5 Tips for New Authors, Slate Redesigns, Jay Rosen Reflects on 25 Years of Teaching Journalism


For today’s media and writing roundup, we have a bit of a dialectic between professor Jay Rosen and journo trainer Steve Buttry about the practice and business of journalism and copywriting services. We also have a pair of pieces from about new changes at Slate and McClatchy. Finally, we have an author who reflects on the process of writing books.

It’s all the news fit to blog at Ebyline’s Daily Dose.

What I Think I Know About Journalism

Jay Rosen: “Next month I will have taught journalism at New York University for 25 years, an occasion that has led me to reflect on what I have tried to profess in that time.”

The 5 W’s (and How) are even more important to business than to journalism

“Jay Rosen wrote a thoughtful blog post, What I think I know about journalism, that summarized succinctly many things Jay has been writing and saying about journalism into four clear principles. He inspired me to do the same with my thoughts about the news business. So this is what I think I know about the business of journalism.”

Faced With Declines, McClatchy Weighs Digital Subscriptions

“The newspaper industry continues to take a major hit as reflected by earnings reported on Tuesday by The McClatchy Company, the parent company to newspapers like The Kansas City Star, The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. The latter publications were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for their coverage of the Haiti earthquake this year.”

Slate rethinks aggregation (again) with a Slatest redesign

Slate was arguably the first major news site to care about aggregation, starting back in 1996, when we only thought we suffered from information overload. (They didn’t even call it “aggregation” yet. It was “meta-news.”) What started with In Other Magazines — a weekly roundup for people with no time for Time and Newsweek — evolved into Today’s Papers, a hugely popular feature that ran every morning until its retirement in 2009.”

Five Things I Wish I Had Known When I Published My First Book

“The challenge of launching this novel is how to benefit from my past experience while still learning as I go forward.  Every new book, every new launch has its own personality, its own blessing and challenges.”