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Lincoln Michel riffs on a tweet by author Elizabeth McCracken and asks what it would be like if people talked to other professionals the way they talk to writers: "Strangers seem very willing to offer career advice … or to oddly ask you to guess what work they've read in their life and if any of yours is among it." So here's an icebreaker for your next social event: "Gastroenterologist? My aunt tried to be a gastroenterologist. Hard to make a living doing that!"
A spreadsheet leaked to Gawker's Hamilton Nolan suggests that newly spun-off Time Inc. rates writers, in part, on how "beneficial" their work is to advertiser relationships: "Would you believe that this once-proud magazine publishing empire is now explicitly rating its editorial employees based on how friendly their writing is to advertisers?" More from Nieman Journalism Lab, and a Time Inc. reply from Norman Pearlstine.
Life can be hectic for an award-winner writer. Ask Dan Fagin, whose book Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation (Bantam Books) was honored in a doubleheader on May 28. First, came presentation of the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, at a luncheon at Columbia University. This was followed that evening by receipt of the New York Public Library’s 2014 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.
There once was a time, children, when you consumed news in a few well-organized ways — a daily newspaper, a nightly news broadcast, an hourly radio update. Now, the flow is constant and you have to organize it yourself, Jihii Jolly writes: "In the same way that financial literacy requires knowing how money works and the most effective methods for managing it, news literacy requires familiarity with how journalism is made and with the most effective ways to consume it."
If you think blogs are dead, eclipsed by social media platforms, you'll get an argument from Dan Kennedy, who says that having an independent online presence remains essential for most journalists: "The reason is that you need an online home that is controlled by you — not by Mark Zuckerberg or Arianna Huffington or some other digital mogul seeking to get rich from your content. Moreover, you need to establish an online identity. If you don’t, others will do it for you."
Hamilton Nolan thinks so and he writes about what happens when too many editors take their turns with a story: "If you believe that having four editors edit a story produces a better story than having one editor edit a story, I submit that you have the small mind of a middle manager, and should be employed not in journalism but in something more appropriate for your numbers-based outlook on life, like carpet sales." A response from Jack Limpert.