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Alan Krawitz

I'm a native Long Islander whose been writing/reporting for more than 15 years for a variety of media outlets including Newsday, NY Daily News, NY Press as well as magazines and numerous regional, local weekly and hyperlocal outlets in the NY metropolitan area. Among my specialties and areas of interest are features (politics, education, immigration, transportation, land-use/zoning, cops/courts), business and community profiles, spot hard news coverage and longer, more investigative-type pieces. And, of course, all issues that touch on the craft we know as Journalism.

Source Sleuth Looks to Connect Journalists, Bloggers with Quality Sources

source sleuthGood story sources aren’t always easy to come by, as most journalists can attest. And, the stress of deadline pressure can make finding those sources an even more daunting task.

But, while there are several free services out there to help, there are few that take the time to vet those same sources.

Enter Chicago-based Source Sleuth, a free service that seeks to connect journalists, bloggers and other writers with “quality sources.” Read more

Atlantic Media Re-launches CityLab.com, Emphasis on Mobile, Expanded Editorial

citylab feat picThe Atlantic recently announced the re-launch and expansion of its’ former AtlanticCities.com site as CityLab.com, a re-envisioned destination with an eye toward mobile users first, as well as a responsive design and expanded editorial intended to widen the audience for the site’s coverage of issues facing global cities. Read more

Poynter Institute Survey Reveals ‘Disconnect’ Between Journalists and Educators

poynter post picA recent survey by the Poynter Institute shows that working journalists and journalism professors aren’t exactly on the same page when it comes to ranking the importance of multimedia and digital storytelling skills.

Poynter’s survey, “The Core Skills for the Future of Journalism,” uncovered glaring differences regarding the importance that working journalists and journalism educators attach to multimedia skills, including AV editing, photography and graphic design. Read more

Glamour Magazine Launches Beauty-Focused Digital Site, Lipstick.com

Photo via Glamour.com

Photo via Glamour.com

The recent announcement that Glamour has launched its own beauty-focused digital site, Lipstick, might not be earth-shaking news but it’s yet another sign that venerable, legacy print outlets are coming to grips with the hard facts that most of their readers continue to live online. Read more

Knight Center Announces Free Online Investigative Journalism Class

knight invest. journo post picIf you’ve ever wanted to learn the nuts and bolts of investigative reporting, here’s your chance, courtesy of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.

A five-week, massive open online course (MOOC) on “Investigative Journalism for the Digital Age,” will begin on May 12 and end on June 14, 2014. Read more

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