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What we’ve been doing at MapQuest

MapQuestIt’s been a bit since I posted about what we’re working on at MapQuest. Here’s a quick rundown:

Launched editorial content on a spiffy new template

Editorial content (“articles” to the lay person) debuted on MapQuest in June. The first big template blowout we did was for “Prince’s ‘Purple Rain': A 30th Anniversary Tour of Minneapolis to Die 4.”

Debuted editorial content in MapQuest’s apps

Editorial travel content in a navigation app, right where people need it most. Version 4.4 of the iPhone app, released in early July, includes gameday guides to all 30 MLB ballparks, in which local experts share their insights about their home field. (You can view the gameday guides on the World Wide Web too.)

Published a “99 Summer Quests” series

For summer 2014, MapQuest is running a “99 Summer Quests” series, with 99 articles highlighting “memorable, meaningful, just-gotta-do-it experiences for every day of summer vacation.”

Started a celebrity-traveler interview series

We’ve been talking to celebs like José Andrés and Lois Lowry about how travel impacts their work, as well as suggestions for travelers to the celebs’ hometowns and their tips for hitting the road.

Debuted pop culture tours

Remembered the aforelinkedto Prince article? Of course you do! Several more posts that blend travel with pop culture are forthcoming.

Engaged in social media

You can’t publish articles without sharing them with an engaged audience these days. To that extent, we’ve been focusing on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +. And we just packaged our content in five Flipboard magazines too.

Published lots and lots of articles

While we’ve built up a deep network of contributors, I’ve managed to get myself some fun writing assignments:

Photo: Courtesy MapQuest

Aol sells Gadling to Skift

Gadling logo

Based on the emails I receive and this website’s search engine traffic, some visitors here are interested in the travel blog Gadling. (I edited it and contributed to it for a spell after joining Aol and MapQuest in October.)

Today, Aol announced it sold Gadling to Skift. Appropriately, you can get the details on Skift. Or Gadling.

And if you were emailing me via a Gadling account, best to use zach.everson@mapquest.com now. Thanks!

525 invoices sent, 525 invoices paid

Freelancers complaining about not getting paid seems to be a common theme on the Internet, or at least the Internet that I see. So I just wanted to share a little evidence to the contrary*—during my nine-plus years as a freelancer, I submitted 525 invoices. And effective this past weekend, all 525 were paid. And almost all of them in a timely manner. Thanks!

*Possibly relevant tidbit: My job during breaks in college was with a hospital, collecting on past-due accounts from insurers.

I have a new, full-time job. It’s travel news/travel buzz editor at MapQuest.

MapQuestDidn’t want to bury the lede there.

After nine years and a month of freelancing, this morning I accepted a permanent, full-time position as travel news/travel buzz editor at the AOL-owned MapQuest.

A heartfelt thank you to all of my freelance clients and colleagues over the last nine years! It’s been wonderful working with you. Also, both Eater Louisville and Louisville.com are hiring to replace me. Please get in touch if you’re interested in either position (highly recommend them both).

My new position with MapQuest is based at AOL’s offices in Dulles, Va., a Washington, DC suburb. According to MapQuest’s LinkedIn profile:

As a top 20 website, MapQuest helps more than 40 million people per month, providing tools for Internet and mobile users, developers, and businesses. Long known as a leader for maps and directions, the new MapQuest is all about the journey; helping you explore, discover and navigate your world.

Needless to say, I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to work with AOL and MapQuest.

Photo: Courtesy MapQuest

Eater Louisville is a finalist for two Greater Louisville Journalism Awards

Society of Professional Journalists logoEater Louisville came in first, second, or third for two Greater Louisville Journalism Awards:

  • Best website
  • Best blog

The Louisville Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) will announce exactly where Eater Louisville (and all the other contestants) placed at its annual awards program on June 27. Thanks to the SPJ as well as Eater Louisville’s readers, tipsters, colleagues at Eater, and all the folks involved in Louisville’s restaurant scene.

Photo: Courtesy SPJ

New gig alert: Eater Louisville editor

Eater Louisville launched today with me as the site’s editor. I’m excited to be covering Louisville’s food and drink scene in depth and be back with the Curbed Network, which I wrote for previously when I contributed to Gridskipper.

(Yes, I’m still editor-in-chief of Louisville.com and writing about travel too.)

For more details about Eater Louisville, check out this introductory post.

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