How to start building your brand on Twitter

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Imagine being in the fancy Manhattan offices of a top fashion magazine, interviewing for your dream job. Things are going well — until the interviewer poses The Tough Question: “So…which designers do you follow on Twitter?” This scene is no joke. It happened to a graduate student taught by NYU Journalism Professor Mary Quigley, who shared this anecdote with me. Without …

How NOT to Get Arrested in NYC: crucial info from Alan Gordon, criminal lawyer

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Please help me welcome guest blogger Alan Gordon — he’s here with scary facts about how easy is it to get arrested in the Big Apple. While this could happen to any of us, “it’s open season on teenagers because they’re teenagers,” he says. Alan has written this post because “I want them to know how to live their lives.” But …

How to take great news photos & get published – 9 tips from Chuck Zoeller of AP

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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 team of 3,700 that includes …

Blogs, Twitter & Facebook for folks over 50

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While I love having people over and feeding them, today was a first: my guests included a blogging couple. So we spent a good amount of time photographing the meal for our various blogs and chatting about Twitter. What made this even more remarkable for me was that everyone at the table was well over 50 years old! That makes …

Reporting tip: if you’re new to covering NYC, check out Tribute WTC Visitor Center

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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 real world reporting, the credit …