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Jesse Eisinger, the Pulitzer-winning financial reporter for ProPublica, told me that he “constantly, relentlessly” reminds himself of why sources are sharing information with him: “It’s not because I’m good looking or a nice person. They’re all talking to push an agenda.” That doesn’t mean their facts are wrong, he noted, only that they have to be scrutinized.
When Coziness With Sources Is a Conflict - NYTimes.com

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Whoops: The U.S. Navy accidentally sent a reporter their strategy memo for dodging his FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request. Journalists routinely use FOIA to find out information from the government, and government employees just as frequently create dodgy justifications not to grant it because of fear of exposing wrongdoing/need to save face/institutional pressures. (via Twitter / MacFarlaneNews: EPIC FAILURE- U.S. Navy …)

Whoops: The U.S. Navy accidentally sent a reporter their strategy memo for dodging his FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request. Journalists routinely use FOIA to find out information from the government, and government employees just as frequently create dodgy justifications not to grant it because of fear of exposing wrongdoing/need to save face/institutional pressures. (via Twitter / MacFarlaneNews: EPIC FAILURE- U.S. Navy …)

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As in the other interviews I’ve done, whenever I’d ask anyone on the street, “Hey! You wanna be on TV with me to talk about this art?” the person would instantly say yes. They’d walk up to me, on camera; I’d point, they’d get ready to speak, and then ask me, “Oh. What station is this for?” Yesterday, I said “It’s for Al Jazeera.” Whoa! Almost everyone freaked out and backed away. They started saying things “I don’t know” or “Aren’t they bad?” Almost everyone said no. Stunned, I kept pleading: “No, no. It’s okay. I’m a Jewish art critic.” That didn’t seem to help, at all. And I’d stand there alone with people staring at me like I was the Arab Street.
Saltz: Al Jazeera, Banksy, and Graffiti As Art — Vulture

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» Temple journalism students get an ethics code JIMROMENESKO.COM

Temple University (note: I attended Temple and am a product of their journalism school, which I can’t give enough props to, ever) just announced an ethics code for students in their journalism program. They are one of the first universities in the nation to unveil a ethics code for student journalists. This is awesome - well done.

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Notes From The Desert

Staying in Lancaster, California - Capital of the high desert. Here working on a very exciting story I’ll have more about soon… but it turns out the hotel I’m staying in held their Grand Opening party today. With a Luau theme. As I pull into the parking lot, there are leis for everyone and hula dancers in front of the reception desk. And catered Hawaiian bbq. And a ribbon cutting with a giant novelty scissor and a State Senator.

This is a strange and wonderful life. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

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What writers really wish you knew

“Rejection to a writer is like blood to a surgeon; a messy, necessary part of every working day. Get used it or don’t be a writer.”

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Michael Hastings' Advice To Young Journalists

My old True/Slant colleague Michael Hastings passed away on Wednesday Tuesday, as I’m sure many readers know. He was an amazing writer and one of the shining jewels of a publication that was filled to the brim with writing talent.

On a Reddit AMA last year, Hastings gave a list of tips for young journalists. This list is well worth a reblog:

1.) You basically have to be willing to devote your life to journalism if you want to break in. Treat it like it’s medical school or law school.
2.) When interviewing for a job, tell the editor how you love to report. How your passion is gathering information. Do not mention how you want to be a writer, use the word “prose,” or that deep down you have a sinking suspicion you are the next Norman Mailer.
3.) Be prepared to do a lot of things for free. This sucks, and it’s unfair, and it gives rich kids an edge. But it’s also the reality.
4.) When writing for a mass audience, put a fact in every sentence.
5.)Also, keep the stories simple and to the point, at least at first.
6.) You should have a blog and be following journalists you like on Twitter.
7.) If there’s a publication you want to work for or write for, cold call the editors and/or email them. This can work.
8) By the second sentence of a pitch, the entirety of the story should be explained. (In other words, if you can’t come up with a rough headline for your story idea, it’s going to be a challenge to get it published.)
9) Mainly you really have to love writing and reporting. Like it’s more important to you than anything else in your life—family, friends, social life, whatever.
10) Learn to embrace rejection as part of the gig. Keep writing/pitching/reading.

RIP, man.

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