Advice to Journalists (My Interview with Josh Benton)

At the Nieman Narrative Journalism Conference last weekend, I was interviewed by my friend/colleague Josh Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab, which is trying to answer the question of what the future of journalism should be.

 

Josh posted the interview this morning and as I listened (and read the transcript), I realized that I overstated my concern for journalists wearing many different roles in the stories they cover. I do believe that journalists have to be mindful of conflicts of interest, but there is a lot of room for journalists to write about subjects they have connections to as long as they are transparent and make the right disclosures. Speaking of disclosures and transparencies, I love both Malcolm Gladwell’s disclosure page (which is almost as long as a typical New Yorker article) and Jeff Jarvis’.

This is the beauty of online writing. You always get a chance to add to the record, which I did in the comments section of Josh’s post.  That’s my real lesson here – if you ever regret or want to revise something you said in an online interview, head straight over to the comments where you can clarify your point, especially if you were quoted in a place lots of journalists will be reading.
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From Journalist to Journalist/Author: A Common Slash, With Some Common Challenges

In 2007 soon after my book came out, I wrote a guest post for the New York Women In Communications blog about making the transition from journalist to journalist/author. And every time I stumble onto the musings of a journalist making that transition, I think about how challenging that transition was for me. So I’m reprinting that post here, for anyone going through that process now (and so that I can have it properly archived in my blog since I never put it here!)
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Journalistic Entrepreneurs, a New Model

A trade association teleconference focuses on the ins and outs of life as a journalistic entrepreneur.

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When Everyone’s a “Friend,” What’s a Friend?

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The Web 2.0 Résumé

Is the old-fashioned paper résumé on its last legs?

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Blogging as a Low-Cost, High Return Marketing Tool

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Slash Careers on the Today Show!

Today was an exciting moment for me and for anyone else who has been following the growing interest in the slash effect. The Today show did a segment on slash careers this morning and they featured two especially inspiring people from the book, Deborah Rivera, an executive recruiter/chef-hotelier, and Rashid Silvera, a high school teacher/fashion model. You can get a glimpse of each of them in their dual lives, and see photos of some other folks from the book on this video clip.

Also pictured in the segment were Bonnie Duncan, a dancer/teacher/puppeteer, Alex von Bidder, a restaurateur/yoga instructor, and Bob Alper, a rabbi/stand-up comic.

Baby boomers juggling more jobs
Baby boomers juggling more jobs

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Women & Work…People are Still Talking

I don’t have time to listen or watch every audio or visual doodad I encounter in a blog entry, so I imagine even some of my most loyal Heymarci readers didn’t listen to the podcast I posted yesterday after I went on Karen Salmansohn’s radio show for a discussion on women/work/balance/fit/glass walls/fish and lots of other good stuff.

I still hope you’ll to find some time to listen to it; but if you can’t, this is your lucky day because Hannah Seligson, a smart young writer whose work I just discovered, nicely summarized the whole thing. She also highlighted the new word, “imperfectionist,” I coined during that radio talk. Read the post, and work on becoming an imperfectionist. I think it is the key to achieving happiness.

Deborah Siegel also blogged about the podcast this morning over at Girl With Pen. Deborah is a thought leader and excellent resource on pretty much anything related to women’s issues, so I was tickled to see my name in one of her posts.

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Women talking….about women


Last week I took part in a radio chat with a smart and opinionated group of about writer/thinkers about what’s going on with women these days. Think Chris Mathews’ Hardball meets The View.

The panel was hosted by Karen Salmansohn, the author of 29 books and host of the daily radio show, “Be Happy, Dammit” on the Lime channel of Sirius.

The other guests were Eve Tahmincioglu, author of From the Sandbox to the Corner Office/columnist for MSNBC.com; Cali Williams Yost, work+life strategy consultant/author of Work+Life: Finding the Fit That’s Right for You; and Leslie Bennetts, contributing writer at Vanity Fair/author of The Feminine Mistake.
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