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Freelance Journalists Awarded $100,000

Two freelance journalists, Jaeah Lee of San Francisco and Valeria Fernandez of Arizona, won the American Mosaic Journalism Prize. Each will receive $100,000.

The prize was developed by the Silicon Valley-based Heising-Simons Foundation. It focused on stories about the struggles of U.S. immigrants and others that have been underrepresented or misrepresented, reported Fox News.

Airbnb Named #1 for Freelancers

Kalo’s list of the 50 Best Companies to Freelance For has been released. For 2018, Airbnb wears the crown as the best U.S. company for freelancers. Amazon, Walmart, Google, and IDEO round out the top five. Here’s the list.

Brotherman Comics Goes to the Smithsonian

Brotherman comics was included in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The series was developed by brothers, Dawud Anyabwile, Guy A. Sims, and Jason Sims in 1990, reported WDBJ7.

Can you imagine what it feels like to say your comic book series is in the Smithsonian?

FlippingBook Unveils Upgrades

FlippingBook, a company that allows you to make digital flipping-page books from documents, is offering users some nifty new tricks.

FlippingBook now has:

  • A Preloader, which is designed to help make your flipping book more enticing to recipients. It can be customized with a background color and your logo.
  • In-page videos and background sound
  • Slideshow capability that allows you to create presentations and demos
  • SFTP capability that provides more secure file uploading.

GoDaddy Will OFfer Social Media

GoDaddy is buying Main Street Hub, a company that provides small businesses with a “do-it-for-me” service for managing engagement on social networks.

Main Street Hub has teams of photographers, writers, designers, and marketers that manage activity on platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Yelp. The deal will allow GoDaddy to offer their clients a complete suite of “do-it-for-me” capabilities for building an online presence.

Go..Daddy! This is a $125 million deal. Talk about boss moves.

Fiverr Will Make And Co A Free Service

Fiverr, an online marketplace for freelancers, is buying And Co, a startup that offers online tools for freelancers.

Fiverr says it will make And Co’s tools available for free. Those tools include invoicing, time trackers, and payment tracking. The best part…freelancers will be able to use And Co for free if even they don’t use Fiverr, reported Tech Crunch.

Related: Something To Remember About Free Resources

Ageless Authors Extended Contest Deadline

Ageless Authors extended the deadline of its writing contest to February 28, 2018.

This contest is for writers 65+. There’s a $20 entry fee. The grand prize is $100. This year’s topics are military memories, frequent foul-ups, and the parent-child relationship. Want more details? Here you go.

Events & Announcements

February 1, 2018:

Read Aloud Day: A day to promote reading aloud to kids. Here are activities related to the event.

Harry Potter Book Night: An annual celebration developed in the UK for fans of all ages celebrate and promote J. K. Rowlings’ work. This year’s theme is Fantastic Beasts. Scholastic is offering a free event kit if you want to want to plan a party.

February 15:

Seth Godin will launch Akimbo: A Podcast from Seth Godin. This author’s podcast will focus on culture and changing it.

March 28:

Bob Sullivan will launch Breached. In this podcast, the journalist will delve into the Yahoo security breach.

What’s New?

Daymond John launched the Rise and Grind podcast. It’s a 10-episode series that focuses on how successful people get the most out of each 24 hours. It’s based on partially on the entrepreneur’s book Rise and Grind.

Cal Fussman brought back the Big Questions with Cal Fussman podcast. In it, the author, speaker, and interviewer sits downs for “candid and revealing” conversations with successful people.


Writer Ursula K. Le Guin died at 88. Her work included science fiction, poetry, and essays. She’s particularly well known for a series of young adult fantasy books set in the world of Earthsea and a science-fiction novel titled “The Left Hand of Darkness,” says Scientific American.

Travel writer William Rayner died at 88. In addition to writing, he was a watercolorist and served as the editorial business manager of Conde’ Nast for 30 years, reported Page Six.

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