Journalism how-to’s

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A new book about caffeine has me feeling wary about this psychoactive drug found in coffee and soda. The facts are so disturbing that I’m wondering if it makes sense to become caffeine-free. The author, Murray Carpenter, said he learned a lot in writing “Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts and Hooks Us,” which […]

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Post image for Greetings from the Academy for Young Writers (AFYW)

Hey! It’s 3:02 p.m. and I’m blogging right this minute from a New York City public high school in Brooklyn. We’re at The Academy for Young Writers, in East New York. AFYW, as everyone calls it, is having a workshop day for students. I was invited by one of the teachers to talk about writing, […]

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Post image for Why I’m unplugging for a whole month — yikes!

Time to tame my laptop and iPhone…I’ve decided to unplug for the next four weeks. What a scary thought: no Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or the constant checking of email. In the process, I hope to create a more intimate life and explore the meaning of privacy. At the end of 2012, I unplugged for the […]

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Post image for Art trend: Collage, from Picasso to Facebook, Twitter & more

I just saw an art show with a theme that will instantly improve your sense of creativity and might change how you view your daily life. But first, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page….raise your hand if today’s insane, fast-paced culture spams you with too much information, makes too many demands and […]

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Post image for Five ways to build my brand as the journalARTist™

Was that really me the other night? Me, lugging a big drawing pad to a packed lecture hall at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism! I was there for an advanced, sold-out social media training workshop — but not as the typical attendee. With my graphite pencils and pastels arranged on a side table, my […]

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Post image for I just quit my job in a bad economy. Yes, really.

After 16 months of full-time journalism, I am now officially unemployed. Never ever before have I quit a job without lining up a new gig. And so begins the next adventure, of reinventing myself — yet again — while living off my savings. This is incredibly scary for me. As a single mom with a […]

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