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Christopher Ortiz
journalist, blogger, bowler.
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1. Come up with your own story ideas as much as possible. This way maybe you won’t be chosen to cover the police investigation into a body dumped at the local land fill. 2. Be punctual. If you’re late, you... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 12, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
There are two types of journalists – those who use Facebook and those who don’t get Facebook. Those of the latter often dismiss cell phones and power car windows. Not since the phone book has there been a tool journalists... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
Here's a story you probably won't hear on "This American Life." Ira Glass, the host of the popular public radio show, was comedian Marc Maron's guest on Monday at the Bell House in Brooklyn for a live taping of "WTF,"... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 21, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
The scene reminds me of a breezy day turned night at the Aurora Reservoir while my father and I fished, waiting for something to bite. I ended up catching the only fish: an 11-inch rainbow trout. So three weeks later,... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 20, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the 2011 Arketi Web Watch Media Survey, 92% of today's journalists are now actively using LinkedIn. That's up 85% from just 2 years ago. "That's more than any other social network,"... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 20, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
When I worked as a media relations officer several years ago, an old boss of mine used to walk around the office grumbling that “journalists are miserable people leading miserable lives.” (She usually said that after a reporter turned down... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 12, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
For most industries, it’s about looking forward. But for newspapers, it’s all about looking back (must be part of their winning business strategy). Newspapers aren’t content with delivering just the day’s bad news. No, no, no. Newspapers and journalists are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
I wrote these 25 commandments as a panic response 15 or more years ago to an invitation to do some media training for a group of Elsevier editors. I began compiling them because I had just asked myself what was... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 31, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
A new life and career is waiting for you once you graduate. Make sure you are prepared for it by following the tips listed here. 1. Create a portfolio All the work you did during your college years, including internships... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 31, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
Just having a little fun with the image below. How various types of journalists see themselves and others. Carnival of Journalism – On Goo... This month’s Carnival of Journalism is hosted by Kathy Gill who seized on the new topic... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 26, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
The title's self-explanatory, so I'm going to get down to the nitty-gritty. . We do our research. If we ever agree to step out with you for dinner, be aware that we're doing so with each and every idea of... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 9, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
Most journalists’ vices are on public display. Drinking? Journalists are at their local watering hole enough they have their own key to the john. Cursing? Parents know not to bring their kids around journalists who can’t say more than two... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
via Journalists' bitching about their newspaper' web presence? We gotta do something between phone calls. Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 29, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
The Editorial Freelancer Association recently updated its suggested Freelance Editor Rates–great intelligence for editors, writers, and publishers trying to negotiate the rapidly evolving writing market. Above, we’ve embedded an screenshot from the association’s handy editorial rate chart–what do you think... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 17, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
“If you're good at something, never do it for free.” Journalists can learn a lot from that line from The Dark Knight. Journalism doesn’t pay a lot and journalists are reminded of this fact every payday and every time they... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
In 1972, two Washington Post reporters wrote up a little story about a break-in at a Washington D.C. hotel named Watergate. Yeah, yeah, the coverage that followed led to the resignation of President Nixon but it also gave way to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
This guide, written by a wannabe, is a handy guide to live by. It will help you understand how our twisted minds work. For the journalists, think of it as a code of conduct. Some are rules that apply to... Continue reading
Reblogged May 28, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
This list is inspired by ProBlogger's "Top 5 — Group Writing Project." I've had this list in my head for some time, based on personal experience with the pitfalls of relationships (and there are soooo many) and watching my friends.... Continue reading
Reblogged May 27, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
When it comes to Twitter, journalists tread a thin line. While a lot of news organizations strongly suggest their reporters sign up for an account and gain followers, many don’t have a written social media policy. Even if you are... Continue reading
Reblogged May 24, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
If there is one button journalists love to push more than any other button it has to be the "reply" button in Microsoft Outlook. Believe it or not, journalists often get emails that they enjoy making fun of. Be it... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
Fret not, journalists–some newspapers are still hiring! That is, if your first name is Lady, your last is Gaga, and you’re being considered for an editorial role that consists primarily of “signing off” on pages (presumably not the front page,... Continue reading
Reblogged May 17, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
Journalists know a lot of words but there’s one they don’t know the definition of – bonus. Unlike most real grownup jobs, there’s no bonus for journalists. Journalists don’t get a nickel if the paper sells more newspapers (they still... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
Just because journalists are the press doesn't mean we don't appreciate a little press from our peers. SJL recently got some love from Mediabistro's 10,000 Words. We were included in the company of @FakeAPStylebook and Overheard in the Newsroom. We're... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
If there's one thing journalists like it's sticking to the man; giving the establishment the middle finger. That's exactly what students at LaSalle University Collegian did when they left the top half of their front page blank after university officials... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE
Journalists know they are good at their job when friends and families have to ask at the end of every conversation, “This is off the record, right?” Nothing you say to a known journalist is safe. Whether you’re a politician,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2011 at STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE