Posts Tagged: journalism
But in the grand scheme of things, immersion journalism and other forms of narrative nonfiction, such as memoir, have done more for me as a reader than as a writer, allowing me to vicariously experience things I’d be too much of a wuss to ever even try, and to consider versions of life that generally feel out of reach.
The famous playwright and novelist Oscar Wilde also spent a number of years in journalism. Scholars John Stokes and Mark W. Turner are finally collecting Wilde’s journalism from the 1880s. Little is known of Wilde’s life at this time, but the articles he left behind reveal Wilde’s varied interests, reports the Times Literary Supplement, and ultimately laid the groundwork for Wilde’s better-known writing in later years:
One of the most rewarding ways of reading Wilde’s journalism is therefore as a giant workshop for the making of the Wilde that readers know better from his more famous writings of the 1890s.
Two things: First, Alice Gregory’s fascinating account of Nellie Bly’s bold, perennially wry career in journalism—an account that wraps up with a call for female writers to not only write about “women’s issues.”
Second, Ann Friedman responds with a thoughtful defense of making a career writing about “women’s issues.”...more
Journalist and memoirist Adriana Páramo talks about her work as a petroleum engineer and anthropologist, the world of migrant workers, growing up in Colombia, and working with immigrant women in Kuwait....more
Journalist Jennifer Senior examines how the pitfalls of modern parenthood led her to write a book on the subject, and talks about her fondness towards social science research and why you should choose interview subjects you like....more
Ideally, online longform nonfiction combines the strengths of the print world with those of the Internet, granting writers the rigorous editing and reporting resources they’d get at a magazine but freeing them from the constraints of word limits and limited audiences....more
In the course of writing a story about a golf club, a Grantland journalist named Caleb Hannan discovered that the club’s inventor was a transgender woman. She ended up committing suicide, which, though he doesn’t seem to realize it’s a possibility, could very well be the result of his outing her....more
The shape of journalism has been changing rapidly in the past several years, but it still comes as a shock to hear that a media company as dominant as Time Inc. is bulldozing the barrier between business and news.
According to the New York Times, “the newsroom staffs at Time Inc.’s magazines will report to the business executives....more
Canadian novelist Catherine Bush discusses the powers—and lives—of accusation, the close relationship between work and character, and the role of the social circus, at home and in the developing world....more
Mandy Stadtmiller, writer, comedian, and the deputy editor of xoJane, talks about promoting positivity in women’s journalism, why no one gets hired because of résumés anymore, and the importance of maintaining a writing and editorial staff with differing opinions....more
Journalist Sabine Heinlein, author of Among Murderers: Life After Prison, discusses the challenges ex-cons encounter on their journeys to freedom and the various ways they live with their remorse....more
It’s not just the frighteningly misogynistic diatribes in the comments section—several other forces conspire to make life harder for female writers and journalists.
For example: “The most successful branded journalists stake out provocative claims frequently and aggressively, without worrying too much about whether they’ll eventually be proved wrong,” but for women, eventually being proven wrong can be a devastating career setback....more
When I write a story about someone else, I keep me, myself and I, out of it….But a few years back, I wrote about someone else and did belong in the story; I was an undeniable part of it.
While writing his latest book, Joshua Prager found himself in one of those strange instances when journalists have to row out from the shore of objectivity and include themselves in the story they’re writing....more
Check out these tasty Rumpus morsels, posted over the weekend!
Wendy Ortiz interviews poet Louise Mathias about beauty, ecstasy, and eroticism…and “snakes and horses and sky and birds and hallucinogenic flowers, and stars, and the smell of creosote after rain, and…”
When journalist Maggie Downs lost a friend in a skydiving accident, many of her writer acquaintances filled her “voicemail…with interview requests instead of well wishes.” In her Sunday Rumpus essay “Spill,” Downs tries to figure out what role journalism has in times of tragedy:
Are these articles designed to tell us that humans suffer?
“There is a point at which mourners become weak. When they crack and spill. That is what I was waiting for.”...more
The life of a writer is rarely depicted as glamorous.
We do it because we must. But sometimes we also must do other things like eat, and pay for shelter over our heads, or support those dependent on us. In the age of of information inundation, with high reader demands and little money to go around, the situation is bound to get tense....more
Journalist and biographer Tom Reiss sits down and explores the idea that, “however obscure his subjects might be, he [is] a writer first and foremost, obsessed with getting the details right while crafting a story that could propel even a reluctant reader across unfamiliar terrain.”...more
Andrew Sullivan is lighting out on his own, hoping his blog The Dish will make enough money to stay afloat without the assistance of the Daily Beast or any other publication.
His plan has a number of details that set it apart from other attempts to monetize online media: no ads (for now), no paywall (sort of), and an option for dedicated fans to pay over and above the annual subscription price, to name a few....more
Writer and journalist Andrew Solomon talks about parent-child differences, and the eleven-year process of writing his latest book, which profiles families of deaf, dwarf, autistic, severely disabled, transgendered, schizophrenic, and other marginalized children....more
Jon Ronson’s bestselling nonfiction works include The Psychopath Test, Them: Adventures with Extremists, and The Men Who Stare at Goats, which is the only one of his books to become a film starring George Clooney (so far)....more
This is how I think of it: there’s a contract between you and the mystery. And the mystery is the thing that brings life to the work. But your part of the contract is that you have to be the plow mule, or the mystery won’t show up. It might not even show up if you do your work. There’s no guarantee....more
Alexandra Kimball discusses a disheartening current reality: the economic ability to take one or more unpaid internships early in a journalism or writing career may be far more important than talent, insight, or work ethic....more
New to GIFs? Unsure of what GIFs are? There’s no need to fret!
Ann Friedman has written an introduction to the art of the animated GIF at Poyntr.
The article covers what exactly constitutes a GIF, where you can access them, how to make your own, the debate around how they should be cited, and how journalists can use them to enhance their work....more
Tom Barbash talks with author and reporter Hart Seely about winning ballgames from your couch, Donald Rumsfeld, faking sanity, and the fate of quality journalism in the online era of click chasing....more
Jon Carroll has written more than 8,000 columns for the San Francisco Chronicle, having become the newspaper’s star, leading voice and, essentially, its conscience....more
Talking Points Media reports on the deficit of female op-ed writers, citing an assessment conducted by The OpEd Project.
The article quotes Katherine Lanpher, a member of the organization, who tells the website: “We are seeing that women aren’t narrating the world, even though they’re half of the world.” TPM cites the Byline Survey, writing “women authored thirty-three percent of op-eds in new media publications and twenty percent of the op-eds in traditional media during a twelve-week period last year.” Op-eds are stratified by content too – only eleven percent of the opinions written on the economy during this time were produced by women....more
The Awl assembles a list of the 26 reporters arrested (so far) covering Occupy Wall Street stories and reveals what they do and who they are.
“Only seven of the 25 arrested are full-time employed traditional news-gathering employees. A number were student reporters; a few were interns; a larger number were freelancers....more