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What am I supposed to tweet about?

How to have fun but stay professional in 140-character bursts

Last weekend I spoke at the BU Power of Narrative conference, where a lot of accomplished longform feature writers asked... More

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What you gonna do with all that junket?

You really want to accept that free trip. Here’s how to decide whether you can do it ethically

At most news outlets, travel budgets have disappeared. This is a bummer if you're a reporter who likes to get... More

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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

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

I’m a black journalist quitting media because I’m sick of racism (TNR)

“Among the challenges that make racism so difficult to fix, and so odiously constant, is that white people often don’t even recognize when they’re saying or doing something that cuts their black colleagues to the bone”

High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

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