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”

Pursuing the ‘Craft of the Personal Essay’

Personal essay writing has always been my saving grace. When the spoken word fails, when I have the urge to get out my feelings, when I want to preserve a memory, I write. In recent years, I’ve written a lot of personal essays that touch upon universal themes — mother-daughter relationships, loss and healing. IContinue reading “Pursuing the ‘Craft of the Personal Essay’”

Ellen Goodman Retires, Shares Her Column-Writing Tips

It would have been difficult to write about columnist Ellen Goodman without writing in first person. I grew up reading Goodman’s nationally syndicated columns and often looked to her as a role model. I’m going to miss her writing now that she’s retiring. Last week, after hearing about Goodman’s retirement, I set up an interviewContinue reading “Ellen Goodman Retires, Shares Her Column-Writing Tips”

Looking for Ways to Recognize the 75th Anniversary of Providence College’s Student Newspaper, The Cowl

Wednesday nights used to be “put the paper to bed and forget about sleep” nights.  As editor-in-chief of Providence College‘s student newspaper, The Cowl, I’d often stay up until 4 a.m. or 5  a.m. editing final versions of stories, re-reading headlines and making sure the paper didn’t contain any glaring errors. Perfectionism often kept meContinue reading “Looking for Ways to Recognize the 75th Anniversary of Providence College’s Student Newspaper, The Cowl”

Learning How Editing Can Make You a Better Writer

I’ve been getting to write more stories for work, which has been great in terms of developing my reporting and writing skills. I’ve found that line and copy editing stories for Poynter Online throughout the past year has made me a better writer. It’s taught me to write tighter sentences, triple-check my facts and cutContinue reading “Learning How Editing Can Make You a Better Writer”

How Do You Motivate Yourself to Write Personal Essays?

I have a lot of ideas for personal essays that I’ve been wanting to write about lately, but a busy work and social life have led to weeks of procrastination. When I do have free time, distractions get in the way, and I’m left thinking, “Tomorrow. I’ll write tomorrow.” I have no problem churning outContinue reading “How Do You Motivate Yourself to Write Personal Essays?”

How Newspaper Reporting Helped Jennifer Weiner Become a Better Novelist

As a follow-up to my earlier blog post about Jennifer Weiner’s talk at The Poynter Institute, you can read a related piece I put together for Poynter Online. Weiner’s latest book, “Best Friends Forever,” just made it to the number one spot on The New York Times‘ best-seller list this week. Pretty exciting! From PoynterContinue reading “How Newspaper Reporting Helped Jennifer Weiner Become a Better Novelist”

St. Petersburg a ‘City of Writers’; Provincetown Should Be Too

St. Petersburg, Fla., was declared “City of Writers” a couple of months ago, shortly after local poet Peter Meinke was named a poet laureate. The city has been home at one point or another to some notable writers — Jack Kerouac and Pulitzer prize winning journalists Tom French, Lane DeGregory to name a few. IContinue reading “St. Petersburg a ‘City of Writers’; Provincetown Should Be Too”

Jennifer Weiner’s Tips for Writing, Succeeding as an Author

When best-selling author Jennifer Weiner told her mother about her first book, “Good in Bed,” her mom started to cry. “Darling, what’s it called?” Mom asked. “Hm, ‘Good in Bed.’” “What was that? ‘Good and Bad?’” “No. ‘Good in Bed.’” “‘Good in Bed’?! How much research did you do?!” Weiner, who was  at The PoynterContinue reading “Jennifer Weiner’s Tips for Writing, Succeeding as an Author”