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The Embed: A Young Reporter Finds His Way Into Iraq

Scott Waldman is 31 years old. He has been working as a journalist for two years. A little more than a month ago, he was on a military base outside Baghdad, clad in a Kevlar helmet and body armor, reporting on the war. In my last column, I described my effort to answer a question: How might a … Read More
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Dear Reporters: Be Friends with Craigslist

By Pat WaltersNaughton Fellow Among the competitors that newspapers have blamed for their tanking ad revenues, craigslist is king. Classified ads, once a key piece of the newspaper business model, are migrating to the Internet, where it is easier, cheaper and increasingly more effective to post ads. What's good for craigslist, the logic goes, is bad … Read More
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Mobile Journalism on Moving Ground

With laptops, digital cameras and recorders, Gannett's mobile journalists are redefining the way news is reported. They're innovators in an uncertain time. But are they moving in the right direction? Read More
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Using Google to Your Advantage

Ever make it past page 10 on a Google search? If not, you might want to reconsider. Some of the best untold stories of your coverage area could be buried beneath those top pages. At least that's what my friend, a young journalist on her second newspaper-reporting job, has found. She often uses Google searches when struggling with … Read More
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From Inbox to Sunday's Paper

An experienced beat reporter's inbox is a magnet for useful information. It collects praise, criticism and, most importantly, story tips. Sometimes it even pulls in a joke or two. Here's one from a recent e-mail to Washington Post military correspondent Tom Ricks. No, I did not sneak into Ricks' office over the Thanksgiving holiday and read … Read More
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Finding Narrative in a Blog

It's Sunday evening and I'm standing among words and writers on the fourth floor of The Coop. We've come to the Harvard Square bookstore to hear renowned writing coach Jack Hart read from his recently published book, "A Writer's Coach." Standing next to me is Ben Montgomery, a 28-year-old staff writer for the St. Petersburg (Fla.) … Read More
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Reporting on "The Run"

Running a marathon is hard enough. Reporting while running one seems crazy. Here's why you should think about trying it. Read More
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Beat Talk: Understanding Agriculture Subsidies

The farms that surrounded my suburban childhood home in eastern Pennsylvania were small, family-owned affairs. As a boy, it was hard to find similarity between these plots and the supermarkets, Italian restaurants and tennis shops that displaced them. But farming, I learned, is no less a business than a bank. What I've recently found most interesting, surprising and disturbing … Read More
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The Good News Beat: Forget the Softballs

Good things do actually happen and, with a little digging, can yield some previously untold stories. McClatchy's Frank Greve discusses his uncrowded D.C. beat. Read More
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Beat Talk: Using New Media Tools to Beef up Environmental Reporting

Most environmental reporters are as likely to be found down in a cave, out in the ocean or up in a tree as at a desk in the office. That doesn't mean, however, that they aren't technologically inclined. Some of the best environmental reporters are the ones who depend most heavily on technology. They take … Read More
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Q and A with Dave Lawrence: Covering Pre-K

Dave Lawrence, former publisher of the Miami Herald turned full-time early childhood education advocate, answers questions about covering the smallest students. Read More
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