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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

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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

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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