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  1. David Whitley added a comment on What is sponsored content?
    1) Company X pays Y to write about Z. Costa Rica DMO pays Sally Blogger to write about national parks in Costa Rica. This is really PR, but, well, all PR is sponsored content. <Agreed. That's spons…
  2. David Whitley added a comment on Travel Bloggers: Why Are You So Unhappy?
    Why did I start? Because I'd been doing a bit of freelance travel on the side. I then quit my job (backpacker magazine editor), and moved back home to the other side of the world. It was a pragmatic t…
  3. David Whitley added a comment on Survival Shoptalk for Freelancers
    Everyone wants to write op-eds, and consequently there's very little demand for them. I suspect a little branching out from that may be needed.
  4. David Whitley added a comment on Survival Shoptalk for Freelancers
    Also, the most valuable skill a freelancer can have is being able to bullshit five story ideas on the spot when approached by an editor or responded to by an editor asking if you've any other ideas.
  5. David Whitley added a comment on Survival Shoptalk for Freelancers
    Stuart covered a lot of it. I'd add: Identify a story angle: "I'm going here" is not a story.  Why you, why this story, why this publication and why now? If you can give an editor to these questi…
  6. David Whitley added a comment on Branding Guyana (and the Rise and Fall of Travel Writing)
    That Forbes piece is special. So special, it deserves a special category of its own above special.
  7. David Whitley added a comment on Branding Guyana (and the Rise and Fall of Travel Writing)
    I've said it elsewhere, and I'll say it again here. There's no problem (apart from maybe selection bias) with accepting tourist board support. It's a case of why you're taking it and what you're doing…
  8. David Whitley added an article Cappadocia: Capital of weird
  9. David Whitley added a comment on Dubai for people who prefer experiential travel
    Yep - it's definitely a place where you have to actively search for that side of things. But as more and more flights are routed through there, it becomes more difficult to avoid. I'd never pick it as…
  10. David Whitley added a comment on American Street Art in Brooklyn
    Hi Belinda - it was commissioned as 500 word blog post (hence it's not as in-depth as it could be). And Ellen, yes there's a UK edition - the content's entirely different to the US edition (ie. it's c…