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How to get out of an un-winnable work situation

Asking for a friend: I feel I'm being taken advantage of at work - being asked repeatedly to act for months at a time in a higher-duties role that I aspire to... with no compensation. And I keep being overlooked for the permanent position. [more inside]
posted by dinoworx on Nov 28, 2014 - 17 answers

Long-ish non-fiction reads that will make me smarter and more empathetic

I'm looking for articles that take anywhere from half an hour to one hour to read. Specifically, I'm looking for 1) in-depth, meaty reads in any field; 2) (auto)biographical reads about ordinary people. [more inside]
posted by rebooter on Nov 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Journalist changing careers.

I have, for the past several years, worked as a journalist in a fairly niche area. I do not want to do this anymore - but I do want to put my skills to good use, and make a decent living. How do I do this? What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Best way to get interviews for my blog?

I have a personal blog about my day trips to local festivals, museums, landmarks, and whatever else that I think is interesting and fun to explore on the weekends. I live in the USA if that matters. Part of why I'm writing my blog is so that I can improve my skills and confidence as a writer. I'd like to interview interesting people, mostly people affiliated with the places that I'm visiting, but don't know how to best go about this. [more inside]
posted by FelineoidEntity on Nov 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Pre-internet examples of journalism based on leaked letters

In my neck of the woods, stories based on leaked emails are currently a thing. I would like to know about big news stories based on illicitly copied correspondence, whether letters, telegrams, memos, or other media, that predate the internet (other than the Pentagon papers, which I already know about). The older the better.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen on Oct 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Jobs Like Journalism, Minus the Writing

I've been working in either journalism or communications for a few years now and while I like it a lot, I feel like I still haven't quite found the right job. What are some career trajectories for someone who is really good at research, loves talking to people, and has an overwhelming sense of curiosity, but is tired of writing everyday. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Oct 8, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me level up as a writer

I am a 32 y/o creative writer (poetry, short fiction, essays) and arts journalist. I have an MFA and I have been very well-published in lit mags and on websites (but no book yet). I have two poetry manuscripts that I’ve circulated, and both have had some near-misses. I am very prolific and always have projects going, and I submit often. However, I feel a lack of professional traction, and I am hoping some of you have ways I can level up. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Oct 3, 2014 - 9 answers

LinkedIn equivalent for creative freelancers?

I work in freelance newspaper/online journalism currently, but came into it through a sort of backdoor (via a career in corporate communications rather than via j-school). I now find myself in the situation of having regular work for clients that I absolutely love. Unfortunately, that work only comes out to about 20 or 25 hours a week and it would be fantastic if I could double my workload. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Oct 1, 2014 - 2 answers

This is a question for the experienced journalists of MeFi.

I'm a freelance journalist who is mostly self-taught. I didn't go to j-school and I've never worked on staff at a newspaper or magazine. While I'm confident in my research and writing skills (at least I know where I need to improve) there are a few "rules" of journalism that I feel like everyone else knows and I have never learned. Hence this question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2014 - 9 answers

How to Become an Expert in Foreign News?

I have been offered a somewhat prestigious job in foreign news. I have been working in other areas of journalism for the last decade, but am not particularly well versed in international news. So I am looking to bone up on, basically, the entire history of the world, all of its current political leaders/conflicts, geography, current expert thinkers/critics on regional international questions. Aside from getting a world map shower curtain, what else should I be doing? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Sep 14, 2014 - 16 answers

How to get over a bad moment with a reporter

A while back, a journalist witnessed me displaying a small lack of integrity. Now, I see his name everywhere and can't get over my shame and anger about what happened. How can I move past this? [more inside]
posted by violetish on Aug 15, 2014 - 28 answers

Trade Blogs and Publications for Online Publishers?

A colleague wants to deepen his understanding of online publishing (and I do, too!) -- how do the big print magazine/newspaper publishers manage their online publications, and what are the smaller, newer, younger online-only publications doing, too. Topics of interest run the gamut, from editorial policy to metrics. [more inside]
posted by notyou on Jul 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Long Form Music Journalism

Link me to riveting, long form music journalism online! I want to read case histories of musicians with troubled lives, like these articles about Elliot Smith and Ben Todd. Or maybe a peek at a subculture I barely knew existed, like Kid Rock's Cruise or Nathan Rabin's many recaps of The Gathering. I'll also accept a straight-ahead profile, as long as it's as well written as Elizabeth Gilbert's piece on Hank-3. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jun 30, 2014 - 8 answers

What was this article about an ambitious film?

About 3-6 years ago, I read an article visiting the set of an ambitious film. Does anyone remember the piece, and know if the film in question was ever released? [more inside]
posted by Magnakai on May 22, 2014 - 3 answers

I've just been fired. What do I do next?

I was just terminated after 89 days from a job that I moved 550 miles to accept. I have no savings -- they were spent on the move -- and two weeks' severance pay (about $1,300). I have no family or friends in this city. What are my next moves? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 22, 2014 - 18 answers

Accepting the things I cannot change

I think I'm not suited for my dream career of being a journalist. I'm having a really hard time dealing with this fact. (REALLY long) [more inside]
posted by dean_deen on May 11, 2014 - 29 answers

Article about news reflecting/pandering to audience, not owners

I could swear that in the last week or two there was a study that came out (by an economist I think, and it had won a prize - Nobel maybe or Pulitzer or something) about how the news is influenced by its audience more than by its owners. But I cannot find this article anywhere or remember the name of the study's author. Any ideas?
posted by yeahyeahyeah on May 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Using Facebook, non-obnoxiously, to promote your work

Are you an author, musician, artist, or other creative-ish person who's found successful (and polite) ways to use Facebook to connect with people interested in your work? I'd love to know your secrets. [more inside]
posted by oliverburkeman on Apr 23, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me cross over to the dark side!

After 15 years or so working as a journo/editor on niche technical magazines, I am considering a move to the PR/communications sector... [more inside]
posted by low_horrible_immoral on Apr 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Good Examples of Collected Journalism

Can people recommend good examples of the collected works of an individual journalist, collected and published as a book? I want to see how great journalists arrange and contextualize distinct pieces that also contain larger narrative arcs. Thanks.
posted by history is a weapon on Mar 30, 2014 - 13 answers

How do I jump ship?

I’m a failed journalist working for a dying European newspaper. I’m female, 39, with two small children and currently on maternity leave. Help me find something else. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me find this news story involving a policeman and a prostitute

I am not sure I recall the details correctly, but I am amused by a news story in my memory. I think my memory is accurate, so here goes. A police officer is testifying in court about his (commercial and sexual) relationship with a prostitute, with whom he had sex in the course of an anti-prostitution sting. The officer is questioned by opposing counsel about whether he climaxed. He explains that he did, but that he didn't take any pleasure in it. Can you give me a link to this news story or tell me where I read it?
posted by Mr. Justice on Mar 21, 2014 - 3 answers

How can I take my notetaking to the cloud? (iPad? Livescribe?)

My house is filled with small reporter notebooks filled with notes/interview records for writing projects I've worked on. I've gone electronic in all of my other paperwork, and it has changed my life. How can I do the same with my notebooks? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Mar 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Life Magazine? Article About A Violent Pair of Addicts

I'm searching for an ethnographic, non-fiction article about two young homeless addicts, one a white male and one a pregnant black female. I believe, but am not certain, it was published decades ago in Life Magazine and that I found it through Longform.org. I'll put as many (possibly triggering, definitely unpleasant) details as I can inside. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Feb 12, 2014 - 1 answer

Timely queer and kink content for my facebook and twitter feed

I've just had an article published nationally, and oh boy is that addictive and fun! I want to do more, so I need ideas to pitch! I'm looking for some tweeters and some Facebook groups and posters to follow who will have awesome kink/womens'/sex-positive/sex-work/trans/lgbt/poly/etc news, criticism and analysis. Feminist and socialist feeds also a plus. Many thanks, hive mind!
posted by Mistress on Jan 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Writing an "as told by" article, should I divide my compensation?

Asking for a friend. Friend interviewing a source for an article and wanted to publish it as an interview. He pitched it to a paper and the paper wants him to right a story in the form of "as told by." So the article reads like a narrative by the source but is written by my friend. He has never written anything like this before and wonders whether or not he should pay some of what he's paid for the article to the source?
posted by melissam on Jan 17, 2014 - 2 answers

Resources for web publishers and editors?

I run a fairly large (~1m readers per week) website that publishes ~20 articles per week. I'm looking for resources that will help me do my job better: managing writers, keeping up to date with publishing trends and events, managing a community, and so on. [more inside]
posted by third word on a random page on Dec 17, 2013 - 1 answer

The time for cunning plans and crazy capers.

I really, really enjoyed Nicholas Schmidle's article "A Very Rare Book" (on a nearly-flawless contemporary forging of a unique copy of Galileo's "Sidereus Nuncius") in last week's New Yorker and I'd like to read more journalism/non-fiction like it. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Dec 17, 2013 - 8 answers

I like advice columns. Please advise.

Nothing helps me fall asleep at night like a well-written advice column. My current favorites are Dear Prudence, She Said, She Said, and The Gentleman Scholar. Who else might I like? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Nov 8, 2013 - 34 answers

The Post Bulletin-News Journal Courier-Gazette Sun Times

Can you point me towards some excellent regional newspapers? [more inside]
posted by Mender on Nov 1, 2013 - 7 answers

Need a Friday Night Lights-esque song for middle school broadcast intro

My middle school students produce a broadcast news show. For the intro/titles, we need help coming up with a song to use. Songs we like have minimal vocals, maybe slightly downbeat at first and then pick up in tempo-- almost slightly wistful but upbeat in nature. Two examples inside. [more inside]
posted by elliss on Oct 23, 2013 - 11 answers

Examples of essay/articles without a character or main person

Hello, I'm looking for examples of good essays/articles/long form journalism (2000-5000 words) that aren't told through profiling a person or based on the author's experience somewhere. I received advice that you don't pitch an idea or a subject, but a character, and I've stuck to that, but I'd like to try a few shorter articles and essays that don't depend on framing it around a person or a trip somewhere (my essays that hang off a person's story take over a year to get the material because I follow the person's journey). I hope that makes sense.
posted by cimuir on Oct 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me apply for this news reporter job

I plan to apply for a job that I'm overqualified for but need desperately...and I've been out of the journalism field for several years because of the economy and some personal issues. I need help to not look like a desperate failure when I apply. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I, as a reporter, tell the story of a student being bullied?

The question came up in a thread on the blue linked within and it was suggested that I come here. How do I tell the story of a disabled student's fight against bullying? How do I not make her a victim while still making an impact? [more inside]
posted by none of these will bring disaster on Sep 13, 2013 - 24 answers

What are the journalistic best practices for indie blogs?

I run a small blog (three part-time people, all editorial) in an industry known for having a cozy relationship between press and marketers (fashion). I didn't go to J school and never expected to be a journalist. Is there a useful best practices / ethics guide for folks in my position? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Aug 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Recommend books or textbooks on political communication?

I'm going to be teaching a second-year journalism-school course in political writing. I'd like to expand the curriculum a bit to build in elements of the study of political communication: The rhetoric, the language, the semiotic warfare of politics and persuasion. But I'm a working journalist, not an academic, and my understanding of such things is largely self-taught. So I need a book or textbook to formalize my own understanding and develop course materials from. Any suggestions? (Bonus: Suggestions for Canadians, which we happen to be?) [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish on Aug 15, 2013 - 2 answers

I'm booooorrrrrrred.

It's an especially slow time at work for me right now, and will be for a few more weeks at least. Please recommend some online time-killers. Specs within. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Aug 12, 2013 - 12 answers

Will political past affect chances of working in sports journalism?

I want to move into sports journalism, and I have the experience to do so, but I have a partisan political past. Will that affect my chances of being hired? Please read through the full details inside before answering! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Resources on how to write (satirical) newspaper articles?

I've been writing satirical news articles for a website I created, and while my articles have been popular so far, I realized that I've been writing solely on my instinct of how a newspaper article would sound. What are some resources that go more in-depth on the style of newspaper articles, rather than the news gathering/reporting side of journalism?
posted by averageamateur on Jun 18, 2013 - 5 answers

[quote] Er, um, like, you know, eh? [end quote] said Kuppajava.

How do I explain to a student journalist that when quoting someone with whom they have recorded an interview they should refrain from keeping in the verbal filler words and tics we all use in casual conversation unless absolutely necessary? [more inside]
posted by kuppajava on May 28, 2013 - 13 answers

Stay? Go? To a new city, or to grad school?

My friends who are moving to Pittsburgh are asking me if I want to join them, and this is making me question my potential career path and what I should do over the next year or so. [more inside]
posted by dean_deen on May 6, 2013 - 20 answers

Where to get tape of Nixon aides plotting murder?

According to the Washington Post, the famous White House tape recordings that Nixon kept include recordings of aides G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt seriously plotting to assassinate muckraking journalist Jack Anderson in 1972. They were only stopped because the Watergate fiasco got in the way. Where can I get that recording? [more inside]
posted by Sleeper on May 3, 2013 - 3 answers

Self-Taught Journalist Looking for Resources

I'm about 5 years into a steady freelance career of journalism. I'm self-taught, with on-the-job training. I'm looking for books, textbooks, professional associations, articles, or even great examples of journalism. Especially interested in: investigative reporting, breaking news stories, following leads, interviewing people. I've done all this on the job, but I want to know how it has been done by experts. Not looking for the career side of it (pitching, dealing with editors.) I cannot (and do not want to) go back to school. I already have a master's degree in a subject area that has become my beat. I have access to a bunch of databases and the New Yorker archives. [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Apr 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Supporting Oneself with Freelance News Photography: Possible??

It's looking like I'll be jobless this summer. Would it be possible to keep myself alive by taking photos of newsworthy events and selling them to news organizations? [more inside]
posted by Sheila Nagig on Apr 25, 2013 - 8 answers

How do I record a phone interview on an outgoing call?

I'm doing some freelance journalism-y things, and I sometimes need to interview people over the phone whilst plugging away at my "day job." How do I record these calls? I have an iphone 4, if that makes a difference. [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Apr 12, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me become the next Barbara Walters/Charlie Rose

I want to be great at interviewing people, but going to journalism school isn't an option. What books will help me most? How do I learn to recognize and ask great questions? How do I prepare? Who are exceptional interviewers I should check out, and what do you think I can specifically learn from them?
posted by ferdinandcc on Mar 25, 2013 - 28 answers

How can I keep track of reaching out to my contacts on a regular basis?

I want a contact management system that will remind me to: (1) follow up with new people I meet, and track when I do, and (2) reach out to those people on a regular basis (and track when I do). Please share your own app-based or text-based system for doing this! [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Mar 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Examples of print newspapers that use photographs particularly well.

I'm looking for examples of newspapers that use photographs particularly well -- for both quality storytelling images and strong design that showcases/utilizes news photographs well. [more inside]
posted by rinosaur on Feb 18, 2013 - 6 answers

Why do editorials have such irrelevant and circuitous introductions?

On a cold and New York winter afternoon, I sipped at my coffee and wondered at how to best phrase my question. I decided a direct approach would be best: when did editorials start to feature such long-winded and irrelevant introductions? What happened to the "reverse pyramid" I was taught in elementary, where you put the most important features first? Why is it not until the middle of the third paragraph that I usually find out what I'm reading? And do most readers actually like this style? [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier on Feb 17, 2013 - 20 answers

Pitching Help! (Journalism)

I work as a journalist. However, I only get articles in publications due to my personal relationships with the editor(s). I've never been able to send in an unsolicited pitch and have it accepted. [more inside]
posted by GiveUpNed on Feb 11, 2013 - 8 answers

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