Holly Bailey

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I’d just say to aspiring journalists or writers—who I meet a lot of—do it now. Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better. Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough.

Ira Glass (via Lifehacker)

Number of Statehouse Reporters Is in Decline, Study Shows

The nation’s statehouses lost more than one-third of the journalists devoted to covering legislative matters full time, according to a study released on Thursday morning by the Journalism Project at the Pew Research Center.

The study, which surveyed all 50 statehouses, found a loss of 164 full-time statehouse reporters since 2003. The total number of full-time statehouse reporters dipped to roughly 300.

Depressing.


Yahoo Hires Michael Isikoff as Chief Investigative Correspondent

Super excited to work again with Isikoff, who is truly one of the best reporters I have ever known. I was lucky enough to share a byline with him several times at Newsweek. But the best thing that happened to me as a young journalist was having an office right next door to his, which was an experience. He and Mark Hosenball, who is now at Reuters, shared a duel office, and they collectively had so many files that when we moved into a new space they actually found a leather couch buried under the papers that had long been forgotten. There was also some unidentified animal pelt—a fox or something—that looked as though it could have come from some Siberia expedition. To this day, nobody can explain what that was about.

But besides being able to tell hilarious stories about the clutter, what I really valued was just being able to listen and hear Isikoff and Hosenball do their jobs. I learned so much and am so grateful for that experience, especially now when the media business has changed so much that I fear younger reporters don’t get that kind of mentoring.


Yay: Americans’ Confidence in News Media Remains Low (via Gallup)

Yay: Americans’ Confidence in News Media Remains Low (via Gallup)


Tad Friend has always been one of my favorite writers at The New Yorker. (His compilation of essays and articles, "Lost in Mongolia," is really great.) But this week, I re-read “Jumpers,” his piece on folks who commit suicide by leaping off the Golden Gate Bridge. I’ve read it many times since it was first published in 2003, and it remains an incredible piece of journalism. If you haven’t read it, you should. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Tad Friend has always been one of my favorite writers at The New Yorker. (His compilation of essays and articles, "Lost in Mongolia," is really great.) But this week, I re-read “Jumpers,” his piece on folks who commit suicide by leaping off the Golden Gate Bridge. I’ve read it many times since it was first published in 2003, and it remains an incredible piece of journalism. If you haven’t read it, you should. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)



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