Category Archives: J-Movers and Shakers

Thoughts on industry leaders’ gaffs and gold medals.

Journalism! Now with 10 percent less quality

Another top reporter has left The Washington Post, completing the exodus hat trick. The paper retains none of the three reporters who won numerous awards, including a 2006 Pulitzer, for their investigation of Jack Abramoff. Then a powerful D.C. lobbyist, … Continue reading

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Ailing advice

Fox News CEO Roger Ailes spoke to students at UNC last week. His comments were mildly irritating to a budding journalist like me. Believing him becomes a tough sell when he says, “I think you ought to change your major,” but … Continue reading

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Silence and spoiled milk

GenY icon and NYT reporter Brian Stelter spoke at the NYC12 conference last week. No, I did not have the privilege of attending. I’m a big fan of the “take what you need and leave the rest” axiom when it … Continue reading

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Rotten Apple or decayed Daisey: An essay on dishonesty

Once again, a proverbial worm has nestled itself into the fruit of journalism. What we as journalists do is tell the truth. Many of us have side projects: poetry, literary novels, short stories. These creative endeavors do not, and must … Continue reading

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Ladder to the bottom

Advice about writing well is everywhere if you want it. Henry Miller can tell you how to work, and Mark Twain can tell you how to get paid. Gay Talese will prod you to get outdoors and hang around and … Continue reading

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