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    Posted: 08 Apr 2011 at 6:00pm
Sorry for posting this here but I figured that this is one of the few forums I visit from time to time that might give me a positive and thoughtful response. I'm applying for an internship with a publishing company and they've asked a question which I'm a little stuck on.
 
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Identify a piece of content you consider to be well published and explain why?
 
 
I've got several ideas and am leaning towards saying 'the Times online service' for its innovation, though I'm pretty indifferent towards the articles they produce. Any suggestions how I might tackle the question?
 
Thanks in advance for any response. 
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Do you mean the NYT's paywall?  That thing is largely vilified by a lot of geek-dom folks, if so. Personally, I don't think "well-published" means "profitable", though I suppose that depends whence you are wishing to obtain an internship.  *smile*

To me, "well-published" would mean "worth".  Something that got the focus it deserved and wouldn't have otherwise been able to attain.  I still have no idea what that would be, but maybe something more along the lines of an expose' or work that turned heads when no one though it stood a chance?

It's clear I'm already out of my depth, but that never stopped me before...  To go classical with it, Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" might be considered "well-published" because it brought to light some atrocities in the meat-packing business, and is still considered historically important in terms of the industrial revolution as well as in literature (I think).  If that is what they mean, find something with impact.

Hope this helps!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Irving_Red Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Apr 2011 at 11:17pm
With acknowledgement to what JoeK said, it really hinges on your/their definition of "well published." I could see an argument for the NYT or BBC. They publish articles efficiently and are readily accessible to the public. I think it depends on what you think the publishing company wants to hear lol.
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Bloody Americans ... Trix means THE Times ... not the New York Times ... There is a world beyond your shores, you know!   Wink

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/

It is an excellent website and well published.  Great App version, too ...

You also might like to look at my hometown rag ...  http://www.theage.com.au/







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I'll put in a word here for McSweeney's - who have mastered the art of "media diversification" - I read them online and I even have one of the quarterly compilation DVDs of video shorts (called "Wholpin") they've produced as well - now that's diverse!

Start here to begin the journey:

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/


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Originally posted by Scarlet Screenwriter Scarlet Screenwriter wrote:


Bloody Americans ... Trix means THE Times ... not the New York Times ... There is a world beyond your shores, you know!   Wink



Indeed.  That's why I asked if Trix meant the NYT.

There are bloody Americans who do pay attention, you know.

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Originally posted by Trix Trix wrote:

I'm applying for an internship with a publishing company and they've asked a question which I'm a little stuck on.
 
Question:
Identify a piece of content you consider to be well published and explain why?
 
 I'm pretty indifferent towards the articles . Any suggestions how I might tackle the question?
 


Hi Trix, the way I see it they are looking to see if you will be a good fit for their approach to publishing. Also, if you look close they are asking for a piece of content...not a publication source. The reason I place emphasis on these two points is you will find out best if you are a fit and not waste your time by using a piece of content that spoke to you more so than someone else.

So, what is publishing and how does it effect content. Publishing in essence is two fold, the business side of writing and the polish that goes on the piece.   If you can find a publication that in general you like their polish (stream line ideas, blend clarity with flavor) and take that general tone and show how it has emphasized a specific piece (article or otherwise) explain that polish aspect, you will have your answer. Publishing creates and reacts to marketability, which in many cases also ties into a vision.

Annette Lyon has a website where she blogged about being a pro writer and one of the things she emphasized was understanding the editors style, before submitting. Publication can largely influence style and if it marries the creativity of the author everyone wins. (especially the reader)

If your main purpose is to get the gig, good fit or not, then look at the publication you are applying for and make sure you pick an example that is in line with their style. I humbly suggest going with what you love though and if it fits so be it.  I think it is the best way to do business.

Hope that is helpful, good luck and let us know how you make out.

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Adam, what a thoughtful and articulate answer to TRIX's question.  I learned something interesting and valuable...and, I didn't even think I needed the information.   In fact, I do.  Thank you!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote adam Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Apr 2011 at 7:29pm
Etta, how nice of you to say! I wish I could find the link to that article on looking at things from the publishers point of view, it was really well written.
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