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    In a new podcast, our host explores the craft of writing about music

    It's amusing that with his bassy voice, Tom Breihan became a writer and not a broadcaster. But the Charlottesville, Virginia-based writer is the first guest on "No Stars," a music journalism podcast that Poynter has agreed to run on a trial basis.

    The show aims at offering some insight into a changing industry, as well as the craft of it all. Yes, the word "metrics" will be uttered. But there's also going to be some discussion of how and why stuff gets covered and why folks like lists as much as profiles.

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    Tom Hanks on lessons from the past for journalists: 'No. 1, never stop, but No. 2, it's got to be right.'

    Tom Hanks sat down with Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron on Thursday night to talk about "The Post." That movie, which will open in theaters next week, portrays The Washington Post under publisher Katharine Graham and editor Ben Bradlee as it reported the Pentagon Papers. 

    Baron asked Hanks about what lessons journalists today can learn from the man Hanks portrays in the film, Bradlee.

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    New Pulitzer Prize chief intends to honor old values while navigating industry changes

    When Dana Canedy was named administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, she inherited a questionnaire that goes to potential jurors and asks for the name of their news organization and their newspaper's circulation.

    Ah, yes, that was a bit dated in what now seems a mortician-like request for deathly metrics of old, as opposed to the digital reach of today. But that has been tweaked by her, as have a few other vestiges of an institution that could use a touchup or two, if not any gut renovation.

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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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