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    How to get late payments for your freelance work – no crowbar required

    I’ve been a full time freelancer writer for almost 13 years and the worst part of the job — by far — is trying to get paid. This doesn’t mean publishers are always trying to stiff independent writers (I don’t run into this problem as much anymore because I’ll only work with companies that pay me on time without me having to show up to their front door with my "Where’s My Money Bat"), but when they do, the process of getting your money can be time consuming, maddening — and often enraging.

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    Steven Spielberg's homage to The Washington Post is a fine movie, but not history

    Steven Spielberg didn't seek any counsel from Neil Sheehan about the newspaper stories central to "The Post," Spielberg's new drama about the Pentagon Papers that stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. And, at least as of a few days ago, nobody had sent Sheehan a DVD or a link.

    Indeed, he hadn't really known much about the film that premieres in limited release Dec. 22 until I passed along post-screening word to his wife, the journalist Susan Sheehan, that Hanks' character, the late Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, verges on obsessed with Sheehan in the movie.

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    Why newsrooms are so ripe for sexual harassment

    I am not at all sure that newsrooms are more inviting for sexual harassment than any other workplace, but the past month of weekly doses of public shaming gives us plenty of reasons to think about what it is about newsroom culture that protected harassment when it happened. I suspect there is a combination of toxic ingredients cooking in newsrooms. Here are some examples.

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    Is it assault or harassment? AP decides 'misconduct' is a more encompassing word choice

    Is touching someone without their permission the same as exposing yourself to a subordinate?

    Is ogling someone or forcing a sloppy kiss on them the same as masturbating in front of them?

    Journalists and pundits alike are having to grapple with an ever-expanding "degree of disgusting behavior" scale as they write about allegations of sexual harassment and even sexual assault in the wake of the #metoo movement.

    So it's no wonder that questions are being raised about what language to use when describing the awful conduct the stories are documenting.

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    The Cohort: Give thanks. Yes, even this year.

    The Cohort is a Poynter newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media.

    Gratitude has saved me this year.

    In the months since my husband unexpectedly died, I’ve struggled. I’ve felt hopeless and scared. I’ve been angry and lost. I’ve hit plenty of low points. But I’ve pulled myself out of those ruts time and again by finding things to be thankful for.

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    What journalists need to know about the new net neutrality battle

    Between now and Dec. 14, journalists will be writing words like "internet freedom" and reporting phrases like "net neutrality" as the Federal Communications Commission decides whether some companies should be allowed to deliver you data and services faster than others.

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