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  • Culture


    Crazy courage: How international journalists persist

    Poor stage lighting left two of the seven international journalists in the dark. An even worse sound system alternately emitted eardrum-splitting cracks and silence. It was an apt metaphor for the challenges these journalists face daily.

    They maneuvered around the audio-visual obstacles during the May 17 “Journalism and Democracy” panel the same way they tackle more consequential ones in their home countries — with equanimity, collaboration and ingenuity, passing around one functioning mic and raising their voices to speak without amplification.

  • Culture


    With little sleep, low pay and high pressure, careers in journalism and medicine start the same

    Fifteen years ago this month, I started my residency. No, not my medical residency. That would come later. This was a residency in journalism.

    I was hired in the spring of 2003 in the “two-year residency program” in the Metro department of the Chicago Tribune. It was a chance to leap from my previous job as a wire service reporter at The Associated Press to one of the biggest and best-regarded newspapers in the country.

  • Culture


    Oprah is among this year's J-school commencement speakers

    As journalism students around the world get ready for graduation, we thought we’d pull together a quick look at the pros giving this year’s commencement speeches, including CNN’s Jake Tapper, The New York Times' Maggie Haberman, and, yes, Oprah.

    It happened Friday at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.  

    Winfrey started with the bad news: Technology has eroded trust.

  • Business


    So you're not going to believe what happened to me on this freelance assignment ...

    In my 13 years of being a full-time freelancer, I’ve seen a lot — a lot of good of course, and I still think this can be the best job in the world. But I’ve also seen a lot of ways that publishers try to treat their writers like dupes, dopes or chattel.

    My recent best/worst story: A well-known outlet reached out to me to write a feature. I was flattered, but had some big concerns about the contract. Their lawyer told me they couldn’t negotiate my contract because they just wrote too many contracts a week, and it’d be hard to keep track of any changes.

  • Culture


    The deciders: The 17 people on the Pulitzer Prize board

    At 3 p.m. Monday, champagne corks will be popping in a select group of American newsrooms. There and elsewhere, all eyes will be on this year's crop of Pulitzer Prize winners.

    But before the fun begins, a question: Who are the judges of this most prestigious of journalism contests and how do they decide? 

    Yesterday and today the Pulitzer Board has been sequestered in a conference room at Columbia University, hashing out the merits of entries in 14 journalism and seven arts categories.

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