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Quotas get results

A chat with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on tapping sources more diverse than the usual pool of white dudes

Let's face it: The conversation about diversity in journalism is mostly boring hand-wringing. With each new byline count, it's easy... More

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The slush pile

Why most cold submissions don’t stand a chance

Recently, fiction writer David Cameron decided to try a little experiment: I grabbed a New Yorker story off the web... More

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Mixing business with pleasure

When journalists date other journalists, what are the rules?

Any journalist working in the media-saturated cities of New York and DC has probably at least toyed with the idea... More

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Freelancing for free

Sometimes—and only sometimes—it makes sense to write for free

I used to be an editor with a tiny budget who was constantly apologizing for our rates. Now I'm a... More

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Dealing with harassment and sexism

How to shut it down

"Can I be your Clark Kent?" "If you got shrapnel in your ass, I'd be happy to take it out."... More

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Dead tree edition

Time to stop holding funerals for print

"How can we get institutions and organizations to stop holding conferences titled 'The Death of Print'? I have no time... More

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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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