Work at ParentMap
At ParentMap, our guiding mission is to inform, delight and connect parents on their family journeys, from bringing our readers the newest in baby brain research and lunchbox ideas, to tackling teen tantrums and finding the perfect preschool.
ParentMap is a Northwest media company providing highly relevant, well-researched, and entertaining content to parents through various integrated publishing channels: our award-winning newsmagazine; ParentMap.com, the Puget Sound’s leading website for parents and caregivers; and our annual series of lectures and community events. At ParentMap we know well the daily struggle of balancing the crazy joy of parenting with our careers, spouses, chores — with life! We're here to help parents by connecting them to the info and resources they need. Read more about us here.
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Out & About Intern
ParentMap seeks a flexible, part-time, paid intern to support the work of its Calendar Editor and Out & About Editor. The Out & About Editor and Calendar Editor form part of ParentMap's content team and cover activities, outings, events, travel, the arts, camps, classes and more for ParentMap's Northwest readership.
The Out & About intern will contribute to ParentMap's popular online and print events and activities calendar and will perform other duties as assigned. Intern will gain exposure to the workings of a fast-paced online and print media company, learn and adhere to publication standards, participate in occasional meetings, contribute content ideas (and have the opportunity to pitch editors) and learn and become an expert user in ParentMap's web publishing system.
- Review, edit, source, update and publish events on ParentMap's online events and camps+classes calendars
- Help source and select events for ParentMap's monthly print issue activities calendar
- Become expert user of online calendar systems and make suggestions for improvements
- Employ excellent judgment while working independently and knowing when to seek guidance
- Update/create training documentation for online and print calendars, contact lists for key organizations, list of recurring weekday events by region and day and other lists/systems as assigned
- Update existing Out & About articles
- Market Out & About content as directed
- Attend training sessions and regular meetings at ParentMap WHQ (Mercer Island) or other Seattle-area locations
- Other duties as determined
- Excellent writing and communication skills
- Superior attention to detail, adherence to style guide and commitment to accuracy; eagle eye for typos and other errors
- Ability to manage a high number of details while grasping the big picture
- Aptitude for learning a content management system
- Ability to attend meetings in the Seattle area
- Desire to contribute to a parenting publication
- Familiarity with kid- and family-friendly activities in the Seattle area, especially on the Eastside
This is a part-time, paid position of approximately 8--10 hours per week. Position is primarily virtual, but requires attendance at regular in-person training meetings at the outset, and ongoing attendance at occasional trainings and staff meetings.
ParentMap is a Northwest media company providing highly relevant, well-researched, and entertaining content to parents through various integrated publishing channels: our award-winning newsmagazine; ParentMap.com, the Puget Sound's leading website for parents and caregivers; and our annual series of lectures and community events.
How to apply: To apply, email your resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Please include "Out & About Intern" in the subject line of your email.
EXPERIENCED EDUCATION REPORTER
ParentMap magazine and Parentmap.com is looking for a regular freelance contributor(s) for education content.
Writers should have a journalism background writing for newspapers, magazines, websites or other publications, and should have experience specifically covering schools and/or education issues. Please have journalism/published clips ready and available.
Writers should be based in the Puget Sound region and have a sense of education issues in the region, though a writer with lots of education reporting experience in other regions will be considered.
ParentMap is open to writers interested in pitching single stories, but we are more interested in finding great candidates for a regular freelance reporting/writing gig that will entail delivering a set cadence of stories.
ParentMap offers market-rate freelance pay, strong editing, and great visibility in our monthly print magazine, daily content menu on parentmap.com and across our email and social media channels and products.
Location: ParentMap is a virtual office; teammates work from home but attend standing meetings each week in person in Seattle and Mercer Island.
Application due date: We will accept and review submissions through December 15, 2014.
How to apply: To apply, email your resume and three clips/links to Natalie Singer-Velush, ParentMap Managing Editor: natalie [at] parentmap.com. Please include "ParentMap Education Reporter" in the subject line of your email.
ParentMap is a Northwest media company providing highly relevant, well-researched, and entertaining content to parents through various integrated publishing channels: our award-winning newsmagazine; ParentMap.com, the Puget Sound’s leading website for parents and caregivers; and our annual series of lectures and community events.
We welcome pitches from freelance writers for ParentMap.com or a future issue of ParentMap magazine.
Please review the guidelines below before writing your query letter or pitch.
1. Take a close look at ParentMap magazine, ParentMap.com and the type of content we use before drafting your query. This will give you a good idea of the different kinds of stories we publish, our voice and our audience. As a Puget Sound–based monthly print publication and a national-audience website publishing daily, we're interested in both locally-anchored Puget Sound stories and broader parenting content that will appeal to parents and families all over North America and beyond.
ParentMap print magazine
You have the best chance of turning your query into a print assignment if it fits within one of the departments that are a regular part of each issue of ParentMap magazine. Here's an overview of departments that appear in all (or most) monthly print issues:
- Ages & Stages. This age-specific section forms the core of ParentMap. Over and over, parents tell us that an age section -- which gives them content specific to the age of their child -- is what they turn to first. Ages & Stages is divided into five age groups: 0-2, 3-5, 6-10, 11-14, 15-20. We're looking for short pieces (generally 700 words or less) that address a specific issue for an age group. Content runs the gamut from a first-person piece about a particular parenting experience, to concrete information on an enlightening study.
- Out & About. Reviews and ideas for places to go and things to do, locally and regionally.
- Women's Wellness. A monthly story focusing on an issue of women's physical or mental health, a women's health trend, or a resource-based guide to healthful living.
- Feature story. Each month ParentMap publishes an in-depth, researched and well-crafted reported feature story. We hire writers who have a proven track record covering parenting, family, education, health and social trend issues in well-respected publications. Successful pitches will focus on a properly fleshed-out out idea that appeals to the intelligent, thinking parent and offers perspective, new information and resources. We look for cutting-edge parenting trends and pieces on consummate concerns that offer new, unexpected, talk-worthy angles. We hold our writers and ourselves to the highest journalistic standards and expect pitches, and submitted stories, to reflect that.
We publish a range of content online at ParentMap.com, including but not limited to:
- Reported articles on parenting topics including health, education, child development, travel, arts and fun
- Smart media reviews
- Snazzy curated roundups of amazing crafts and delicious treats
- First-person parenting stories
- Expert advice
- Profiles on fantastic and inspiring parents and families
We cover family life from pregnancy through college and beyond, and we aim for a diverse chorus of voices.We welcome guest bloggers who have a distinct voice and unique perspective on some aspect of parenting or family life, and we love writers who can swoop in and quickly riff on current affairs and parenting zeitgeists alike.
We generally look for exclusive content and don't often publish content that stems from an impersonal pitch to a large pool of publications.
2. Queries and pitches for print and ParentMap.com can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via mail to ParentMap, PMB #399, 4742 42nd Ave. S.W., Seattle, WA 98116-4553. When writing us, please detail the topic you'd like to address as well as your strategy for writing the story. Demonstrate that you are adept at doing research by mentioning the kinds of sources you intend to use.
3. We generally work with writers who have some experience, so please make sure you list the publications in which your work has been published. Also include links to websites on which your work has appeared, and/or mail us photocopied examples of your published work. Do not send originals, as we can't guarantee their return.
4. Payment for stories depends on length and placement of the article. ParentMap purchases first American rights, print and electronic, for articles and pays within 30 days following publication.
ParentMap magazine and ParentMap.com accept the following items on a space-available basis:
Parent Learning: Classes, seminars or other educational opportunities for parents in the Puget Sound area. Include date, time, place and cost, if any, plus a contact phone number, email address and/or website address where people can go for more information. Deadline for Parent Learning listings is the first of the month, one month prior to publication (for example, December 1st for the January issue). Please send details to email@example.com
- We publish zoned calendars for Seattle, the Eastside, Snohomish County and South King/Pierce County. The online calendar contains information for all zones.
- We focus on information about family and child-oriented activities, events and one-day workshops and classes, and welcome notices from smaller, community-based organizations. Currently, we do not publish information about camps or multi-day workshops or classes.
- Extra online-only event categories include "Benefits" (fundraising events for family and child-oriented organizations) and "Buying/Selling" (community and non-profit sales of family or children's items).
- Deadline for calendar listings is the first of the month, one month prior to publication (e.g., December 1st for the January issue).
- Send details -- including date, time, cost, address, contact information including Web address, brief description and age range if applicable -- to firstname.lastname@example.org. We also accept images for publication on the print calendars or calendar homepage (300 dpi, 3 x 5 inches, color preferred).
- Events are published at the editor's discretion, and notices will be edited for space and style.