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#Ferguson.

The town of Ferguson, Mo., is in chaos right now, being terrorized by the police. Here's what we can do to help.
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Announcing ‘BEHIND THE DRIVE’ at the Hwy 55 Rally

Wherein I announce my book to 2,000 at the Durham Performing Arts Center during the crazy-good Hwy 55 company rally.
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Off The Mat

How UFC featherweight Nik Lentz fought to save his father while reinventing himself.
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Seven years ago today

Seven years ago today, Barton College and its hometown hero Anthony Atkinson won the 2007 NCAA Division II national championship in ridiculous fashion. To quote the great Will Leitch, whose writing about the game in the New York Times that year inspired the title of the book: “If this had happened in Division I, it...
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Prescription: Music

When nothing else works, a Queens University program proves that sound might be the most effective medicine.
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Making It As A Writer: Remember, It’s All Relative

"I'm always 10 years away from being the writer I want to be. I'll feel that way 10 years from now."
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Gene Weingarten on How To Make It In Non-Fiction Writing

“We are in bewildering times for young people who want to make non-fiction writing their careers," he says. Also: "[Writing] is a tormet you can't escape." Fun with Gene Weingarten!
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Guest post: A journalist with a heart hurts for the people they write about.

This is part of an email a reader and fellow journalist sent me regarding my Andre Dawkins story. He/she asked me to keep him/her anonymous, but graciously agreed to let me post it here. It's a quick little story about being a writer and having a heart.
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Is it okay that journalists almost always betray the trust of those they write about?

This is a loose follow-up to my post earlier in the week that asked if we should still write about people who don't want us to write about them. Also, just to be clear: This is just about the nature of journalism in general, and magazine feature writing in particular. I'm not writing this to...
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Glenn Stout on how to survive as a freelance writer.

Glenn Stout recently posted 15 ways to survive as a freelance writer over at his blog, Verb Plow. Here are five of my favorites.
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What do you think: Should journalists write about somebody who doesn’t want to be written about?

Is it wrong to write about someone who doesn’t want to be interviewed and, it’s safe to assume, doesn’t want you to write about them?
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The SneedCast Episode 003: J.R. Moehringer

J.R. Moehringer is an author and journalist and excellent human being who: Guest-edited The Best American Sports Writing 2013.  Wrote the novel SUTTON, based off the life of notorious bank robber Willie Sutton.  Wrote the article "Resurrecting the Champ," which became a movie of the same name.  Does Twitter as @JRMoehringer.  Joined us for this podcast and...
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How ESPN The Magazine’s Wright Thompson got his remarkable Johnny Manziel story.

I transcribed some highlights from ESPN The Magazine senior writer Wright Thompson's podcast with ESPN Mag editor-in-chief Chad Millman, who got Wright on the phone from Austin, Texas, where he's camped out on the Johnny Manziel beat. (If you somehow missed it, here's Wright's blockbuster Johnny Football profile.)
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Ron Barr of Sports Byline USA interviewed me last night about Death of a Ballplayer

If you feel like hearing me ramble on about my Billy Dillon story, you can listen to it here: Click! Check out Sports Byline USA at SportsByline.com.
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Death of a Ballplayer

Billy Dillon was about to sign a contract with the Detroit Tigers -- then he was wrongly convicted of murder and spent the next 27 years in maximum security prison.
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The Guardian’s ‘Firestorm’: Great, Or Too Much?

The Guardian published a super fancy multimedia presentation about a family surviving a wildfire in Australia. You can check it out by clicking the picture above. I recommend it. I’m curious what you think about it, whether you’re a journalist, a fiction writer, a documentary maker, or the average reader/viewer. Do you think this is...
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Esquire Editor David Granger On Longform Versus Shortform in Storytelling

Ad Age’s Simon Dumenco asked many-awards-winning Esquire editor David Granger this question: You’re a lifelong magazine guy and long-form storyteller. Now you’re working with short-attention-span TV people to help launch the Esquire Network. [Sneed Note: Granger’s developing the Esquire Network with NBC Universal.] Be honest: If you weren’t bald already, would you be pulling your...
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