Monthly Archives: October 2011

Green light story

I’ve been neglecting you. I apologize. First, I was trying to get everything done before I left town for five days. And then I was out of town for five days. And then I was Tweeting from the Journalism Interactive … Continue reading

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Focus first

Tuesday, we’ll talk about finding a focus and organizing a text story around that focus. We’ve talked about writing leads and nut grafs, and those are definitely focusing activities. But we haven’t talked much about focusing before reporting, or re-focusing … Continue reading

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Toeing the ‘fine line’ in letters

I have suddenly realized that it’s internship application season again, so I’m recycling this post from last year about how to write a good cover letter. Make sure you look at the sample cover letter at the hyperlink. It’s hard … Continue reading

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Just because Ira Glass says so (and it’s true)

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This better be good

Sometimes, I imagine the reader as this grumpy person who requires  convincing. I see this person with his/her arms folded, scowling and muttering, “This better be worth my time.” And then, I picture the body language and the expression changing … Continue reading

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Where to work

Today in our 11 AM meeting, the graphics editor for The Wall Street Journal, Seth Hamblin, talked about 35 places he would apply for a job today if he were a recent graduate. We asked him to hand over the … Continue reading

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