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Believe In Magic Hour #35

Today’s Magic Hour is a music writing special 🎶✍️

How to pitch the Guardian’s music section

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Guardian music editor Ben Beaumont-Thomas and deputy music editor Laura Snapes have written a guide for freelance journalists wishing to pitch the newspaper’s music section.

The guide details transparently what (for them) makes a good pitch, the types of pieces they are and aren’t looking for, as well as other details such as how they pay.

Read it here.

I Love Q by Katherine Cantwell

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Artwork by Patricia Estrada

Heavenly’s Katherine Cantwell wrote a piece for The Social Gathering about the magic of music mags and her love for one in particular – Q Magazine.

“It saddens me that young aspiring writers and music fanatics may not be able to pick-up an actual magazine. Q, like many other magazines, is under threat of closure. It’s great that magazines can function online (God bless The Quietus) but really, nothing beats a trip to the corner shop to flick through actual glossy pages.”

Read the full piece here.

Payback with Nadine Shah

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The brilliant Nadine Shah has turned the tables on journalists for her new interview series Payback.

So far she’s spoken with John Doran, Miranda Sawyer, Laura Snapes, Michael Azerrad and more via Instagram Live over the past few weeks, and now the chats are available for those who missed them, on YouTube.

Watch them on Nadine’s channel here.

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