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When we’re just not that into you

The no-excuses truth to understanding why editors reject pitches

If you're a freelance writer or a PR professional, you probably know that pitching is a delicate art that sometimes... More

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Reporting for rookies

Schooling a newbie on the basics

The line between "blogger" and "reporter" has been blurry for a long time. Those of us who went to journalism... More

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Freelancers should consider collectives

Maintaining the intellectual atmosphere of a magazine office or newsroom makes a lot of sense for those of us who work freelance

As a fairly new freelance writer with a lot of friends who are graphic designers, I've been thinking a lot... More

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Facebook as a reporting tool

The new graph search gives journalists a way to construct a trend story without picking up the phone. Is this a good thing?

You have a Facebook account. I know this because everyone has a Facebook account. And you are a journalist. I... More

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Is the homepage dead?

Yes and no

A friend of mine who is a Web editor at a political publication recently complained to me that his outlet's... More

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Is crowdfunding the future of media funding?

Best practices for a Kickstarter-funded journalistic endeavor

Some colleagues and I recently ran a Kickstarter to launch a fairly ambitious music publication from scratch. Our idea —... More

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Getting more mileage from your ideas

How to turn one reporting trip into several pieces, and how to get your editor to give you more substantive assignments

I'm terrible at writing two to three stories from one reporting trip. How do I get better at this? —Anonymous... More

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Flirting with disaster

Where do you draw the line between activism and journalism—and between flirting and “cultivating sources”?

A lot of freelance writers, including me, have to maintain multiple hustles to keep the bills paid, including work that... More

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Bye, haters!

When to ignore and when to listen to your critics

Obviously the way to deal with haters is to ignore them. But what to do when your haters raise some... More

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Money talks

How to find out what other writers are paid so you know how to set your own rates

I'm struggling to understand how much I'm worth per word. I know how much I get per hour on copy... More

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Bad-news bearers

Does journalism always have to be such a bummer?

Our newspaper runs news-style obituaries for free as a public service to the community. This morning we had a couple... More

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Relationship advice for writers and editors

How to work together smoothly

How do you let your editor know you appreciate all they do for you without sounding like a suck-up? —Anonymous... More

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Call me, maybe

How to get sources, other journalists, and editors to respond to you

Sometimes the likelihood of my pitch being accepted hinges on my accessibility to a particular interview subject, or the likelihood... More

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Who generates story ideas?

When writers expect editors to do the all the legwork

I am the managing and news editor at my university paper. I'm having problems getting the staff writers to pitch... More

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Breaking up and moving on

When to take your pitch elsewhere, when to quit altogether, and how to search for out-of-state jobs

I'm sure you've had the frustrating experience of reading your story for the first time in print and discovering new... More

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Managing your archive

What to do with the clips from assignments gone by

Here's a topic from Getting Shit Together 101: writing samples. How does one correctly mail them, hard-copy style? Is sending... More

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The tweet life

How journalists can reap the benefits of Twitter without falling into its traps

How can I get more Twitter followers? —Gabriel Arana Twitter has become indispensable for journalists. Not because it’s the best... More

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Essential tools of the trade

Here’s a quick, crowdsourced guide to the most useful everyday tools for the modern journalist

I love to read about the latest and greatest apps and gadgets but, when I do, I have two overwhelming... More

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Balancing the personal and the professional

Make yourself into a brand

My online presence is sharply divided between a professional wordpress, a bloggy wordpress, a tumblr, a professional twitter, and personal... More

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Insiders and outsiders

How to move in and move up when you’re still the little guy. Or gal

I've read a lot of advice about pitching individual features, but it seems like recurring features are even more valuable... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


Why Felix Salmon is joining Fusion

“The core of what I do at Fusion will be post-text”

The top spook’s stupid gag order

The nation’s top spy has prohibited all of his spies from talking with reporters about “intelligence-related information” unless officially authorized to speak

Slate wants you to subscribe

Andrew Sullivan on the new Slate+

Why liberals have fallen for Thomas Piketty

The French economist gives the American left a sturdy framework for its economic ideas

The greatest threat to women

Louis CK is nonplussed at how ladies do it

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