snow days can be fun and productive

[from my Thoughtful Thursdays series on the Oregon News Incubator blog] I’d been pondering entries on “sharing what you know” and writer’s portfolios for today’s Thoughtful Thursday, but we’ve finally got some real winter weather here in Portland and as the snow is falling now in earnest outside my window, I can’t help but write […]

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writers are brave

[From my Thoughtful Thursdays series on the Oregon News Incubator blog] It takes guts to be a writer. You don’t have to be an investigative reporter staring down powerful bureaucracies or an essayist baring your soul for the sake of your readers to show courage in your work. Sometimes just sitting down at the beginning […]

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write about what tugs at you

[from my Thoughtful Thursdays series on the Oregon News Incubator blog…] What do you do when your assignment tugs at you — emotionally, spiritually — in ways you never expected? Run with it, not away from it. A few years ago, I was assigned a story on the Hidden Children of World War II for […]

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write what you (don’t) know

[From my “Thoughtful Thursdays” series on the Oregon News Incubator blog] The old adage in pretty much any kind of writing is, “Write what you know.” This is great advice for identifying and developing specialty areas — like health legislation, emerging technologies or hospitality news. If you’re a former athlete, naturally you’d write about sports. […]

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what?s your bias?

This post originally appeared on the Oregon News Incubator blog. Wednesday on NPR’s Morning Edition, media critic and New York University associate professor of journalism Jay Rosen weighed in on bias. In a nutshell, Rosen said that trying to maintain no bias — on the part of media outlets and individual journalists — might actually […]

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what is your bias?

From my “Thoughtful Thursdays” series on the Oregon News Incubator blog… Wednesday on NPR’s Morning Edition, media critic and New York University associate professor of journalism Jay Rosen weighed in on bias. In a nutshell, Rosen said that trying to maintain no bias — on the part of media outlets and individual journalists — might […]

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gauging 2010, setting goals for 2011

From my ?Thoughtful Thursdays? series on the Oregon News Incubator blog. Now’s the time of year when many of us starting mapping out our goals for the new year — personal resolutions, sure, but mostly focused on what we want to accomplish professionally. After all, if you don’t have goals — that are clear, actionable […]

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