For inspiration, I like visiting Marvin Taylor. Without fail, just hearing about his life gives me new ideas for reinventing myself… Marvin is a self-described “queer” boy from the Quaker midwest. He fled to NYC and found work as a nerd librarian. Today, at age 50, he has a hot job running a very cool, [...]
If you want to be a photojournalist — or just wish your photos had a more exciting, newsy edge — meet Chuck Zoeller. For the past 24 years, he’s been in the center of things at the Associated Press, the world’s largest and oldest news-gathering organization. Founded in 1846, the AP has a global news [...]
One of the problems I face in training young reporters is that every year, they get younger. That means 9/11 ends up feeling more and more remote to them. But then, I take these newbies on a field trip that transforms everything. If people think I do a decent job of preparing journalism students for [...]
My former NYU student visits my class at her alma mater. She is full of great tips on how to make it as a 20-something journalist in a crappy job market.
The eponymous New York newspaperman Pete Hamill also teaches at NYU’s journalism department. He visited with my class and shared tons of wisdom about life and writing.