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Viral done right

Not all shareable content is empty clickbait

First the Wall Street Journal profiled Gawker traffic powerhouse Neetzan Zimmerman. Then came the news that, thanks largely to social... More

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BuzzFeed’s all-positive books section

It doesn’t make sense to pledge positivity if your aim is to provide readers with critics’ takes on new books. It makes more sense if your aim is to cultivate a thriving community.

Last week, BuzzFeed's new books editor, Isaac Fitzgerald, said something outrageous: He would not be publishing negative reviews. "Why waste... More

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‘Ethnic media’ in today’s journalism environment

A new joint effort from ABC News and Univision raises some good questions.

A few weeks ago, my friend Jorge Rivas and I found ourselves whining to each other about PR flaks. My... More

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Journalism and customer service

Do we serve democracy or consumers?

Let's face it: The bulk of journalism produced is inessential. This isn't to say it's not valuable, just that the... More

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Awareness weak

Why manufactured public-health events don’t make for good news

You know it's October because of the pink. Breast Cancer Awareness Month has become inescapable, making the rare leap from... More

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Email dos and don’ts

Unwanted pitches, email reporting, and inbox lockdown

This week, for the first time in ages, I cleared my email backlog. Much of the correspondence in the queue... More

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War reporting for amateurs

Should you just take off for a foreign country and hope to sell your work later?

I confess that I've been watching all the coverage of Amanda Lindhout's book with a bit of chagrin. Lindhout, who... More

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The women’s pages

The upsides and downsides of starting your career in gender-specific digital media

Last week, when entrepreneur Bryan Goldberg announced he'd scored $6.5 million in capital to "completely transform women's publishing," he was... More

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Translating the newsroom into tech jargon

In case you suddenly have a new boss from that world, or something

Let's say you've suddenly found yourself working for a boss who's more steeped in tech culture than in journalism. As... More

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Email newsletter etiquette for journalists

How to insert yourself in readers’ inboxes—without annoying them

One of the disadvantages of being a freelance writer is that there's no larger platform promoting all of your work.... More

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Your first salary negotiation

Yeah, the industry is struggling. But you should still ask for more money

So you just managed to land a journalism job in what has become a seriously tough market. Congratulations! Now it's... More

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Making politics and policy news sexy

How the Texas Tribune raked in $23k from the grateful viewers of its legislative livestream

On Tuesday night, as the Texas state senate entered the final hours of a legislative special session and Sen. Wendy... More

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The freelance life, redux

10 lessons from my first year of freelancing

This month I celebrate my one-year anniversary as a full-time freelance writer. I've managed to more or less maintain the... More

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This isn’t another ‘golden age’ for print

But it is one for media

Every time a media critic insists that print's not dead, he or she inadvertently ends up making the opposite case.... More

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The art of the interview

Asking the hard questions about asking the hard questions

I'm on deadline for a long feature, so I've been transcribing a lot of interviews lately. And after listening to... 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 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.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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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Questions and exercises for journalism students.