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Best Music Writing 2012

What are the best pieces of music journalism/criticism that were written in 2012? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 16, 2012 - 7 answers

Please help me name a long form sports journalism aggregation site

I am thinking of creating a blog that focuses on longform journalism about sports and I need a name. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 15, 2012 - 10 answers

How to track the sources a website pulls news from?

I'm wondering if anyone could suggest a tool or website that allows me to see a list of sites that a particular website is pulling news from. I know I can do this manually by looking at articles and noting the sites that are sourced, but I'm wondering if there is an easier way to do it. Any ideas? Thanks, - Michael
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb on Sep 29, 2012 - 2 answers


How do I tell my dad that we need to find a better weekly news magazine? [more inside]
posted by myelin sheath on Sep 20, 2012 - 32 answers

How do you manage your time as a freelance worker?

How do you manage your time and priorities as work ebbs and flows during your life as a freelancer? What do you do with your days between big jobs? What portion of your time is spent on paying work, managing your business (taxes, bills, sending invoices, etc.), personal/professional development, trying to find more work, networking, etc.? Do you deal with deluges and droughts, or is your work more steady and consistent, and how much control do you have about this situation? What do you do during lulls? How long did it take you to become comfortable with your workload after you became a freelancer? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Sep 10, 2012 - 5 answers

What's the source of this Faulkner quote?

William Faulkner famously said, "The best fiction is far more true than any journalism." But where the heck did he actually say this? Does anyone know the book or article or interview where this quote originated?
posted by Dr. Send on Sep 8, 2012 - 6 answers

Which cameras do war photographers use?

What sort of cameras and gear do embedded journalists and war photographers use these days? Which cameras can handle the abuse required? How do they deal with problems like power, memory, and multiple lenses? Any information would be greatly appreciated; thanks, MeFi!
posted by reductiondesign on Sep 7, 2012 - 14 answers

Best of 2012 political journalism?

Where can I find the best online American political commentary and analysis right now? Looking for bloggers, columnists, reporters, websites. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Sep 6, 2012 - 14 answers

Recommend me some thoughtful military books

Bookfilter: Recommend me thoughtful military memoirs / journalism [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Sep 3, 2012 - 24 answers

Looking for a customisable online magazine generator that gets its content from multiple Twitter users - any ideas?

I'm looking for an online tool to create a daily web-based magazine for a citizen journalism collective. Ideally, it would gather articles, links and photos from designated multiple users on Twitter, and allow an editor to lay them out and edit them to create nice, readable pages. [more inside]
posted by scrm on Sep 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Chopping open the onion

I want to read about the dark side of the Internet, preferably in the form of a narrative. [more inside]
posted by Echobelly on Aug 31, 2012 - 8 answers

Looking for a variety of good music criticism

Crowdsource my syllabus: I'm looking for the best relatively short music review essays, in a wide variety of writing styles and formats. [more inside]
posted by bahngerama on Aug 28, 2012 - 16 answers

Should I take this copywriting job if I want to be a writer?

I was hoping to be offered a writing job on the editorial side, but instead I'm going to be on the business/advertising side. What does this mean for me? [more inside]
posted by Michael Pemulis on Aug 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Scooter articles

Looking for music journalism discussing German dance group Scooter. [more inside]
posted by LSK on Jul 19, 2012 - 3 answers

Post-truth understanding is an oxymoron.

I have been seeing several references lately to "post-truth" campaigns/politics lately, but I am not sure exactly what the definition is. I can infer what is implied, but want material that explains what it is. Example [more inside]
posted by annsunny on Jul 14, 2012 - 7 answers

Another career advice question, what's a budding writer slash editor to do these days?

I majored in journalism and Spanish. My only work experience has been internships at newspapers and lots of Spanish tutoring. I do not want to be a teacher. Journalism jobs are pretty much unavailable for the conceivable future, at least for young people 3 years out of college like me. What else can I do? Where can I put my skills to use? My plan was to work in journalism or publishing. What else is there now that these industries are sinking, fast?
posted by sunrisecoffee on Jul 13, 2012 - 12 answers

If you had an opportunity to interview a self-made millionaire, what would you ask?

If you had an opportunity to interview a self-made millionaire, what would you ask? [more inside]
posted by joshuamcginnis on Jun 29, 2012 - 33 answers

Pharma, here I come.

The newspaper I work for has asked me to take over reporting about the pharma business. I...know nothing about the topic or related topics. What should I be reading / doing to become an expert as fast as possible? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Jun 27, 2012 - 13 answers

How to get a blog on Huffington Post?

How do you get a regular column/blog on Huffington Post, and how hard is it? It seems like so many people have one.
posted by shivohum on Jun 18, 2012 - 4 answers

I know this all sounds rather vague

I want to find more freelance writing jobs, but I have no idea where to begin. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jun 13, 2012 - 8 answers

I moved. The cheese stayed where it was. Now it doesn't return my calls.

What should I do instead of online journalism? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Write or flight?

Quit-my-job-Filter: Some long-simmering animosities between my boss and me have just come to a full-rage boil, and I need to leave my full-time journalism job as soon—and as safely—as possible. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2012 - 14 answers

My First Freelance Feature -- Help!

So my freelance pitch to a magazine was accepted -- now what? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Apr 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Ask me no more questions/tell me know more lies

What are your tips for conducting freelance journalistic-type interviews for articles/non-fiction essays/books? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 on Feb 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Some stories just take 10,000 words to tell

Help me find some riveting long-form journalism to read! I love thoughtful, explanatory, intelligent, slightly investigative single-topic pieces of writing. Can you help me find more? What are your all-time favorite pieces of long-form journalism? [more inside]
posted by firstbest on Feb 14, 2012 - 37 answers

How has the internet changed the newsroom?

How has the internet changed the newsroom? [more inside]
posted by Mr C on Jan 28, 2012 - 11 answers

How to create online layout exercise for journalism students

What's a good online layout exercise for journalism students? Seeking tools and ideas. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy on Jan 26, 2012 - 5 answers

What do reporters mean when they say that someone "declined to speak on the record?"

Help me understand a bit of journalese. When reporters say in an article that someone "declined to speak on the record" (which is a phrase that crops up very often) is the journalist indicating that the person in question was interviewed off the record and that the journalist used these off-the-record statements to write the article?
posted by Kattullus on Jan 18, 2012 - 19 answers

How can I get better at interviewing people for stories?

How do I not sound naive and awkward when interviewing people for freelance stories? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Jan 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Translating WriteNow Mac files

How can I translate thousands of files written in an old Macintosh word processing program called WriteNow, into a format that is easily accessible, probably Microsoft Word or RTF? It's a problem. I'm a writer and I used WriteNow exclusively for about 15 years. Now it is unsupported and an orphan. A translator program I used to use, MacLink Plus, no longer works on the current Lion operation system for Macintosh. Here's a link that describes WriteNow.
posted by Alex Marshall on Dec 31, 2011 - 10 answers

Journalism Terms of Art....HALP!

Quick help with a journalism term of art, please! [more inside]
posted by angab on Dec 14, 2011 - 10 answers

As a journalist, how obnoxious can I be?

A source has refused to talk to me. Should I drop it or take advantage of a recent opportunity? [more inside]
posted by Cwell on Nov 23, 2011 - 22 answers

What is a pool photo?

What does it mean when a newspaper photo caption says "pool photo?" This is a New York Times article with an example. Thank you!
posted by reductiondesign on Nov 22, 2011 - 5 answers

Building a journalism kit

Help me build a journalism kit! [more inside]
posted by dudekiller on Nov 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Giving up on research. What next?

Recent bioscience graduate is unsure what to do with his life. Science writing a possibility. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2011 - 4 answers

Help with entry into journalism career?

I'm interested in a career in written journalism. I need help figuring out how to enter the field, and how to make a living at it. [more inside]
posted by Malad on Oct 10, 2011 - 18 answers

How do you make seemingly boring interviews interesting for an online and print audience?

How do you make seemingly boring interviews interesting for an online and print audience? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Oct 5, 2011 - 14 answers

Awesome sports stories!!

What are some great articles or stories that would be appropriate to read out loud to a 99-year old sports fan? [more inside]
posted by leedly on Oct 2, 2011 - 16 answers

Recommend books about the history of the social contract?

Can you suggest good books on the evolving social contract? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish on Sep 17, 2011 - 8 answers

Numbers in the news

What's that quote? Something about each statistic in a news article reducing readership by x%. I can't for the life of me remember the exact words and who said it.
posted by tavegyl on Sep 7, 2011 - 4 answers

WANTED: better headlines

How can I write better headlines for my college newspaper? [more inside]
posted by gypsyhymns on Aug 22, 2011 - 9 answers

Super-successful fears for future

Where should/is my career-life headed next? [more inside]
posted by mistertoronto on Aug 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Looking for a new manual typewriter that will last...

I want to buy a manual typewriter, that I will not have trouble finding paper/ink/ribbons for... [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr on Jul 29, 2011 - 11 answers

What's the closest UK equivalent to the New Yorker?

What is the best forum in the United Kingdom for lengthy, in-depth narrative journalism, as exemplified in the United States by the New Yorker? I am aware of the New Statesman, the Spectator, and Prospect, but in my limited experience these seem more narrowly focused on current affairs and politics.
posted by EtTuHealy on Jul 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Outstanding profiles of scientists? Narrative science journalism?

So, I'm looking for well-written profiles of scientists or other outstanding examples of "narrative science journalism". [more inside]
posted by earthwormsleg on Jun 30, 2011 - 25 answers

That UN Passport is such a lovely shade of blue

Help me transition from journalism to a development/NGO/UN career ... without a master's! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 - 12 answers

What are the most important pieces of journalism in regards to war coverage?

What are the most important pieces of journalism in regards to war coverage? [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls on Jun 9, 2011 - 18 answers

How to combine academic and creative work in the same field?

A case-study in journalism: after entering academia (j-school staff), will a feature writer say goodbye to creativity? [more inside]
posted by earthwormsleg on Jun 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Investigator of stuff, freelance...

Another career question: Journalist-teacher-investigator(?) edition. [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on May 31, 2011 - 2 answers

where to read the opposite of travel journalism?

i want to read blogs or articles about ordinary life in various countries [more inside]
posted by glassy sesames on May 29, 2011 - 10 answers

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