Genevieve Belmaker


Genevieve Belmaker is a metro reporter for The Epoch Times and covers media issues and news and can be found on Twitter at @Genevieve_Long.

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The Guardian’s Rusbridger talks about his new book, which is ‘partly about having a crazy life’

When you see Alan Rusbridger in person, there’s almost an expectation that he will be 10 feet tall and able to breathe fire. After everything he and his media outlet, the Guardian, have been through in the past few years, it seems like a reasonable expectation. WikiLeaks. The UK phone hacking scandal. Snowden.

The impression I got after hearing him speak Wednesday night at the New York Public Library is that he’s humble, witty and committed to protecting the future of reporters and the free press. Wherever they might hail from.

As if life as editor of the Guardian wasn’t enough to stay busy, in 2010 he also made an ambitious plan to take up the piano again. He set out to learn, in one year, Chopin’s Ballade No.1. Read more

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War correspondent C.J. Chivers reflects on post-9/11 world

C.J. Chivers is full of stories, and most of them aren’t pretty. The veteran war correspondent and former U.S. Marine, who goes by Chris, saw his career catapult into one successive overseas conflict after another just 12 days after 9/11.

While working as a metro reporter for The New York Times, he was in lower Manhattan post-primary election day wearing one of the few suits he owns and covering possible voting irregularities. When his pager went off, it was with the news that the first tower had been hit.

One day and change of clothes later, he bluffed his way past a police checkpoint as an area resident. He spent the next two weeks reporting from Ground Zero. He slept on the floor next to first responders and called in news reports from what he was saw and overheard. Read more

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Compassion goes a long way when reporting on tragedies like Boston & Newtown

Journalists are often warned about the perils of getting emotionally involved with stories and subjects, but when reporting on a tragedy there’s always room to act as a human being first and a reporter second.

Reporting on the pain of the small college town of Blacksburg, Va., after the horrific 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech, my natural instinct was to grieve with the folks there. At the time, though, I didn’t know how to use my emotions as a compass to help me connect with people I needed to interview.

But six years later, I know that for journalists in such terrible situations our humanity is a strength, not a weakness.

Bill Leukhardt, a reporter with the Hartford Courant, has seen tragedy from both sides. Read more

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5 ways journalists can use smartphones for reporting

The good news for reporters today is that the advent of smartphones has made it possible for them to do part of their job with nothing more than a phone. The bad news is, the practice of “mobile reporting” is still so much in its infancy that there are limited resources and experts out there for guidance.

In fact, ask even those who have extensive experience with mobile reporting for best practices tips, and they’ll likely tell you that the best approach is individual experimentation.

“If you’re not used to it, you can’t lean all of your body weight on it,” said TC McCarthy in a phone interview. “It’s like playing a video game — you want to know how to achieve your goal with every single app.”

McCarthy worked fulltime as a mobile reporter for Newsday for about two years and is now a Web developer at the CUNY School of Journalism. Read more

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5 ways journalists can mitigate stress on the job

Journalism, by definition, is a stressful profession. Ask any reporter who has worked on deadline, reported on conflict or crime, or lived and worked in a war zone or disaster area.

The demanding nature of the job, coupled with issues outside of work, can make it difficult to cope.

“All journalists are constantly negotiating stress in both positive and negative ways,” said Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma in an interview by phone. “There’s the stress of the deadline itself, there’s the stress of the subject matter in the story, and there’s whatever personal stress and professional stress we’re carrying. To a point, stress is helpful. Then there’s a point where stress becomes overwhelming and performance declines.”

Here are five ways to keep yourself afloat when life and work start to get to you. Read more


5 ways journalists can use social media for on-the-ground reporting in the Middle East

Social media is a particularly powerful tool in the Middle East, where in some countries it gives people a way to express themselves. That expression takes many forms, from social protest, to political criticism, to sharing news and information.

Most recently, groups such as the Israeli Defense Force have been using social media to seek support and participation as the Gaza Strip conflict escalates.

Sometimes major news happens in people’s backyards and they send out extremely valuable tidbits of information in real-time. For journalists who can’t be everywhere or be there to see it firsthand, the hyper-active social media stratosphere in the Middle East is an invaluable tool. The explosion of regional use of platforms like Twitter and Facebook started with Arab Spring, and has only grown since then. Read more