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    How freelance journalists can (mostly) avoid working for free

    Imagine punching in and out for time spent on researching, interviews, and writing. Now imagine making nothing or next to nothing for that time. Welcome to the minefield of freelance journalism in the age of the Internet.

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    On the ethics of family obit writing

    When I finished the first draft of Uncle Bob’s obit last week, I shared it as a Google Doc with family members and invited their “edits, trims or additions.”

    Although I failed to realize it at the time, I was making a fundamental declaration of my loyalties, the sort of critical ethical distinction addressed so precisely by Tom Rosenstiel and Bill Kovach in “The Elements of Journalism.”

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    5 ways to bring different voices into your stories

    A lot of newsrooms have a goal of reflecting the diversity of their communities. But the way they go about their reporting, writing and producing can get in the way of that.

    Journalists are great at:

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    Tips from the Financial Times on evergreen journalism

    Can a journalism project be both timely and timeless?

    As with many news organisations, we at the Financial Times question whether our journalism should be 'evergreen' and if so, how we could achieve this.

    Most recently, this was the case with our coverage of a possible first US interest rate rise in nearly a decade.

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    Why the phone can be better than email

    At the dawn of 2015, I made a New Year's resolution. I vowed to try to rely less on email and actually use the good old-fashioned phone to reach out to public relations people on my various beats. Even if I didn't have anything on the agenda, I planned to dial someone's number just to see what was going on.

    You know, how's the family? What's the latest at your place?

    Of course, New Year's resolutions never stick. So along with my vow to read more and eat less, I haven't come close to calling PR folks as much as I had hoped.

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    Cover letters: 4 tips to help you win the job

    The internet has changed the way people apply for jobs in the television news business. No longer do candidates send news directors VHS tapes or DVDs of work examples via the postal service, instead they forward links to YouTube accounts. No longer do applicants go to the library to research TV stations, instead they search station web pages and peruse LinkedIn profiles.

    Still, there are some tried and true elements to landing a TV news job that are timeless. One of the sometimes overlooked elements is the cover letter.

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    Top 10 tips for getting public records

    Have you ever been denied a public record? Or worse, has your request been ignored?

    Student journalists at Indiana University dealt with those frustrations this past spring when they put 90 county agencies to the test by asking for digital access to public records. The students found that more than half of the agencies failed to comply with basic requests. One-third never even responded.

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