Sunday, November 15, 2009 Diary Day 4

Follow Sidik Fofana on his quest to land a freelancing job at the prestigious publication,

When I last left, I had sent a lengthy email to managing editor, Jeanne Cartensen, seeking a position as a contributing writer for the Books section. I got this email back...

Jeanne Carstensen is no longer at Salon. She can be reached at

For Salon inquiries, please contact Ruth Henrich, associate
, at

Bummer. But then, I checked my gmail and I got this email from associate editor, Thomas Rogers...

Hi Sidik,

I'm writing because one of our Salon writers came across your tweet today -- and had many of us (including Joan Walsh) intrigued. While we can't exactly offer you a job right now, we'd love to have you join and cross-post to Open Salon, our blogging site, where we'll keep a special eye out for your work. There may also be an opportunity to get involved more involved in Salon books content in the future (we have some bigger projects in the works).

To join you just need to go to and sign up for an account. E-mail me when you do, and I'll make sure to check out your blog.

All the best,

Thomas Rogers

Associate Editor

They actually wrote me back! Although I didn't exactly get my desired result, the future looks promising. So for now on, I'll be blogging on Corner Boy Jazz and Open Salon with hopes to build an audience as a cultural critic. Meanwhile, I'll keep writing my book reviews and nudging the Salon editors from time to time. Tune in for more diary entries!


  1. Congrats! What does it mean to be a "cultural critic"? Assuming that the culture that you are critiquing is contemporary, which segment of said culture do you review? And again Mazel Tov.

  2. i liiike this!!


  3. Congratulations, while you didn't get the result you set out for you may have gotten in even more, a new open door to opportunity. How knows how many more doors it can lead to. I'm a writer myself and I'm also looking to land freelance positions in the business, what exactly did you put in your letter to the mag? Did you send them writing samples or just included a link to your blog?

  4. Congrats on the progress brotha! keep the movement moving