The Social Media Tool You Might Be Overlooking – And How It Can Change Careers

The Social Media Tool You May Be Overlooking

The Social Media Tool You May Be OverlookingRemember the days when you had to spend hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars registering for a conference and booking airfare in order to learn about the latest trends in your industry and network with like-minded professionals?

Thankfully there’s a better way to stay on top of your game, both educationally and socially. These days you can accomplish the same goals just as effectively on Twitter – for free. It’s time to embrace the Twitter chat.

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ASJA’s New Avenues Conference Takes Place This Weekend

Peter Beller

As the freelancing landscape continues to change, the American Society of Journalists and Authors has kept pace. To further explore and embrace these shifts, the ASJA is hosting its New Avenues conference in San Francisco on October 10th and 11th. The event will take place on the campus of San Francisco State University.

With the increase in demand for high quality content marketing and native advertising, new job opportunities are developing for journalists. Though print publications may be shrinking – both The New York Times and CNN recently announced downsizing measures – it doesn’t mean that the home for talented writers and other freelancers is shrinking. ASJA’s goal is to help its members, independent writers, understand the marketplace, and New Avenues should be the perfect place for that discussion to develop. Kara Swisher, co-CEO of <re/code> and former co-executive editor will present the keynote speech.

Peter Beller

Ebyline’s Vice President of Content, Peter Beller.

In addition to Swisher (and many others), Ebyline’s own Vice President of Content, Peter Beller, will also be in attendance, participating on a panel helmed by Michelle Rafter. Rafter, owner of

WordCount editorial services, will direct a discussion on the capabilities of web-based publishing platforms like Ebyline, Scripted, and Contently. The panel will take place at 1PM PDT on Friday, October 10th. 

If you’re following along on social media, follow #ASJANewAves, @ASJAChat, and @Ebyline to keep up with the Twitter news. And if you’re in attendance, drop us a line – we’d love to hear about it!


What It Takes To Be An Ebyline Approved Freelancer

Ebyline is now offering free seven day trialsTo date, Ebyline has combined with publishers to produce over 170,000 pieces of content. But none of this would be possible without an outstanding team of freelancers. This group of 12,000 talented journalists spans the globe, representing 73 countries, and provides coverage of over 3,800 topics.

Of those journalists, just over 15% are Ebyline Approved Freelancers. These individuals have passed a rigorous vetting process to gain full access to the Ebyline Pitch Board and earn the profile badge that indicates their approved status to publishers. Those who have made it are veteran journalists with experience writing for publications like The New York Times, the Associated Press, ESPN, Vogue, Wired, and more.

Becoming a qualified Ebyline freelancer is no easy feat. Over the past six months, only 18% of submissions have made it through the approval process. But what exactly does it take to become one?

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7 Ways To Build Better Editor-Freelancer Relationships

Building Better Relationships

Building Better RelationshipsAs an editor, you want to distribute assignments, receive quality work on schedule, and keep your content stream flowing. To stay on track, you’ll want to find freelancers who can provide exactly what you need. While this may not appear challenging on the surface, there are a few best practices that can help you build the strongest editor-freelancer relationship possible.

Now that most assignments are doled out via email, deadlines are tighter, and there is an increasingly competitive pool of writing talent, expectations for quality are higher than ever. So how can an editor and a writer, two people who sometimes never meet face-to-face, create compelling content together? The answer is good communication.

To help you narrow down the most effective ways to interact with freelancers, we’ve asked two content experts to offer some insider tips.

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Stand Out With A Diverse Writing Portfolio

Stand Out With A Diverse Writing Portfolio

Stand Out With A Diverse Writing Portfolio

As a writer, your content portfolio is the key to your continued success. Even if you write for a niche market, a diverse portfolio is the best way to impress prospective clients and showcase your skills.

Why is it so important to develop a portfolio that covers an array of topics? We turned to freelance writer Wendy Erlien and marketing specialist Aaron Abdelmaseh to weigh in on why a diverse portfolio can boost your business and to share some tips on the best ways to create one.

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