Dining tips: how to know which bread plate & glass are yours….old school social networking!

betty ming liu Food 5 Comments

This post is in the practical advice category. It contains info that I wish I’d had as a young Chinatown ghetto nerd who was trying to figure out mainstream dining. What did I know about bread plates and water glasses? As a kid, the family meal was simply a matter of sitting down with a bunch of bowls, forks, chopsticks …

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 …

Holiday season & divorce: 10 survival skills

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It’s been a rocky, post-divorce decade of searching for new holiday traditions. But this morning, I actually woke up feeling HAPPY about Thanksgiving. Is this really me???! Up until now, I’ve dreaded the seasonal festivities. After all, we’re entering The Worst Time of The Year for a Single Person. For me, this high-stress period officially runs from now until Feb. …

Blogs, Twitter & Facebook for folks over 50

betty ming liu Food, Inspiration, Writing how-to's 8 Comments

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

betty ming liu Travel, Writing how-to's 27 Comments

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 …