Journalists: Pitch Prevention Some Features

Open call to journalists across the land! Prevention.com is looking for creative, surprising, informative, provocative feature pitches that would (most likely) run as online exclusives. 

Here’s the scoop: We’re keen to hear any ideas you’ve got for pieces that’ll engage and excite our audience. These can be intensive investigative features, first-person essays that’ll resonate with readers, deep dives into research, controversies, cultural phenomena, lifestyles, or even highly creative, visual explorations of a timely topic (infographs etc). You get the idea.

Send fleshed-out pitches to Katie.Drummond@Rodale.com…and tell your talented friends to do the same. Thanks!

This Is Your Military On Drugs — In The New Republic

I had a piece in the (new) New Republic (by new, I mean their first issue post-redesign). It’s available online, but of course, buy yourself a print copy too. 

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/112269

In Popular Science: The Whittled-Down Caravan

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Belatedly sharing this piece I did for the January, 2013 issue of Popular Science. This couple built, then lived in, a 574-cubic-foot wagon…for an entire summer. Oh, and a cat’s involved too. The planning and construction of this innovative little abode is fascinating. Check out the story to learn more about whittled-down living.

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-12/you-built-what-home-long-haul

The logic on this one isn’t really adding up for me. Anyone?

The logic on this one isn’t really adding up for me. Anyone?

My mom has more prizes named after her than your mom.

But seriously.

My mom, Sharon Drummond, died eight years ago this week. She was 51. Though she enjoyed several years of success as a writer, it pains my sisters and me to know that she should have enjoyed many more.

We were thrilled to learn that the Writers Guild of Alberta has launched a new award in her name. The Sharon Drummond Chapbook Prize — APPLY NOW OBVIOUSLY.

http://www.writersguild.ab.ca/News-1.asp

2012 In Review: The Year’s Top Health News

Sitting down sucks. Omega-3s are awesome. Organic foods…the jury’s sorta out. Of all the health news from 2012, a select few studies, recommendations, and controversies reigned supreme. I’m running down the most important stories of the year over at Prevention.com. Slideshows are hard, this news is important, go read it.

JSA [Journalism Service Announcement]

As of Monday, Nov. 12th, I’ll be the news editor at Prevention.
We’ve got plans to take over the world, so tell your wife/partner/sister/momma/yoga teacher/daughter/sommelier to check it out.
And if you have an eye on writing or a story idea you’d like to see published, I’m at katie.drummond@rodale.com. Just don’t pitch anything about pigeon hunting. They already did that.

People being horribly annoying about the NYC Marathon. I mean, really.

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Imaginary Lines from an Imaginary Hurricane Sandy Sex and the City Episode
Meanwhile uptown, Samantha was doing a different kind of blowing.
Later that day I got to thinking about how hard communication is even when the city is up and running. If I hadn’t heard from Mr. Big all last week, why was I expecting to hear from him tonight, when half of New York was without power? When it comes to dating, aren’t we always in the dark?“Sandy? More like Hurricane Feelin’ Randy!”It was then Charlotte decided that if hundreds of her fellow New Yorkers were out there in the cold, bringing supplies to evacuation centers, the least she could do was be bighearted and give Harry a helping hand.” Charlotte: “Samantha! You didn’t call for two days! I had no idea if you were okay!”Samantha: “Oh, I would say I was more than okay.”Charlotte: “Did you stay dry?”Samantha: “The opposite, in fact. I was wet. Wet all night long.”

Previous installment: Imaginary Lines from an Imaginary 9-11 Sex and the City Episode

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Imaginary Lines from an Imaginary Hurricane Sandy Sex and the City Episode

Meanwhile uptown, Samantha was doing a different kind of blowing.


Later that day I got to thinking about how hard communication is even when the city is up and running. If I hadn’t heard from Mr. Big all last week, why was I expecting to hear from him tonight, when half of New York was without power? When it comes to dating, aren’t we always in the dark?

“Sandy? More like Hurricane Feelin’ Randy!”

It was then Charlotte decided that if hundreds of her fellow New Yorkers were out there in the cold, bringing supplies to evacuation centers, the least she could do was be bighearted and give Harry a helping hand.


Charlotte: “Samantha! You didn’t call for two days! I had no idea if you were okay!”
Samantha: “Oh, I would say I was more than okay.”
Charlotte: “Did you stay dry?”
Samantha: “The opposite, in fact. I was wet. Wet all night long.”


Previous installment: Imaginary Lines from an Imaginary 9-11 Sex and the City Episode

America’s Solar Soldiers

I’ve got a piece in Global Post on the Pentagon’s green-energy push. Already, military-backed efforts have made remarkable strides (and ones that might soon trickle into the civilian and commercial realms). Not that it’s a walk in the park or anything, as Sharon Burke, one of the military’s key green energy leaders, tells me:

"Sometimes people [at the Pentagon] seem to have these magical inboxes that seal themselves up," Burke says. "But we’re keeping at it, staying persistent, and we’re keeping this conversation on the table."