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Chapter 17 Organizations and Newspapers

Chapter seventeen topics
  • Publisher's organizations
  • Magazine Publishers
  • Newspapers
  • Newspaper contracts
  • Finding facts and articles
It never hurts to know a bit about the 'boss' and what his job requires. Editors and publishers appreciate the writer who has a working knowledge about issues they, as the boss, have to deal with. So learn all you can from the following sites, and you'll be better informed and better prepared for various situations when they arise. It could enhance your position with a 'boss' sometime.

Publisher's organizations
Find publisher's organations from ASAE Association directory, http://www.asaenet.org/. Tip: Choose Site Map, scroll to Gateway to Associations (under Directories), then in the "begins with" search field type publishers. Also search magazine publishers and periodical publishers. Browse links to discover more publisher associations. Example, Publishers of the West's Links and Resources brings many more publisher associations, http://www.pubwest.org/index.php?page_id=8.

Search the same words in the "contains" search field, and also search book publishers.

Magazine Publishers
Begin your research at Magazine Publishers' of America's website, http://www.magazine.org/. The Site Map at bottom makes it easier to navigate links to explore useful information.

This site is a good one for learning statistics about the magazine industry, along with a good way to gauge growth (or slump) in categories. For example, I learned how many new magazines were launched, and the numbers in various categories.

You can learn the top 50 magazines. Scroll down to find Editorial Trends and Magazine Handbook, http://tinyurl.com/8n5o7d which provides the latest publishing statistics.

Click Research and type Magazine Anniversaries in the search box. You'll find the Magazine Fact Sheets and Trends. Scroll to Publishing Trends and Magazine Anniversaries to find the names of thousands of magazines, http://tinyurl.com/5r9xcq

Don't overlook finding the newest markets, what they are about, and who publishes them to learn valuable market information, http://tinyurl.com/6qr4d3.

Tip: Remember, magazine's online sites can be located in seconds by copy\pasting the magazine title into a search engine.

By knowing the concerns that editors and publishers face, you're better equipped to target markets, too. Browse this site and get to know the editor's business at the ground level. Take a fascinating look at award winning articles in award winning magazines (by year). Read the articles that won awards for the magazines. It is important to know, because editors are always seeking what will bring them this prestigious award the next year.

Publishers' Representatives
A publishers' representative specializes in selling advertising space for publishers of business-to-business, consumer, international and Web media. National Association of Publishers' Representatives, http://napronline.org/, Resources directs you many associations, and Questions a Publishers' Representative Should Ask a Prospective Publisher provides helpful insights.

One example of important information browsing will produce and how you can benefit is Western Publications Association, http://www.wpa-online.org/, a site where you'll find the Maggie Awards (drop down list by year.) From there you'll find good current publishing news articles, too.

Resources has Associations links, Browse, browse, browse and learn, learn, learn.

Examples
American Society of Business Publication Editors, http://www.asbpe.org/, (Awards link) yielded the 2010 Azbbee Awards of Excellence, and very useful information.

City and Regional Magazines Association also lists award winning magazines, and the stories that excelled.

Check other Association websites for Awards to learn which magazines won awards.

Search out the publications and study what makes them winners. Then, blueprint your articles and stories to the award winners.

Newspapers
Many newspapers have job openings. Search on any good search engine for newspaper job or work for hire links.

Tip: First North American Print Newspaper Rights (FNAPNR) differ from First North American Print Serial Rights (FNAPS) in that one specifies the type of media publication, while the other doesn't.

I never sold electronic or database rights with first publication rights until publishers all began lumping them in without additional payment. Since then, sometimes I've been able to negotiate extra money for unlimited archive time-limit, so when I sell re-print or one-time rights I have a handle on where the article stays archived online.

At Newspapers.com, http://www.newspapers.com/ you'll find email addresses and URLs to every paper in the world. There are links to tons of newspapers as well as trade, religious, specialty and business publications.

Choosing the Specialty link (at the bottom) when I typed food into the US Publications search engine it returned one hit, but when I typed food into the Worldwide Publications search it returned 162 hits!

Try food (or another topic) into each of the Publication specialty tabs at the bottom of the page, searching both categories, and I guarantee you'll be astounded at the results!

You'll also find links to state press associations and college newspapers. Although it does not provide a complete list, its low-graphic content and wide ranging offerings make it a very effective search site.

The American Journalism Review, http://ajr.org/, also has a large number of geographically organized newspapers, both within and outside of the United States, including lists and links to the 50 largest circulation magazines in the states and the 25 largest circulation magazines in Canada. Not every large circulation magazine has a link because many do not have web pages. Scroll to bottom and click newspapers.

Tip: Searching for something to write about? Check a newspaper in your area, then read the Arts and Entertainment section and you'll find a wealth of happenings to write about, listed by dates.

Newspaper contracts
Newspaper contracts differ from others. Try to always strike out an indemnify and hold harmless clause. And anything that about the author paying for any complaint or claim relating to materials made by third party at any time, and holding the publication harmless against damages, liabilities, costs, expenses, etc. You can say you've already warranted the material as being original, not previously published, not infringing on others' copyrights, etc., so if someone sued the paper for what you wrote, well they'd chosen to publish it. Try to insert, 'to the best of my knowledge' for above representations and warranties.

Try to negotiate out a 'renewing rights' clause. If this is the first time you've sold to the newspaper, tell them you are striking it out as irrelevant since you don't have previous works published by them.

Grant the paper first rights (preferably for 30 days) and subsequent rights if the contract asks, because most contracts include it. Be sure the wording includes "nonexclusive." The paper is probably just protecting its butt because really, all they want to do is publish the piece on their web edition.

If the contract states 'moral right' and\or 'rights of identification of authorship' ask what is meant. A newspaper contract will usually have a clause giving them the right to edit. If you don't like what \ how they edit, then stop submitting. Newspapers don't have the time to give authors the right to approve edits.

Tax indemnification is standard, since you will get a 1099 as an independent contractor. It's unlikely you can use an alternative contract to the one drawn up by their legal department and they already know what they are allowed to strike or insert if requested. A whole new contract would require a whole new legal review, which just won't happen.

Finding facts and articles
HighBeam e-Library Research, http://www.highbeam.com/library/index.asp? is a fee-subscription online archive that enables users to search over 10 million articles from thousands of newspapers, magazines, books, TV and radio transcripts, maps, pictures, etc. for the exact information that they crave. Find alphabetical listings of newspapers and magazines at a click. Offers a 7-day free trial subscription.

Encyclopedia.com, http://www.encyclopedia.com/, a free online encyclopedia contains over 50,000 articles, 40,000 bibliographic citations and 80,000 cross-reference entries.

Check RefDesk, http://www.refdesk.com/, free fact checker for the Internet.

Random Facts, http://facts.randomhistory.com/, also aids researchers with brief, random histories and word origins. Be sure to read information use, http://www.randomhistory.com/info.html.

The Excite Network, Inc. Excite's Newstracker, http://excite.com/ is thorough and free for tracking recent news.

The Labyrinth, Resources for Medieval Studies, created by Martin Irvine and Deborah Everhart at http://labyrinth.georgetown.edu/ links to fascinating information.

Scoop! Direct, http://www.scoop.com/ is a fee-based resource that will also e-mail you newspaper, wire service, trade and journal stories according your personalized settings. 7-day free trial offered.

Business.com, http://tinyurl.com/6d2m8s will search through many of the publications on the web for subjects or keywords, including newspapers, magazines, journals, periodicals, etc.

Reminder: When researching sites always read Terms and Conditions, usually found at the bottom of the page.

Exercises,
  1. Write a resume for a reporter position at a small, daily newspaper.
  2. List your education goals.
Advice FromThe Pros: http://writerinsidertips.blogspot.com/

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Next, Chapter 18 - Book Publishing: http://tinyurl.com/38d98qf

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