA's Chicago conference that focuses on digital and custom content. 

To submit questions for Joanne in advance, please email profnetconnect@prnewswire.com or tweet your question to @ProfNet or @editorev.

We'll try to get to as many questions as we can. Of course, you can also ask your question live during the chat. To help you keep track of the conversation, we’ll use the #connectchat hashtag. Please use that hashtag if you are tweeting a question or participating in the chat.

If you can't make it to the chat, don't worry -- a transcript will be provided on ProfNet Connect the next day.

 

About Joanne Cleaver

Joanne Cleaver was a financial journalist for 25 years, including 4 1/2 years as real estate editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and 21 years as a full time freelance writer and editor. Her work has been published nationally in Inc., the Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business, Good Housekeeping, Working Woman, CBS Moneywatch, and many other outlets; she has authored seven books, most recently, The Career Lattice (McGraw Professional, 2012). Three of her books were on small business growth. 

She leads strategic communication firm Wilson-Taylor Associates, Inc., which offers media readiness coaching and training for organizations and experts; Wilson-Taylor also designs and manages content, editorial and research projects for all media. Contact her at jycleaver@wilson-taylorassoc.com.&nb...

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SPOTLIGHT: Amir Khan, U.S. News & World Report Welcome to our SPOTLIGHT feature, where we highlight a journalist and ProfNet user to share their personal story and insight with you.

This SPOTLIGHT belongs to Amir Khan, a health and wellness reporter for U.S. News & World Report, where he covers a variety of health topics, including health technology, diet and nutrition and fitness, all with an eye towards helping consumers make the best possible decisions about their health. Please read more about Amir below.

We hope you find SPOTLIGHT both enjoyable and informative.

 

Have you always wanted to be a journalist or did you start out in another field? 

I definitely didn’t know that I wanted to do journalism. I went to Stony Brook University not knowing what I wanted to do and took an entry-level journalism class because it fulfilled a requirement. I enjoyed it and decided to take another, and everything kind of fell into place from there. I can’t imagine being in a different field now though.

Where was your first "real" job in journalism? 

My first job out of college was writing for the International Business Times, but I consider my first real journalism job to be at Everyday Health, where I worked last year before moving over to U.S. News and World Report. That job taught me a great deal about covering health, reading studies and identifying trends.

How did you become a health and wellness reporter? Has that particular genre been your primary focus or were you thrown into it?

I’ve always loved health and science journalism. The New York Times’ science section was regular reading for me growing up – so when I got into journalism, it just made sense that this would be my area of coverage. My first internship was at a magazine called BioTechniques, where I did high-level science writing. After that, I interned and eventually freelanced for Popular Mechanics where I covered interesting studies and new technology. From there everything kind of rolled along to bring me where I am today.

What type of stories do you enjoy covering the most? 

Health technology stories are definitely my favorite – whether it’s a new kind of fitness tracker, a new treatment or a cool gadget. I’ve always been a bit of a geek, so covering this came pretty naturally to me. I’ve had a great opportunity to write about new technologies at U.S. News and I’m really grateful for that.

Do you make suggestions as to what stories you cover or are they assigned to you? 

It’s both! One thing I love about working for U.S. News is that my editor Angie lets me cover what interests me – you always write better when you’re genuinely interested in the topic at hand. I’ll pitch her stories, she’ll recommend some to me, and we figure out what we should do. It’s a real team effort to decide coverage.

What advice do you have for PR professionals who want to pitch you? 

Pay attention to my coverage. Don’t send me pitches for something that’s far out of my scope of coverage. It only serves to clog up my inbox. Even if we’ve worked together before, if I just get pitch after pitch of stories that aren’t related to my coverage, I’m less likely to work with you in the future.

What should those that pitch you always do and never do? 

Always check to make sure your expert is available before pitching to me. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had someone pitch their expert, only to email me back and tell me they’re actually unavailable.

Never stalk me. I’ve had PR people email me, then follow up with a call 2 minutes later and then email again if I don’t answer. Give me a little bit of time to respond.

What's the best way for someone in PR to start a working relationship with you? 

Introduce yourself to me first. Don’t just send me a press release and expect me to respond to you right away. A quick paragraph about who you are makes me much more likely to read it.

Do you have advice for members who respond to ProfNet queries?  

Be sure to provide me with a phone number! If I need something at the last minute, I'm more likely to call someone instead of email.

What type of experts do you prefer to work with? 

I prefer to work with doctors who are affiliated with hospitals. I tend to stay away from doctors who are part of weight-loss programs or are selling things.

What has been your most memorable or most difficult assignment? 

One of my most memorable stories actually came just a few weeks ago. I was working on a story about healthy snacks for football Sunday, and I managed to snag an interview with the Food Network chef Robert Irvine. It was kind of surreal to me, because I’m a huge fan of his shows.

Do you use social media as part of your job? 

I do! Besides promoting my stories on my own personal Twitter and Facebook account, I also help manage the U.S. News social media accounts, where I promote all of our stories, blog posts and Twitter chats.

What do you think you'd be doing if you weren't a journalist?

 I’d probably be a chef. Before going to Stony Brook, I seriously considered going to culinary school. I still love to cook though – my fiancée and I cook dinner together just about every night, and it’s one of my favorite hobbies.

How has the industry changed from when you began your career? 

The biggest shift has been in how writers deal with readers. When newspapers and other outlets first moved online, it was very print-on-web. Now, the pages are more dynamic, and many have interactive charts, graphs etc. More than that though, I think journalists have finally learned that engaging with your readers is a great way to build your brand and keep them coming back to you. It’s no longer a one-way conversation. My goal as a journalist is to be the type of person people seek out to see my take on the latest health news.

Do you have advice for someone just starting out as a journalist?

Do as many internships as you can. I did three throughout my college career, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. Media outlets are looking for experience, they don’t want someone they have to train. Internships are the best way to make contacts in the industry, get clips, and land a job out of college.

 About Amir Khan

Amir Khan is a health and wellness reporter for U.S. News & World Report, where he covers a variety of health topics, including health technology, diet and nutrition and fitness, all with an eye towards helping consumers make the best possible decisions about their health. He also helps manage the organizations’ social media accounts.

A native New Yorker, Amir grew up in the Marine Park section of Brooklyn. He attended Stony Brook University, where he obtained a B.A. in Journalism. While attending Stony Brook, he was Managing Editor of the school's online newspaper, the Stony Brook Independent. He also held three internships during his time there – Biotechniques Magazine, the New York Daily News, and Popular Mechanics Magazine.

Prior to taking a job with U.S. News & World Report, Amir wrote for the International Business Times and Everyday Health.

Besides writing about health, Amir is an avid homebrewer, a Mets and Jets fan and a fantasy football nut.

Amir currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with his fiancée, Jen, their dog, Ranger, and their cats, Teddy and Moe.

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Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:31:43 -0500 http://www.profnetconnect.com/evelyntipacti/blog/2014/10/17/spotlight:_amir_khan,_u.s._news__world_report http://www.profnetconnect.com/evelyntipacti/blog/2014/10/17/spotlight:_amir_khan,_u.s._news__world_report Welcome to our SPOTLIGHT feature, where we highlight a journalist and ProfNet user to share their personal story and insight with you.

This SPOTLIGHT belongs to Amir Khan, a health and wellness reporter for U.S. News & World Report, where he covers a variety of health topics, including health technology, diet and nutrition and fitness, all with an eye towards helping consumers make the best possible decisions about their health. Please read more about Amir below.

We hope you find SPOTLIGHT both enjoyable and informative.

 

Have you always wanted to be a journalist or did you start out in another field? 

I definitely didn’t know that I wanted to do journalism. I went to Stony Brook University not knowing what I wanted to do and took an entry-level journalism class because it fulfilled a requirement. I enjoyed it and decided to take another, and everything kind of fell into place from there. I can’t imagine being in a different field now though.

Where was your first "real" job in journalism? 

My first job out of college was writing for the International Business Times, but I consider my first real journalism job to be at Everyday Health, where I worked last year before moving over to U.S. News and World Report. That job taught me a great deal about covering health, reading studies and identifying trends.

How did you become a health and wellness reporter? Has that particular genre been your primary focus or were you thrown into it?

I’ve always loved health and science journalism. The New York Times’ science section was regular reading for me growing up – so when I got into journalism, it just made sense that this would be my area of coverage. My first internship was at a magazine called BioTechniques, where I did high-level science writing. After that, I interned and eventually freelanced for Popular Mechanics where I covered interesting studies and new technology. From there everything kind of rolled along to bring me where I am today.

What type of stories do you enjoy covering the most? 

Health technology stories are definitely my favorite – whether it’s a new kind of fitness tracker, a new treatment or a cool gadget. I’ve always been a bit of a geek, so covering this came pretty naturally to me. I’ve had a great opportunity to write about new technologies at U.S. News and I’m really grateful for that.

Do you make suggestions as to what stories you cover or are they assigned to you? 

It’s both! One thing I love about working for U.S. News is that my editor Angie lets me cover what interests me – you always write better when you’re genuinely interested in the topic at hand. I’ll pitch her stories, she’ll recommend some to me, and we figure out what we should do. It’s a real team effort to decide coverage.

What advice do you have for PR professionals who want to pitch you? 

Pay attention to my coverage. Don’t send me pitches for something that’s far out of my scope of coverage. It only serves to clog up my inbox. Even if we’ve worked together before, if I just get pitch after pitch of stories that aren’t related to my coverage, I’m less likely to work with you in the future.

What should those that pitch you always do and never do? 

Always check to make sure your expert is available before pitching to me. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had someone pitch their expert, only to email me back and tell me they’re actually unavailable.

Never stalk me. I’ve had PR people email me, then follow up with a call 2 minutes later and then email again if I don’t answer. Give me a little bit of time to respond.

What's the best way for someone in PR to start a working relationship with you? 

Introduce yourself to me first. Don’t just send me a press release and expect me to respond to you right away. A quick paragraph about who you are makes me much more likely to read it.

Do you have advice for members who respond to ProfNet queries?  

Be sure to provide me with a phone number! If I need something at the last minute, I'm more likely to call someone instead of email.

What type of experts do you prefer to work with? 

I prefer to work with doctors who are affiliated with hospitals. I tend to stay away from doctors who are part of weight-loss programs or are selling things.

What has been your most memorable or most difficult assignment? 

One of my most memorable stories actually came just a few weeks ago. I was working on a story about healthy snacks for football Sunday, and I managed to snag an interview with the Food Network chef Robert Irvine. It was kind of surreal to me, because I’m a huge fan of his shows.

Do you use social media as part of your job? 

I do! Besides promoting my stories on my own personal Twitter and Facebook account, I also help manage the U.S. News social media accounts, where I promote all of our stories, blog posts and Twitter chats.

What do you think you'd be doing if you weren't a journalist?

 I’d probably be a chef. Before going to Stony Brook, I seriously considered going to culinary school. I still love to cook though – my fiancée and I cook dinner together just about every night, and it’s one of my favorite hobbies.

How has the industry changed from when you began your career? 

The biggest shift has been in how writers deal with readers. When newspapers and other outlets first moved online, it was very print-on-web. Now, the pages are more dynamic, and many have interactive charts, graphs etc. More than that though, I think journalists have finally learned that engaging with your readers is a great way to build your brand and keep them coming back to you. It’s no longer a one-way conversation. My goal as a journalist is to be the type of person people seek out to see my take on the latest health news.

Do you have advice for someone just starting out as a journalist?

Do as many internships as you can. I did three throughout my college career, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. Media outlets are looking for experience, they don’t want someone they have to train. Internships are the best way to make contacts in the industry, get clips, and land a job out of college.

 About Amir Khan

Amir Khan is a health and wellness reporter for U.S. News & World Report, where he covers a variety of health topics, including health technology, diet and nutrition and fitness, all with an eye towards helping consumers make the best possible decisions about their health. He also helps manage the organizations’ social media accounts.

A native New Yorker, Amir grew up in the Marine Park section of Brooklyn. He attended Stony Brook University, where he obtained a B.A. in Journalism. While attending Stony Brook, he was Managing Editor of the school's online newspaper, the Stony Brook Independent. He also held three internships during his time there – Biotechniques Magazine, the New York Daily News, and Popular Mechanics Magazine.

Prior to taking a job with U.S. News & World Report, Amir wrote for the International Business Times and Everyday Health.

Besides writing about health, Amir is an avid homebrewer, a Mets and Jets fan and a fantasy football nut.

Amir currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with his fiancée, Jen, their dog, Ranger, and their cats, Teddy and Moe.

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Media 411: Journalism Internship Application Season

Image courtesy of bing.

It’s that time of year for journalism students again!

If you're one of them, put those thinking caps on (Does anyone say that anymore?), get organized and start applying before you lose the opportunity to work for a limited time and gain valuable experience at a renowned news organization.

Benjamin Mullin of The Poynter Institute provides a great list of internships and fellowships from around the country:

The New York Times James Reston Reporting Fellowship
Deadline: Oct. 31
Location: New York City
Pay: $1,000 per week
Description: “Beginning with the second week, the Reston Fellows start work in a section that reflects their skills and area of interest to report and write stories under the guidance of editors or senior reporters. Some stories are assigned, but fellows are encouraged to come up with their own ideas. They also participate in workshops with ranking editors and reporters. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for the fellows to stretch their journalistic skills with the help of some of the best reporters and editors in the country.”

The Washington Post
Deadline: Nov. 7
Location: Washington, D.C.
Pay$750 per week
Description: “Our interns write articles, edit copy, take photographs, design pages and produce graphics. We treat them as staff members during their 12 weeks of employment.”

The Boston Globe
Deadline: Nov. 1
Location: Boston
Pay: $700 per month
Description: “Summer interns work as full-time employees for 12 weeks, between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Interns are paid a weekly wage, and shifts vary. An intern supervisor serves as a writing coach and there are weekly meetings with editors and staff members on a range of issues and topics pertaining to journalism.”

Associated Press Global News Internship

Deadline: Not settled yet; likely the first week of January, per AP spokesman Paul Colford.
Location: Major cities throughout the world
Pay: Not listed
Description: “The summer 2014 Global News Internship is a paid, highly selective, 12-week individually tailored training program for students who are aspiring cross-format journalists. Interns must have experience and/or training in video and one other format. They will contribute to AP’s text, video, photo and interactive reporting.”

The Los Angeles Times
Deadline: Jan. 1
Location: Los Angeles, Washington D.C.
Pay: $700 per week
Description: “Interested in working with some of the best journalists around? We offer 10 weeks of intensive, hands-on experience in a region where big stories are the norm. We place interns throughout the L.A. Times: Metro/Local, Sports, Business, Features (Home, Image, Travel, Food, Mind & Body), Arts & Entertainment, Editorial Pages, Washington, D.C., bureau, Photography/Video, Data Desk, Visualization & Graphics, Design and latimes.com. These are paid internships and summer placements usually run from mid-June to late August.”

Google Journalism Fellowship
Deadline: Around the end of January
Location: Various journalism nonprofits throughout the United States
Pay$8,000 for 10-weeks, plus $1,000 travel stipend
Description: “The program is aimed at undergraduate, graduate and journalism students interested in using technology to tell stories in new and dynamic ways. The Fellows will get the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to a variety of organizations — from those that are steeped in investigative journalism to those working for press freedom around the world and to those that are helping the industry figure out its future in the digital age.”
Disclaimer: I was a 2014 Google fellow.

Atlantic Media Fellowship Program
Deadline: End of February 2015
Location: Washington, D.C. and New York City
Pay: $25,000 per year, with full benefits
Description: “Atlantic Media offers high-achieving recent college graduates a unique opportunity to participate in the Atlantic Media Fellowship Program. The Program is a structured, year-long paid fellowship for top-tier talent committed to editorial-side or business-side careers in media. Each year we look forward to our new class of Fellows, who add a fresh perspective and new ideas to our company initiatives. As a digital-first company, we have experienced tremendous growth as a result of emphasis on digital initiatives, and our Fellows have been key contributors.”

 To read the entire list, please click here.

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It’s that time of year for journalism students again!

If you're one of them, put those thinking caps on (Does anyone say that anymore?), get organized and start applying before you lose the opportunity to work for a limited time and gain valuable experience at a renowned news organization.

Benjamin Mullin of The Poynter Institute provides a great list of internships and fellowships from around the country:

The New York Times James Reston Reporting Fellowship
Deadline: Oct. 31
Location: New York City
Pay: $1,000 per week
Description: “Beginning with the second week, the Reston Fellows start work in a section that reflects their skills and area of interest to report and write stories under the guidance of editors or senior reporters. Some stories are assigned, but fellows are encouraged to come up with their own ideas. They also participate in workshops with ranking editors and reporters. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for the fellows to stretch their journalistic skills with the help of some of the best reporters and editors in the country.”

The Washington Post
Deadline: Nov. 7
Location: Washington, D.C.
Pay$750 per week
Description: “Our interns write articles, edit copy, take photographs, design pages and produce graphics. We treat them as staff members during their 12 weeks of employment.”

The Boston Globe
Deadline: Nov. 1
Location: Boston
Pay: $700 per month
Description: “Summer interns work as full-time employees for 12 weeks, between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Interns are paid a weekly wage, and shifts vary. An intern supervisor serves as a writing coach and there are weekly meetings with editors and staff members on a range of issues and topics pertaining to journalism.”

Associated Press Global News Internship

Deadline: Not settled yet; likely the first week of January, per AP spokesman Paul Colford.
Location: Major cities throughout the world
Pay: Not listed
Description: “The summer 2014 Global News Internship is a paid, highly selective, 12-week individually tailored training program for students who are aspiring cross-format journalists. Interns must have experience and/or training in video and one other format. They will contribute to AP’s text, video, photo and interactive reporting.”

The Los Angeles Times
Deadline: Jan. 1
Location: Los Angeles, Washington D.C.
Pay: $700 per week
Description: “Interested in working with some of the best journalists around? We offer 10 weeks of intensive, hands-on experience in a region where big stories are the norm. We place interns throughout the L.A. Times: Metro/Local, Sports, Business, Features (Home, Image, Travel, Food, Mind & Body), Arts & Entertainment, Editorial Pages, Washington, D.C., bureau, Photography/Video, Data Desk, Visualization & Graphics, Design and latimes.com. These are paid internships and summer placements usually run from mid-June to late August.”

Google Journalism Fellowship
Deadline: Around the end of January
Location: Various journalism nonprofits throughout the United States
Pay$8,000 for 10-weeks, plus $1,000 travel stipend
Description: “The program is aimed at undergraduate, graduate and journalism students interested in using technology to tell stories in new and dynamic ways. The Fellows will get the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to a variety of organizations — from those that are steeped in investigative journalism to those working for press freedom around the world and to those that are helping the industry figure out its future in the digital age.”
Disclaimer: I was a 2014 Google fellow.

Atlantic Media Fellowship Program
Deadline: End of February 2015
Location: Washington, D.C. and New York City
Pay: $25,000 per year, with full benefits
Description: “Atlantic Media offers high-achieving recent college graduates a unique opportunity to participate in the Atlantic Media Fellowship Program. The Program is a structured, year-long paid fellowship for top-tier talent committed to editorial-side or business-side careers in media. Each year we look forward to our new class of Fellows, who add a fresh perspective and new ideas to our company initiatives. As a digital-first company, we have experienced tremendous growth as a result of emphasis on digital initiatives, and our Fellows have been key contributors.”

 To read the entire list, please click here.

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Media 411: Are You TV's Sexiest Male News Anchor? People Mag Wants You

Every year People puts out its Sexiest Man Alive issue which I (and many others) look forward to eagerly every single time. They always do a great job with the publicity that leads to an announcement which is covered by almost every media outlet in the country.

This year, People has decided to place another sexy man on the cover in addition to Hollywood’s hottest hunk. If you’re a news anchor, sports anchor or weather anchor, now’s your chance to get in on the action!

All you have to do is tweet your choice (name and Twitter handle, if available) to @peoplemag using the #SexiestAnchorAlive hashtag. The contest runs now through Oct. 22.

For more information, continue reading here.

Good luck!

Images of TV studio and cartoon courtesy of bing.

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Thu, 09 Oct 2014 13:29:38 -0500 http://www.profnetconnect.com/evelyntipacti/blog/2014/10/09/media_411:_are_you_tvs_sexiest_male_news_anchor_people_mag_wants_you http://www.profnetconnect.com/evelyntipacti/blog/2014/10/09/media_411:_are_you_tvs_sexiest_male_news_anchor_people_mag_wants_you

Every year People puts out its Sexiest Man Alive issue which I (and many others) look forward to eagerly every single time. They always do a great job with the publicity that leads to an announcement which is covered by almost every media outlet in the country.

This year, People has decided to place another sexy man on the cover in addition to Hollywood’s hottest hunk. If you’re a news anchor, sports anchor or weather anchor, now’s your chance to get in on the action!

All you have to do is tweet your choice (name and Twitter handle, if available) to @peoplemag using the #SexiestAnchorAlive hashtag. The contest runs now through Oct. 22.

For more information, continue reading here.

Good luck!

Images of TV studio and cartoon courtesy of bing.

Whether you're a reporter, blogger, author or other content creator, ProfNet can help you with your search for expert sources. You can send a query to tens of thousands of experts and PR agents, search the more than 60,000 profiles on ProfNet Connect, or get timely experts and story ideas by email -- all for free! Need help getting started? Email us at profnet@profnet.com


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