Roundup of Recent Poynter Online Stories

I’ve gotten to write a lot of fun and interesting stories at work lately, and I feel as though I’ve really started to develop my beat as a media news reporter. I’ve made contacts and have a much better understanding of the industry and of what constitutes a good story idea than I did whenContinue reading “Roundup of Recent Poynter Online Stories”

Stories from the Past Couple of Weeks

Throughout the past few weeks I’ve gotten to cover some fun stories — about the new AP Stylebook, emerging trends at news startups, Helen Thomas’ White House briefing room seat and more. I’m happiest at work when I’m interviewing people and writing stories, so it’s been good for me to find time to carve outContinue reading “Stories from the Past Couple of Weeks”

Exploring Journalists’ Role in Covering Kagan’s Sexual Orientation

Last week I wrote a piece about how journalists have covered the speculation about Elena Kagan’s sexual orientation. What I found in my reporting was that the Fifth Estate has been talking at length about the rumors that say Kagan is a lesbian, while the mainstream media have hardly joined the conversation. I interviewed Slate’sContinue reading “Exploring Journalists’ Role in Covering Kagan’s Sexual Orientation”

One Week Later, AP Stylebook Users Still Talking about Change from ‘Web site’ to ‘website’

Last week I got a tip that the AP Stylebook would be changing its style for “Web site” to “website.” I knew the news would be big but didn’t expect people to be so vocal on Twitter and in the blogosphere about their thoughts on the change. Some disagreed with the change. Others thought itContinue reading “One Week Later, AP Stylebook Users Still Talking about Change from ‘Web site’ to ‘website’”

NYU to Choose Decade’s Top 10 Works of Journalism

New York University plans to select the Top 10 journalism pieces of the decade. The list of nominees includes newspaper series, such as The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series on abuse in the Catholic church; blog posts, such as FiveThirtyEight’s coverage of the 2008 elections; and books, including Adrian Nicole LeBlanc’s “Random Family: Love, DrugsContinue reading “NYU to Choose Decade’s Top 10 Works of Journalism”

Carving Out Time to Write about Journalism, Life

I’ve been writing some personal essays that I plan to publish on my blog throughout the next few weeks. Finding time to write essays is an ongoing challenge, but I’ve been trying to do it more — for the sake of my writing and for the sake of self-discovery. In writing about my life andContinue reading “Carving Out Time to Write about Journalism, Life”

News Sites Find Ways to Engage Users, Lower Bounce Rates

Today Poynter Online published a story I’ve been working on about bounce rates. In the course of my reporting, I came across a variety of news sites that have found creative ways to increase user engagement and lower their bounce rates. You can find out more about what they’re doing here: “There are lots ofContinue reading “News Sites Find Ways to Engage Users, Lower Bounce Rates”

Catching up with John Quinn, Young Journalists in the Chips Quinn Program

I’ve been lucky enough to have some great mentors throughout the years, many of whom graduated from my alma mater, Providence College. Last weekend, I drove across the state of Florida to visit one of them. John Quinn, who graduated from PC in 1945, 62 years before I did, held a Chips Quinn reunion atContinue reading “Catching up with John Quinn, Young Journalists in the Chips Quinn Program”

Interviewing Katie Couric about Political Journalism, Future of Network Newscasts

Earlier this week I had the privilege of interviewing Katie Couric, who just won an Alfred I. duPont award for her series of interviews with former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Having grown up watching Couric on “The TODAY Show,” I was excited to talk with her by phone about her career as a journalistContinue reading “Interviewing Katie Couric about Political Journalism, Future of Network Newscasts”

After Earthquake Strikes, Journalists Try to Connect Haitian Readers with Family Abroad

In keeping up with the news about the Haiti earthquake, I’ve been following how news organizations have covered the tragedy. Earlier this week, I interviewed some journalists in South Florida to find out what they were doing to best serve their local audience, which is largely comprised of Haitians. Journalists at The Miami Herald andContinue reading “After Earthquake Strikes, Journalists Try to Connect Haitian Readers with Family Abroad”