burn out

This post originally appeared on the Oregon News Incubator blog. What do you do when you’re burnt out? Both last night and this morning when I was considering what to write about for this week’s Thoughtful Thursday post, I was drawing a blank. It’s not so much that I have nothing to say, but that […]

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ready or not

(from my Thoughtful Thursdays series on the Oregon News Incubator blog…) I had an experience recently which, at the time, was pretty frustrating. Staff writers have the opportunity to develop working relationships with staff photographers. They can brainstorm story ideas and angles together, share resources, even ride to shoots/interviews together. As a freelancer, I generally […]

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when in doubt, ask your editor

(From my Thoughtful Thursdays series on the Oregon News Incubator blog…) We recently had a question on the ONI email list about using a friend as an interview source for a newspaper column. The easy advice? Ask your editor. Whether you’re freelance or staff, a good relationship with your editor is worth more than gold. […]

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get a tech check-up

(from my “Thoughtful Thursdays” series on the Oregon News Incubator blog…) Given that I’ll be away for 9.5 weeks fairly shortly and that my trusty laptop is four years old, I figured it would be a good idea to have my MacBook examined by the experts. During my appointment at the Apple Store Genius Bar, […]

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make everything a writing opportunity

This post originally appeared on the Oregon News Incubator blog. I was at the Launch Pad astronomy workshop for writers last week (which seriously ROCKED!), at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. For six days, we spent about eight hours a day in the classroom, absorbing what felt like a full semester of physics and […]

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Launch Pad Day 5

We’ve already reached the next-to-last day of classes! As full — and long — as our days have been here, the week has just flown by. I’ve been surprised by my own energy levels and alertness considering how very much we’re doing and taking in, but enthusiasm (and adrenaline) can certainly carry one far… I’ve […]

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Q&A with Rebecca Robinson

This Q&A originally appeared on the Oregon News Incubator blog. This morning we have a Q&A with ONI founding member Rebecca Robinson. She doesn’t even live in Oregon any more — she’s currently on staff at the Monterey County Weekly — but we still love her anyway. Q: You’ve recently moved and changed jobs. Where […]

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