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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

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The weekly grind

How to feed and maintain a weekly opinion column

A writer I greatly admire, Ta-Nehisi Coates, once offered this exercise in understanding what it's like to produce a weekly... More

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What to do when you get fired

A post-layoff strategy for the future-minded journalist

Last week, my declaration that this is the best moment to be working in journalism was met with some side-eye... More

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This is the best moment to be in journalism

The old stuff isn’t coming back, but that’s okay

I've spent the past two months on the conference circuit. I spoke to groups of journalists in San Francisco, Boston,... More

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Branded but ‘independent’ media

The pros and cons of trying to do real journalism at a non-media company

Jessica Bennett worked for seven years at journalistic stalwarts like The Boston Globe, the Village Voice, and Newsweek. But after... More

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Reporting on industry gossip

How Politico should have reported the “turbulence” at The New York Times

This week, Politico published a largely anonymously-sourced hit piece on New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, charging that she... More

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The other side of reporting a tragedy

Is it possible for reporters to both do their job and be empathetic humans?

I don't have cable, so I experienced Monday's events the way I've experienced every violent American tragedy since 9/11: through... More

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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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