Mon.-Tues., Jan. 9-10, 1-5 p.m.
Pitch It! How to Sell Your Magazine Idea – Prof. Frederick Kaufman and Ellen Walterscheid – Room 308
We’ll cover such topics as generating ideas, understanding the market, getting to the right editor, pitching the story, revising the pitch, understanding the contract, negotiating a good price, and working with editors. Prof. Frederick Kaufman is a faculty member at the CUNY J-School and CUNY’s College of Staten Island and a veteran freelancer who has published work in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Foreign Policy, Gourmet, Saveur, GQ, New York, Interview, Allure, Spin, Spy, Salon, Slate, Vice, Men’s Health, Scientific American, Popular Science, Nature, The New Yorker, and Wired, among many others. Walterscheid, the CUNY J-School’s founding career services director, has written for or edited publications including The Sciences, AARP The Magazine, and National Geographic World. She has also taught feature writing at New York University and served as writing coach for the CUNY J-School’s international students. Guests will include a legal expert (who will discuss such issues as copyright and how to read a freelance contract) and a panel of top editors from New York magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and Family Circle, who will critique student pitches. Note: Your pitch can be for one of those publications but doesn’t have to be. Once you sign up for the workshop, you’ll receive an email with further instructions. Focus is on the magazine/web market.