Basic marketing for a freelance writer

I work with a lot of beginning freelance writers, and enjoy seeing them move up to larger publications. They all understand the need to improve their writing and reporting skills. However, few pay as...

Feeding the news appetite with RSS

Feeding the news appetite with RSS

Every day, Alex Dai, one of my full time employees, spends about an hour an a half looking for stories for the next day’s news feeds. He needs to find about 14 to 15...

War journalism

War journalism

Note: This blog post also ran in the Society of Professional Journalism’s “Journalism and the World” blog. Click here to see the original post. I’ll write more on this topic later, but right now...

How to become a foreign correspondent

How to become a foreign correspondent

I’ve answered it a lot as well (one of these answers is posted here: http://maria.trombly.com/FAQ.htm#correspondent). But my perspective on this has changed over time as I gained more experience in the field, and as the...

Greetings from Shanghai, China

Greetings from Shanghai, China

Dan Kubiske, chair of the SPJ’s International Journalism Committee, suggested that I blog about my experiences running a bureau out here in Shanghai, so this is it. Some background — I came to China...

Newspaper Web Sites Struggle to Attract Younger Readers

Newspaper Web Sites Struggle to Attract Younger Readers

Online editors who have managed to attract the elusive younger set make it sound so simple: Give them content they’ll want to read and forums online where they can meet and discuss things that matter to...

News Sites Experiment With ‘Dayparting’ by Tailoring Content

News Sites Experiment With ‘Dayparting’ by Tailoring Content

Online news sites have long noticed a troubling drop-off in visitors during the evening hours. Last year, several newspapers got together with Minneapolis-based Minnesota Opinion Research Inc. (MORI) to find out exactly what was going on. There was...

U.S. government expels legitimate reporters

U.S. government expels legitimate reporters

U.S. visa rules single out journalists with burdensome requirements In May, nine legitimate journalists were stopped while trying to enter a country. They were repeatedly questioned, fingerprinted, searched, handcuffed and held overnight in cells....

‘I’m addicted to war’

‘I’m addicted to war’

A former war buff embarks on her own 12 step program My name is Maria, and I’m addicted to war. I had my first taste of combat shortly after I turned 23, in the...

Looking for Online Dollars

Looking for Online Dollars

News providers are finding ways to make their Web sites profitable The Internet boom brought with it a set of buzzwords for the online news industry – “page views,” “eyeballs,” “site visitors.” Back in...