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How do I make the most of a journalism job fair?

In this week’s career chat, we talked with Walter Middlebrook, assistant managing editor for news at The Detroit News. We used to recruit head-to-head when I was the recruiter at the Detroit Free Press. Alas, Middlebrook defeated me. … Read more

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Journalist turned author explains how to start a small book business

In this week’s career chat, we talked with Jennifer Bott VanderWeele, a former business reporter who has started a small book publishing venture. She once was a reporter for the Detroit Free Press.

During the chat, VanderWeele talked about being … Read more

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Jim Sheeler explains how to report & write stories about life & death

The most significant stories we write in journalism and fiction are about life and death: the war in Afghanistan, the killing of Osama bin Laden, the anniversary of 9/11, the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan.

You don’t have to be … Read more

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Slate/France editor shares reason for publishing name of alleged rape victim in Strauss-Kahn case

This week’s news about Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s baby has raised interesting questions about how news organizations have handled the identification of the woman with whom he had a child while married to Maria Shriver.

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‘Producer Matthew’ explains how to use Tumblr to build your brand as a journalist

In this week’s career chat, we talked with Matthew Keys, a social media junkie who has built extensive networks in journalism, public relations and communications. Keys, known as @ProducerMatthew on Twitter, has been blogging for seven years and … Read more

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How can I use LinkedIn as an effective reporting & job-hunting tool?

In this week’s career chat, we talked with Krista Canfield, who regularly coaches journalists on how to get the most out of LinkedIn.

Canfield, who is LinkedIn’s senior manager for corporate communications, offered tips on how to use the … Read more

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Do we want a ‘narrative,’ or reliable facts about bin Laden’s death?

Something interesting has happened since news broke that Osama bin Laden had been shot and killed. We have already received different accounts from government officials about what happened during the American raid on the compound in Pakistan.

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What skills, traits do journalists need to become more entrepreneurial?

In this week’s career chat, we talked to Doug Mitchell and Alli Joseph, the folks behind NewU: News Entrepreneurs Working Through UNITY.

Created in 2009, NewU is a program for journalists of color who want to become entrepreneurs. New … Read more

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What skills do journalists need to effectively engage audiences?

In this week’s career chat, we talked with Chrys Wu, journalist and user engagement strategist. Wu, who has worked in newsrooms from coast to coast, now helps businesses deepen their connection to their audiences through community-building strategy and research.… Read more

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When writing, how should you handle slurs like the one Kobe Bryant used?

Last week, LA Laker basketball star Kobe Bryant was caught on video mouthing what was widely described as a “slur” against a referee who had slapped Bryant with a technical foul.

What did Bryant actually say? Well, if you read … Read more

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