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How to Stop the Online Harassment of Female Journalists

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“Happy to say we live in the same state. Im looking you up, and when I find you, im going to rape you and remove your head.” That’s a tweet Slate writer Amanda Hess received from her stalker. Unfortunately, Hess’ situation is not uncommon. In fact, female journalists being harassed and threatened online has become an epidemic.

Hess recently wrote a lengthy piece on the subject for the Pacific Standard. She discovered that of all the people who reported being stalked and harassed online from 2000 to 2012, 72.5 percent were female. “No matter how hard we attempt to ignore it, this type of gendered harassment — and the sheer volume of it — has severe implications for women’s status on the Internet,” Hess argued.

How can we change this situation? Read more

Where to Get Free or Low-Cost Digital Journalism Training

dig. journ feat picNeed to brush-up on your digital journalism skills? You might want to check-out some free or low-cost, online courses being offered within the next few months.

The Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley is always a good bet for training as is the Society of Professional Journalists and of course, Poynter’s News University. Read more

Details.com is on the Hunt for Writers With a Stylish Sensibility

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Details.com isn’t just an extension of Details the print magazine, it’s solidly its own entirely. Admittedly, the site does share the mag’s editorial mission and its commitment to sophisticated style.

The men’s site, which is on the lookout for new freelancers, is unabashedly about the luxe life and focuses on topics such as fashion, grooming, health, fitness, celebrities, entertainment and more. The few topics that are off-limits to writers and editors may surprise you:

…There are a couple of subjects that are not covered on Details.com at all — namely, sports and politics. And scantily clad women. “They can be a great traffic driver for some sites, but we don’t really do that at Details,” [online director James Cury] says. “The idea comes from our editor-in-chief that we have a particular identity and a particular reader who’s coming to us for certain things. He can go to those other sources for those other needs, but we’re going to really try to own luxury lifestyle content.”

To hear about what kind of writing the site is looking for, as well as editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: Details.com.

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Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism Announces Free-training Schedule, Focus on Investigative Reporting

Reynolds Center picGiven the dearth of investigative reporting being done these days both online and in print, it’s nice to know that there are still organizations out there that support investigative journalism.

The Reynolds Center for Business Journalism, part of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, is one such organization and they’ve just announced a new training schedule of mostly free, online journalism training courses that stress the practice of investigative business journalism. Read more

5 Questions With the Founder of Editorially, a Shiny New Toy For Collaborative Writing

editoriallyIntroducing Editorially, a Web-based platform (currently in beta) that seeks to streamline the writing and editing process and facilitate simple collaboration in the digital space. I asked Editorially Founder and CEO Mandy Brown some questions about her vision for the product and what it could potentially offer to journalists and editors:

AW: Can you give me a brief history of your career? Does it involve writing/journalism on a daily basis? 

MB: I started in book publishing, moving from copywriting to print design, then web and product design. I’d describe myself as a design-minded writer or editor.

AW: How did you discover that there was a need for Editorially? What problems does it solve?

MB: The initial impetus for Editorially came from my work on A Book Apart (where I’m a cofounder). We were troubled by the lack of web-native editorial tools and started to think about how we might build something for ourselves. It quickly became clear in talking to others that that was a need we shared. With so many people finding publishing as part of their job responsibilities, we felt there was a strong need for a web-native, editorial tool that can not only help people do their work, but help them get better at it through revision and discussion.

AW: What is the best use you can think of for Editorially in the newsroom? Multiple reporters working on the same project and sharing notes? An ongoing dialogue between writer and editor?

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