I launched this blog in 2008. My mini-me.


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October 13, 2010

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 […]

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How to build your online brand

July 19, 2010

Want to know how to attract more followers to your blog and Twitter? Jinal Shah is a digital medial strategist who works for Electric Artists, which helps businesses create blogs, Facebook and Twitter accounts to build customer loyalty. She gave great advice to my New School "Introduction to New Journalism" class.

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It’s hard to go from being teacher to student

July 7, 2010

My happy tra-la-la year of taking painting classes is officially over. Just got “The Talk” from my new collage teacher — the one about how I have such potential but […]

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Visiting Stuyesant High School exorcises some of my ghosts

April 11, 2010

I've always felt insecure about being a graduate of NYC's legendary Stuyvesant High School. Never went to reunions because I was such a pimple-y slacker. Well, I finally put the bad self-image to rest by visiting Stuy and exorcising some ghosts.

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Gray day reflections as the fall semester ends

December 5, 2009

I'm looking for something, mucking around in my feelings and the things I need to do -- and be. Thank goodness for the people and cats who make up my community and keep me sane.

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Writing skills: My pet grammar peeve is “it” vs. “they”

October 24, 2009

My pet grammar peeve is worth reading. If you get this straight, you'll instantly look smarter and more educated. It's about "it" vs. "they."

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Pete Hamill chats about love, writing & more

April 12, 2009

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.

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