How punctuation works

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A lot of my students are annoyed by punctuation. They think it’s a bother to deal with commas, periods, dashes, hyphens, semi-colons and colons. But then, I take them through two drills. And suddenly, they get it: Punctuation is a fantastic tool for self-expression! It’s the ultimate accessory for the style-savvy writer. My drills come from fabulous moments in “Eats, …

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 …

Chinese medicine master Jeffrey Yuen’s essential health & beauty diet regimen

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Now that the holiday party season is over, I am left with 10 extra pounds of blubber, an itchy scalp, a pasty-pimply complexion and bad breath. There’s only one way to deal with this mess. Gotta return to my good food regimen. That means sticking to a diet created by the rock star of Chinese medicine experts. This is a …

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 …