About Susan Johnston

Susan Johnston is a Boston-based freelance writer whose work appears in Bankrate.com, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, MediaBistro.com, Parade Magazine, and SELF, among other places. She is the author of The Urban Muse Guide to Online Writing Markets and blogs at The Urban Muse.

How one freelancer jumped from anonymity to The New York Times

Gaby Dunn

In 2010, when Gaby Dunn (@GabyDunn on Twitter) moved to New York, she had big ambitions but few contacts in the journalism business. So the Emerson College grad created the 100 Interviews Project, a Tumblr blog in which she interviewed…

#Realtalk from Ann Friedman: Editors are your most important relationship

Ann Friedman

Ann Friedman was executive editor of GOOD until last summer, when GOOD’s cofounders famously laid off the site’s editorial staff. Friedman and several other former GOOD staffers launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund Tomorrow, a collaborative journalism project to create…

Narratively’s Noah Rosenberg on monetizing long-form journalism


While many newspapers have cut back on long-form journalism due to shrinking page counts and budgets, stories running thousands of words are finding a home online thanks in part to platforms like Longreads and Narratively.…

A la carte journalism: can CrowdNe.ws be the iTunes of articles?

ala carte journalism

Newspaper paywalls have gotten a lot of attention recently, with The New York Times tweaking its paywall and others, including the Seattle Times and Washington Post, jumping on the bandwagon. But it’s not the only way that publications can charge…

Star-Trib’s Laurie Hertzel at #BUNarrative: “Write with a camera angle”


While many sessions at the Power of Narrative Conference in Boston last week discussed abstract ideas about storytelling and voice, Laurie Hertzel’s session called Narrative Glue gave attendees six you-can-actually-do-this tips for crafting better narratives. “I’m your practical grunt for the day,” quipped…