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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

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Call me, maybe

How to get sources, other journalists, and editors to respond to you

Sometimes the likelihood of my pitch being accepted hinges on my accessibility to a particular interview subject, or the likelihood... More

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Who generates story ideas?

When writers expect editors to do the all the legwork

I am the managing and news editor at my university paper. I'm having problems getting the staff writers to pitch... More

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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

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


Is the rising Democratic majority doomed?

“My belief … is that conservatism as we know it is doomed”

FCC, in a shift, backs fast lanes for Web traffic

The proposal comes three months after a federal appeals court struck down, for the second time, agency rules intended to guarantee a free and open Internet

Big food

Michael Pollan thinks Wall Street has way too much influence over what we eat

Why Felix Salmon is joining Fusion

“The core of what I do at Fusion will be post-text”

New Yorker editor David Remnick on the art of writing a profile

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.