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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

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When to blame your editor

How to handle the parts of your work that are outside your control

Realtalk me on how to expand the kinds of things you write about. For example, I write about race and... More

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Journo, promote thyself

Use your personal website and Twitter feed to get people to read your stuff without annoying them

My startup website depends on social media pickup for pageviews, so my reporters and I tweet and Facebook the hell... More

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The rules of the freelance game

Tips for pitching like a pro and double-dipping story ideas without going the full Jonah Lehrer

Aside from the general advice of networking and putting yourself out there, how do I break into freelancing? What makes... More

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Are you too drunk to edit?

A journalistic sobriety test for night editors, bloggers, and anyone covering an event with an open bar

Is there a test that you can self-administer to determine if you are too drunk to write or edit a... More

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To sell out or not to sell out?

Is a journalism job you hate better than no journalism job at all?

I'm 22 and a recent NYC transplant. I'm interning at a pretty well-known magazine, working with some great editors, learning... More

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Five types of problem writer

And how to deal with each of them

What's the best way to get through to stubborn writers? —Kjerstin Johnson, Portland, OR The editing process should be a... More

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Journalists vs. curators

Can’t we all just get along?

What's the difference between a journalist and a curator? —David Johnson, Berkeley, CA As David Carr of The New York... More

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Work/life trend pieces and when journalistic heroes fall, literally

Ann Friedman answers all your (journalism) questions

What's the deal with articles about CEOs/leaders/politicians only mentioning "work/life balance" if the subject is a woman? Where are the... More

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Presenting #realtalk from your editor

CJR’s “place for super practical conversation about working in media”—in gifs!

Welcome to the new incarnation of #Realtalk from your editor! This weekly column was inspired by my now-defunct Tumblr blog,... 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


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.”

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