May 11, 2022

I won’t bury the lead (ha): This is the last newsletter issue until August, because The Lead is taking the summer off.

I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic lately about how far The Lead has come. I launched the newsletter in fall 2018, and now it’s May 2022. If the Lead had begun as a freshman in college and followed a four-year trajectory to a degree, by now it would be graduating and going out into the world to figure out what’s next.

No matter how long you’ve been reading this newsletter, I hope it’s helped you find your way through a journalism industry that’s had plenty of twists and turns the past few years. During this summer break, The Lead’s archive is always available for reference (with more than 140 issues dating back to 2018). The fine folks at Poynter will continue publishing media news all summer, too.

Thanks for coming along for this school year. Hearing from students, professors and advisers continues to be the most rewarding part of running The Lead. I might not respond as quickly, but you can still reach me at

— Taylor Blatchford

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Many stories worth reading

I’m writing this a few hours after the Pulitzer Prizes were announced — just an abundance of powerful storytelling and stunning journalism. Here’s the full list of winners and finalists, and Poynter has extensive coverage of the stories behind the winning entries.

Opportunities and trainings

💌 Last week’s newsletter: How student newsrooms can document — not exploit — a community with a photo story

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Taylor Blatchford is a journalist at The Seattle Times who independently writes The Lead, a newsletter for student journalists. She can be reached at…
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