Category Archives: Newspapers

And the story pitch…

It’s true – you never forget your first city editor. Jim Sneddon, who is now city controller in York, Pa., provided a certain brash, young reporter with valuable guidance at the start of his career in 1984. I thought of … Continue reading

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Learn something new (almost) every day

Finding the time to study up on media trends, absorb new information and gain new skills is always challenge. But it’s essential to carve out precious learning moments as often as possible. Miranda Mulligan, the new executive director of the … Continue reading

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“Quote approval” just plain wrong

Two “truisms” I learned as a young reporter: never submit your story to the subjects of the story to “review” in advance of publication, and never agree to quote approval. I always considered it a trust issue: I believed the … Continue reading

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Becoming a more effective writer

Journalists know the name Roy Peter Clark. He’s the longtime writer still probably best known for his 29-part serial narrative piece, “Three Little Words,” published in the St. Petersburg Times, which eloquently chronicled the story of one family’s experience with … Continue reading

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“All the President’s Men” finale

The inspiration for a generation of journalists.

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Every story can be localized

My first job out of college was working the nights and weekends shift at the Delaware County Daily Times in suburban Philadelphia. Working 3 to 11 p.m. or 4 to midnight was a sweet gig for a 22-year-old – believe … Continue reading

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Another brick in the paywall

In his recent Ebyline Blog post, Peter Beller looks at the growing trend of newspapers erecting content paywalls – which newspapers are participating and why. I’m not a fan of paywalls – the online revenue strategy gives readers another reason … Continue reading

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