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Really truly listening is harder than ever

I’m fascinated by listening and what goes wrong — and right — in human communication. And over the years, my conviction has grown that listening is if not the secret than one of the secrets to great interviews. I bet … Continue reading

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‘I am the boss of me’ (and other benefits of making your own way in this world)

Ann Friedman is coming to class tomorrow morning. I don’t want to steal all of the happy endings, but she does kinda have a great story about how she turned a (seemingly) bad thing into a good thing in her … Continue reading

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Put off reading this, miss out on free $$$

The J-School has a scholarship to give to some deserving junior or senior who’s headed in the direction of a career in newspapers (and, of course, we don’t just mean print products by that). Read the attached PDF for eligibility … Continue reading

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Science, skepticism and storytelling

Thought you’d find this interesting after watching the first part of “Merchants of Doubt” in class on Tuesday. (The film actually earns a mention in this piece.) What’s our role in the “War on Science”? One thing is obvious: We … Continue reading

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Some reading about writing

We’re going to talk tomorrow about writing tightly and brightly with the online and mobile reader in mind. To that end, I’d like you to read this piece from BBC Academy and also this piece from the same source (ignore the … Continue reading

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Yes, these things still happen in America

More great work from the New York Times magazine and Nathaniel Rich, who is obviously some kind of wunderkind. What I liked about this story: depth, details, description. My first reporting job was in the deep South, and yet Louisiana is something … Continue reading

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On that hard-to-find line between the personal/professional for journalists

This is a sad story. But you should read it and the original blog post, and then share your reaction (here, on my blog) to it. It relates directly to what we’ve been talking about. It was posted on Medium. … Continue reading

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You really have to learn to search smart

In class today, I talked about the friendly stalking you’re about to do of your social media partner and I referred to this Mashable graphic that is so buried on my blog you’d never find it. Check it out, and … Continue reading

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NY Times asks, ‘How vital are women?’

Please read this story before class this morning, if you can find five minutes.  We should talk about it.

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From the weekend: doing crowd estimates

No matter what beat you’re on this semester, you’re likely to be asked this question by an editor after you’ve covered an event: How many people were there? If you don’t have an answer, you’ll have to make phone calls … Continue reading

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