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October 28, 2010

Midnight Sun seeks contributors

Readers know I'm a big Rye Rye fan - while others, confusingly still wonder why I write about her at all. I had been planning on going to see her and Die Antwoord Wednesday night at the 9:30 club but I had to work late and couldn't make it.

It was the saddest part of my week after learning Sony retired the cassette Walkman. But as a reporter who blogs - not vice versa - sometimes (read: most of the time) I get pulled into other assignments.

This is why I'm still looking for occasional contributors to the blog in order to keep it fresh as often as possible.  Jay Trucker and Christeen Roden have already dispatched some great posts, and I'm looking for more writers like them.

Generally, I'm looking for bar and concert reviews, but feel free to pitch the occasional post too -- one reader will start doing a straight man's guide to local gay bars soon.

A contributor should have personality and the writing chops to match it. Ideally, you've written for someone other than livejournal before; even Splice Today will do.   

I can't pay, but I can get you review tickets, and sometimes, set-up Q&As. The idea is to show off the work of more Baltimore culture writers. 

Interested? e-mail three writing samples and a bio.

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Posted by Erik Maza at 11:46 AM | | Comments (10)
Categories: Random stuff


Before anyone actually signs up to do this, I think it's only fair that you explain your rationale for deep sixing Owl Meat Gravy's Tipsy Tuesday contribution.

Second to EBT's request. What gives, man?

Owl Meat Gravy's column was awful. Good riddance

I third the Owl Meat complaints, and what happened to Capt larry? and Name that bar? and spell checking?

You paying these contributors? Or do you want people to do your job for free?

@wondering: good question! i cant pay. the idea is for readers to generate content in order to turn the blog into a conversation. The model in mind is The Awl, the great website that takes contributions from lots of smart writers gratis until such a time, far off in the future, when they can afford to start paying them. by contributing to Midnight Sun, you're sharing your work/concert review/column, with a lot of other readers from the area. Like i said, they're not replacing me - i have four weekly stories i do, in addition to writing for the features department; you might have noticed my stories last week outside the Live! section on fat meters and on Gunky's Basement. They're supplementing my work
Thanks for reading!

I agree that Jay Trucker is a great writer... for those who are in search of a place where they can play beer pong and flip cup.

Rusty, have you ever played beer pong while blasting Norah Jones, man?

Now THAT is a party.

Why are you running a column on a straight man's take on gay bars? Why not a gay man's take on gay bars? And who's the audience for it? Straight people who are going to start going to gay bars? (I'm being serious, and not trying to start anything, but wouldn't someone who's familiar with the scene write a better post?)

@wondering, that's the news of today. User submitted stories for other annons (not all the time). Submitted not necessarily controlled content.

I'm heading back to the savannah and see what I can find.

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About Erik Maza
Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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