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Yesterday, police investigating the alleged gang rape on University of Virginia’s campus suspended their investigation after finding no evidence to support the accuser’s claim. Jackie, the victim of the alleged rape, was aided in telling her story by an in-depth piece by Rolling Stone.
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By: Sarah LeBlanc
The problem of invading an individual’s privacy is one journalists often face in pursuit of a story. Luckily, the University of Iowa has compiled a list of the ways the right to privacy is violated so journalists know what to avoid.
- Intruding into seclusion or solitude.
- Publicly disclosing private, embarrassing and irrelevant facts.
- Placing someone in a false light.
- Misappropriating someone’s name or image for personal advantage.
By Courtney Fishman
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Would you risk your life for for your job? Photographer John Moore does.
I’ll be honest. I’ve never viewed journalism as a “dangerous” career path, but after reading a NY Times article about the precautions photographer John Moore takes to ensure safety while shooting photos of ebola patients, I’m beginning to reconsider this notion. Continue reading
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By: Linley Sanders
OK, journalists, time to confess. We’ve all written horrible headlines. Those cringe-worthy ones that are filled with the corniest puns or a string of nonsensical alliterations. I’ll be the first to raise my hand and admit I’ve had more than a few duds. And as soon as I realize how bad they are, I’m zapped of my productivity. I start Google searching alternative careers, convinced that I’m a horrible journalist because I simple can’t write headlines. As it turns out, I’m not alone in this struggle.
A new Tumblr blog, called Heds Will Roll, compiles rejected headlines as they’re submitted by editors. The concept, similar to Overheard in the Newsroom, is fairly brilliant. Created by Washington City Paper’s managing editor Jonathan Fischer, the blog creates a community and camaraderie over amusing journalistic fails—which most of us will face at some point in our careers.
By Kristin Doherty
Between professional Twitter handles, up-to-date LinkedIn profiles, and squeaky clean Facebook pages, it’s important for job- and internship-seekers to have a positive online presence. For aspiring journalists especially, a professional website with a resume and writings samples is becoming more important.
Now there’s an easy way to present all your professional information in one place: The site Contently holds a collection of a writer’s published work in an organized format online. You can also link to your social network pages, write a short bio, and add a photo of yourself.
Contently may be a dream come true for journalists. The site creates a clean, easy-to-read profile for all its users, which is particularly helpful for the web-designed challenge. With a custom and professional URL (yourname.contently.com), it’s appropriate to put a link on your resume or business cards. Finally, the site helps writers keep track of all their online clips.