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Let Abe Lincoln become your writing coach

Tomorrow, Nov. 19, turns out to be the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. To celebrate, Poynter published a chapter I wrote about it in my recent book “How to Write Short” last week.

There is a great opportunity … Read more

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Tuesday, Nov. 05, 2013

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Ethics of unpaid internships

Unpaid internships have been getting a lot of attention recently, most of it unwanted, as the result of lawsuits and canceled programs.

ProPublica has been covering the issue, from Northwestern’s residency program to harassment legal loopholes leaving unpaid interns vulnerable.… Read more

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Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

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How to turn hard facts into easy reading

I was recently hired by a department of the federal government to conduct a workshop on how to write reports that were short and clear. The director of the department who hired me pointed out the problem in her own … Read more

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Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013

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How journalists can build their own powerful brands

Dan Schawbel, author of “Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career Success” and  ”Me 2.0″ and founder of Millennial Branding, talked to Poynter and a live chat audience about what a career brand is—and what it is … Read more

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Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

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Have you lost that writing feeling? Is it gone, gone, gone…?

The dialogue with a stranger on a plane often goes something like this:

Stranger:  “What do you do for a living?”
Me:  “I’m a teacher.”
Stranger:  “What do you teach?”
Me: “I teach writing.”

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Wednesday, Oct. 09, 2013

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Living on AIR: Strategies for freelancers

Freelancers will find that Sue Schardt, executive director of AIR, Inc., has a world of strategies to help them succeed. AIR is the Association of Independents in Radio and, in 25 years, has grown to 900 members. It describes … Read more

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Wednesday, Oct. 02, 2013

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Why stories need a focus … or do they?

If there is one writing lesson that Poynter has taught for more than three decades now, it’s that good stories need a sharp focus.

I once heard my friend Chip Scanlan say that all parts of the writing process amount … Read more

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Exploring the new role of developer advocate

In today’s career chat, we’ll talk with Chrys Wu, who has just been named The New York Times’ developer advocate.

Wu has worked in a variety of media and roles, pushing the envelope for digital journalism. Her work includes … Read more

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Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2013

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What it takes to make hyperlocal journalism work

AOL’s decision to close or sell unprofitable Patch sites and lay off staffers has renewed attention to hyperlocal journalism in recent weeks.

Dr. Michelle Ferrier, associate dean for innovation, research/creative activity and graduate studies at Ohio University’s Scripps College Read more

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Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013

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How to write longform stories

You knew it was only a matter of time until the author of “How to Write Short” would turn his attention to “How to Write Long.”

It turns out that long and short writing are not necessarily in … Read more

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