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We received word today that a round of layoffs has taken place at The Star-Ledger. In light of this unfortunate news, we have decided to make Pressfolios available to all those affected for free.

Pressfolios helps journalists backup their articles and build a better online portfolio - http://pressfolios.com.

If you are a Star-Ledger staffer headed onto the open market, you can send us an email at hello@pressfolios.com and we will get you set up with access to a full-featured Pressfolios Pro account with unlimited storage at no cost for three months.

The sweeping job cuts were part of a plan announced last week in an effort to greatly reduce costs and combine resources by consolidating the operations of The Star-Ledger, along with its sister publications in New Jersey and its online partner, NJ.com, which also announced cutbacks today.
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Featured today in Wannabe Hacks article reviewing portfolio options for the journalism community.

Head over heels for Pressfolios? Help your fellow journalists make the right choice by adding a comment to the story and sharing a link to your Pressfolio in their comments section:

I've tested out Pressfolios, Journo Portfolio, and Muck Rack, just three of the most popular sites out there for building your portfolio, and reviewed each in turn.
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This week we’re featuring Boston-area native and recent Tel Aviv transplant, Reenat Sinay: https://reenatsinay.pressfolios.com

A 2013 Boston University graduate with a degree in International Relations and Journalism, Reenat is currently a Breaking News Editor at The Jerusalem Post in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has also written for BU’s The Daily Free Press, Public Radio International (PRI’s The World at WGBH) and Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Breaking News Editor at 'The Jerusalem Post.' Based in Tel Aviv. Recent graduate with a bachelor's degree in International Relations and Journalism.
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We’re on the lookout for new spotlights. Head over heels for Pressfolios? Share a link to yours and you might just find yourself featured:

With emails coming in daily from new Pressfolios users looking for design inspiration, we’ve decided to compile a collection of our favorites...
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Happy Holidays! This week, the spotlight is on digital writer and editor, Cindy Augustine: http://cindyaugustine.pressfolios.com

Hailing from Manhattan's West Village, Cindy’s career as a journalist spans more than a decade, with an interest in profiles and a focus on food/restaurants, beauty/style, travel and New York City culture. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Metro New York, Time Out New York and Gotham Magazine, amongst others.

Take a look:

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” (Albert Einstein)
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This week, we’re featuring Mediterranean-based travel journalist and lifestyle features writer, Naomi Leach: http://naomileach.pressfolios.com

Trained in print journalism at City University, London, Naomi has written travel, arts, exclusive interviews and lifestyle features for a number of publications including Time Out Cyprus Visitors Guide; Cyprus Mail; TTG MENA; TTG MENA Luxury; Running in Heels; and a brochure commissioned by Madrid Convention Bureau.

Naomi is currently a staff journalist across several platforms at TTG MENA and TTG MENA Luxury exploring the travel trade industry in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Experienced editor and writer specialising in travel and lifestyle features. A British journalist based in the Mediterranean and MENA regions.
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This week, the spotlight is on Jaclyn Einis - freelance journalist, copywriter, brand storyteller and photographer: http://jaclyn.pressfolios.com

Boston-bred and Brooklyn-based, Jaclyn believes the key to unearthing rich narratives is keeping your eyes peeled for both the big picture and tiny details. She sees the forest for the trees, but also notices the chipmunk skittering across a branch, the crunch of leaves, the smell of pine, and - of course - would like to know if those mushrooms are edible.

These are her stories:

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This week, we’re featuring Bangalore-based economic/business journalist, Mark Bergen: http://mbergen.pressfolios.com

A Midwesterner living in South India, Mark’s work has appeared in The Atlantic Cities, The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, Reuters, Forbes.com, TIME, Quartz, The Times of London, GOOD, The Chicago Reader, TPM, Tablet, The Awl and other publications.

He is also a contributor to The Economist Intelligence Unit, where he writes economic and political analyse...s on India and Sri Lanka.

These are his stories:

(ps. You can find more of our favorite Pressfolios on our blog, here: http://pressfolios.tumblr.com/…/pressfolio-examples-a-few-o…)

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Building your Pressfolio and need a little inspiration? Here are a few of our favorites!

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Ready to rack up some bonus storage space? We just simplified invites, making it 10x easier to earn free stories. Go get 'em.

Need more storage space for your Pressfolio? You’re in luck. We’ve just released a simple new feature that earns you extra space just for helping people discover Pressfolios. Here’s how it works: •...
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Our shiny new Pressfolios demo video is up!

Feature-specific video tutorials arriving in the coming weeks to help flatten any learning curves you may encounter.

Have a topic/feature you'd like to see covered? We're all ears.

A quick introduction to Pressfolios, the easiest way to backup your articles and build a better online portfolio.
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For all those who have been asking for more pricing options, say hello to Pressfolios Lite: http://pressfolios.com/lite

Since the debut of Pressfolios Pro, many of you have emailed asking for more pricing options - specifically, a plan without all the bells and whistles, just a bit more storage space.
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Invited a friend or colleague to Pressfolios, but they didn't quite get it? Not to worry - these things happen sometimes with emerging new technologies. (Not everyone is cut out for being an early adopter, you know.)

For future reference: Here are some notes on why Pressfolios makes the most sense when choosing a portfolio platform as a journalist.

While there are many tools out there for building websites and online portfolios, Pressfolios is winning over the journalism community because our platform is designed to meet the specific needs of those plying the journalistic trade.
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Looking for a little inspiration for your Pressfolio? Here's a running list of our favorites:

With emails coming in daily from new Pressfolios users looking for design inspiration, we’ve decided to compile a collection of our favorites. Enjoy! Chris...
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Pressfolio SEO: While there’s no way to cheat your way to the top of search engine rankings, you can optimize your Pressfolio to help Google, Bing, Yahoo! and the like do their job and properly index your site.

Follow these best practices and the search engines will return the favor:

- Use your real, full name in the URL...
- Fill out your entire page to provide context
- Add inbound links to your Pressfolio
- Fill up your Pressfolio and keep it updated

Full overview of Pressfolio SEO, here:

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So you’ve created a Pressfolio to take control of your published work and professional identity, and now you want to make sure everything is optimized to keep your best foot forward when Googled....
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With AOL expected to announce upwards of 500 layoffs across Patch.com sites tomorrow, we've decided to make Pressfolios Pro available to all those affected for free.

If you are a Patch.com editor or staffer headed onto the open market, send us an email at hello@pressfolios.com and we will get you set up with access to a full-featured Pressfolios Pro account with unlimited storage at no cost for three months.

Full details at the link below:

We have received word that AOL will soon close up to 300 Patch sites, with upwards of 500 layoffs expected this Friday. In light of this unfortunate news, we have decided to make Pressfolios Pro...
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