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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

OMG, storytelling in journalism is changing. What to read abot this?

Here's an European writing a book/thesis about storytelling in journalism. What texts (linguistics, literary theory etc – preferably *not* mass communication theory) might help in analysing contemporary changes in that field? [more inside]
posted by earthwormsleg on Jan 24, 2013 - 2 answers

What are some movies based on longform journalism stories?

What are some movies based on longform journalism stories? So far I'm coming up with Bernie (Midnight in the Garden of East Texas in Texas Monthly), 21 (Hacking Los Vegas in Wired), and Into Thin Air (Into Thin Air in Outside) but there must be more! (I think Into the Wild was a book first and not an article, but I could be wrong.) Both names of movies and links to the articles that inspired them would be most helpful.
posted by fiercecupcake on Jan 16, 2013 - 28 answers

Would you teach a really old but really good textbook?

I've already taught this college course on media literacy for one semester, with results that frustrated me (here's my postmortem of my syllabus, including what students did and didn't get). Specifically, my students don't seem to understand how advertising influences the content of the media. I've been trying to remember where it was I developed the foundational ideas I have on the subject... and I realized, they're in a textbook I read in high school. In 1991. In a book which had its last edition that year. [more inside]
posted by gusandrews on Jan 10, 2013 - 29 answers

Graduating with a BA in Philosophy (Canada) in April. Job search help

A few days ago I went to see my local Career Advisor at school. She said I was miles ahead of every other humanities grad as I have 15 months of work experience. She told me to contact various guilds and organizations in my area... [more inside]
posted by GiveUpNed on Jan 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Graduating soon with a BA from a Canadian Uni. Job search help please. I have two years writing experience.

Graduating in June with a BA Philosophy. I have two years journalism experience. I'm currently searching for jobs through my network and linkedin. Help please! [more inside]
posted by GiveUpNed on Jan 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Year in long reading 2012

I have an ~18 hour flight ahead of me and I am compiling a DIY ebook of longform journalism/non-fiction for my Kindle to get me through it. So, what is the best thing you read this year? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Dec 21, 2012 - 11 answers

pulitzer drafts

Years ago Jack Hart, the esteemed editor and writing coach at The Oregonian, posted the rough drafts of Tom Hallman's Pulitzer winning story The Boy Behind the Mask somewhere online. Perhaps to a writers'/journalists' forum or mailing list. One editor's reaction to seeing the progression of the story through the drafts was to call it the most instructive lesson he'd ever had in newspaper writing. Help me track down those drafts!
posted by AceRock on Nov 26, 2012 - 0 answers

Fighting information overload, one Tweet at a time

I read this somewhere filter. A few years back, I read a very detailed description of a well known journalist (working at Reuters, or AP or something - it might have been Anthony De Rosa) who explained in great detail how he managed his Twitter and other (social) information streams to find original sources and be on top of breaking news. I would like to find that specific article again. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY on Nov 8, 2012 - 9 answers

Looking for article about journalism and political savvy

Looking for article about journalism being too concerned with political "savvy" [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Oct 19, 2012 - 4 answers

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

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