Posts tagged journalism
Posts tagged journalism
Over at Mashable, I speak with astrobiologists—scientists looking for life on other planets… and the origins of life here on Earth.
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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I’m guest-curating @fastcompany’s 21 Of The Smartest People On Twitter This Week list. Check out my list of the funniest, smartest, and most unique tweets from the interwebs this time around.
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.
Reporter Danny Gold on reporting from warzones.
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.
By Caitlin Kelly It’s a fun life being a writer, which is why so many people are lining up, still, to do it. I just spent a fun/tiring eight hours in Manhattan at a freelancers’ conference. But if …“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.”
Amazing @jezebel piece on harassment of female journalists by story sources. As a dude writer, I was unaware of this but apparently this actually is a thing, which is just goddamn depressing.
Check out my new interview with Vice’s Tim Pool (who previously developed the first journalism drone) for @fastcompany about how he hacked Google Glass to cover riots and demonstrations.
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.
My newest @medium post is up.