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Failure can be fun

rooting for a team having a bad year is like watching Season 6 of a TV show that hasn’t been good since Season 1: After each episode (or game), you shake your head and wonder why you waste your time. For sports reporters, covering such a team can be similarly excruciating. Take this year’s Knicks, who had the NBA's...

How 'combat barbies' get played by the press

a woman with a gun, especially if she has pinup potential. When female soldiers are in the media spotlight, stories might peg them as an exotic novelty—or just make a blatant play for clicks through photos of bombshells in uniform. Here are some recent examples from around the world. Syria & Iraq The narrative of Kurdish women battling the...

Caching in

sound alike, and are interconnected, but maybe not in the way you think. The oldest in English, somewhat surprisingly, is “cash.” From the Old French “casse,” for a box or chest, “cash” first showed up around 1595, The Oxford English Dictionary says, referring to both a box and its contents of coins or other monetary instruments. Next up is...

Betting on The Guardian

when you’re a media pundit. No sooner had Alan Rusbridger announced he would retire as editor in chief of The Guardian than speculation kicked off over who would replace him. So far, The Independent has touted online editor in chief Janine Gibson as frontrunner. The UK’s Spectator puts Guardian US head Katharine Viner “not far behind.” But media prognosticators...

Hard numbers: BuzzFeed in 2014

200 million unique visitors a month 5 languages in which BuzzFeed publishes 25 countries from which BuzzFeed reporters filed stories 4 foreign bureaus opened in Sydney, Berlin, Sao Paolo, and Mumbai 2,170 posts about cats and dogs (garnering 291 million pageviews)

Analyzing journalists' Twitter bios

personal branding is key to building a career in journalism. Of all the tools journalists have at their disposal in their hunt for digital glory, the Twitter bio reigns high. But with only 160 characters available, it’s not easy to strike that magical mix of informative, funny, and engaging. The Twitter Bio Generator parodies this struggle. Click the “Generate...

Foul play

Bias in the Booth: An Insider Exposes How Sports Media Distort the News By Dylan Gwinn Regnery Publishing 272 pages, $27.99 for Dylan Gwinn, at least: He gets to the point. A mere two paragraphs into his new book, Bias in the Booth: An Insider Exposes How Sports Media Distorts the News, Gwinn has already asserted his provocative thesis: “This...

Not a pretty book

I Left It On the Mountain By Kevin Sessums St. Martin's Press 288 pages, $25.99 2007 coming-of-age memoir, Mississippi Sissy, an early mentor describes the demeanor that would contribute to Sessums' success as a celebrity interviewer...Show More Summary

Survival strategies of an online freelancer

as more practical than driven--capable of knowing his goals, reading an environment, and deciding what his next steps should be without a lot of emotion. A 26-year-old freelancer who makes his living writing online, Chayka’s preternatural calm sets him apart from a crowd balancing the competitive pressure of writing for some of the best-known publications on the internet with...

The president and the press

the 2014 midterm elections was not a time of celebration for the losing Democrats, and the White House press corps was determined to get the party’s most senior member on the record about what was surely a disappointing night for the president. Ten reporters were given the chance to ask questions during the 74-minute press conference, and seven of...

What will happen to the Tampa Bay Times?

They are barely noticeable on the cream-colored wall of the seventh floor executive suite at the Tampa Bay Times: nine simple wood-framed announcements signed by the president of Columbia University and one emblem, lined up in two modest rows—Pulitzer Prizes, the brass rings of journalism. Show More Summary

The rules of plagiarism

is the mythical Bob Dylan, a man of singular talent who gave birth to a strand of acoustic rock so compelling that it made others want to rip it off. And so they did. By the hundreds. His work became an inspiration for Bruce Springsteen, Lucinda Williams, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, and Kurt Cobain, all legends in their own...

The power of Pop-Up Magazine's live journalism

a group of journalists and artists gathered around a conference table backstage at the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco to toast their shared contribution to Pop-Up Magazine, which was scheduled to go live in half an hour. Not in the way that a digital magazine goes live, but in the most literal sense of the word: Live onstage,...

Hurting for words

was asked to cook a partridge. Escabeche de perdiz, a standard dish. Like countless chefs all over Spain, he had made it countless times, but now, faced with the task of cooking it again, he froze. He just couldn’t do it. “How to deal with this sad bird?” the celebrated magazine journalist Michael Paterniti writes in his book, Love...

How to get attention

the deputy international editor of The New York Times, would be leaving to become editorial director at UpWorthy. O’Leary’s role at the Times, where she had worked for eight years, mostly involved helping the paper adapt to the digital world. Most famously, she co-authored an “innovation report,” leaked last May, that concluded the paper has struggled to make that...

Drawing inspiration from the South Bronx

shoots from the hip. The Nigerian-born photographer holds a camera near his waist as he navigates 149th Street in the South Bronx, snapping photos of unknowing passersby mid-sentence, mid-purchase, mid-chew. Crowds on the snow-coated...Show More Summary

The foreign desk in transition

met the newsroom for the first time in September of 2013, he mentioned two recent Post stories that he’d found particularly intriguing. The first was a human-interest feature on the death of a bouncer, the kind of richly descriptive narrative that has been a Post hallmark for decades. But Bezos’ other favorite was something of a surprise: a 2,800-word...

Cheap shot

or at least they used to be. Images come cheap in the digital news market, with iPhone snapshots saturating social media and high-quality cameras becoming more affordable for amateurs eager to get published. Many newsrooms have responded by slashing photo staffs. Show More Summary

Why plagiarize when you can rip off a writer's thoughts?

about plagiarism by starting with a little verse about a renowned professor who won his fame by appropriating the work of another: Let no one else’s work evade your eyes Remember why the good Lord made your eyes So don’t shade your eyes But plagiarize, plagiarize, plagiarize... Only be sure always to call it please 'research.' I might credit...

The irredeemable Chris Rose

in his small French Quarter apartment, the crystal badly chipped from various accidents. “For Distinguished Commentary, Times-Picayune,” the disfigured trophy reads, a reminder of both prowess and loss. "The way the people of New Orleans...Show More Summary

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