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One way to get excellent clips? Go off to an
exotic locale and start reporting as this guy and his friends did.
September 7, 2009
Good tips on setting up a freelance business. Understand what you are selling, the nature of the transaction, and who you are selling to.
August 29, 2009
Two guys I know have asked me to help them on their books. In the process of doing so I came across
this interesting and useful list of "7 things I wish I knew before writing my first book." I'm sending the link along to both of them.
August 25, 2009
So you want to be a 21st century future journalist of tomorrow? Read on.
August 21, 2009
The Journalism Shop is trying to make the best of the worst of times.
August 20, 2009
"Mentors, Money, And Where to Find Them" from Caitlin Kelly.
August 13, 2009
Yes, blogging can
enhance a writing career, especially for young people.
August 3, 2009
Do you know the
jargon for jobless journalists? It's in the Huffington Post and any freelance writer will appreciate it.
July 31, 2009
If you have interest in the media business
read this cautionary tale that outlines what it takes to get into media journalism in these topsy-turvy times.
July 28, 2009
Do we live in a "gig economy," as
editor Tina Brown suggests?
July 23, 2009
Health-care is a central question for freelance writers. This article surveys the problem and offers some possible options. Worth reading.
July 21, 2009
Students shouldn't be discouraged from going into journalism despite all the gloomy news. This article from
Online Journalism Review surveys how Journalism schools and departments are accommodating an increasing interest in journalism and writing to the changing realities of the journalism profession.
A veteran news reporter put it this way: "I would advise students to go into journalism. If they have a passion for news reporting, by all means go for it. They just need to understand that the format is changing. But that's always been true. Blogs didn't exist for me when I graduated from college 28 years ago. It's an even more rapid change now. But if you care about writing about news, there will be a place for you."
July 13, 2009
Craigslist gets a bad rap from time to time. When I comb job leads with CL I am very careful and can usually spot a bad ad right off. But, as this story from the Minneapolis Post shows,
sometimes a Craigslist ad can do wonders for a writer.
July 11, 2009
Reuters has a handbook for journalism that is very useful for journalists and freelance writers.
July 9, 2009
Here's a two-parter that describes what writers may face in the near future in the "everything is free, whoopee," 21st century. The
second part is a bit more realistic about content-being-free and suggests writers will be more colloborators with publishers and agents since those entities will be weakened by the new publishing model(s) now arising.
July 5, 2009
These tips are helpful for
the introverts among us who are looking for jobs.
June 30, 2009
Do we need a national strategy to save the news?
Are you part of the global work force of freelancers? Pretty good insight in this NY Times article about the writing marketplace at this moment.
June 28, 2009
Freelance writers should read this from the NY Times, about Inkwell Publishing and the problems they are having paying writers. It puts a lot of freelancers in jeapordy. Rather than figuring out who is to blame in this it's better to see the inner workings of the publishing world and the lines that connect each part of the puzzle.
June 23, 2009
The Gawker addresses the question, "slave labor, the new media profit model?"
This has been an ongoing issue for many years, even before the internet. Professional writers should stay away from any market that wants a freebie or pays only cents/word. And if you're in a position where you need writing credits stay in that position for as little a time as possible. Research markets! Find out how much they pay. The more attractive rates require more effort and skills. Take your effort and skills to the level of the requirements of the market.
What are journalism schools teaching about social media?
This. It's worth looking at by any journalist or writer who wants to catch up on the new writing platform.
June 22, 2009
This is a very informative series that
reviews the state of journalism, sketches out a history, and then
suggests five "paths to cash" for journalists and writers in the present day.
June 15, 2009
If you're a business journalist it might be prudent to read this article about "legal considerations" in writing about business.
No one can argue that these are not interesting times in the world of journalism. Jeff Jarvis tries to outline a "new news process," but it is all becoming like a dysfunctional trial where no one is telling the truth, only trying to convince the innocent or not-so-innocent jurors that they possess the real facts. And the jurors end up using little but their common sense and gut to render a verdict.
June 10, 2009
How does an out of-work-journalist cope? He has some good tips about the problem.
June 3, 2009
Is this another outsourcing story? Or is it a "flatness of the Earth," story?
Listen to the truth of the matter from a young journalists point of view.
But he also sees the future and embraces it. The young have a lot of clout. They
must be the market that demands excellent journalism no matter what platform it
is delivered on.
May 30, 2009
Going from corporate to entrepreneurial: One guy's story.
May 28, 2009
The ranks of the freelance world are swelling.
Interested in the state of the book business these days? The senior vice president of Farrar, Straus & Giroux has a pretty poignant, dark view of it these days.
May 22, 2009
Harvard Crimson editors are bailing out of journalism. "Some Crimson editors who want to
practice journalism are doing it online or pursuing other professions, such as law or politics,
and contributing freelance articles..."
But the article points out that enrollment is up at other j-schools. “To some young people,
the turbulence itself is interesting, rather than off-putting,” said Rick Edmonds, a media-business
analyst at the Poynter Institute, a nonprofit organization in St. Petersburg, Florida, that
trains reporters. “We’re going through a period of reinvention and they want to be part of that.”
May 18, 2009
Pretty good summary of the dilemma of journalism
and why it's important. And, ultimately, the public, the self-ruling democracy will get what it wants, if not needs.
Then again, there is little sentimentality
when it comes to the business of newspapers.
May 12, 2009
It's not a good sign
when the mother and journalist does not encourage the daughter to follow in her footsteps.
May 11, 2009
The Los Angeles Times has the ins and outs of
freelance writing for TV comedians.
Social networking is a recommended technique for college students to get their first job.
May 4, 2009
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