How my students talk to me with Twitter

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Oh, those crazy kids! Twitter is taking off with my college students in surprising ways. They feel it’s fly to tweet. They have no twouble being coherent in 140-characters or less.  I truly believe tweeting is a twerrific 21st century skill, and not just for journalists. There’s something for everyone here. One summer, my daughter’s plane was late and I …

Greetings from the Academy for Young Writers (AFYW)

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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, journalism and social media. It …

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

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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 first time, for two whole …

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

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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 kid going off to college, …

The best advice I’ve ever given my students

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I’m about to share with you my secret for teaching students how to write. Once they get this lesson into their heads, tangled sentences straighten out. Wordiness disappears. Blathering becomes conversational writing. But first, a warning. This secret involves profanity because shock value is also a powerful tool. Ready? Okay, then. Let us proceed. I usually unleash this tool on …

Why I’m unplugging for the next two weeks

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Who needs Santa? I am here to deliver a huge gift to myself — and you. From now through Jan. 7th, I am shutting down my social media and pretty much getting off the Internet. The goal is to detox and return to you fresher and more relevant than ever. For those of you who already live an unplugged life, …