Freelancers’ Wish List

Professional writers are key suppliers of quality editorial content. Magazine and newspaper editors are, in turn, key players in the relationship between their publication and freelance writers. For many years, EPA Associate Members who work as freelance writers have repeatedly encountered several challenges when writing for EPA and other publications. To work toward improving the […]

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2016 Compensation Survey

In February 2016 EPA conducted an anonymous survey on salaries and benefits of its members, commissioned by the EPA board of directors and conducted by Sightline Research + Strategies, an independent firm. The survey was promoted through a postcard mailing to 629 individuals and three emails sent to 589 of the same individuals for whom […]

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10 Tips for Choosing a Magazine Printer

By D. Eadward Tree The United States has more than 20,000 printing businesses. When it comes to producing magazines, you can probably ignore at least 98% of those. Lots of printers can print magazines. (“Sure, we print magazines. We print everything,” says Vinny, that fast-talking friend of a friend who sells for a local printing company. […]

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Postage Rate Cuts Announced

Feb. 25, 2016 update USPS just announced that postage will be coming down on Sunday, April 10, 2016, as the 4.3 percent exigent surcharge is removed and rates are returned to the Consumer Price Index-capped levels. USPS news release here.   It is all but official now. Postal rates are expected to be rolled back about 4.1% sometime […]

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EPA Board Commissions Survey of Member Wages & Benefits

The EPA Board has commissioned Sightline Research + Strategies, an independent market research firm, to conduct an anonymous and completely confidential survey of EPA members regarding their salary and benefits. It’s believed to be the first such research to have ever been attempted with EPA members. Comprised of eleven multiple-choice questions, the purpose of the […]

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The Right(s) Stuff: Working with Freelancers/Independent Contractors

Almost all publishing organizations work with outside contributors to produce content. Freelance writers, photographers and others comprise an important part of the publishing ecosystem, especially as some organizations retain fewer employees. Working with independent contractors can add a variety of material and perspective to publications but it also raises a number of rights issues. As […]

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EPA’s Legal Partner Provides Libel Checklist

Flagler Law Group provides EPA members with a legal hotline option as well as professional publishing helps. Most recently, Flagler Law Group provided an informative checklist on libel. The evaluative questions guide both writers and editors when addressing sensitive topics. The complete article is available as a members-only resource, in the resource area.

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Why publishers should ban slideshows

by Chris Johanesen  — Digiday “Slideshow” has become a dirty word on the Web, and with good reason. Here’s why Buzzfeed will never have slideshows and what that means in the media industry. Before Buzzfeed was a media company, we were a tech startup, and technology still runs in our veins. When we launched in […]

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Ask the Director: Do I have to collect sales tax?

Dear Director: When a publication sells a subscription through a website, does sales tax need to be collected? If so, how are publications handling this? –Taxed Dear Taxed: Let me start with the most important part of my answer: I am neither an attorney nor a CPA. I’ll do my best to answer your question, […]

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Ask the Director: How do I handle multiple submissions in the digital age?

“Ask Doug” is an advice column by EPA Executive Director Doug Trouten, based on questions he encounters during the course of his duties.

Dear Doug:

I’m getting ready to do a big interview, and I’d like to use material from it for stories I would customize for multiple regional publications. It’s not a syndicated column — it’s a feature I’d slightly rework for various markets. If I sell first-rights to one publication, what does that mean for rights in other markets? And now that everybody puts their stories on-line, do “regional” rights even make sense any more?

Multi-Region Gal

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