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Michael Weinreb on Writing Rhythm and More

“I’ve always been kind of obsessed with rhythm in writing, which is odd, because in real life I have absolutely no rhythm at all.” For some reason fantastic writers keep agreeing to answer all these questions I ask them. What I mean, in case you’re new here, is that I keep emailing writers asking them questions, and they keep answering, and we’re all just way too lucky for it. What tremendously nice people, right? You …

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My First GQ Story: Mad For Carolina, Starring The Biggest College Sports Fan In America

First GQ story went live on the website this morning. Many more thoughts to come on this one, but for now, a quick excerpt. Make sure to go read the whole thing here. This one was a lot of fun, and Greg Cauley was a lot of fun to hang out and talk with, and he ended up being a remarkably grounded, normal man. You know, for someone who has dedicated his life to Carolina …

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Patrick Hruby on Humor in Journalism and More

“You have to know your subject. You can’t truly make fun of something or someone unless you know them well enough to write a serious piece.” Everyone, let’s give Patrick Hruby a warm welcome to the blog. I’ve read him for years. Dude’s good. He’s been anthologized in the Best American Sportswriting series four different years. The first piece of his that I ever read was about a murdered cricket coach. It was excellent. Based …

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How To Write For Major Magazines

 

 

 

 

 

 Had a reader and then a coworker at the university where I’m getting my master’s ask me pretty much the same question over the past couple days, so I thought there might be some other readers interested in it, too. 

From the reader’s email:

I am not a journalist by profession though I have worked off and on in the field for the last 20 years. Professionally I teach history and coach football. I have coached just about everything at one time or another a lot of basketball and baseball. … For the past few years I have been freelancing for local papers writing mainly preps basketball and spring sports. Add in some features and a little politics. I also do photography which I have learned to enjoy. My question to you is how do I start expanding to bigger assignments. I enjoy writing local sports, etc. but I want to write something bigger and more important. — J.W.

My coworker wants to write about film.

Now bear in mind, this advice is free, but it’s also just my advice, and as I say down there at the end, there’s no one way to go about this. That said, here’s my (extremely abbreviated) take. 

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Chris Jones on Dueling With GQ Writer Chris Heath for the Zanesville Zoo Story

Been getting lots of questions from folks about where exactly to read about Esquire‘s Chris Jones “salting the earth” in trying to outduel rival GQ writer Chris Heath while reporting on his Zanesville Zoo story. Here is that portion of the interview. If you want to read the full interview, it was published here on Feb. 7, 2012. You can read Jones’s story HERE. You can read Heath’s story HERE. And you can read an …

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Chris Ballard on his Sports Illustrated Story “Man In Full” And Much More

It’s a good day here at The Blog. No, not because of Valentine’s Day, which Katie and I totally loserishly do not celebrate, as is explained in my previous post. Not even because it’s Tuesday. I actually kind of like Mondays. Well, most Mondays. Some Mondays are just ugly. But most are actually pretty okay. Mostly though, it’s a good day because today Sports Illustrated senior writer Chris Ballard joins us to talk more writing …

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Did The New York Times Steal Someone Else’s Column? Journalism and Copyrights and Wrongs

Interesting blog post from Carly Carioli over at thephoenix.com, who says the New York Times stole from her publisher:  Bill Keller: I heard you like copyright. You wrote one provocative print columnabout it on Sunday, one blistering blog followup on Monday, and pointed to a third Times op-ed piece from Sunday (headline: “Perpetual War: Digital Pirates amd Creators”) that says basically the same thing.  So here’s an interesting data point: on Saturday, the New York Times blatantly and willfully violated the copyright of another publisher …

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Chris Jones of Esquire on His Zanesville Zoo Massacre Story ‘Animals,’ ‘The Most Dramatic Story Of The Year’

Maybe it’s because I just had a Red Bull, but I’m way too excited right now. Esquire‘s Chris Jones stopped by the blog to give us an unreal behind-the-scenes look at his story “Animals,” which comes out in the March 2012 issue of Esquire. It takes you inside last year’s unbelievable Zanesville Zoo massacre, when Terry Thompson released more than 50 of his wild, exotic animals before killing himself. The story, billed by Esquire as …

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The Grind

The last couple weeks, I’ve been looking for my next story idea for ESPN The Magazine. It’s been a tough, frustrating stretch. 

I’m not complaining. Life is awesome. I’m just writing this to share some struggles I think lots of writers face, journalists in particular. 

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Sports Illustrated’s Thomas Lake on Pop Herring, Making It In Journalism, and More

Today I am totally stoked to bring you this interview with Thomas Lake. Lake is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. He is 31 years old. He wrote a good story in a recent issue of Sports Illustrated. (“Did This Man Really Cut Michael Jordan?“) Only by “good” I mean “phenomenal” and other such over-the-top adjectives. I asked him some questions about it over email. Which was great, because it let Lake do what Lake …

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Missed Opportunities

I’m pretty happy with the way the past two years of my life have gone. I’ve gone from writing stories for $50 a pop for local papers to writing lengthy features for ESPN The Magazine. I’ve had a lot of great breaks, and I’ve gotten them by hustling and working my a** off. But a story came out this week that made me realize I definitely missed an opportunity, and I’ve been reflecting on it a lot today. Figured I could share. Might help some other young journalists out there.

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SI’s Tommy Tomlinson On His Harvey Updyke Story “Something Went Very Wrong At Toomer’s Corner”

Writer Tommy Tomlinson took way more time than he should have to answer the way too many questions I asked him about his recent story in Sports Illustrated about Harvey Updyke, the Alabama fan who poisoned the iconic oaks at Auburn’s Toomer’s Corner. Interview Overview I broke down the interview—and all of its 2,000-word entirety—as follows: The Happening — How he got the story, which was a freelance assignment and his first for Sports Illustrated, and why he chose …

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