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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

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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

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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