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Viral done right

Not all shareable content is empty clickbait

First the Wall Street Journal profiled Gawker traffic powerhouse Neetzan Zimmerman. Then came the news that, thanks largely to social... More

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BuzzFeed’s all-positive books section

It doesn’t make sense to pledge positivity if your aim is to provide readers with critics’ takes on new books. It makes more sense if your aim is to cultivate a thriving community.

Last week, BuzzFeed's new books editor, Isaac Fitzgerald, said something outrageous: He would not be publishing negative reviews. "Why waste... More

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‘Ethnic media’ in today’s journalism environment

A new joint effort from ABC News and Univision raises some good questions.

A few weeks ago, my friend Jorge Rivas and I found ourselves whining to each other about PR flaks. My... More

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Journalism and customer service

Do we serve democracy or consumers?

Let's face it: The bulk of journalism produced is inessential. This isn't to say it's not valuable, just that the... More

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Awareness weak

Why manufactured public-health events don’t make for good news

You know it's October because of the pink. Breast Cancer Awareness Month has become inescapable, making the rare leap from... More

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Email dos and don’ts

Unwanted pitches, email reporting, and inbox lockdown

This week, for the first time in ages, I cleared my email backlog. Much of the correspondence in the queue... More

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War reporting for amateurs

Should you just take off for a foreign country and hope to sell your work later?

I confess that I've been watching all the coverage of Amanda Lindhout's book with a bit of chagrin. Lindhout, who... More

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The women’s pages

The upsides and downsides of starting your career in gender-specific digital media

Last week, when entrepreneur Bryan Goldberg announced he'd scored $6.5 million in capital to "completely transform women's publishing," he was... More

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Translating the newsroom into tech jargon

In case you suddenly have a new boss from that world, or something

Let's say you've suddenly found yourself working for a boss who's more steeped in tech culture than in journalism. As... More

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Email newsletter etiquette for journalists

How to insert yourself in readers’ inboxes—without annoying them

One of the disadvantages of being a freelance writer is that there's no larger platform promoting all of your work.... More

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Your first salary negotiation

Yeah, the industry is struggling. But you should still ask for more money

So you just managed to land a journalism job in what has become a seriously tough market. Congratulations! Now it's... More

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Making politics and policy news sexy

How the Texas Tribune raked in $23k from the grateful viewers of its legislative livestream

On Tuesday night, as the Texas state senate entered the final hours of a legislative special session and Sen. Wendy... More

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The freelance life, redux

10 lessons from my first year of freelancing

This month I celebrate my one-year anniversary as a full-time freelance writer. I've managed to more or less maintain the... More

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This isn’t another ‘golden age’ for print

But it is one for media

Every time a media critic insists that print's not dead, he or she inadvertently ends up making the opposite case.... More

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The art of the interview

Asking the hard questions about asking the hard questions

I'm on deadline for a long feature, so I've been transcribing a lot of interviews lately. And after listening to... More

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The weekly grind

How to feed and maintain a weekly opinion column

A writer I greatly admire, Ta-Nehisi Coates, once offered this exercise in understanding what it's like to produce a weekly... More

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What to do when you get fired

A post-layoff strategy for the future-minded journalist

Last week, my declaration that this is the best moment to be working in journalism was met with some side-eye... More

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This is the best moment to be in journalism

The old stuff isn’t coming back, but that’s okay

I've spent the past two months on the conference circuit. I spoke to groups of journalists in San Francisco, Boston,... More

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Branded but ‘independent’ media

The pros and cons of trying to do real journalism at a non-media company

Jessica Bennett worked for seven years at journalistic stalwarts like The Boston Globe, the Village Voice, and Newsweek. But after... More

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Reporting on industry gossip

How Politico should have reported the “turbulence” at The New York Times

This week, Politico published a largely anonymously-sourced hit piece on New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, charging that she... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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